Rangers appear to be heading for a comfortable success in the Scottish second division, but that did not stop the club from strengthening the team in January.
Manager Mark Warburton made some crucial signings over the last few days, but he has already given them a warning. The manager says that the new signings cannot expect to walk straight into the first-team. Instead, he will give every player in the squad of rare opportunity to prove themselves. Rangers are top of the Scottish second division but their lead has been cut in recent weeks.
Manchester City resume the Champions League dream with a game against Sevilla.
The game against the Spanish club could be very important for City, as another poor result will leave them fighting for qualification to the knockout stages. City have never been lucky as far as the group stage draw is concerned and it has been the case for the 2015-16 season as well. They have been paired up against Italian champions Juventus and Sevilla, who won the Europa League last season. Borussia Monchengladbach were seen as the only weak link in the group.
Mark Warbuton is the current manager of Rangers as he was selected as the coach of the Scottish outfit back in June but despite having a low period of time in charge of Rangers, he has had a very busy time as Warbuton has signed 7 players during this summer transfer window and the 52 year old manager still has plans of adding a few more players to his team.
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However, if rumors are to be believed then David de Gea could be on the verge of making a move to Real Madrid as reports are claiming that Louis van Gaal has told the board of directors of Manchester United to sell David de Gea as he wants the Spanish goal-keeper out of Old Trafford.
Rangers endured a huge disappointment after failing to get back into the Premier League due to a loss against Motherwell in the play-offs.
Getting back into the top flight through the play-offs was always going to be a gamble for one of the biggest clubs in Scotland. They have managed consecutive promotions up until now, but that run has now been brought to a halt after a 6-1 aggregate loss against Motherwell. Poor form in the second half of the campaign forced the club to act and part company with manager Ally McCoist. Stuart McCall was appointed as his interim replacement.
Rangers recovered from the shock 3-0 defeat against Queen of the South to beat Raith Rovers 4-0 in front of their own supporters.
The victory helped them moved level on points with Hibernian in the second spot, although the opposition have a game in hand. It also helped them open a small advantage overQueen of the South, who occupy the final play-off spot. The possibility of finishing top of the table and returning back to the Scottish Premier League automatically has effectively gone after Heart of Midlothian recently increased their advantage to 23 points.
Kenny McDowall announced his intention to resign and leave his managerial position at Rangers on January of the ongoing year but the Scottish club replied by stating that the coach has to remain in charge of the squad for 12 more months.
Recently, there have been a number of things going on around Rangers as there are power struggles within the internal management of the club, fans have displayed disciplinary problems after singing songs which were labeled as inappropriate during the Scottish Championship League match between Rangers and Raith Rovers.
The Scottish side Rangers FC is in desperate need of a cash injection and this is why the owner of Newcastle United Mike Ashley has recently been providing the team with loans, however Ashley is believed to be interested in taking full control and ownership of the Scottish team, reports are going on stating that Ashley is prepared to sell Newcastle United in order to make an official bid for Rangers.
For the past 2 years Mike Ashley has been attempting to sell Newcastle United but has not managed to find a concrete offer or buyer for the Premier League club.
Rangers’ inconsistent form continued even after the appointment of Kenny McDowell as the new manager. The team suffered a heavy 4-0 loss at the hands of Rangers going into the New Year. This defeat sees the club a massive 15 points adrift of the table leaders, Heart of Midlothian.
The financial situation of Rangers FC is in a poor state as the Scottish club accepted a £2million loan from the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and one of the consequences that this brought was the resignation of the former Chief Executive Officer Graham Wallace from his position at Rangers.
Philip Nash was another member of the Rangers club that decided to step down and drop the position he had at Ibrox and now Mike Ashley has to select some of his own people or candidates to fill up those positions that were left vacant.