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ally12259
16-02-2011, 11:47
Naismith is a big doubt. Everyone else bar Broadfoot is fit. We will be more offensive than in the Champions League.

townhead ranger
16-02-2011, 11:49
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

Worthy_Candidate
16-02-2011, 11:50
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

I think you might well have nailed it mate.

cooprfc
16-02-2011, 11:55
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

Think you may well be happy. That side should have enough to get the job done.

Ferg
16-02-2011, 11:56
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

That would also see me happy.

RangersNumberFour
16-02-2011, 11:57
I honestly want such a weakened team.

A Thursday night game then an early kick off on Sunday. Its not enough recovery time between two big games!

too_many_daves
16-02-2011, 11:57
Naismith is a big doubt. Everyone else bar Broadfoot is fit. We will be more offensive than in the Champions League.

didnt expect Mcculloch to be back so soon

he really is Super Jig

ally12259
16-02-2011, 12:00
didnt expect Mcculloch to be back so soon

he really is Super Jig

Haha, forgot about Super Lee. He is out too :(

TPABear
16-02-2011, 12:00
I think you might well have nailed it mate.

I guarentee Edu is in their in place of ness

townhead ranger
16-02-2011, 12:01
I guarentee Edu is in their in place of ness

In your opinion?

or you have a sauce?

Blue Lew
16-02-2011, 12:01
Naismith is a big doubt. Everyone else bar Broadfoot is fit. We will be more offensive than in the Champions League.

I hope so!

Shotters Nation
16-02-2011, 12:02
I really think we will attack them tomorrow night and not be as defensive as we have been in europe and especially in 2008

I genuinely think that Walter won't see this as priority#1 this season as the league is far more important and therefore he will set the team out to be more attacking and see how we get on, if we dont win so be it, league is more important . .

the above IMO, will be Walter's view on it

tazzabear
16-02-2011, 12:03
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

I like that team but expect Edu to be playing.
Hope I'm wrong though.

TPABear
16-02-2011, 12:03
In your opinion?

or you have a sauce?

Just an opinion

TPABear
16-02-2011, 12:04
I really think we will attack them tomorrow night and not be as defensive as we have been in europe and especially in 2008

I genuinely think that Walter won't see this as priority#1 this season as the league is far more important and therefore he will set the team out to be more attacking and see how we get on, if we dont win so be it, league is more important . .

the above IMO, will be Walter's view on it

No chance, Walter will go 4 - 5 - 1 with Weiss in their and claim he played all out attack

townhead ranger
16-02-2011, 12:05
Just an opinion

Cool, you can see how "guarantee" left me a bit confused :D

You're probably right though.

I'd probably be happy about Edu starting thinking twice about it.

Would probably increase the liklihood of Ness starting on Sunday.

blair_omnibus
16-02-2011, 12:08
Anyone who would be happy playing Laffeety up front on his own is a mentalist.

Even more so in Europe.

Libor_Sionko_14
16-02-2011, 12:16
From Twitter

Smith hints at more offensive #Rangers shape in game v Sporting, Naismith a slight doubt with hamstring strain but hopes high he'll be fit

Smith wanting to attack :)?

derhammer
16-02-2011, 12:26
Anyone who would be happy playing Laffeety up front on his own is a mentalist.

Even more so in Europe.

Who would you play?

cooprfc
16-02-2011, 12:26
No chance, Walter will go 4 - 5 - 1 with Weiss in their and claim he played all out attack

4-5-1 with Weiss and Diouf playing as part of the "5" is actually quite a decent, attacking formation.

I really wonder when people will get over this nonsense about 4-5-1. It's the best, most relevant formation out there.

bellevueloyal
16-02-2011, 12:29
Does this mean Naismith is a doubt for Sunday too?

Rod the Prod
16-02-2011, 12:32
Something tells me Smith wouldn't mind too much if we are knocked out of the EL in the not too distant future, what with the backlog of domestic games to deal with, hence a more attacking formation. Look what happened the last time we went into a euro campaign with an attacking formation.

The Fishy Finger
16-02-2011, 12:34
Does this mean Naismith is a doubt for Sunday too?

He wont play tomorrow night. But he will play Sunday. Bookmark this if need be.

squaddie-bear
16-02-2011, 12:35
4-5-1 with Weiss and Diouf playing as part of the "5" is actually quite a decent, attacking formation.

I really wonder when people will get over this nonsense about 4-5-1. It's the best, most relevant formation out there.

I think most people are miffed at the fact that we usually seem to be incapable of turning the 4-5-1 into a 4-3-3 in attack. When we play this formation it is almost exclusively a defensive performance.

Obviously there are exceptions and we pull it off - a la Motherwell this weekend.

townhead ranger
16-02-2011, 12:39
I think most people are miffed at the fact that we usually seem to be incapable of turning the 4-5-1 into a 4-3-3 in attack. When we play this formation it is almost exclusively a defensive performance.

Obviously there are exceptions and we pull it off - a la Motherwell this weekend.

The problem isn't the formation and we do have the players to work the system.

It's often the mindset of Walter Smith instills in the players.

We can't afford to sit as deep as we do, we must pressure the ball and not sit off until they get into our half.

cooprfc
16-02-2011, 12:40
I think most people are miffed at the fact that we usually seem to be incapable of turning the 4-5-1 into a 4-3-3 in attack. When we play this formation it is almost exclusively a defensive performance.

Obviously there are exceptions and we pull it off - a la Motherwell this weekend.

That's a fair point but a lot on here simply see us setting up 4-5-1 as setting up negatively. Doing so with Diouf and Weiss wide can certainly not be seen as setting up negatively.

We could probably play 10 forwards (if we had them) in a 4-5-1 formation and people on here would still say we were being negative. :)

supergers07
16-02-2011, 12:51
I like how the site says we are going more offensive

sorry changing to a 4-5-1 isnt much different
go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 ffs.

its a game smith could care less about anyway, play some fringe players

KBoyd1690
16-02-2011, 12:56
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

That would be my team.

If Naismith made it I'd be tempted to start him instead of Lafferty though.

Dontwasteit!
16-02-2011, 13:14
McGregor

Whittaker Boogie Weir Papac

Diouf Davis Bartley Ness Weiss

Lafferty

That would see me happy.

That team would do me nicely.

If Naismith is a doubt I wouldn't risk him before Sunday.

glasgowrangersno1
16-02-2011, 13:18
I wouldn't risk Naismith, looks as though we might take the game to a team for once, hope it doesn't backfire.

If it does, queue the usual mob going off their nut.

Heedbanger
16-02-2011, 13:24
Mcgregor

Whittaker Bougie Weir Papac

Davis Edu Bartley Ness Weiss

Diouf


Could also be a chance Walter might go with this.

WATP73
16-02-2011, 13:26
I don't want Lafferty to play up on his own. He cannot hold the ball up and when he plays we just punt hopeful balls towards him. He isn't that big a goal threat either. If Naismith makes it I'd like to see:

McGregor
Whittaker Bougherra Weir Papac
Weiss Davis Bartley Edu Diouf
Naismith

I would be happy to see Ness in there also.

Tagsbear
16-02-2011, 13:27
I like how the site says we are going more offensive

sorry changing to a 4-5-1 isnt much different
go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 ffs.

its a game smith could care less about anyway, play some fringe players

What did you see the formation on Saturday past as?

two2tango
16-02-2011, 13:30
Mcgregor

Whittaker Bougie Weir Papac

Davis Edu Bartley Ness Weiss

Diouf


Could also be a chance Walter might go with this.

id actually prefer that than lafferty up front.

naismith should not be risked, he needs to play on the right against izzaguire sunday, he made him non existant at parkhead, smith should do this again

rfc_loyal_7
16-02-2011, 13:30
I wouldnt risk Naismith with any sort of Hamstring strain, leave him be and he should be ok come Sunday.

53easy
16-02-2011, 13:30
I like how the site says we are going more offensive

sorry changing to a 4-5-1 isnt much different
go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 ffs.

its a game smith could care less about anyway, play some fringe players

It's all about the players

A side with Davis,Naismith(Weiss)EHD Lafferty won't be defensive no matter the formation writing down on a bit of paper.

sregnar
16-02-2011, 13:36
I hope so!

The style we played against Valencia will do, you seen what happened when we went for it last year in Europe.. Humped!

Superscotty
16-02-2011, 14:26
Anyone who would be happy playing Laffeety up front on his own is a mentalist.

Even more so in Europe.

i agree i think lafferty is no good upfront on his own i fink the big man just trys too hard somtimes and also is lafferty fully fit ? i would like to see healy in but i think he will make an appearence from the bench.

DamsideBear
16-02-2011, 14:59
McGregor

Whittaker ;) Weir Papac

Bartley

Diouf Davis Ness Weiss

Lafferty

essie_rfc
16-02-2011, 15:14
Might sound stupid but i think we created more chances this year in europe playing 5-4-1than previously when we went 4-5-1.

anyone else?

Aimar
16-02-2011, 15:17
Having watched a few Sporting games lately, their defense is piss poor we really should be able to get through this round... if Walter takes it too them.

derek5287
16-02-2011, 15:28
Is Jelavic not available? :ninja:

Number
16-02-2011, 15:31
I like how the site says we are going more offensive

sorry changing to a 4-5-1 isnt much different
go 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 ffs.

its a game smith could care less about anyway, play some fringe players

we played 4-5-1 at the weekend,people really need to start understanding that 3 numbers on a bit of paper doesn't mean it's attacking or defensive it's all about the players that are playing.

A 4 - 5- 1 with Diouf,Weiss and Naismith is more attacking than a 3- 4-3 with Whittaker and Foster playing left and right mid but some on here would have you believe that the 3-4-3 would be the more attacking formation out the two.

YorkshireBlue
16-02-2011, 15:45
Anyone who would be happy playing Laffeety up front on his own is a mentalist.

Even more so in Europe.

Give us your preferred option up front then.

Or are you just a mentalist with an agenda?

The Natural
16-02-2011, 16:08
I'd keep Naisy out if there is any doubt, make sure sure he's fine for Sunday.

TheBattleFever
16-02-2011, 16:38
We are as well just going for it to be honest

whos_the_dado
16-02-2011, 16:47
Is Jelavic not available? :ninja:



I'm not sure mate :ninja:

He did complain to Weiss that he was tired against Motherwell :cool:

The Accomplice
16-02-2011, 16:52
Would go with the above team then. We do need to attack and Diouf/Weiss will provide that. The only problem is them tracking back if needed.

mcallion
16-02-2011, 16:56
I have a feeling Healy will start.

cfw98rfc1
16-02-2011, 16:57
Might sound stupid but i think we created more chances this year in europe playing 5-4-1than previously when we went 4-5-1.

anyone else?

Yes but it was mostly from going 3-5-2 and playing in crosses, set pieces and miller/Naismith making clever runs.

scottyboy1984
16-02-2011, 17:07
I know this is not likely but I would go for;
Mcgregor

Whittaker Bougie Bartley Wylde

Diouf Edu Ness Weiss

Healy Lafferty

Gives a solid middle 4 and plenty of pace and attacking ability from the wide areas.

I wouldn't be surprised is we seen Hutton, Kerkar, Fleck or Cole - would really like to see Ness and Hutton in the middle of the park!

townhead ranger
16-02-2011, 17:09
I know this is not likely but I would go for;
Mcgregor

Whittaker Bougie Bartley Wylde

Diouf Edu Ness Weiss

Healy

Gives a solid middle 4 and plenty of pace and attacking ability from the wide areas.

I wouldn't be surprised is we seen Hutton, Kerkar, Fleck or Cole - would really like to see Ness and Hutton in the middle of the park!

Don't know what's less likely to happen, Wylde at left back or starting with 10 men :D

scottyboy1984
16-02-2011, 17:14
Don't know what's less likely to happen, Wylde at left back or starting with 10 me :D

Trying to rest players mate ;)

-ZED-
16-02-2011, 17:16
I defo go with Jelavic tomorrow.

A1bertz
16-02-2011, 18:19
I defo go with Jelavic tomorrow.

I agree, looks like he'd be not bad in Europe
I'd play him

Bobster
16-02-2011, 18:21
I guarentee Edu is in their in place of ness

Unlikely that Ness was rested on Saturday just so he can miss the Sporting game.

A1bertz
16-02-2011, 19:51
Unlikely that Ness was rested on Saturday just so he can miss the Sporting game.

You think he was rested?
Be interested where we go with Ness now, hope we continue to see the lad., hope that experience just isn't just winning the battle over talent and youth.

rupertdabear
16-02-2011, 21:47
if naisy is at all doubtful,i'd save him for sunday to make sure he dosen't aggrivate the problem

Bobster
16-02-2011, 21:49
You think he was rested?
Be interested where we go with Ness now, hope we continue to see the lad., hope that experience just isn't just winning the battle over talent and youth.

I'm sure he was rested.

He was rested before the Hearts game and everyone said that was him dropped in favour of experience.

I reckon Smith rates him highly but doesn't want to burn him out due to the number of competitions that we're in.

womble 3
16-02-2011, 21:49
if naisy is at all doubtful,i'd save him for sunday to make sure he dosen't aggrivate the problem

not often you speak sense but yes

we have enough to see them off without naisy if walter grows a set

scottyboy_1
16-02-2011, 22:08
naisy,weir,lafferty wouldnt be in my team id play bartley centre half and play healy instead of lafferty

skyger
16-02-2011, 22:13
I honestly want such a weakened team.

A Thursday night game then an early kick off on Sunday. Its not enough recovery time between two big games!

I`m sorry but as a proffesional athlete that is plenty recovery time` ask any ex player and 95% will tell you tierdness is not an issue but injuries are the real danger.

Gordo
16-02-2011, 22:20
I defo go with Jelavic tomorrow.

Me too mate. He's on fire just now

cjayn94
16-02-2011, 22:55
A expect that it will be the same team that starts on Sunday as well, if everyones stays fit, well with Jelavic coming in up top on Sunday.

Have a feeling it will be this:

McGregor

Whittaker Bougherra Weir Papac

Davis Edu Bartley Ness Diouf

Laffery

cav
16-02-2011, 23:27
I`m sorry but as a proffesional athlete that is plenty recovery time` ask any ex player and 95% will tell you tierdness is not an issue but injuries are the real danger.

Mental tiredness IS a problem though,as well as injuries.See the season we got to EL final for proof.