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If Graeme Murty remains, old-friend Steve Sidwell would be great Rangers addition

If Murty remains the manager at Ibrox, bringing Sidwell to Glasgow could be a great move.

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Back in the 2005-06 season one team romped their way to the Championship table. That team was Reading. Managed by Steve Coppell they won the competition with an incredible and record breaking 106 points and +67 goal difference. One player in that team that Rangers fans will be more than aware of is the Berkshire side’s legendary right-back Graeme Murty.

He featured 44 times for the Royals that season and became a local hero as the captain who led Reading to such a memorable season.

Another player crucial to that Reading side was midfielder Steve Sidwell. This summer the 35-year-old is a free agent after his contract at Brighton ends and Murty should consider a reunion at Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 24: Rangers imanager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Murty, who has recently transformed the fortunes of Rangers, has done so with some incredibly talented young players in his team. But the side need, especially in midfield, some more experienced heads. They do not come much more experienced than Sidwell.

As well as his excellent spell at Reading the midfielder can count Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke as former Premier League clubs he played for.

The veteran proved he is not past it as an integral member of the Brighton side that won promotion last season. This campaign Sidwell has spent much of his time out injured and with his contract expiring in the summer could be on his way out.

xxxx during the pre-season friendly match between Southend United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Roots Hall on July 25, 2017 in Southend, England.

Rangers could be a perfect opportunity for the midfielder. There is certainly space for Sidwell in the Rangers side and he would be working with someone he knows extremely well in Murty.

A lot of course depends on if Murty remains, considering his caretaker deal only runs until the end of the season.

But given Rangers’ current form he is in a strong position. If he can continue to thrive with his young midfield at Ibrox until the end of the season he deserves the job. Then Murty will need some experience in Glasgow. Who better than his old friend from Reading?

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Rangers signing of Scott Arfield from Burnley could be a major coup

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Another Old Firm derby looks likely to provide even more disappointment for Rangers fans, but there is light at the end of the tunnel as reports indicate that the club are close to sealing a deal to sign Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield on a free transfer.

According to Sky Sports, Rangers are closing in on a pre-contract agreement which will see the Canadian international move to Ibrox Stadium on a free transfer in the summer when his existing deal with Burnley expires.

The move will see Arfield return to the SPL, where he previously made his name with Falkirk having come through the ranks at the club, scoring 16 goals in 124 games.

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The 29-year-old has become a regular for Sean Dyche in his five seasons at Turf Moor, scoring two goals from 19 Premier League appearances, including 15 starts, before injury to his calf in February put a halt to his season as he remains sidelined.

Given that most of Rangers’ squad who do boast experience in England come from men past their best, as was the case when Joey Barton moved north of the border, and lower league talents, like Josh Windass, mixed with some loanees from Championship clubs, to sign a regular in a team competing for Europe in the Premier League can be considered a coup.

The left midfielder is consistent and looked comfortable in the Premier League, chipping in with some memorable goals in the process, and if he can take such quality to Ibrox it will be a significant statement as the club look to cut the gap behind league leaders and arch rivals Celtic.

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Rangers should have taken the £11m Chinese offer for Alfredo Morelos

The Colombian has been nothing but trouble recently and Rangers should have kicked him out of Ibrox and made big money.

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Rangers managed to put their Old Firm nightmare from last week behind them yesterday, as they beat Hearts 2-1 at Ibrox. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias in the second half proved enough for the Glasgow side, despite a consolation strike from Christophe Berra.

After the nightmare v Celtic last week there was always expected to be some fallout this weekend. It quickly became apparent that Rangers boss Graeme Murty had wielded the axe on several players who were involved in the controversy of last weekend. Andy Halliday and Kenny Miller were nowhere to be seen, the latter suspended by the club. Meanwhile, Greg Docherty and Alfredo Morelos, who had to be separated on the pitch last week, were both dropped to the bench.

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The latter certainly did not seem to take it well. The Colombian irked Rangers fans further with his appearance on the bench.

The 21-year-old sat on the bench at Ibrox with a face of a kid who had his Christmas presents taken away. The grumpy striker continued to look disinterested and moody when warming up and fans and pundits did not find his inner rage subtle.

When Rangers did call on Morelos he came on and missed a great chance. Whether his poor attitude and mindset had anything to do with it is mere conjecture, but a correlation can certainly be put together by intrepid fans.

It now looks increasingly as if Rangers made a mistake not selling Morelos in the winter. Chinese side Beijing Renhe were chasing his signature with reported bids of £9 million and £11 million being touted – as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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Rangers rejected the approaches, instead insisting on keeping the Colombian who has scored 18 goals for the club this season.

The goals have since dried up and his attitude has been a distraction at Ibrox. Rangers should have cashed in on the attacker when they had the chance. Hopefully, he can go on to find his best form in Glasgow again next season, under whatever management structure Rangers have.

But based on his recent form and behaviour, if £11 million was on the table from China, Rangers were foolish not to take it.

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Rangers fans react to Wes Foderingham absence on Twitter

Rangers’ usual number one was not in the squad at Ibrox this weekend.

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Rangers picked up a crucial win in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias in the second half secured all three points for Rangers at Ibrox. Christophe Berra’s finish for Hearts proved to be a mere consolation.

There was, however, some noticeable absentees from the Rangers starting XI. Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty, who were involved in an argument with each other in last week’s woeful Old Firm performance, were both dropped. Andy Halliday, who publicly vented his frustrations at Rangers manager Graeme Murty last week, was also left out There was also no place in the starting XI for regular keeper Wes Foderingham.

The 27-year-old Englishman was not in the squad for the game with Jak Alnwick starting and Liam Kelly taking his place on the bench.

Rangers confirmed before and after the game that Foderingham was missing with a shoulder concern. So, unlike the others dropped, this seemed to be a decision taken out of Murty’s hands. However, that did not stop the conspiracy theorists from having something of a field day on the matter.

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However, many Rangers fans were happy to see Foderingham out of the starting XI.

Despite recently talking about his chances of playing for the senior England team, a number of Rangers fans clearly feel that is somewhat beyond the talents of their keeper.

Fans at Rangers feel that sometimes Foderingham, for all his shot-stopping ability, is lacking in other areas. His command of the box can be weak and his distribution is often hurried and frustrating.

Whilst many Rangers fans were pleased to see Foderingham out of the starting XI, it was hardly the universal feeling. ‘Fod’ still has a lot of support amongst the Rangers fanbase but it certainly seems as though many were happy for him to be getting a break, even if was not optional.

Of course, the man who replaced him, Alnwick, is hardly a popular option at Ibrox either so Rangers may need to look at the goalkeeper position a little carefully this summer.

Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter…

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