RANGERS MUST UP THEIR GAME

Rangers might have got better of Falkirk the other day, but, their boss Ally McCoist reckons that they are still not playing the way they should and they need to lift their game.

The Rangers didn’t have a good start in the Championships as they had lost 1-2 to Heart of Midlothian playing in Glasgow on 10th. There was pressure on them after that defeat and they responded in the best possible way by securing 3 points in the very next game i.e. against Falkirk.

The outcome of the second game did go Rangers’ way, but, the fact is that they were all over the place especially during the first half an hour. They even came close to getting trailed a few times. Had it not been for the diving saves made by their shot stopper, they would have been pushed to the verge of defeat in the first half itself.

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Coming into the second half, the Rangers were a bit more on the attack and after having a couple of failed attempts at the net, they finally managed to find the back of it about 10 odd minutes prior to the final whistle.

The pressure created by that goal led to another one as in the 85th minute, Nicky Clarke struck and almost blocked the route of comeback for the opposition.

Speaking to the media later in the evening, McCoist said, “A win is always great, but, I must say we are still not where we should be as far as the level of our game is concerned.”

“It’s hard to find out a particular reason and say, ‘well things are not going well due to this’. There are good enough guys in the squad and I know they will be back at the ball.”

Wolves Not Desperate For New Players

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has stated that the club are not desperate for new players and that he is quite relaxed about the club’s transfer activity so far. Wolves returned to the Championship in the first instance and they will be looking to get back into the Premier League the same way.
Last season, there was a lot of negativity surrounding the club after relegation to League One. Now, it is the opposite as Wolves are being considered as potential challengers for the promotion spots. Jackett, though, is staying realistic and he has stated that the club will be going through each option carefully.

Wolves have been involved in negotiations with Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire for the last few weeks.
However, they are looking unlikely to get their transfer targets since the player has ambitions of playing in the Premier League. Despite this setback, Jackett says that the club have several alternatives lined up and they will be looking to pursue them instead. Wolves have so far made two offers for the 21-year-old defender, but it now looks like Hull city will be the club signing him from Sheffield.

Jackett says that Wolves are reasonably strong across the pitch and they do not need to be desperate in the transfer market. “I don’t think we are in a desperate need for any particular position - I think the players are in a good place. They have come back and fell into a similar type of groove that they left in. The (toe) injury to Tommy Rowe is a disappointment because he had made a bright start to pre-season but looking at the timing I don’t think it will take him too long to get up to speed, so with luck he won’t miss much of the season,” said the manager.

Jackett Praised by Players

Kenny Jackett’s record breaking campaign with Wolverhampton Wanderers has seen the English manager winning the Manager of the month award on 3 occasions but more importantly was the fact that the club cruised to the top of League One and secured their promotion ticket to the Championship League.

Former player of Wolverhampton, Steve Bull talked about the impact and the sensational season that Kenny Jackett enjoyed since being appointed as the head coach of the club.

“You couldn’t have planned last season any better. Everybody was kicking us in the teeth when we were down there, saying Wolves have done nothing.
‘‘Now those critics are quiet. Kenny Jackett has said the right things all along. He is not one of those managers to put his foot in his mouth. When he says something he makes sure the team’s actions are always louder. He is a very professional person. The talent and the flair within the squad are unbelievable. Whether that is enough to challenge Championship clubs is another thing. I think he will need to strengthen’’. Steve Bull declared.

Steve Bull made over 450 appearances for the Wolves some years ago and he still maintains a close relationship with the players of the club and the retired footballer revealed that he had been in contact with the captain Sam Ricketts before the last match of the season which they played against Carlisle.

“They have far exceeded expectations; 103 points will take some beating. I said to captain Sam Ricketts before the final game against Carlisle ‘come on, we want 3-0 or 4-0... Records don’t come around too often.’ Those pages in the history books will now stay with those players’’. Bull added on.

The next challenge of Kenny Jackett awaits him in the Championship League as Wolverhampton has not won that league since 2008.

Jackett Trusts In Players Ambition

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has stated that the appetite of the players will be a major reason if the club are to get a second successive promotion next season. The club will be returning back to the championship after just one season in League One. There were a lot of doubts raised about the future of the club following their second successive relegation last summer. However, the negativity around the club has turned into a positive mood after a wonderful campaign in which the club has amassed 103 points.

They will be ending the season nine points above their nearest team, Brentford. However, next season promises to be very difficult one and Jackett has already been preparing with some transfer targets. The club chairman Steve Morgan recently stated that he will be providing Jackett with a lot of backing in the transfer window should he need one. The manager, though, says that the appetite of the players will play a key role in helping the club maintain the form that they have shown this season. He says that players should be hungry and looking forward to playing in the Premier league.

Wolves manager Jackett also stated that the next season will be a straight push for the Premier League.
“We have to be the hungriest team and the fittest team in the Championship and not under-estimate any team but not fear anyone. It’s about making sure we don’t waste this season and make it a successful era for this club. We’re looking for a similar outcome again next year. You still have to go out and earn the points but this club has a Premier League stamp about it and that’s something we should cultivate and take further,” said the manager.

The club will be hoping to sign a couple of strikers in the summer.

NEW HEAD COACH

Kenny Jackett was appointed as the new head coach of Wolverhampton on May 31 of 2013 and the 52 years old English tactician has been going through a series run for the former Watford player.

Jackett has less than 12 months in charge of Wolverhampton but he has already received nominations of Manager of the month award which is thanks to his impressive series of positive results at one point in time, the League One club earned 10 points from 4 matches.

Wolverhampton enjoyed their best ever start in a league campaign during the 2013/14 season and all of the positive consistent results is being noted by players of the squad themselves as David Edwards revealed the impact that Kenny Jackett and his signings have made.

“I think everyone he’s signed has made a big impact,” said Edwards.

“You look at James Henry, Michael Jacobs, Kevin McDonald, Scott Golbourne they’re all key. He’s signed bargains and Scott has been brilliant since he came he’s improved so much’’.

“He’s the best left back in the league for me, he’s so good and calm on the ball’’.

“I can’t believe Derby let Michael Jacobs go for that price (£150,000) he was a snip because he’s worth well over £1m. He’s been a good signing for Wolves and he’s only young as well at 22. It’s great for the club that the manager has signed players like him’’.

“You need those players and he works hard as well. It’s a joy to play with these lads because they make it so easy for you to play with.”

Wolverhampton is leading the way at the top of the League One and Edwards is expecting they can maintain their spot until the end of the season.