The Rangers Way: Goals, goals and more goals

It’s been a while since I last updated the blog so thanks for your patience, I’ve been loving the save too much to update and some personal circumstances have meant that I needed an escape and the game can be great for that, as can alcohol but I digress.

In the meantime I’ve tidied up the blog by adding a read more button on each article all the way back to the introduction to this series, a thank you to FM Samo for the help on that and I hope you agree it makes the site look more organised and easier to navigate.

Anyway we get back to the save update, it’s season 2022/2023 and we’ve just secured 6 league titles in a row and last season we went out of the Champions League at the quarter final stage to Manchester United, the same side has put us out in the last two seasons which is where my hatred for Utd and Mourinho has really started.

Transfers in

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We made a record signing in Jose Luis, he’s a Brazilian number ten who is very technical and I did everything to bring him to rainy Glasgow. Delighted with him with 17 first touch, 17 technique and 18 vision.

After him I also brought in Hajdu on loan who would act as the third option of striker behind Alaa and Clough and Koffi who I took a punt on but had no work permit and hasn’t turned out well at all.

I liked the look of Nagime as more of a sitter in the midfield, Appel was moaning at everything and when he asked to leave or he’d cause a mutiny I’d had enough of the prick. £18 million was his release clause but I managed to persuade Bayern to include a 50% sell on clause and his current value is £34 million.

Mares was someone our extensive scouting team found and I really like the look of him, has a really good base for his young age and at £2 million it’s a bargain. Kari was an outstanding loan signing and we needed him due to the mountain of injuries we had at that stage.

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Transfers out

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Like I said Appel thought he could take me on and was sent packing, Gauld was just ahead of him anyway but we also sold Nouri early. As well as he had done, he was marginalised by Gonzalo Maroni strong form and Jose Luis took the other role he may have played, a £2.5 million profit for us.

Clough was getting unhappy with the lack of game time which was fair, he had done well for us but Amr Alaa is on another level to him and getting £10 million up front for him with limited time left on his deal too was good business.

Losing Barrie Mckay was a real tough one but he had regressed in comparison to the rest of my wide men, Barrie carried our side in my early seasons so was a tough one to let go but he came to me asking to move on for first team football and I couldn’t stop him.

Barrie played 287 times for my Rangers side and scored 117 times including scoring the only goal against Hibs in the 16/17 Scottish cup final, a goal in the 2-0 League cup final win over Aberdeen in 18/19 and in our rout of Atletico Madrid in 19/20 when we battered Simeone’s men 5-1.

Kopecky was a young striker I had high hopes for but he never fulfilled his potential and was glad to get £5 million for him and Mckenzie was a youngster that was not going to make it.

I also sent some youth/fringe players on loan which generated £5 million over the season, I was inspired to try this route by a post from Merry Guido who is a well known creator in the community and someone that talks a lot of sense.

Transfers in – £21.5 million  Transfers out – £54 million

Champions League

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Champions League group stages? Completed it mate. A group of Man City, Shakhtar and Rapid Vienna was fair but I knew Man City would prove to be tough opposition with a strike force of Dybala, Morata, Dembele and Pulisic enough to cause problems.

To get a 1-1 draw in Manchester was great, a 7-2 hammering of Rapid with Alaa getting a hatrick was lovely. We then followed this up with back to back wins over Shakhtar with centre back Novotny scoring in both games and he was really proving on some of his undoubted potential.

An end to end game with City resulted in a breakaway goal from Barry Barr in the 88th minute as you can see below, with some really nice play from my forwards.

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A routine 2-1 win over Rapid in the final group game meant we topped the group with 16 points, Barr scoring three goals, Lemar with 3 and striker sensation Alaa with 4 goals were vital in our progression.

Scottish Premiership

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A 10-1 win over last seasons 2nd placed side Dundee was an incredible start to the season but our side was very free flowing throughout the first half of the season with 66 goals scored in 20 league games by the end of the calendar year. We scored 4 goals or more in 9 games also with a 4-0 battering of Celtic impressive.

Our striker Amr Alaa is a god, he scored 31 goals by the end of the calendar year and was scoring more than a goal a game, sadly Thomas Lemar was injured mid way throughout the season which left him out for 6 months.

Pineda really took the opportunity to make the left winger slot his own and was a consistent threat pitching in with plenty goals and assists, whilst the transition of phasing Tavernier out the side for Shin Dong-Joon took place.

League cup

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A really dominant League cup campaign really, 7 goals from Amr Alaa was fantastic with a brilliant hatrick in the final. The 5-1 dominant win in the semis over our Old Firm rivals Celtic was well deserved and we controlled the match.

In the final Dong-Joon whipped a lovely cross for Alaa to tuck home in the best goal of the game as we ran out 4-2 winners and secured the 5th League cup in the 7th season of my tenure.

In the next update, we’ll finish the 2022/2023 season, after strong performances in all competitions can we go all the way in the Champions League or do you think we re still a bit away?

If you can also give the pinned tweet about this update a retweet, it is really appreciated and thank you for reading once again. Any feedback very welcome.

Come chat with me on slack too, channel – johnmcintosh-19.

 

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Author: johnmcintosh92

football obsessive, blog about my football team Rangers, cover their youth side for a magazine and football manager addict and new fm blogger

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