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I'll try post more detailed accounts, but just finsihed my 5th season in FM18,

League x 5 

Scottish Cup x 4 

League cup x 5

Europa League x 1

Champions League x 1

 

I've never in any version of FM managed to win in Europe with Rangers, so I'm very proud of this. ha

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Just noticed Rangers Under 20's are not in the Scottish development league on FM18. Anyway to put them in without having to edit?

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Just now, JoshLCFC said:

Just noticed Rangers Under 20's are not in the Scottish development league on FM18. Anyway to put them in without having to edit?

I wouldn't have thought so as they are not in that league in real life.

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Just now, FrazT said:

I wouldn't have thought so as they are not in that league in real life.

Yeah ive noticed that. Hopefully my assistant/under 20's manager will arrange loads of friendlies, if not I'll do it.

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Got a bit bored of my Bilbao and Wolves saves so I've come north to break the Green dominance and increase the Scottish co-efficient!

I signed Murray Wallace from Scunthorpe for £1.2m. (Rated 3 and a half stars potential 4) He will battle it out with Martin, Alves and Cardoso for the CB positions.

Trying to get Macleod from Brentford but theyre demanding over 5m.

Kenny Miller kicked off because I left him out the Europa squad so I've loaned him to Tampa Bay! Struggling to fill out the Europa squad due to home-grown quota's. This upset the squad a tad but they seem fine now with Wallace and Alves as captains.

Won all friendlies and through to the final quali round of EL against Milan using a 4-4-1-1 variant.

Morelos, Murphy and Candeiass are killing it and Dorans is loving a deep lying playmaker role!

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Bit late to the party this year but have recently started a game with Rangers.

Having a bit of a bizarre time. As we stand, I’ve played 37 league games in the first season. I have 88 points, having lost 3 games (all to Celtic). 

They’ve won 34 of 37 games, sitting on 103 points going into the last fixture (against me). 

For about 6 games now, I’ve been threatened with the sack if a result goes badly. Admittedly I’m 15 points behind, but given the circumstances this seems harsh. 

Anyone had a similar experience?

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On 19/05/2018 at 01:37, W_Beattie said:

Bit late to the party this year but have recently started a game with Rangers.

Having a bit of a bizarre time. As we stand, I’ve played 37 league games in the first season. I have 88 points, having lost 3 games (all to Celtic). 

They’ve won 34 of 37 games, sitting on 103 points going into the last fixture (against me). 

For about 6 games now, I’ve been threatened with the sack if a result goes badly. Admittedly I’m 15 points behind, but given the circumstances this seems harsh. 

Anyone had a similar experience?

Sounds pretty accurate to real life to be honest. But yeah, pretty harsh - I managed to finish 3rd with Barcelona and not get sacked, although I suppose Europa League and Copa Del Rey triumphs may have helped. How did you do in the cups?

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13 hours ago, renato. said:

It's possible to Rangers U20 join the league in the future?

In the first season I just arranged friendlies constantly for them but they do join the development league in Season 2. 

 

12 hours ago, zlatanera said:

Sounds pretty accurate to real life to be honest. But yeah, pretty harsh - I managed to finish 3rd with Barcelona and not get sacked, although I suppose Europa League and Copa Del Rey triumphs may have helped. How did you do in the cups?

Semi finals of both so admittedly I did come up short of expectation in all competitions. 

Luckily managed to avoid the sack, for now at least! 

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My team at the start of season 3.

 

 GK. Wes

 

DR. McCrorie

DC. Venancio

DC. Hegazi

DL. Antonee Robinson

 

MR. Cadden

MC. McGinn

MC. Alfie Jones

ML. Sessegnon

 

MAC. Ronaldo Neves Augusto (Brazilian regen tipped to become a global superstar)

 

SC. M. Romero

 

Also, got a decent squad with Morelos, Quintongo, Brannagan, Nestor Calderon, Jack, Finlayson (youth CB that's really improving), Ogbene and an Irishman called Aidan Fortune whose come through the youth system. Hes only 17 but hes already played in Europe for me, looks like he could one of the best midfielders around if he keeps improving. Just signed a Japanese regen from AC Milan aswell, initially cover for Cadden but the plan is to move Cadden back to RB next season.

 

Need to strengthen the defence and centre midfield then replace Wes in goal. Anyone got any suggestions for a top keeper? Ive got £10m to spend so looking to really improve my team to have a go in Europe.

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13 hours ago, Wightman said:

Need to strengthen the defence and centre midfield then replace Wes in goal. Anyone got any suggestions for a top keeper? Ive got £10m to spend so looking to really improve my team to have a go in Europe.

My goalie is Rok Vodisek, young Slovenian. Signed at 19 and was already rated higher than Wes. Cost peanuts and is now 21 and worth £8m, Wes has moved on. 

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Hey guys,

Had plenty of time on my hands this weekend so managed to get back in to FM18 with a Rangers save. I joined with just a Continental C licence, a Sunday league background and with transfers turned off, to make it as tricky as possible.

LEAGUE:

In the league we finished 2nd, 12 points behind Celtic. The Europa campaign really cost us in the league, with us dangling in 6th until early November. We then went on a run of only 3 defeats and 6 draws in the next 26 games, to finish 12 points clear of Aberdeen in 2nd with 79 points. My high point was 2-0 home win in the old firm, with O'Halloran and Cardoso netting either side of half time. We had a decent record against Celtic, considering they were able to spend £5m on reinforcements in January, where as I brought in Reading's reserve striker Mendes on loan. We both won 1, drew 2 and lost 1 in our 4 league meetings. We finished with 23 wins, 10 draws and 5 defeats (the joint lowest).

EUROPE:

We eased through the first couple of rounds, dispatching Differdange, Hajduk and Vojvodina along the way. Then,  in the final qualifier, we were handed a very tough task in Galatasaray. After a hard fought 1-0 defeat out in Turkey, we managed to get a 2-0 win at Ibrox, sending us through to the group stages and a welcome boost for the finances. We were drawn with Lazio, Koln and Ludogrets. I didn't know what to make of the draw. I knew Lazio would walk the group, but I felt that although they wouldn't be easy, I could give myself a chance of qualifying for the KO stages with points against the other 2. Unfortunately it wasn't to be. Koln hammered me both home and away and went on to top the group. We also lost out in Italy, but I was buoyed by a 2-0 win at home to the Italians as well as picking up 4 points from the 2 games against Ludogrets. We finished in 3rd place with 7 points, not a disastrous campaign at all. 

DOMESTIC CUPS:

A disappointing exit at the quarter final of the Betfred Cup at the hands of Ross County fuelled the fire with the negative reporters suggesting Powell was only hanging on to his job because he was doing ok in Europe.

Thankfully, we managed to make it through to the Scottish Cup final, only to face Celtic. We contained them for 90 minutes, but their extra quality told in the end, with 2 extra time goals taking the cup to Parkhead under new manager Mark Hughes (Brendan left for Dortmund)

THE SQUAD:

Jason Holt won player of the season. I must admit he wasn't in my plans to start when I first set the team up, but he put in some impressive performances in the middle of the park in 4-1-2-3 (DM) formation. O'halloran came 2nd and Dorrans came 3rd.

Morelos' 3 month absence due to a broken ankle hurt us a bit, but he still managed 17 goals in 24 starts in all competitions. Our other goalscorers comprised of O'halloran bagging 20 goals in 30 starts, Hererra netting 17 in 24 starts and Murphy grabbing 11 in 41 starts. I'm hoping that Morelos will stay fit for this season, add to that the additions up top and hopefully we can turn 10 draws that ultimately cost us, in to wins.

Ross McCrorrie played himself in to a new 5 year contract with his consistent performances at the back alongside a brilliantly consistent Cardoso.

Here is the best 11 from this season:

GK: Foderingham
RB: Tavernier
CB: Cardoso
CB: McRorrie
LB: Wallace
CDM: Dorrans
CM: Rossiter
CM: Holt
LW: O'Halloran
RW: Windass
ST: Morelos

TRANSFERS AND NEXT SEASON:

So despite not having any debt and getting us in to the Europa Group Stages and Scottish Cup Final, the finances are just above the line at the moment, leading to me being given a mere £350k to work with in the transfer market.

I offloaded Alves, Hodson, Docherty, Forrester and Miller for fees that brought in roughly £700k combined. I wanted to develop Docherty but he kept complaining about playing time and midfield 3, along with jack, were in good form and chances were limited for him. Martin and Mendes (January loan deal from Reading) were sent back to their respective clubs, whilst Goss' and Dalcio's loans had been terminated earlier in the season. Kranjcar was released on a free.

With little way of transfer budget, I've decided I need to consolidate my 2nd place and hopefully make the group stages in Europe again by bringing through some youth, signing a few frees and utilising the loan market as best as possible.

I'm a big fan of having at least 2 players in each position. So far I've managed to bring in Lenhian on a free and low wages as a defensive full back to cover Tavernier. Chirivella and Lys Mousset have joined from Liverpool and Bournemouth on loan respectively, with the hope that they will show their class in this league. Kelly, Barjonas and Hardie have all been called up from the U20's squad for the next season, with the plan to give them game time during the cups.

I'm still on the search for an experienced GK, CB cover and an attacking CM. If I can bring the first 2 in on a free, I might splash out a little on the CM if I can.

Despite what I felt was a decent first season considering my experience and stature and the fact that the board gave me a 2 year contract extension, my position is rated at 44% and insecure, so a good start will be well needed. 

I'm hoping I can improve on my points tally from last season and go better in the cup competitions, hopefully bring one of them home.

Wish me luck!

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SEASON 2 - END OF TRANSFER WINDOW UPDATE:

So with £350k to spend and not too many high value assets to sell on, this window was going to be about exploiting the free and loan markets, whilst trying to nab a bargain. Here are my ins and outs:

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It shows that I spent £2.2m, with a £1.5m net spend, but the £1.4m spent on Murphy was already agreed by the club from the season before. I brought in Lenhian, Bond and Rochina on a free. The first 2 purely as back ups in their positions. I wanted a more experienced back up than bond, but just couldn't find one. Rochina was brought in as I couldn't pass up the opportunity at unlocking his potential. The 23 year old's value has already rocketed to £2.9m after his 5 goals in 2 starts. He can cover the wide positions as well as the CM (A). Albarracin was brought in for £750k, not all up front, to also cover the wide positions and CM (A).

Just to put in to context what I'm up against, here is Celtic's business:

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Yes they lost their best striker, but being able to spend £22.5m, a £4m net spend, on players like Mbiwa, Jansen and Denayer shows the difference in quality within the squads.

LEAGUE:

We've started with a perfect record so far. A 3-2 home win over Ross County on the first day was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests and then after a few cup games, we beat Partick 3-1 at home.

DOMESTIC CUPS:

A pleasing 3-0 home win against Hamilton for my fringe players in the Betfred 2nd round is our only domestic cup game so far.

EUROPE:

Starting in the 2nd qualifying round, we were handed a draw against Skenderbeu. An 8-0 away win was followed up with a 3-0 home win. We were then handed a tricky tie with Reijka of Croatia. We ran out 1-0 winners at home and then secured our passage through the final qualifier with a 2-1 away win. With some of the tough teams we could have come up against, we were handed a decent draw in the final qualifier against Slavia Prague. A solid 3-1 home win was backed up with a 1-1 away draw, sending us through to the group stages. 

We've been handed, what I'm hoping, is a decent draw that I feel like gives us a chance of getting through. We've been drawn against Valencia, Legia Warsaw and Dijon. Valencia I'm confident will win the group, but i'm really excited about the prospect of fighting for second.

A good start to the season. I wasn't able to bring in the back up CB I wanted, so we are a bit light there and I hope that doesn't cost me. Finlayson is going to be getting quite a bit of game time this season in a second pairing with Bates. A very young quartet of CB's could hurt me in the long run.

WISH ME LUCK!

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Starting my last save on this FM with rangers . I have a question, U20's aren't playing in a competition in season 1 , will this change in the second season ?

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On 16/06/2018 at 12:47, Olivierlandman said:

Starting my last save on this FM with rangers . I have a question, U20's aren't playing in a competition in season 1 , will this change in the second season ?

Yes. As was the case in real life, Rangers withdrew from the development league last season to play a programme of matches against European sides. 

In FM I set up friendlies each week in the first season and they rejoin the league in season 2. 

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@Olivierlandman How are you getting on?

I'm going well in the second season, through to the Europa League knockout and sitting in 2nd in the league, but Celtic are almost already out of sight as they've won 15 out of 15 :(

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SEASON 2 - END OF JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW UPDATE:

Hello guys, I thought now would be a good time to do mid-season update.

Going in to the window I had just over £1m to spend due to changing the budgets, however I had no intention on spending anything, with the squad looking strong and deep. I did however manage to bring in quite a bit of cash in the window. Dodoo and Pena returned from loans with no chance of first team football, so both were sold on. Foderingham was subject to a deadline day bid from Swansea. He was valued at £2.7m. I knew I wasn't going to have time to source a genuine long term replacement, so I decided to up the price to one that I wouldn't be able to refuse and they matched it. £4.7m  potentially rising to £6.5m I felt was a great deal, boosting my finances and giving me some money to use in the summer to find a replacement. Bond and Kelly will fight it out for the number 1 shirt for therest of the season. Morelos was subject to media speculation, which led to him requesting the chance to move to a bigger club. I agreed, but only if the right price came in, with the hope it wouldn't. Despite Dortmund and Schalke showing a genuine interest, no bid materialised, meaning we hold on to the Colombian until the end of the season at least. We did manage to tie up 1 incoming deal, Murray Wallace will be heading up to Ibrox on the completion of his contract with Scunthorpe this summer, as back up for my CB's.

DOMESTIC LEAGUE

We are flying in the league, with 18 wins from 23 games, 3 draws and 2 defeats. Unfortunately for us, Celtic have 20 wins and 3 draws, leaving them still 6 points clear at the top. 

DOMESTIC CUPS

A semi final defeat in the Betfred Cup to Celtic was a tough one to take, but we are through to the 5th round of the Scottish Cup after comprehensively disposing Hibernian in the last round 6-0. We will play Dumbarton away next.

EUROPA LEAGUE

Krasnodar await us in the first knockout round. I don't really know what to expect, but i'm hoping I can scrape through, more so for the money as I know that with the likes of Barca and Liverpool in the competition, I have no real chance of getting too far.

THE SQUAD

What can I say, the whole squad have been excellent. Morelos has bagged a staggering 30 goals in 28 starts in all competitions. Rochina has been the pick of the signings with 11 goals, 7 assists and 7 motm awards in 22 starts and cardoso has been immense at the back once again, alongside home favourite Ross McCrorrie.

I'm hoping we can cut that gap to top spot and finish on more points than we did last season, whilst hopefully putting up a good fight in both the Scottish Cup and Europa League. I have been linked with a few Skybet Championship jobs, but I've ignored all of that stuff so far. 

I'm not sure if anyone is reading, but if so, I hope you're enjoying.

Up the Gers!

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On 19/06/2018 at 00:15, smplfc123 said:

@Olivierlandman How are you getting on?

I'm going well in the second season, through to the Europa League knockout and sitting in 2nd in the league, but Celtic are almost already out of sight as they've won 15 out of 15 :(

you are doing great !

Only played 9 SPL games, drew 3 ( away against motherwell, hibs and home against celtic, they were the better team , 1-1 is a good result).

So i'm 4 points behind celtic.  I want the win the league 3 times in the next 5/6 seasons.

El: won against Midtjylland in the last qualifer with penalties.. so got a bit lucky their.  Won home against Spartak moscow , 1-1 away against fenerbache and the third team is Ludogorets . No real ambition in the first season in europa. In the near future i want to get into the first knock out of the CL or quarter/semi final in EL.

League cup : semi final against Aberdeen.

I'm playing my 4-4-2 from my BIlbao game, i think this fits my squad and the league, but i'm not winning easy away from home, could be a problem.

Signed DC Flint on loan with future fee and goalkeeper sondre Rossbach (+- 800k) . He is doing great.

I needed a new DC because Bruno alves is out for 6 months(in pre season).  my second DC earned his first cap , Mccrorie, great young defender !

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12 hours ago, smplfc123 said:

@Olivierlandman Good luck mate.

McCrorrie is turning in to a top player for me in season 2. Him and Cardoso forming a brilliant partnership.

@smplfc123 They were the foundation of my team for 7 years, Cardoso ended up going to Milan for £17m and McCrorie to Arsenal for £25.5m.  They'd have gone for more if the values of Scotland-based players weren't hit by a bug after 2nd season on FMT.  End of second season McCrorie was valued at close to £30m and then dropped to £2.5m(ish) be aware of this.

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@Olivierlandman Thanks for the heads up!

END OF SEASON REVIEW!

So a very emotional season came to an end, one that ultimately, I have to be pleased with. We manage to improve on our finish in every cup competition and the league from last season.

LEAGUE

With 8 games to go we hammered Celtic 3-1 at Ibrox, sending us above them in to first position for the first time in the season. We were excellent. Unfortunately, the season took it's toll and we collapsed at the first sign of having to show mental strength to stay on top. A ridiculous 6-1 defeat away to Hearts followed our old firm win, which was subsequently followed up with 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats, handing the title to Celtic.

We finished in 2nd on 87 points, 8 points behind Celtic and 15 points ahead of Aberdeen. This was an 8 point improvement on last season's standings.

DOMESTIC CUPS

Well we got further in both the Betfred and Scottish Cup this season. We made it through to the Semi's of the Betfred cup, losing out to Celtic. Last season we made the Scottish Cup final, so that can only mean one thing, we WON. a 3-1 victory over Celtic in the semi's set us up with a final against Hearts. A nervy 1-0 victory meant we took the trophy home from Hampden park!

EUROPE
We managed to get out of the group stages this season, landing a first round knockout tie against Krasnodar. I put the 2 legged defeat all down to me. I went too cautious in the first leg in Russia, leading to a 2-0 defeat. We fought hard at home in the return leg but the damage was already done and a 1-0 win wasn't enough and we were out.

 

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SQUAD

Morelos scored an incredible 45 goals in 44 starts this season. McCrorrie and Cardoso were excellent at the back, with Windass and Rochina the pick of the attacking midfielders.

Morelos is now in the last year of his contract and wont renew as he feels he should be playing at a bigger club, so it looks like I'll no option but to sell. It certainly will be an interesting window, but wish me luck.

Up the Gers!

 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately everything was set, but then a message came through saying LA Galaxy had reached their maximum amount of designated players :(

I have 2 or 3 German teams interested in him and with him refusing to enter contract negotiations still, I need to sell.

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On 23/06/2018 at 07:32, smplfc123 said:

Morelos scored an incredible 45 goals in 44 starts this season. McCrorrie and Cardoso were excellent at the back, with Windass and Rochina the pick of the attacking midfielders.

Morelos is now in the last year of his contract and wont renew as he feels he should be playing at a bigger club, so it looks like I'll no option but to sell. It certainly will be an interesting window, but wish me luck.

Up the Gers!

He did similar for me too, although I tied him down to a monster contract at the end of the the first season, paid above what he wanted but got 5 years and 3 year extension.  He eventually went to Man U for £47m straight up.

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I managed to get Borja Mayoral on a 2 season loan and he was immense for me.

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Cheers @Geordieboy52 I'll have a look.

I really wanted to snap up Mousset on a free after his successful loan spell, but he was wanting too big of a contract and he went to Turkey. I want to keep the wages low, with Murphy still the highest earner on £15k a week. I'll push to £20k a week, but that's my limit. I don't want to end up in debt and thanks to my cup runs, the club has its head above water for now.

I'll do a proper update when the window closes, i've brought in 4 players so far, all on a free, with a couple of big outgoings. I still have 2 positions left to fill, so I'm searching for some gems.

Anyone else still got a Rangers save going?

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There was a scottish lad with a spanish name in my youth system at the beginning he developed well on loan, could be one to look at.  I want to say Baronjas or similar.

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1 hour ago, Geordieboy52 said:

There was a scottish lad with a spanish name in my youth system at the beginning he developed well on loan, could be one to look at.  I want to say Baronjas or similar.

Danny Findlayson. 

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Started again as Rangers and am half way through the season 6 points clear of cetlc 

Was unbeaten up until the first game after the winter break which was a 2-0 defeat at Parkhead. Record as it stands is after 22 games I have 19W 2D & 1L. Betfred Cup also in the bag.

Lost out in the Europa League play off on away goals to Copenhagen but in between the 2 games I asked for more funds and was surprisingly given £8m by the board.

Squad is shaping up nicely with Danilo (£1.8m), Dario Maresic (£4m), Dominik Kaiser (£250k), Thomas Kraft (£2m) and Jack Grimmer (£350k) all arriving in January to hopefully see me over the line.

Maresic already down as a wonderkid and looks phenomenal already at 18. Also got another few quality youngsters in the squad with the likes of Daniel Brancaga, Fransisco Trincao and Tobias Svendsen joining McCrorie as the backbone for the future.

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Coming up to the half way stage in my first full season in charge, season 2018-19, having started as unemployed, I went on holiday for most of the 2017-18 season, I then added another manager and took over from Graeme Murty on the 26-04-18, with nothing left to play for.


LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP.

Currently top of the table and looking like the title will be coming to Ibrox for the first time since 2011, as we are currently sitting 10 points clear of Celtic. Having played 15 games, we have taken a total of 13 wins, one draw (away to Aberdeen, with a 90+1 equaliser from an Alfredo Morelos spot kick), and one defeat (away to Hearts, with them scoring the only goal of the game, after just three minutes of the second half).

Speaking of our Old Firm rivals, they have had a terrible season so far, from 15 games in the Ladbrokes Premiership, they have collected just 9 wins, 3 draws and been beaten 3 times


EUROPA LEAGUE.

Not only did we qualify for the group stages, which saw us beat FK Astana, PAOK Salonika and FC Midtjylland in qualifying, we have made the first knockout stage. After being handed a tough group, with us being drawn alongside VFL Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow and FC Nantes, I did not give us a chance of getting out the group, especially after one draw and two defeats from our opening three matches (0-0 v VFL Wolfsburg, 1-4 v CSKA Moscow and 0-1 v FC Nantes), however we rose to the challenge, securing a second 0-0 draw against VFL Wolfsburg, then beat both FC Nantes and CSKA Moscow 1-0, with the latter coming on matchday six at Ibrox, and helping us progress at the expense of the Russians.

DOMESTIC CUPS.

We managed to lift the Betfred Cup in style, beating Neil Lennon and Hibernian 7-2 in the final on a rainy day at Hampden Park, after knocking out Hamilton Academical, Partick Thistle and Hearts along the way. Also Celtic were knocked out by Ross County, at the Quarter Final stages.

We are yet to kick a ball in the Scottish Cup, our campaign gets underway towards the end of January, facing a trip to Highland league side Buckie Thistle, in the fourth round.

SQUAD.

Well what can I say, despite not having the riches of our Old Firm neighbours, due to not being in the Champions League, our squad is playing out of its skin, and doing us proud in every competition. We have been very lucky on the injury front, with the longest injury being four weeks. I do try to keep my squad fresh, with a rotation policy taking place, but with the second half of the season not being so busy, I should be able to keep a more settled starting XI.

We have also been firing in a lot of goals this season, finding the net 51 times in the league, with me playing to the strengths of getting the ball out wide to both Candeias and Murphy, and supplying Herrera and Morelos with killer balls in and around the six yard box, who have between them scored 40 goals in all competitions, and it isn't even January yet.

We have also been keeping it tight at the back, we may not have kept a lot of clean sheets, but we have the best defence in the league, and hoping that a more settled back line in the second half of the season, will see a meaner defence.

We also have a number of great young prospects, who I will be hoping to make regulars at Ibrox in the next few years.

TRANSFERS IN.

As said at the beginning of this post, I took over towards the back end of last season, so Jamie Murphy was already joining us as an agreement of his loan deal, and Murty had agreed the transfer of Joe Rowley from Chesterfield, he arrived on a free transfer, and looks like a good signing for the future, I will look to loan him out in the second half of the season, as he is yet to make his debut for us.

The only player I have signed has proved to be a great buy, I brought Lee Gregory in from Millwall on a bosman deal, he scored 18 goals in all competitions in England the previous season, and already has 12 goals for me.

TRANSFERS OUT.

In terms of players leaving Ibrox, Niko Kranjcar and Kenny Miller had both agreed to move on before I became boss.

My only real deals so far has seen Josh Windass join Motherwell for £450k, and backup goalkeeper Liam Kelly join Manchester United on a free transfer.

Jason Holt, Andy Halliday, Joe Dodoo, Harry Forrester, Jordan Thompson, Kyle Bradley and Cameron Palmer have all departed on loan.

January will see Graham Dorrans join Middlesbrough for £7.25m, Bruno Alves join RB Salzburg for £165k and Hamit Altintop join FC Kobenhavn for £100k.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON SO FAR.

Simple beating Celtic 3-2 in the first Old Firm derby of the season. Despite us being away and twice allowing Celtic to take the lead, two goals in the last eight minutes from Jamie Murphy helped us to victory, with one of his strikes coming in the 90+5 minute, and us making a penalty save in the 90+6 minute from Scott Sinclair, which was the last kick of the match.

Also lifting the Betfred Cup was pretty special, with us destroying Hibs and Neil Lennon 7-2, and getting into the knockout stages of the Europa League was great aswell.

FUTURE PLANS.

With me signing a deal recently until 2021, I want to make sure we win the league for the next couple of seasons, and get back into the Champions League, and start to get some major money rolling into Ibrox, but until then I will be looking to the loan market, being safe with the cash spent on transfers, with me looking to make a profit every season, and also looking towards our u20s squad and players we get in on youth intake day.

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On 28/06/2018 at 11:58, Rino72. said:

Danny Findlayson. 

How's that Spanish sounding? it was Jamie Barjonas.

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Started playing a couple of days ago with the most recent data-update so the team is a lot more fleshed out with better players, meaning you can pretty much just top-up whats already there with free transfers.

 

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TRANSFERS IN.

A few free youths for my under 20's and the rest were all free transfers/no clubs
Kaka  - AML till December when he retires
Jack Robinson - as cover at LB/LWB (15% of next fee to player)
Phillipp Wollscheid - CB cover & resale value (20% of next fee to player)
Josue - CM/AML cover & resale value
Yaya Toure - DM/CM, somehow he hadn't been picked up by a club close to the end of the transfer window so I'm paying him 19k a week + bonus to troll the SPL

TRANSFERS OUT.

Loaned out some youths & players with expiring contracts who nobody was interested in buying (Hodson/Forrester etc)..
Wallace requested to leave (achieved all he can with club) but nobody even sniffed at him so he's still here
Foderingham was courted by Aston Villa the whole January window but only offered 400k so turned it down

GENERAL

No real suprise with my general results, Neil Lennon got sacked at the start of December, Livingstone are 3rd in the League, Dundee look odds on for relegation & Aberdeen might go further than me in Europe :O Celtic also sold Tierney to Arsenal for 27m (Increasing to 47m)

Vastly over-estimated the Income/balance I would have though, so will be signing pre-contracts/free's to replace players I will need to sell while I work out what a sustainable wage budget is

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Started a new save with rangers here is my first season won the treble lost out in europa league at play off bit here are my results in first season 

and my transfers and tactic 1st season i also got rui costa

currently on my second season and here are my second season transfers already

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9 minutes ago, Martin2007rfc said:

Started a new save with rangers here is my first season won the treble lost out in europa league at play off bit here are my results in first season 

and my transfers and tactic 1st season i also got rui costa

currently on my second season and here are my second season transfers already

What is your current wage budget/spending if you dont mind me asking? just starting my 2nd season but seems like if you make ~10m a year in transfers you can just pay whatever you want in wages & still break even.. signed a few people on free's/pre-contract hoping to sell next window/season

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1 minute ago, Brady84 said:

What is your current wage budget/spending if you dont mind me asking? just starting my 2nd season but seems like if you make ~10m a year in transfers you can just pay whatever you want in wages & still break even.. signed a few people on free's/pre-contract hoping to sell next window/season

 

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Worth mentioning that a few of the Under 20's are well worth a go in the first team.  I had a freak run in season 3 and managed to win the Champions League!

Anyway pick of the Under 20's graduates:

Dapo Mebude:

Just had a real breakthrough year, been using him since season 1 when I gave him a lot of minutes off the bench.  He regularly gets called up for the England squad but has yet to be capped.

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Glenn Middleton:

Nothing special but I've retrained him to be a left wing back and rotated well with Declan John in my first season after I sold Lee Wallace

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Liam Burt:

Again nothing special but gets good ratings when we play a rotated lineup in easier fixtures

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Jamie Barjonas

Unbelievable talent, been part of our first team right away and is now a regular international

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Aidan Wilson:

Also a class act, been our first choice centre back in a back 3 with McCrorie and Cardoso since season 1 and has never looked back.  A regular Scotland international

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Ross McCrorie

Another quality player, first choice centre back and fills in in defensive midfield every now and then.  Regular Scotland international

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Robby McCrorie

Like his brother he has made himself a fixture in the Scotland squad.  Rotates the goalkeeper position and I give him as many minutes as I can

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On 05/07/2018 at 17:56, The Art of Drowning said:

Worth mentioning that a few of the Under 20's are well worth a go in the first team.  I had a freak run in season 3 and managed to win the Champions League!

Congrats + hopefully secured some more euro places and increase the league rep a bit more (15th gets you 5 places & 6th gets you 6 places lol :D)

Gonna have a proper look at the above youths once they get back from loan (currently 2nd season) as I'm a halfwit and signed a ton of free transfers then had to play in Europe with a 21 man squad because I have no home-grown club players

EDIT: The SPL is a strange league though as I can loan out my under 20's as "key players" to pretty much every1 in the league outwith celtic, so its easy enough to see how they are progressing

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Also is anyone having Issues with Morelos? He's pretty much on fire but requests a new contract almost every month, which I agree to but never get signed because his "new" Work Permit keeps getting denied?? 64 games played by Nov '18
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Quickly finished my first season (i can't play for two weeks now :( )

Won the League cup (against Hibs) and Fa cup (against Livingston).

Got into the semi-final of the Europa League (after the group i won against Galatasary, Atalanta, Sporting  , before AC Milan was too strong) . One of my goals was to play till the end in europa league (or reach the first knockout in champions league) in my first seasons, so i'm happy.

Competition : was first from gameweek 22 till 30.. then Celtic won at Ibrox (in a very busy schedule ..) and i lost again against them in the final round.

They finish first with 95 points, i got second with 86 point.

 

Transfers :

Miller is going to Toronto FC for free, Bruno Alves left in february for 325k to Rostov.

I pre-signed : Rod Vodisek(Olympia - GK - free) , Jordi Figueras (back from India - DC- Free) and i'm trying to sign Charlie Adam .

I want to buy Flint(2.5 milj hmmm) and Cummings (1.2milj) but i don't have the money at the moment.. I need a new DR (won't be able to sign Martin) , new SC and if i can't keep Flint , i need to sign a DC .

Morelos(in 55 games) and Murphy scored 33 goals and both +- 20 assist.

Cummings scored 28 and 13 assists. Candeias 35 assists.

Gave Morelos and Mccrorie big long term contract.

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Well i thought why not give a Rangers game ago loaded up.....

Any recommendations at all?!?!

I have the latest sortitoutsi downloaded update as of today also in place 

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On 10/07/2018 at 15:34, westmarsh7 said:

I have the latest sortitoutsi downloaded update as of today also in place 

Its a piece of **** because you have SO many good players (I started a couple of weeks ago before you got the new loan signings) Have a look at free transfers first, you'll be able to sell Arfield+Murphy for ~30m end of the season (and change formation) so grab whatever you can afford to replace them + squad rotation players that you can sell again at the end of season

Would recommend that all the good youths, a couple of posts up, that you just loan them out(ignore the wages and just make sure they are key/first team) so they stay on super cheap wages and still improve

Try not to spend all your wage budget early, once you get the "season expectation" you can put pretty much everything to low and get another 100k+ a week to spend on wages, with the squad though you need to play "something" with Wingers / Inside-Forwards, I used the below

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A load of decent players you can get on a free on "decent" wages

Jack Robinson - CB (LB/LWB)
Philipp Wollscheid - CB (Easy 5-10m resell end of first season)
Eduardo Henrique - CM (If he gets a work permit, probs won't)
Yaya Toure - CM (If nobody signs him then week before end of window he will be interested on ~18k a week)
Kaka - AML (Retires in December but you get 5month out of him on 10k a week)
Jose Angelo - ST [He probs doesnt get a work permit but sign him on a 5yr contract and you can loan him out at 100% wages + 100k a month loan-fee]

Should smoke the league until January then just have a look at "EVERYONE" who's contract is expiring end of season, add them all to a shortlist, bid on your favorite's & anyone who isn't interested wait until end of season and see if they get released so they will be interested + accept much less wages, If you win league first season then the champions league money you get will allow you to go "silly" on wages [Where you run up a monthly debt but re-sell players in Jan back into profit again], Depending on what leagues you run when you start there are a ton of "regens" / free youths who will be close to breaking into the 1st team after a year out on loan

Pretty much anyone "good" or from the EPL that ends up playing most of your games will get a 10m+ bid so you can "afford" to pay them 20k+ a week as you make the money back

End of 2nd season I sold Robinson(free from above) to Spurs for 28m, Ospina[Arsenal Keeper] got released & payed him ~30k a week for a year to PSG for 24m e.g.
30k a week is 1.5m a year so anything above that is total profit.. assuming they are a first-team playing 75% or so of games you will be able to negotiate a bid from the EPL well into the profit

On 09/07/2018 at 08:39, Olivierlandman said:

I pre-signed : Rod Vodisek(Olympia - GK - free)

I did the same but i ended up sending him out on loan as I already had 2 GK's on higher wages/ squad status... so even in Jan 2020 he's hardly played a game

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PS Welcome to the funniest game I've ever played
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EDIT 2: Who even agrees to something stupid like this? Sell the league/int appearances for ~10m even after paying HJK their share I could still buy him back for 25m and not lose any money :/
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Transfers for my second season :

In: Murphy, Jordi Figueras , Rod Vodisek , Billy Jones, Stephen Ireland and Charlie adam and i loaned : Cameron Carter- Vickers , Mavididi, Brad Smith and Leonardo Ulloa . Mavidi and Smith with option to sign, Ulloa and Vickers are probably out of contract next season.

Out: Joe dodoo, Harry Forrester and loaned Docherty, Foderingham , Declan John . Also sold Windass .

 

After the signing of Brad smith(he will start and Wallace will lose his place) i made McCrorie captain and Rossiter vice captain.  This was before i signed Charlie adam, maybe he'll take over later this season.

Celtic sold Boyata and Dembele , i hope i can close the gap this season..

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Just won my first old firm(in the SPL , last season i won against them in the cup) in my second season.. we did a great job (and not with many new players)

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Not many activity here ?  Sold Morelos in the third season for 53 milj (35 up front) in the january window.  Bought Haland and pre signed perica. Already using a great regen from Egypthe and one from my first youth intake + Ulloa (he is going to break goal scoring record in scotland and for Rangers ).

Won the league cup in the third season, playing semi final in normal cup against Celtic, quarter final europa league (after finishing third in champions league group) against Milan and about to win second championship in a row.

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