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Monday, August 03, 2009

Marshall Deal?...Injury Update...Cook Birthday....Rose Set to Sign for Northampton

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David McIntyre - BBC 606 - 02 August 2009 - Marshall offered deal
- Rangers look likely to sign Andy Marshall before the opening-day match against Blackpool.
- The goalkeeper has been offered a one-year contract following his recent trial at the club. He's due to discuss the offer on Monday.
- Players in Marshall's situation tend to push for at least a two-year deal when possible.
- But whatever the terms of the eventual contract, it seems that he will put pen to paper in the next couple of days.
- At 34 and with plenty of Championship experience to offer, Marshall is seen as a good choice to compete with Radek Cerny.
- Rangers' need for another keeper was underlined when Cerny went down with flu-like symptoms last week and was ordered to rest at home, although Marshall had already been pencilled in to play against Southampton.
- Matt Connolly also missed Saturday's match but is tipped to recover from a slight calf problem in time for the Blackpool game.
- Connolly is expected to train fully on Monday and so is Akos Buzsaky, who again missed out on Saturday as he was still nursing a thigh strain.
- But summer signing Alejandro Faurlin has all but been ruled out of the Blackpool game and Mikele Leigertwood is also unlikely to make the squad.
- On a brighter note for Rangers, the injuries to Faurlin, Cook and Buzsaky could open the door for Angelo Balanta, who has looked really good in pre-season and is a player I've always liked.
- Late last season I went along to a couple of reserve games and felt Balanta’s progress was being hampered by the poor quality of Rangers’ other fringe players. He barely touched the ball in a couple of turgid games.
- I thought then that he needed a run of games for Rangers at the start of this season or to go out on a long-term loan.
- His development could stall if he doesn't get regular games now. He did really well on loan at Wycombe last season and has reached the stage where reserve-team football is no use to him.
- Jim Magilton won’t spend the week contemplating who to pick on Saturday – he's already decided his preferred line-up.
-Annoyingly, he won't tell me it.
- But I think Balanta will get the nod and may have done so even if other players had been closer to fitness. BBC606

- Rangers have been handed a huge boost this morning (Monday), with the news that Matt Connolly and Akos Buzsaky have both returned to full training.
- Connolly missed Saturday's final friendly of the pre-season campaign against Southampton owing to a calf injury, whilst Buzsaky has been struggling with a thigh injury in recent weeks.
- However, both players took part in a full session this morning and now look set to be in contention for Saturday's opening day fixture against Blackpool at Loftus Road.
- Jim Magilton also expects Radek Cerny to return to full training on Tuesday following a minor bout of Swine Flu, but the visit of the Seasiders to W12 could come a few days early for Alejandro Faurlin and Mikele Leigertwood, who are both still struggling with thigh injuries. QPR

Romone Rose to Northampton
-[Not clear if it's loan (presumably) - if so how long; or permanently]

Northampton Chronicle - Northampton Town: McCready and Rose set to sign on
03 August 2009
- Chris McCready was notable for his absence at Milton Keynes on Saturday, but Cobblers boss Stuart Gray confirmed he has made a contract offer to the central defender.
- And the manager will also open talks with Romone Rose, a right-winger from Queens Park Rangers who got an hour under his belt at stadium:mk and a man who drew great praise from his potential new gaffer for his attitude in the build-up to the team's final friendly.
- "He started very positively," he said. "He struck a nice shot pretty early, which he was unlucky to miss the target with, and he's come in from a championship club so he's got good pedigree.
- "It was a bit of a last-minute thing because we had the game between QPR and Kettering watched and Jim Magilton has let him come and play for us.
- "Fair play to him, he drove up here and played without really meeting anyone, and ended up getting thrown into it, so I need to sit down with him and talk about where we're going with it."
- But while the manager gave the thumbs-up to Rose, he was less than pleased with the way his side leaked three goals, with every one of Jemal Johnson's hat-trick coming from outside the penalty area...." Northampton Chronicle

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