Mat Ryan and Rangers: not a good fit

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    Mat Ryan has made the wrong move.
    Today, the Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper is on a plane to the UK where he’ll link up with fallen Scottish giants Rangers for a 10-day training spell.
    It can’t be called a 10-day trial because of the small matter of a 12-month transfer ban being slapped on Rangers for going into liquidation.
    Because of that they can’t sign any players, even free agents, until September 1, 2013.
    After his “training” is complete he’ll return to Australia and play out the rest of the season with the Mariners.
    Lawrie McKinna, the club’s former manager and current General Manager of Football (and newly-elected Gosford councillor), helped line-up the arrangement after speaking to Rangers manager Ally McCoist over the Christmas period.
    The problem isn’t just that Rangers now play in the fourth tier of Scottish football, but also the fact Ryan will miss Saturday’s clash with the Melbourne Victory in Launceston.
    Ryan is hungry for a move overseas. That’s completely understandable.
    The shot-stopper is incredibly talented and has already attracted interest from Tottenham, West Bromwich Albion and Championship side Hull City.
    Ambition is fine and he’s hardly the first young Australian player to look longingly at the bright lights of European football.
    But there’s opportunities and then there’s good opportunities.

    Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, now a pundit with Fox Sports, said last night that the Scottish Premier League isn’t as good as the A-League.
    So, what does that make the fourth tier?
    Yes, it’s Rangers. Yes, they have 54 league titles and 33 Scottish Cups, but you have to question if this version of the famous club is the right fit for one of Australia’s best talents.
    If it’s just a 10-day training spell then it’s a waste of time.
    He’d be better off playing in the A-League against the Victory.
    It doesn’t send a great message when a player is willing to abandon ship so quickly during the middle of what is shaping up as an intriguing title fight.
    If it’s a 10-day training spell that will see Ryan eventually sign with the club then it’s a poorly timed adventure.
    It will be at least the 2015/16 season before Rangers are back in the Scottish Premier League.
    Ryan is good enough to play in Europe, but he’s also better than what Rangers are currently able to offer.

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    The Crowd Says (27)

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:29am
      pete4 said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      Yes this is a crazy move if it happens and it’s unbelievable the player has agreed to this. Reports indicate Rangers are offering only $230K transfer fee to CCM too

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:46am
      Adrian said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      He wants to play at one of the biggest cubs in Europe in front of 50000 fans ever other week and be part of Rangers history. I hope he is good enough for Scotland, Matt McKay wasn’t.

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        January 7th 2013 @ 11:12am
        peeeko said | January 7th 2013 @ 11:12am | ! Report

        must be a strange experience playing in front of 50k one week then 3000 the next

      • January 7th 2013 @ 12:22pm
        Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | January 7th 2013 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

        I hope he knows how to keep warm he won’t be doing alot.

      • January 7th 2013 @ 1:21pm
        AVictory said | January 7th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        As long as he doesn’t give the coaching staff training tips, Ryan won’t end up like Mckay 😆

    • January 7th 2013 @ 8:54am
      cliffclavin said | January 7th 2013 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      Agree, it is a silly move. If they were in the scottish top flight, then yes, a good introduction to Europe. Lets hope the Bozz gets in his ear and warns against it.

      but if it is just a trial – then it may well be another good taster for him – in terms of what is required at a big club – which may serve him well when he does go to Europe (but hopefully not scotland). But lets hope he stays a little longer – he has been a little shakier this season than usual (which sounds odd when the kid is 20!!) but some more time playing here will be good for him.

      What happened to the Hull move??

    • January 7th 2013 @ 9:06am
      jamesb said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Apparently Ryan was going to go to Championship side Derby, that stalled, so Rangers was his Plan B. What a terrible Plan B it is.

      Also it looks like his team mate Rogic might stay with the Mariners after been concerned about Readings development of young players.
      And also “English side only willing to pay a certain amount upfront despite having agreed an in-principle figure overall.”

      • January 7th 2013 @ 9:15am
        Adrian said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Rangers sign McGowan in September aswell. Follow follow

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      January 7th 2013 @ 9:09am
      Tristan Rayner said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      Update – The ‘training’ move has been postponed indefinitely following an ‘injury’:

      “Ryan’s Rangers training period postponed

      CENTRAL Coast Mariners custodian Mathew Ryan’s planned training period with Rangers Football Club, announced yesterday, has been indefinitely postponed after the gifted gloveman sustained a knock to his shoulder in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

      While the injury is minor, both Clubs have agreed that it is in Ryan’s best interests to remain in Australia under the care of the Mariners’ medical department for the foreseeable future.

      It is envisaged that he will be available for selection for Saturday’s Hyundai A-League round 16 fixture against Melbourne Victory in Launceston.

      Central Coast Mariners FC will advise members, fans and media of any future developments in regards to this matter.”

      • January 7th 2013 @ 9:25am
        Mals said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:25am | ! Report

        Cheers Tristan, that is a good development!

      • January 7th 2013 @ 9:36am
        Lu said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Nice face saving announcement for Ryan.. I think common sense prevailed.

    • January 7th 2013 @ 9:23am
      CmonJETS said | January 7th 2013 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Happy for Ryan to find a suitable ‘out’ from the silly situation….

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