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  1. It's entirely possible to state that Celtic have benefitted from big officiating decisions in games against us, including yesterday, without saying there's a conspiracy. I believe a number of referees are terrified to give decisions against Celtic and I think there are various reasons for that. I don't think refs are meeting in pub in Carfin plotting how to thwart Rangers, but I do think if a referee can avoid giving a penalty against Celtic in a tight game they will. If there's the slightest hint of controversy about a goal against Celtic they'll chalk it off. The personal and professional cost to a referee of upsetting the Celtic management, board, support and Celtic leaning media is high and as such they'll always err on the side of caution when faced with that. Who can blame them? None of that distracts from us needing to improve our side, but to pretend that big decisions in important games haven't gone against us with some regularity is surprising. Twice this season we've had goals against Celtic chalked off, both incorrectly, in my opinion. On both those occasions those goals would have given us a lead over Celtic, something we've not managed at all this season. Scoring first in these games gives you an advantage, it changes the momentum, it leads to changes in tactics, it changes the confidence of players. Who can say if we'd have won yesterday had the goal not being denied us, who can say if the first game a Ibrox would have played out differently had Roofe's perfectly good goal been allowed to stand. We'll never know. But to deny the evidence of our own eyes when it comes to these decisions, and to berate supporters for pointing this out I find bizarre.
    11 points
  2. Rumours are Sterling is going to cover for him until we find a replacement 😀
    10 points
  3. I think some are maybe getting a bit carried away. The lad has barely played a full season, looks half decent but no more. If Tav goes, I'd hope someone with more (winning) experience is around to take the armband.
    8 points
  4. Rumours of an issue regarding the steel have been doing the rounds for weeks. Today I took part in a meeting at Ibrox via Teams and was told that "everything was on schedule", the meeting ended at 1pm, 2pm statement released confirming delay. We are an omnishambles.
    8 points
  5. I am refusing to allow myself to be driven mad this transfer window.
    8 points
  6. I think the positive to take from yesterday was that the manager changed things up and got the team to go toe to toe with Celtic. He couldn't do much about the fact several players were obviously less than 100%, many others injured and the lack of quality in the final third.
    7 points
  7. Robbed in an OF games yet again. Thought we were the better team and unlucky to lose.
    7 points
  8. That was tough to take. Another goal chopped off and maybe I'll change my mind if I watch it again, but it was never a foul. Butland at fault for their goal, otherwise we defended very well throughout. It was like watching OF games in the 90s but in reverse.
    7 points
  9. He's been our best player.
    7 points
  10. The Summer 2024 Rangers Transfer Window Rumours and Deals - Thread LINK to a rumour source TM is the TransferMarkt stats side for that player SIGNED in Summer 2024: IN - Jefte (20) - LB, Brazil, Fluminense - on loan at APOEL Nicosia, contract till 2026 - TM - TM stats - SIGNED LINK IN - Oscar Cortes (21) - AM, RC Lens, Colombia, contract till 2028 - TM - TM Stats - SIGNED - 1-year loan and obligation to buy IN - Clinton Nsiala (20) - CB, AC Milan Youth, French, contract till 2024 - TM - TM stats - SIGNED (officially on July 1st) IN - Connor Barron (21) - DM, Aberdeen, Scottish, freebie - TM - TM stats - SIGNED 4-year deal GONE in Summer 2024 → Contracts ending Summer 2024 Jon McLaughlin (36) - contract 6/2024 Kemar Roofe (30) - ST - contract 6/2024 Borna Barisic (31) - LB - contract 6/2024 Mohamed Diomande (22) - contract till 2024+ → see below Ryan Jack (32) – CM - contract 6/2024 John Lundstram (30) - CM - contract 6/2024 Abdallah Sima (22) - RW/ST - contract till 2024 (season long loan) → see below Fabio Silva (21) - ST – loan ends RETURN in Summer 2024 RUMOURS: IN Mohamed Diomande (22) - CM, Ivory Coast, FC Nordsjaelland, contract till 12/2024 - TM - TM stats - LINK - DONE LOAN till end of season with obligation to buy IN – Liam Kelly (28) - GK, freebie, Scotland – TM - LINK IN - Abdallah Sima (22) - RW/ST - TM – TM Stats - contract till 2025 - LINK IN - Adama Traore (28) - RW, Spain, Ferencvaros - contract till 2025 - TM - TM stats - LINK IN - Thomas Galdames (25) - CB/LB, Chile, Godoy Cruz - contract till 12/2024 - TM - TM stats - LINK IN- Yusuf Kabadyi (20) - LW, Bayern Munich 2, German - contract till 2025 - TM - TM stats - LINK IN - Hamza Igamane (21) - ST, FAR Rabat, Morocco - contract till 2026 - TM - TM stats - LINK (supposedly a done deal) OUT – James Tavernier – Saudi Arabia OUT – Connor Goldson – Suadi Arabia OUT – Sam Lammers – Utrecht wants permanent deal CONTRACT EXTENSIONS Leon Balogun (35) - CH - contract 6/2025 - LINK NON-STARTERS: IN - Jose Cordoba (22) - CB, Panama, Levski Sofia, contract till 2025 - we pulled out SQUAD as of 24 / 05 / 2023 Squad listed in order of remaining length of contract & primary position Full squad list at Transfermarkt Squad by primary and optional position at Transfermarkt Goal: Robby McCrorie (26) - contract 6/2025 Kieran Wright (24) – contract till 6/202X Jack Butland (31) - contract till 2027 Defence Leon Balogun (36) - CH, contract 2025 James Tavernier (32) – RB - contract 6/2026 Leon King (20) - CH - contract 6/2026 Adam Devine (21) RB – contract 6/2025 Connor Goldson (31) - CH - contract 6/2026 John Souttar (27) - CH - contract 6/2026 Ben Davies (28) - CH - contract 6/2026 Clinton Nsiala (20) - CH - contract till 202x Ridvan Yilmaz (23) - LB - contract 6/2027 Dujon Sterling (24) - CB - contract till 2027 Jefte (20) - LB - contract till 2028 Midfield Oscar Cortes (20) – RW – contract 2025 (season long loan and obligation to buy) Tom Lawrence (30) - LW - contract 2025 Scott Wright (26) - LW/AM - contract 6/2025 Alex Lowry (20) - AM - contract 6/2025 Rabbi Matondo (23) - RW - contract 2026 Ianis Hagi (25) – AM – contract till 2026 Nicolas Raskin (23) – CM – contract 2027 Todd Cantwell (26) – AM – contract 6/202x Kieran Dowell (26) - AM - contract till 2027 Jose Cifuentes (24) - CM - contract till 6/2027 Ross McCausland (21) – RW – contract till 2027 Connor Barron (21) - DM - contract till 2028 Strikers Cyriel Dessers (28) - ST - contract till 2027 Danilo Pereira da Silva (24) - ST - contract till 2027 Sam Lammers (27) – ST – contract till 2027 Coaching Staff Check out the club's home page Academy / B Side -> https://www.Rangers.co.uk/article/academy-restructure/4skGYIfqugwK1CvGZUHFH0 Women's Side -> https://rangers.co.uk/teams/ladies-senior/ OUT ON LOAN ...
    6 points
  11. I travel up to Govan once or twice a month from Birmingham to see the team and enjoy it every time, even if the games a disappointment. I've been doing it since '18 and even in that time you can see how much investment has gone into refurbing the stadium and it's footprint. Not to mention Edmiston House and the work at Auchenhowie. Maybe it's just a sign of getting older but I find myself delving deeper into football finance and capital projects, especially Rangers - which I think we all share a close interest in given what's gone before. Maybe a 60k+ Ibrox is wishful thinking in the short term but the continual TLC of our infrastructure is needed and wanted - I'd say it's a priority but there's fans who just want to pump every dime we have into the first team. This is a thought piece and musing more than anything, I love Ibrox and want it to be the best it can be - a good home is generally a sign of stability in sport and in life, you just have to look at the state of Old Trafford and UTD's current woes to see how it can reflect the struggles of a club. What do you make of the new licks of paint (😉) at Ibrox? For me it can only be a positive sign and an indicator that the club have short, medium and long terms plans that are being delivered (off the park). I'll add that I'm looking forward to seeing the Walter Statue. The craftsmanship looks incredible and will be a point of conversation for generations young and old when they go to the game. Cheers lads.
    6 points
  12. That's not strictly true. Willie Waddell famously 'went upstairs' in 72, appointing Wallace as manager while he became General Manager, effectively the MD of the day. He was largely responsible for the redevelopment of Ibrox Stadium and the eventual title win in 74/75. As one of our greatest ever players, a high profile journalist, a title winning manager with a provincial club and a European trophy winner with Rangers, Waddell was as high profile an 'MD' as we could have at that time. David Holmes was appointed 'MD' by Lawrence Malborourgh after Lawrence group bought out Jack Gillespie and took control of the club. Holmes transformed Rangers, and Scottish football. While not someone who sought the limelight his profile was very high, and rightly so. He was of course replaced by David Murray, who purchased the club from Lawrence Group. Murray was acting 'MD' of all his companies. He enjoyed the limelight, courted it in fact, and had a profile as high as anyone in business in Scotland for a couple of decades. Even today, despite everything, he's more closely associated with Rangers than anything else. When Murray chose to step back from the day to day running of the club he appointed John McClelland as 'MD'. McClelland's main role was to take any flack that was aimed at Murray. Indeed that was the main role for everyone SDM appointed to that position. Campbell Ogilvie, who was never Rangers 'MD', has some illuminating insights into Rangers between Waddell and Holmes. We didn't have a single owner at the time, we'd a number of shareholders who each had influence but no overall control. According to Ogilvie the board was fractured, they rarely agreed on major decisions. The board were split on firing John Greig as manager for example, long after it was apparent it wasn't working out. Greig eventually did them a favour and resigned. Ogilvie tells of board meetings that regularly lasted 12 hours, where every single thing was discussed and debated and often no agreement was reached. Director's had their own agendas, cliques and alliances were formed, while the club slipped into a period of stasis, allowing Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and even Dundee Utd to push ahead of us. The lack of leadership and direction was part of the reason we were unable to attract Alex Ferguson or Jim McLean as manager, despite both being very much open to it, despite what might have been spun since. Leadership begins at the very top. That's the case with every successful business. While supporters are much more concerned with the football related appointments, the replacement for Bisgrove might well be the most important bit of business we do this summer. History tells us what happens if we get that wrong.
    6 points
  13. 6 points
  14. I thought Clement got the tactics spot-on. Alas! We didn't have the quality off the bench to get over the line.
    6 points
  15. Welcome to The Famous Connor Barron. Go make yourself a superstar.
    5 points
  16. Why are we importing materials from Asia they will be like everything else from that part of the world crap second rate materials if it’s metal then there’s a steel stockholders just along the road Asia for materials my arse sounds like a cowboy project.
    5 points
  17. I would like us to (re)sign Gregor Stevens. Now I know Gregor must be pushing 68-69, he was a couple of years ahead of me at Fir Park Boys Club during the mid seventies. He was a tough tackling, ball winning, no nonsense Centre half who when time allowed, got his head up and played passes. Gregor was never far away from red mist syndrome, even in training. This effecting his timing and to compensate he utilised both feet, studs up in his frequent red mist tackles. Gregor hit you, you stayed tackled for about a month. The reason I think Gregor would be a worthy signing is that Scottish Referees are okay with players exhibiting red mist syndrome and, fellow professionals queue up to parrot, "he's NOT that type of player". I witnessed Ryan Porteous being red carded on three separate occasions in games against Rangers, three less than he deserved. Fellow professionals and pundits(particularly at BBC Scotland) chorussed, "he's NOT that type of player". As long as Gregor is not awarded a Scottish international cap and the red mist strikes. I note Callum McGregor has exonerated Ryan's challenge against Germany, "what else could he do"? I think the time has arrived for Gregor and his particular red mistism. We are more tolerant of all folks these days, especially if you have an 'ism'. Give Gregor the gig.
    5 points
  18. I can just see it...
    5 points
  19. Rob Burrow has died. He has been such a very brave and inspirational and totally unselfish person as well as being a great player. The sporting world is a sadder place without him.
    5 points
  20. It does seem that way but the media are under the control of the spalpeens. Complaints by Rangers are ridiculed. Complaints by celtic are elevated to matters of national importance and something must be done. On reflection, I might have got that wrong. The media aren’t controlled by the spalpeens. The media are spalpeens almost to a man or woman.
    5 points
  21. Looks like predictions of administration are too optimistic. If we can't afford Cordoba then we are heading for another liquidation. Cancelling my season ticket to save up for the next fans fighting fund WATP
    5 points
  22. There was a Danish left back joined Rangers in the 80s by the name of Jan Bartram. He was highly rated, ended up spending most of his career in the Bundesliga and became the first choice Danish international left back at a time when Denmark had a good team. He joined Rangers and it was a disaster, he clearly hated the place, he left after 6 months, during that time he failed to dislodge Stuart Munro as our left back, gave an interview to a Danish paper where he described Souness as a 'beast' and a 'bastard' and complained about the physical nature of football in Scotland. He wasn't a bad player, just a bad fit. Lammers feels like this decade's Bartram. It's better all round if he leaves, he's not a bad player, just a bad fit.
    5 points
  23. Playing Celtic nowadays is like a boxing match & needing a KO to get a draw
    5 points
  24. 👏 Well done Bluedell! And thanks again Rousseau for organizing and dedicating your time to the GPL.
    5 points
  25. 4 points
  26. I served something like four years or so in the then West Germany and I was only present once during a Soviet defection. The two Red Army formations facing us were 3 Guards Army and 7th Shock Army, 18 Divisions plus support against our four in BAOR. One hot summers Sunday, a T64 MBT came careering out of the wood line, zigzagging across the wheat field. I requested weapons free permission and provided the RA with the appropriate x-ray grid. I was told to, "wait out". The distance from their wood line to ours was nearly 4K but, it crashed into the trees about 300 metres to our left and, the crew poured out. They were howling drunk. It took a couple of days but Intelligence got back saying they had been expecting something over the weekend but had no specifics thus, no warning order. Hence, no weapons free permission either. Apparently, the 7th Shock Army had received their quarterly black boot polish bulk allocation the day before. A troop of three tank crews had placed their blocks of boot polish on loafs in direct sunlight, the industrial alcohol percolated into the bread and, they consumed it. An hour later, three of them decided on the mazy run. The others were blind drunk, literally. I suspect I have just contravened the Official Secrets Act?
    4 points
  27. Not a huge surprise to see James Bisgrove move on. One wonders if that may (or should?) be the first of a few boardroom changes this year as, despite some bright moments in recent seasons and some commercial improvements, John Bennett simply must address our continual failure on the pitch. We can point to bad luck with injuries and poor player signings but all that leads back to those in senior leadership roles making questionable decisions since we secured our 55th title. Addressing the raft of bad decisions since then is not a quick fix so fans should be ready for more difficult times. Our patience should not be taken for granted.
    4 points
  28. I think he was good at getting commercial deals but never a CEO. The Saudis have plenty of funds so will continually pluck useful persons from Europe. Those who go have sold their soul. They are the worst kind of religious fundamentalists - Wahhabism is a disgusting thing that would've been wiped out decades ago if Westerners had cared about their safety instead of money. Not bothered by this at all.
    4 points
  29. Ouch..... 😀
    4 points
  30. We couldn't pick up a world class 33 year old either. The difference between the two, conventionally at least, is that the younger player gets better the more he plays with good coaching whilst the older player will physically wane - and usually that happens quite suddenly (Casemiro, Utd). After a couple of seasons the 33 year old has 0 resale value whilst the 19 year old can be sold for millions. Jeremie Frimpong for them being a case in point. I'm not advocating for playing the full B team XI btw, players like Butland, Balogun and Dessers I'd keep but I wouldn't add too many more who are pushing 30+ Also there's a difference between 'experience' and age. Most fans would say Bukayo Saka is a young player at 22 but he's played over 250 games for club and country. Is that inexperience? That's probably why Tav looks cooked, the miles on the clock in recent years have caught up with him.
    4 points
  31. The worst of all was Walsh not sending off Alistair Johnston at the new year game. He was on a yellow & continued to foul but Walsh bottled it to give a second yellow. Even Kenny Miller said so in commentary
    4 points
  32. If you watch the incident back, Balogun and Raskin are both being "fouled" before Raskin "fouls" Hart. As I initially said, it's either a goal or penalty to Rangers, yet Walsh somehow gives a free-kick to Celtic. Let's remember VAR is only meant to intervene when there is a clear and obvious error. Yet, it's somehow managed to disallow Rangers goals in 3 OF games this season. It has yet to give a decision against Celtic in an OF game. That's some coincidence.
    4 points
  33. Well my commitment is £40 scorecast a two to one victory with Dessers first goal odds 65/1 Mon the Gers
    4 points
  34. You might be right but this is just another reason why football is generally less interesting to watch than it used to be. It's too tactical and formulaic (mirrored in the stands by the ultras, in their matching outfits, with ubiquitous chants and identical behaviour).
    4 points
  35. I remember a similar run under big eck where we hadn't beat them for some time, then went to their place and won 2-0. Vignal and Novo scoring if i recall. Big difference being back then we lacked quality but had the heart. I think we have the quality now but lack the heart and mentality.
    4 points
  36. Can we have some of this please...
    4 points
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