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  1. Kent's tracking back with McGregor and generally being around him and preventing him getting on the ball was hugely important for us yesterday. Tactically Callum McGregor is their link between defence and attack and Kent had a job to do today in helping prevent that, he did it well in my opinion. We really should step back for a moment and consider our side yesterday. I think it's now clear we've had Covid problems at the club for a while and it's affecting a number of players and senior staff in different ways. Barasic is not fit, I don't know why, but he's not and that's been clear every time he's played this season. He was rightly replaced by Bassey a few weeks ago. Yet he was called upon to perform yesterday and he did. Their young winger is a decent enough player and they were overlapping a lot on that side, Barasic had a lot to do yesterday. It also seems like Helander is a player who struggles to play two matches a week. There seem to be fitness issues with him, he may have historical injuries that need managed, he might simply not yet be over his summer exertions. Yesterday was his second game in 4 days, with nearly 7,000 miles flying too. Balogun is no right back. He might have played there before but compared to Tav or Paterson he's defensively sound but offers a lot less going forward. So much of our attacking play is dependent on our full backs linking with midfielders and forwards and delivering crosses. An unfit Barasic and a centre half at right back makes a big difference to our style of play. Add in a rookie keeper making his league debut for us rather than a commanding seasoned international and you have to say to go through that match without conceding a goal is remarkable. As has been said Kent and Roofe aren't fully fit. Both did important jobs yesterday. Kamara, Davis, Morelos and Aribo played in the heat of Thursday too. Morelos ability to draw a foul is a thing of beauty, he should have a wing dedicated to him in Kelvingrove Art Gallery where future generations can marvel at his dedication to getting his body between their centre halves and the ball before taking the inevitable dunt from behind. He helped break up the play, slow the game down at times and allow us to regroup. Plus we realised they were suspect from set-pieces as indeed it turned out. We'd no defenders on our bench yesterday. No manager in the dug out, no captain on the park. That was an important win yesterday, that was a show character above all else. Loved it.
    13 points
  2. We could get rangers_syntax to ask them some obtuse, confusing questions while buster prepares a lengthy dossier on their misbehaviour. Failing that, we could get Rousseau to bore them to death with stats. After that, if they're still standing, I'm sure no one would be mad enough to take on Bill in a debate.
    10 points
  3. Rangers only successful European season ranks as one of it's most intriguing and fascinating. There is a puzzle wrapped enigma in the triumph because it was neither expected nor predicted. Typically over the decades, Euro success arrives after a period of domestic dominance. Ajax, Bayern, Liverpool, .............. etc are all examples. It's the crest of the wave epitomised by Nottingham Forest, win the Second Division, win the First Division, win the European Cup, successfully defend it; all in four short years. Rangers were at the end of five years of domestic doldrums. The League Cup had been secured by DJ's famous header at the end of October'70 but the season was completely overshadowed by the Disaster at Ibrox on the 2nd of January'71 in which 66 died and 145 were injured. Rangers finished the League season in fourth, behind champions, Celtic; Aberdeen and St Johnstone finished second and third. We had been knocked out the Fairs Cup at the first attempt by Bayern Munich and, progress in the Scottish Cup came after a semi-final replay single goal victory over Hibs. The old firm final ran to a second game too. Jim Denny made his debut, played well and, we lost 2-1. After the match, I was walking down the Polmadie Road with a couple of schoolmates, one offered a thought we had qualified for the European Cup Winners Cup? Yep, given our separated brethren had won the league, meant as defeated cup finalists we were destined to participate in a trophy for cup winners. The Rangers team that evening was, McCloy, Denny, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Jackson, Henderson, Penman, Stein, MacDonald and, Johnston. Colin Stein finished the season as the club's top scorer on 12 goals. Polmadie Road bottomed out along with the optimism. A new season(71-72) dawned and aspiration levels were sky high, we sang, "bring on the Celtic". The League Cup section draw had awarded our wish, with both Morton and Ayr United providing ballast. We experienced a five Saturdays sequence whereby we played the champions on three occasions, all three at Ibrox. It was home and away League Cup sectional games(due to construction of a new main stand at Parkhead, the game was transferred to Ibrox) and the season's first old firm league match. We lost 0-2, 0-3 and, 2-3. We were out the League Cup on the first day of September and had lost our first two league games, the aforementioned 2-3 defeat to Celtic was replicated at Firhill. We had drawn the French cup winners, Rennes in the first round of the ECWC. The Bretons were due to play their second ever European tie against Rangers, a club that already lost two ECWC finals against Fiorentina and Bayern Munich. We have seen the Rangers debit column, the credit one was paltry, two pre-season victories against Everton(2-1) and Spurs(1-0) and, securing the Glasgow Cup against Clyde(2-0). The French club were lying second in their championship and the most popular local newspaper, 'Ouest France' saw no fear claiming, "Waddell, raised in the Protestant traditions of the club was hurting because his club were declining at the same time as the rise of Catholic Celtic". It was the first but not the last such comparison during our Barca' quest. Tomorrow on the 50th anniversary of our visit to Rennes, we will follow follow Rangers on their first steps to European silverware.
    9 points
  4. This is fairly niche and perhaps not of interest to everyone. It's also fairly long. I stumbled across it online and found aspects of it quite interesting. I'd always wondered about Callander FC, our first recorded opponents, I'd no idea the strong connection between the town and football. I know a couple of Airdrie fans who might be surprised at the origins of their club! https://scottishfootballorigins.org/2021/08/26/glasgow-before-the-explosion-the-role-of-migration-and-immigration-in-the-development-of-football-cultures-in-the-city-prior-to-1873/comment-page-1/?unapproved=129&moderation-hash=2b5d585235928cae397edb2cf6fe4e96#comment-129
    9 points
  5. The Tippy-Top of the Toppermost. Yesterday, at two O'Clock the Referee at Tynecastle blew the final whistle, bringing an abatement to the blood and thunder/huffing and puffing by the competing Capital crews. The sharp shrill confirmed Rangers climb back to the top of the SPFL Premiership table. Simultaneously, a collective sigh lifted from the PQ Gang Hut. Big Dick announced Rangers summit position and, Michael Stewart and Tom Anguish furiously launched into a joint exercise in turd polishing, "the best nil-nil game ever". Craig Gordon is the best Keeper in the country, both Hearts and Hibs are defensively sound and, can go to Ibrox and Parkhead to challenge. After thirty minutes, Michael took a breath whilst viewing his social media and opined, "you can't please everybody, the view on Twitter is the game was not that exciting". Well we know, when Michael has a taste for something you cannot stop him, that ever present sh1t-eating grin is clear evidence. Tom thought those not in thrall with the Edinburgh Derby were probably Rangers supporters. It continued into the next programme, the consensus of Cosgrove, Cowan and, special guest, Susie McCabe on Off the Ball was, "a pulsating fire cracker of a game". It's only last week Cosgrove was reminding the listenership of the copious amounts of Brasso required these days at McDiarmid Park, his elbow was intent upon putting a shine on the keech. "Rangers fans never forget", stated DrStu' and, he invited Tam and Susie to provide personal examples. Cowan lamented not having a pound for every Gers fan that had reminded him of a 'Well supporter hitting Lee McCulloch with a flagged stick. Susie was hesitant thus Cosgrove offered, "they've never forgiven Michael O'Halloran for being their player, he got it hard after scoring on Saturday". Susie chimed in twice with agreement, "yes, yes, absolutely". What I have never forgotten or forgiven reference dearest Michael, is that as a Rangers player he attended a Scottish Cup semi-final against ra Sellik at Hampden and, sat with his old man in ra Sellik end. What I have not forgotten or forgiven about Susie McCabe is her gig at the FanZone in Glasgow Green during the recent Euros. The disparaging crowd found Susie not to their taste as a Comedian and booed her efforts. Susie left the stage to sound of her tackety bits, returned home and, engaged with Twitter; where she blamed. "the H-u-ns in the crowd". Imagine Off the Ball's Producer bringing Susie on to the show in light of what's been going on these last two weeks? He/She couldn't help himself/herself, just like Cosgrove roaring, "with what's happening to Janey Godley, there's a lot of comedy work up for grabs". A silence was followed by Cosgrove and McCabe laughing and chorusing, "ah'm saying nothing". Is this an example of Ann Frank's drum kit? Answers on a postcard to Paul Sweeney MSP. It's where the Gang Hut is these days, whatever goes on, whoever appears, they are protected as long as they keep sinking the boot into the H-u-ns. Two weeks past it was former Scottish Government Minister, Aileen Campbell. Ten years at Holyrood, a couple of junior minister appointments and, an unfailing Nicola cheerleader earned Aileen a near six figure pay off on stepping down earlier this year and guaranteed her the position of Chief Executive of SWFL. Cosgrove and Aileen could swap notes on Quango remuneration and love for the Perth Saints. Four Euro games, two defeats and, two draws makes for a hard luck tale or as Aileen offered, "if only we had the fortunate draw awarded another club"? In between, the guests have been Jackie McNamara, Sellik Park tour guide, Mathew Joseph Campbell and the afore mentioned, Susie McCabe. Seriously, you would think someone would know why Dominic McKay resigned? How about why Gordon Strachan is allowed two different jobs with two different SPFL clubs? Even better, is Dundee's John Nelms necessary? It's not just Gordon Strachan or the conveniently provided spam folder when a cast vote had to be delayed. No, it's what do we do with a 31 year old player who sex pests 14 and 15 year old girls? Favours done at Dundee for a peppercorn fee. If only ra Sellik had defended that corner, if only the Jambos or Hibs had notched a winner and, if only Janey Godley had kept her Tweets to H-u-n skelping.
    8 points
  6. Rangers will in the group stage of this year’s Europa League clash with Danish champions and former powerhouse Brøndby I.F. Asbjørn Møller, expert on Danish football and specifically Brøndby I.F. from Brøndby Site VilfortPark.dk guides you through everything you need to know about the yellow-blue army from Denmark. The Danish champions entered the Champions League qualifiers in the playoff round where they faced off against Austrian champions, RB Salzburg. The Danes were however never really close to qualifying for the Champions League as they lost 4-2 on aggregate. This year’s Europa League marks the first time since 2005 that Brøndby has qualified for a European tournament. History of Brøndby I.F. While Brøndby hasn’t experienced many trophies and successes over the past 15 years the history of the club still holds some significant moments for both Danish and international football. The club saw its greatest period of time in the 80s, 90s and early 00s as they won ten Danish Championships between their first in 1985 and 2005. In this period many of the biggest stars in Danish Football were brought up through Brøndby’s academy. Players such as Rangers legend Brian Laudrup experienced his breakthrough at the club following in the shoes of his older brother Michael who also played in Brøndby. Other Danish giants like Peter Schmeichel and later Daniel Agger also represented Brøndby I.F. in the early stages of their careers. The then Danish powerhouse also managed some huge international results in especially the 80s and 90s. The yellow-blue army were only a few minutes away from the UEFA Cup final in 1991, but a late goal from Rudi Völler ended the dream. Perhaps the biggest single victory in the history of the club came in 1995 where Liverpool was defeated 1-0 at Anfield, a victory which is still often celebrated in Brøndby. The success of the 80s and 90s was however difficult to duplicate in the 00s and 10s. Brøndby did achieve success under legendary manager Michael Laudrup in the early 00s which culminated with the league championship in 2005. Michael Laudrup however left the club which turned Brøndby I.F. into chaos. Ever changing managers and poor results almost led to the club being relegated in 2013 but Brøndby managed to keep their spot in the Danish Superliga due to a last-minute win in the last game of the season. It has thus been a long road for Brøndby to become champions of Denmark. German manager Alexander Zorniger almost secured the title in 2018, but it wasn’t until current manager Niels Frederiksen took over that the dreams of the many Brøndby fans were finally brought to life by winning the league in 2020/2021. Champions of Denmark but Difficulties this Season While everything seemed to succeed for Brøndby I.F. last season this year has been a completely different story. While last season was started without ambitions of a championship, winning the title has led to an increased demand for results and success among the supporters. Perhaps the most important offensive player from last season, Jesper Lindstrøm is now in Eintracht Frankfurt and while top scorer Mikael Uhre is still in the club, he misses the support of assist-maker Lindstrøm. The start of this season has however failed to live up to expectations. Five important players (four starters) from the championship team left Brøndby before the start of this season and the replacements have so far failed to live up to their predecessors. Especially the defence was hit by outgoing transfers as two out of three center backs departed Brøndby as well as goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe. The outgoing players have mostly been replaced by academy players or players without much experience. The many outgoing transfers and lack of quality replacements has led to a terrible start to the season. Brøndby didn’t win before their seventh game of the season and has so far conceded 11 goals in seven matches while only scoring ten. The defence has been in trouble on multiple occasions and is for sure the Achilles heel of the team. One player who however has continued his play from last season is top scorer Mikael Uhre who besides four goals in the domestic league also managed to score against RB Salzburg in the Champions League playoffs. Brøndby has had many difficulties so far this season but a couple of late signings towards the end of the transfer period could change that story but their defensive troubles should continue in the Europa League when playing against bigger, stronger, and faster opponents. Tactics and Lineup Current manager Niels Frederiksen has used a 5-3-2 formation with wingbacks in the majority of his time with Brøndby I.F. The biggest issue for Brøndby in this formation is the lack of offensive quality in the wingbacks. Neither Kevin Mensah or Andreas Bruus are good dribblers and rarely win 1-on-1 duels between opposing defenders. Their crosses are also not impressive so even though the formation is built around the wingbacks creating chances they rarely do. The offensive play is instead mostly left to the two strikers, Mikael Uhre and Simon Hedlund. Both strikers are relatively fast. Brøndby centre backs and midfielders are always looking for the deep ball behind opposing defenders for Uhre and Hedlund to run into. The passes however often lack the quality to create big chances. The most powerful offensive weapon for Brøndby is for sure their counter attacks. The wingbacks are quick to run forward and the speed of Uhre and Hedlund makes Brøndby a dangerous team to play against as they can be extremely efficient on the counter. They prefer to let the opponent have the majority of the possession and patiently wait for an opportunity for a counter attack. Having fast defensive players will be very helpful when playing against Uhre and Hedlund as they are always looking for the deep ball. The main issue for Brøndby in this season has been their defensive play. As said earlier, neither of the wingbacks have impressed. Their defensive positioning is a major flaw in both Mensah and Bruus’ style of play as they are often out of position. Playing the ball into their area can expose the defensive problems for Brøndby as this leads to the centre backs needing to cover the outside areas. This in turn means the creation of space in front of the goal which opposing strikers can take advantage of. Key Player While leading scorer Mikael Uhre takes most of the headlines the unsung hero of Brøndby I.F. is for sure Croatian defensive midfielder Josip Radosevic. Radosevic plays as the most defensive player on the three man midfield of Brøndby. He is extremely important in the defensive part of the game as he is great in duels and thus stops many attacks. His deep passes are also quite impressive as he often hits his target on long passes both to either a wingback or a striker. Radosevic is along with captain Andreas Maxsø the most important piece of Brøndby’s defence while he can also create chances with his passing. Expected lineup (5-3-2) Hermansen, Mensah, Tshiembe, Maxsø, Skipper, Bruus, - Frendrup, Radosevic, Greve, - Uhre, Hedlund
    7 points
  7. It’s all such a pity. I always thought The Famine Song was a splendid poke in the eye for the sanctimonious McOirish clan.
    7 points
  8. H&H saying it’s been revealed that Kent was ruled out, last Monday, until at least the international break but has played through the pain barrier to get us through. Hats off to the lad IMHO. That’s some dedication to the team !
    7 points
  9. McGivern has been reported to the police for some of his tweets.
    6 points
  10. Everyone makes decent points concerning this incident. The situation is the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and, a large section of both broadcast and print media are only interested in sectarianism when it appears to be perpetrated by Rangers supporters. There is a video circulating of a seven/eight year old boy, microphone in hand, in a Kilmarnock club; bellowing, "he's a bastard, he's an orange bastard, his name is Jimmy Bell". He is being accompanied by an adult guitarist and the several dozen Sellik strip attired adults all chorus, "we hope he dies, we hope he dies". The trump card of, 'whataboutery' is played and is thus ignored by all. The scene is truly heartbreaking, social services should be involved. I mention the Primary school child because it highlights a gap, no one at the Scottish Parliament will ask the necessary questions. The Club has made a couple of statements and appear to be assuming responsibility for an incident occurring two miles from the Stadium. Again, we must face the reality of the situation; to allow the Club to get on the front foot of the narrative, we must identify the leadership and organisers of this march through the city centre. The Supporters' Liaison must engage and articulate the ongoing damage being done. Concurrently, those supporters charged should not be abandoned. The authenticity of the video must be examined, the supporters charged have not been found guilty and, a defence fund should be organised for ongoing issues. The politicising of Police Scotland must be exposed. Further, the likes of Humza, James Dornan MSP, Angela Haggerty, ...... etc should be reminded that if their team fails to defend a corner, getting after elements of the Rangers support is being done, only to allow them to feel more comfortable with the result. The Club must question why the SNP has 108 MSPs/MPs and not one supports Rangers. This fact is NOT representative of Scottish life. If it is mentioned often enough, then the narrative changes. This week in Scotland, in excess of 40,000 folks have contracted Covid, the Health Minister, Humza Yousaf has broadcast more on Rangers than his direct responsibility. Taking him on and reminding him of his Office will see Nicola remove him from participation. Finally, after the last independence referendum there was a study into the voting intentions of Scottish football clubs supporters. Rangers supporters registered 40% in support of independence, the highest of all clubs. We used to have a number of posters on Gersnet who supported independence but they have largely withdrawn hors de combat. A pity I say. I want to know the mindset and debate only makes all of us stronger. Those of us supporting the continuing homogeneity of the British Isles have lost an insight into why the Nationalists HATE our Club and support.
    6 points
  11. Like almost everyone else I thought Rangers were awful last night, a turgid game with only a few positives. Yet, some 12 hours later not only was ours Scotland's best result in Europe last night on reflection we were rarely troubled despite being away from home and playing in oppressive heat. We created some brilliant chances and on another night could have won 4 or 5 nil. Perception is everything in football. Most of us could see that Alashkert were as poor a side as we've faced at this stage in Europe and after our good runs in recent seasons there's an expectation we'll reach the group stages comfortably and with some style. The disappointment of losing to Malmo still hangs heavy in the air. It's worth noting that Scotland will have no representatives in the Europa Conference League this season, unlike Gibraltar, Cyprus and Kazakstan. Aberdeen and St Johnstone failing to qualify, following Hibs who were already out. The reality is we play in a poor league, that's getting poorer every season. We've probably over-achieved in Europe recently. I think the Europa League is one we can expect to compete in. The Champion's League, despite its riches and glamour, is a step beyond us currently. We'll see where we are in 12 months, but for now I'm looking forward to the draw and to some big European nights at Ibrox once again. It's great we're there.
    6 points
  12. Folks, let's calm down a wee bit and avoid the handbags. As much as this is bad news (losing any player is never good), thankfully it's not quite as bad as it could have been and we should have more than enough to go through tonight and give Celtic a good game on Sunday. Fingers crossed one or two of those unavailable tonight are back for Sunday and, as much as this weakens us to a degree (especially with respect to the goalkeeping position*), this is not that much different from having players out injured which can happen at any time and be even worse. * I've contacted Andy Dibble and put him on call for the weekend...
    6 points
  13. 2,300 Viewers! Fellow Gersnetters, you may remember two and half years past, BBC Scotland launched it's new channel, 'BBCScotland' on the satellite listings? It was launched at considerable cost and has an annual budget of £32 million. We know Stuart Cosgrove is a heavy hitter in UK media circles because he never tires of telling us all so. He predicted a new, modern Scotland would embrace the new channel whole heartedly because there was a distinct need for Scots folk to be recipients of news specifically honed to their needs. Of course, DrStu' is in a prime position to dip his ladle into such a gravy train, remuneration for any documentaries requiring his Perth tones will be viscous. Yesterday we were given two new pieces of information. Firstly, one of the two main Presenters of the flagship news show, the Nine', Rebecca Curran has begun maternity leave and an advert to fill the position is offering a salary between £48,000 and £82,000. Secondly, the latest viewing figures are horrendous. The flagship Nine has regularly attracted an average of 15,000 viewers, the last quarter is suggesting a further fall to between 10,000-12,000 viewers and, on occasion just 2,3000 viewers have tuned in.I wonder what the other main Presenter, the ever professional Martin Geissler thinks of this debacle? I suspect he thinks his co-Presenter has experienced tremendous fortune? Now, as a BBC License Fee paying Rangers supporter; may I suggest a reason for this calamity? Earlier this week, with the Daily Record - Rangers supporter spat erupting(it's now made the pages of Private Eye), the Nine handed James Cook ten minutes to interview Prof' Tom Devine on sectarianism. Remember, James Cook and his then Producer both offered unreserved apologies to both the then club Manager, Ally McCoist and the Club itself for deliberately re-Editing an interview with McCoist. Cook posed a question on sectarianism to Ally, then cut the film to show McCoist laughing. The Club's top scorer complained at being portrayed as someone not taking the matter seriously and has not spoken to PQ since. Why was James Cook awarded such on air time, given his previous subjective behaviour on this particular matter? I believe Cook is a Dundee United supporter and voraciously ambitious. He was rewarded for his efforts eight years past by achieving the BBC Correspondent in America for three years. He was tempted back because of the high remuneration on offer and, finds the best way to retain his place on the gravy train, is to continue to sink the boot into Rangers. At 2,300 viewers, James would be better off taking a megaphone to Tannadice.
    5 points
  14. I hate internationals...
    5 points
  15. Can we keep the purely political discussion to the lounge and not derail the thread please?
    5 points
  16. That's why they've been banned on this site for the last few years. However I'd also take this opportunity to remind all our users of their behaviour and responsibilities on this site even if I'd take no lessons in morality from hypocrites in the media.
    5 points
  17. Just be sent Rangers proposal to identify those vaccinated
    5 points
  18. I think it is illiberal and goes against my fundamental beliefs in a democratic society. People have the right not to be vaccinated. Coercion doesn't cut the mustard. BTW I am double jagged and awaiting a booster which I will also take.
    5 points
  19. I'd also say that the "famine chant" isn't sectarian, and was aimed at Scottish people pretending to be Irish. Those who want to be offended ignore the irony and claim to be offended and perhaps some genuinely are. I personally don't think it's offensive as it's taking the piss out of "plastic paddys" but certainly agree that it shouldn't be sung.
    5 points
  20. over 91% of over 18s have had their first vaccine and over 82% their 2nd , simply do not understand this over reaction by the SNP, they must know the reaction they will get
    5 points
  21. Not sure how the £5m from the share issue will be used but that and I'd hope the Castore/other commercial deals will help ease the burden. I agree it can be argued we're gambling on winning the league but if there wasn't the best selling market for our assets then I understand the quandary. We could have sold say Morelos and Kamara for a combined £20-25m but would we have won the league without them and sold both for less than a better market would realise? The Patterson one was most interesting for me. If there was £10-12m on the table, I'd have possibly taken that as it's uncertain just how much he's going to feature again this season. In general though, I'm not overly worried in a financial sense. I completely agree we need to avoid senseless risks and we need to sell. However, we also need to win the league this season so some speculation is understandable and even if that doesn't happen we still have assets for sale next summer.
    5 points
  22. While I condemn racist behaviour of any kind it is obvious that there are sections of society that are permanently offended and who try and influence society for their own gain, let's not be fooled into thinking that those making the complaints are anything more than agitators and leftists who want to see a society moulded to suit them, it's political point scoring to quell loyalist voices and we all know it.
    5 points
  23. One solution. Don't vote for them.
    5 points
  24. Valentine's Day was their last away victory domestically. Their worst start points-wise since 1997/98 First Celtic manager since Mowbray to lose their first OF indeed. But for an unfortunate goal away to Dundee Utd we would be 4 points clear of them, despite our own slow start to the season. As it is, we are 3 clear. What makes for really interesting reading for me is their recruitment policy. Apparently they are close to signing both a winger and a striker.... in fairness, the boy Kyogo looks very tidy (despite Balogun ensuring he had a quiet day yesterday you can tell he is a good player) and Abada will be OK against the other SPFL dross.... but in signing another striker and another winger they are completely ignoring their actual failings.... which are in midfield and defence, particularly in defence. I thought Juranovic did OK for them yesterday and maybe he will play RB instead of Ralston (Ralston is getting plaudits for being an SPFL hammer thrower - he did ok yesterday for them too, but isn't much of a footballer), but Starfelt is a horror show, Welsh will get exposed having to be the cool head beside him, and Joe Hart will undoubtedly cost them points this season. They have, apparently, spent 20 million this season on transfers - when added to last season's spend and given how poorly those transfers have turned out, they must be close to being on their last legs in terms of sellable assets to balance the books. You can only have so many strikers and wingers start... even John Hartson got it spot on yesterday when he said "will Angeball mean Celtic have to score 3 or 4 goals to ensure victories"..... those close games when they are 1-0 up with a few minutes left to play and opponents lump it into the box will be telling, they can't handle the aerial fight. At half-time yesterday, sure they had most of the possession - but a) because Rangers were happy with them having possession in their own half and b) a lot of that possession wasn't dangerous at all. They are easier on the eye than Lennon's Celtic last season... but they are 6 points worse off, after 4 games, I believe. Hardly inspiring. Our expectations are heady, we believe we should win the league. With how we won it at a canter last season, they expected to not put up a fight this season... given their brand of play is better they have bought into the delusion early. For us, we just need to keep focused on one game at a time, winning whether we play poorly or not. We proved yesterday, again, that we have superior tacticians.
    5 points
  25. All these statistics things are a lot of crap the only stat that counts is to be one goal ahead of the opposition, job done and that's what we did . Mon the gers
    5 points
  26. He’s more than a striker now. Thought his link up play today was exceptional. That cross field left footed pass to Barisic was sublime.
    5 points
  27. I DO NOT! Just against them. And top 6 teams. And against those tricky relegation fighters. And cup ties against diddy teams. And European games. And Mondays. But that's it!
    5 points
  28. For the purposes of this discussion I'm only really interested in the consequences of the pandemic. In terms of U.K. party politics I don't think that much has changed. Neither of the governing parties, Conservative and S.N.P. have been significantly damaged so far. In terms of the relationship between the individual and the state things are worse. The state has a tighter grip on society now. People are polarised and suspicious of each other. We should be suspicious of the state instead.
    5 points
  29. Further on up the Road. Bobby Bland penned the tune in the mid-fifties, it's been covered by a host of artists since, most notably by old Slow Hand, Eric Clapton. It's a plea for karma to be visited upon a cheating partner, you reap what you sow. Such a cri de coeur is mostly accepted with sympathy because it's a road well traveled. Often the reality is different, the philanderer prospers and it's the hope that becomes a comfort. There is a guaranteed exception, the hope does not kill whilst navigating the road to Suvul. It's yellow bricked leading to sunny uplands, you enter paradise sitting astride a white unicorn. Let me remind you of the excruciating times some 18 years past. The Herald was Edited by Mark Douglas Home, hubby to the west Belfast Colette. His Assistant Editors were Kevin McKenna(former Editor of ra Sellik View) and Joan McAlpine(recently unelected SNP list candidate for Holyrood). The Chief Football Writer was Spiers, the Literary Editorship resided with Hugh MacDonald, the .................etc. The longest journey begins with the smallest step and this lot were in unison, off to see the Wizard. It took this lot five years to take the Herald daily readership from 115,000 plus to barely 60,000. Further on up the road to Suvul. Hugh MacDonald had a weekly column in the Saturday supplement, it was all about Sellik and their quest for the UEFA Cup. Hugh told of mid-60s school days attending St Mungos, gathering in the toilets to sing Irish rebel songs on the afternoons of big Euro' nights at Sellik Park. He utilised the column to damn Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, claiming it did not match up to 'Not Playing for Celtic' by David Bennie. It was all about ra Sellik, it was contagious, if you were not smitten, you were a bigot. As the sun set, Hugh huddled down with Dorothy Spiers and used the ambient light sparkling from those red heels to pen the epitome of the road to Suvul rant. The quarter-finals were imminent, Hugh penned an open letter to both John McCormick, Controller of BBC Scotland and, Ken McQuarrie, BBC Scotland Head of Programmes. He demanded BBC Scotland, both radio and TV be consumed by ra Sellik. On match days, he wanted breakfast TV coverage of management team and players. Mid morning could show highlights of previous rounds, lunchtime would be for articulating hopes and fears of the support, late afternoon would see/hear the match build up by former players playing pundits. There was a real demand and this should be satisfied screamed Hugh. Amazingly, Ken McQuarrie replied and his letter was published in the blat's correspondence pages. He pointed out the numerous hours of live coverage from the qualifying rounds already awarded to Sellik and, reminded Hugh of the very real demands of reporting other news. Of course, Ken was savaged and the Yahoos expressed surprise, given Ken was Isle of Mull born and bred? To those of us, the majority not confined to this road being traveled, it was just more of the absolute obsession Yahoos had for all things Yahoo. It has taken almost two decades but BBC Scotland has never faltered and of last Saturday, Hugh's dream has been part realised. The Breakfast Football Show was broadcast, live from the much deflated Edinburgh Festival. Two hours of football? Well, it's BBC Scotland thus two hours of matters Sellik ensued. Presented by Creepie Connie McLaughlin(sister of Chris) and Kenny Macintyre(the necessary Token) and, colour provided by Tom Anguish and Kheredine Idessane. The special guest was Neil Lennon, Connie and Tom continually referred to him as, "Lennie". Feeling warm and comfortable, Lennie told of last season's trials. We found out things we did not know, "the two nil loss to Rangers at Celtic Park was because I was forced to field a reserve team". Tom hail hailed such news and felt encouraged to reveal a breaking story, "Rangers have withdrawn their offer of several hundred tickets to the Celtic support, THE CLUB are upset at this development". Of course, Tom fail failed to inform the listenership that THE CLUB would not give Rangers a reciprocal agreement. The most utilised word during the two hours was, "we". These days, Hugh MacDonald has reaped what he sowed. As a Big Sellik man he is guaranteed regular guest spots on BBC Scotland and he is so further on up the road, he is a permanent talking head on PLZ Soccer. A digital channel Sellik obsessed show hosted by Peter(McGuire)Martin, fellow green'n'grey hooped horrors are Alan Rough, Tam McManus, Alison McConnell and, Tam Cowan(another necessary Token). Give it another five years, the road to Suvul will be a ten lane highway. How else can we expect a hundred gazillion Yahoos to reach their destination?
    5 points
  30. Worth noting second leg is to be live on BBC Scotland....
    5 points
  31. There are plenty others I would sell before Kamara. It is more than noticeable that when he is out we struggle to control games. The way Bassey is playing I would sell Barisic before Kamara, and Tavernier too. I think in Patterson and Bassey we have more than capable replacements there, whereas Kamara brings something different to anyone in that midfield 3.
    5 points
  32. "gegenpressing" WTF?? Thats not a real word! I am amazed anyone thinks we will be favourites against a side who made the CL SF about 12 months ago, coupled with our own form being, well, pish so far this season. I will gladly take anything other than defeat in this one tonight. Our success in this group will surely come from the other 4 games. Of course I hope I have overestimated them and that we hit our form tonight and if that happens, along with our normal big European night atmosphere, we can of course put this mob to the sword like so many in the last 3 years who on paper would be favourites against us. Really looking forward to the game now, not least to see if I can spot the "gegenpress". What number is he anyway?
    4 points
  33. For all those wondering, no it isn't me the cops are chasing for giving McGinn some stick on Saturday
    4 points
  34. He's strawberry blonde, not orange.
    4 points
  35. Say what you like about Kent, but the lad never stops looking for the ball and keeps plugging away. His work-rate is incredible right across games and he covers every blade of grass. Yes, he's not at his dangerous best right now (which player is?) but the threat he carries is obvious and it was him that got us back into the game.
    4 points
  36. I’ve just been looking at a Facebook article which features an Indy march with a TORY SCUM OUT banner Whats the difference between that and the famine song? Both wrong in my opinion but one will end in prosecution and one won’t
    4 points
  37. I agree but the song is aimed at the type who attends football matches, waves an Irish tricolor and sings songs about the Provos and the Fields of Athenry, whilst also opposing all things British. I'd have thought that was obvious. Like a huge amount of Scots, I have ancestry from Ireland (as in Irish and Ulster/Scots) but think this is a ridiculous overreaction to run of the mill West of Scotland football rivalry. The onslaught will doubtless continue - they want us dead and buried (Rangers and Scottish Unionism).
    4 points
  38. Who’s going to check 50,000 vaccine passports at ibrox on match days?
    4 points
  39. Joe Hart is for me the interesting signing they made. Going back to yesterday’s goal, Helander’s header was far from unsaveable. It was however to his left hand side which, during his loan spell at Torino a few seasons ago, the Italians highlighted it was his weak side & he lost many goals at that side. Just wonder if he’ll get exploited up here the way he was in Italy
    4 points
  40. Then there are some on here who owe him an apology!
    4 points
  41. No manager , no captain , no first team goalkeepers , no fucking problem . Rangers 1-0 Barcelona
    4 points
  42. As much as we'd prefer to get into the CL due to the financial rewards, the EL is somewhere we know we can compete. I'd be doing a @Rousseau and hiding behind the couch for games against Chelsea and Juventus, on current defensive form. Roofe is a more cool-headed striker than Morelos, so hopefully he can sort us out when the latter isn't being clinical (ie. Tonight).
    4 points
  43. Job done, mission accomplished - qualification for the Europa League and much need £££ for the club. Given the travel, the conditions and most importantly, the build up and Covid "crisis", ain't gonna get to hung up with the result / performance. Get bags packed, get on plane and get home safely with no further injuries / Covid cases. Regroup, and get as may players well / for for Sunday.
    4 points
  44. I honestly don't think Gerrard is sitting on his hands thinking, "yes this is all going to plan". This isn't game management, game management would be scoring a couple of goals early and shutting up shop. That this tie is still in the balance is really quite appalling to be honest. I'll be delighted if we go through, but I'm starting to have serious concerns regarding our performances.
    4 points
  45. I'm cool as a cucumber. 🥒 We Are The People.
    4 points
  46. Kamara still has 2 years left on his deal so not a huge rush to sell him and, if we didn't, I'm not sure we'd be able to find as a good a player to replace him. Someone will need to go - arguably 1 or 2 from Tav, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Kamara, Aribo, Hagi, Kent or Morelos - to help ease any financial pressures, even if we qualify next week. Every one of those players is worth at least £10m with a few worth double that but it's important we do realise their true value to maximise what we can spend on any replacement(s) on top of addressing any debt concerns. We also have guys struggling to really impact on the first XI such as Arfield, Itten, Barker and one or two more that we may look to move on. We have the best part of 30 players now in the first team squad and that's too many.
    4 points
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