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  1. Also, wanted to make a point about our players' fitness. Last night Livi (understandably to a degree) were done after 60-70mins. They couldn't maintain their press and retreated into a lower block. Meanwhile, we still had both full backs galloping up and down the flanks whilst it was Kamara and Davis that were in the box to help us score. Given the number of games we've played this season (44 since August 1st last year so an average of 7 games a month) and the CV19 factor, the conditioning and fitness performance of our squad really is fantastic. We hear a
    11 points
  2. By the way Morelos was a 10/10 performance. Antwerp had no clue how to play him and I think five defenders had a go over the two legs and couldn't do it.
    11 points
  3. Having watched three of the five since they were 12 years old I found it particularly disappointing. I don't think Dapo has ever been in the first team bubble, so the other four shouldn't even have been in contact with him. Rightly or wrongly Nathan and Calvin will still be looked on as assets, whether that means a way back or they will be moved on we will have to wait and see. I would imagine it has ruled out any chance of Bongani's loan move being made permanent. Dapo's contract is up in the summer, his loan move to QOTS was a chance to impress, be that Rangers or in the shop window for ano
    11 points
  4. In the run up to the 1986 World Cup the Scotland squad had a pre-tournament training camp in America prior to the tournament. It was being used to acclimatise the players to the heat and altitude they'd face in Mexico as well as to allow the management team of Sir Alex Ferguson and Walter Smith to work on tactics, shape and so forth. Rod Stewart, at that time living in Hollywood, threw a party and invited all the players. When Ferguson heard he forbid any players to attend. Needless to say a few quite fancied attending a party in Hollywood surrounded by starlets and an escape party was created
    10 points
  5. With that in mind, I've kept a close eye on the recent debate on historic child abuse within Scottish football. Some of the names involved in the subject were familiar to me and I also played for three years at Hutchison Vale, one of the club's highlighted in the yesterday’s SFA report. I was also fortunate enough to play with Dundee Utd for a few years and for Scotland at under 15 and under 16 level. Included in this were travelling to and playing at places such as Northern Ireland, Wales, Italy, Sweden, France, Holland and more. I played against teams from Cameroon, the USA, the Czech Republ
    10 points
  6. This was always going to happen so enjoy the scenes instead of getting upset about it. It's not ideal and I can understand why folk might be annoyed but if I were 20 years old and lived in Glasgow, I'd be there too so I'm not going to be a hypocrite about it. It's like saying we shouldn't have ran on the pitch at Pittodrie 35 years ago. Let's get back into the real world.
    9 points
  7. A fantastic article by Rick Roberts. Well worth a read. https://uppingtheoutput.home.blog/2021/03/02/somebody-elses-problem-comment-on-the-sfa-independent-review/
    9 points
  8. Say it again, the RTV programme and presentation is head and shoulders above anything currently on offer anywhere in the UK. I have a huge amount of time for Tom Miller, his knowledge of the club is amazing, and he speaks well. We've had him at a few supporters club functions and he has been brilliant. However, Clive Tyledsley just sounds more professional. Over the season Neil McCann has shown he is the best pundit in the country and is in a different league from anyone else. He is always ably backed up and the different co-analysts have made RTV unmissable on home m
    9 points
  9. 10 games left to go, 6 of those at home. Net 15 point lead. Still unbeaten. Yes, we were utter gash today and we now know we can’t play a midfield 3 of Kamara Zungu & Aribo. Lesson learned. It also shows that taking Morelos & Roofe out the team is a big ask. Put the above 2 statements together and we didn’t show up. Tell me a team that would expect to win an away game without the quality of Davis, Jack, Arfield, Morelos, Roofe. Gerrard took a gamble today with his team selection to give important players a break with one eye on our ipcoming schedule, a
    9 points
  10. I'm having a gin; it's just a gin; but its colours.... ....they are fine
    8 points
  11. Continuity? If you look through these pages, you'll read examples of a lack of continuity at BBC Scotland. Let's take a game at Pittodrie on a Wednesday evening nearly three years past. Aberdeen were awarded a penalty after a Morelos challenge/clearance. On BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound, the Host, Richard Gordon, the Commentator, Liam McLeod, and the added colour, Wullie Miller; all in no doubt, a clear penalty. Sky TV showing the game live were also in no doubt, never a penalty. Just before Midnight, Sportscene aired and the panel including James McFadden agreed with Sky. Embar
    8 points
  12. With a broad smile, Neil Lennon spat on a Rangers scarf (wrongly) thrown at him 20 yards from my seat in the Copland nearly 20 years ago so the pretense he's some sort of misunderstood angel will never, ever wash with me. But, like it or not, many Celtic fans will see him as a legend. That's fair enough, however, I always thought BBC journalists, and their chief sportswriters at that, were meant to be objective and tell all parts of a story. It always amazes me how the bad: the spitting, the cheating, his own bigotry and the misogynistic, threatening behaviour off the
    8 points
  13. I admit to being a little surprised at the generosity being shown towards Neil Lennon in these parts. I see no merit in the man at all. He played like an angry adolescent struggling with discipline resistance and as a manager he's lost every dressing room he ever walked into.His leadership qualities don't seem to extend much beyond shouting, bullying and attacking his players. Since he first came to Celtic he's constantly hidden behind his acquired image as an Irish Catholic victim of sectarianism, brawled in the streets, shit himself, threatened women, called us dirty orange bastards and gene
    8 points
  14. This morning, I felt all warm and fuzzy. Maybe nostalgia ain't all it used to be, but my enthusiasm bubbled at the thought of Dens Park and Easter Road during March'75. Season '74-'75 began in desperation and quickly got worse. Jock Wallace was entering his third season as Rangers boss and Bears of my age had to draw on misty memories of Primary 2 or 3 to remember Rangers last Championship victory. Killie had won it in '65 under Wullie Waddell's tutelage and newly appointed Sellik manager, Jock Stein had won the subsequent nine in a row. It was the darkest of tunnels, but there had been light
    8 points
  15. Good luck to @Govan Rear Bear in trying to keep a match report to under 10,000 words for this one! Quite incredible, proud of our attacking play, great fight and desire, terrible defending at times, 3 pens, 6 yellows, a red, some great goals, some sitters missed, injuries, VAR, some ridiculous refereeing, this game had it all.
    8 points
  16. Well, that's it then. 29 played for us and 28 for them. Last season set the precedent, null and void is now off the table!
    8 points
  17. I've moved this as it's relevant to our club as well. As I said on Twitter, Rangers is a club that I've taken immense pride in since I was a small child. I hope they do the right thing by apologising to any abuse victims and compensate them accordingly. We must lead by example in such matters: legally and morally. Then, Now and Forever. With specific reference to this thread and forum, I would of course caution people to be extremely careful what they post/share in terms of contempt of court.
    8 points
  18. Comedic Exaggeration. 'Comedic exaggeration' was the phrase deployed by Stuart Cosgrove to excuse his big mate, Irvine Welsh. The Hibee had gone raj on the David Tanner hosted Hibs TV. Welsh casually utilised a sectarian term, "sticky bun" to describe Alfredo Morelos, then stated, "he should be chopped up with a machete and pieces sent to the corners of the globe to feed the seagulls". Of course, Cosgrove ignored the the awkward usage of, "sticky bun", because only Rangers supporters(or as Cosgrove wrote, "H-u-ns and typical orange wankers") can be seen to indulge in sectarianism.
    8 points
  19. Someone once said a journey of 1000 miles starts with one small step well our journey on the Ibrox Express began at Peterhead central we had a few breakdowns on our travels a few changes of drivers but as we get ready to pull into Ibrox central I wont forget our fans and their part on this journey they have spent small fortunes following the team and filling stadiums up and down the country, so well done lads .
    7 points
  20. Funnily enough I don't have a problem with them lionising Lennon. If you actually are a Celtic supporter then he probably deserves the title 'legend'. He played over 200 games for them and has managed them twice, that certainly should earn him a place in their virtual hall of fame. He won trophies as a player and as a manager, we have to accept that. I think there will always be a question mark over all the titles he won, but he won the Scottish Cup and League Cup last season, so credit where credit is due. Celtic have only lost 4 league matches this season, 2 of them to us. That's not a terri
    7 points
  21. Everyone considered him the Coward of Ross County.....
    7 points
  22. If Tavs goal had been allowed to stand, if we had gotten a legitimate penalty when Tav was tripped in the box, and if Aribo had scored we wouldn't be having this conversation. Oh and Balagun "foul" was outside the box...... You want to talk about improvement? Fine. Let's talk about improvement. Qualified top of a very difficult EL group whilst not losing a game. Sit top of the league, yet to lose a game in the league. Conceded one goal at home in the league thus far whilst scoring 40 goals and dropping 0 points. Now compare and contrast to last season - no improvement?
    7 points
  23. Ten years they've laughed at us and mocked us. Understandable, given we're the most successful club in football. However, some of the actions, comments and behaviour of many we might expect better of have demonstrated how much we are hated and how much standards in Scotland have fallen (denigrating opponents is more fulfilling than being successful, apparently). In the space of twelve months, we have gone from crisis to a team on the verge of winning a title we thought we might never hold again (and having a terrific run in Europe). The players, management and custodians of Ra
    6 points
  24. I find myself reflecting on all those in the Rangers family who didn't make it to the end of this journey. The many fans and ex-players who passed away during these ten years who can't share this achievement with us. Some were prominent names, others who were extraordinary only to their own families. I hope every one of them is raising a glass wherever they are tonight. It's also remarkable how many ex-players have echoed our delight over the last few hours, some of whom haven't pulled on a Rangers shirt in many decades. I find that quite touching.
    6 points
  25. Thank you Mr King and the board of directors. Thank you Steven Gerrard and your excellent backroom staff. Thank you Captain James Tavernier and all the players, yous have been utterly relentless this season, and are well deserved Champions. Yous have all elevated yourselves to legend status, the immortals, the ones who regained the title and delivered 55 and ensured a special place in our deep, rich history. To those we have lost along the way (especially Sandy Jardine), I hope you are up there celebrating today and we offer a toast to absent fri
    6 points
  26. I'll bet you £1,000,000 we don't get any points next weekend.
    6 points
  27. I know his auld man, played against him many times in the juniors and he is a Rangers fan, and so is Kenny, can't explain why he went to the dark side for a while???, however regardless what anyone thinks of him he always gave his all and was a good player for Rangers.
    6 points
  28. David Martindale has began his BBC Radio Scotland full time interview with Jane Lewis saying, "A sore one to take, but we got lucky in the first half. I've seen the incident back and it was a penalty". Both Liam McLeod and Michael Stewart should listen.
    6 points
  29. Apologies for the issues today bears. Our hosting platform had some issues, which do seem to be finally resolved, however we may have lost some posts from early today before we had the issues. This was outwith my control on this occasion. Thanks for understanding
    6 points
  30. He is the most despicable person ever to have been involved with Scottish football, a classless, sectarian, bigoted NED, and an average player, the Scottish gutter press are just as bad for glorifying him.
    6 points
  31. Since I can claim to have been properly aware of these things, I reckon I've enjoyed 22 league championships, every one special in its own right. I remember similarly long droughts being broken, the first time after Celtic's NIAR and again when Souness arrived, but given all that's happened these last 10 years it's hard not to see the impending league title as something particularly special, a truly exceptional event. Some players become supporters but they mainly only live in the present or at least the short term. Only the ordinary supporter experiences the ups and downs over the
    6 points
  32. Could have something to do with the fact people are not booting him up and down the park with impunity.
    6 points
  33. Morelos was brilliant tonight. Should have scored in first half but attitude throughout was excellent and, like you say, the guy remains an integral part of the way we (want to) play. That's why everyone else hates him.
    6 points
  34. In the spirit of Frankie's post. I played organised football from the age of 8-9 years. It started with the Cubs, then at primary school, and stepped up a level at Uddingston Amateurs. A local pro, played Keeper for Hamilton Acas for a dozen years, Billy Lamont founded Uddy Amateurs with a couple of fellow Pro's to put something back, given the circumstances it was a Sunday club, comprising two teams, under 11s and under 13s. I played at Secondary school and in second year, along with half-a-dozen others, left Uddingston Amateurs for Motherwell's official youth team, Fir Park Boys'
    6 points
  35. Excellent stuff as always from @Rick Roberts We (Scottish football collectively) are currently in a place where we have a former chairman of another club coming out and stating that the Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has been pulling the strings in Hampden. Not many people will dispute this. In real terms this means he’ll look after Celtic's interests - which by nature implies he’s not looking out for the interests of others, or anyone, and often infers that he’ll pull strings to act against others if it suits. We have a compliance system which has been a Celtic-
    6 points
  36. Congratulations to a fantastic team and a great wee forum, so glad I could spend the journey with all you guys , hope your having a ball .
    5 points
  37. Nine years ago the late Sandy Jardine was an inspiration as our club fought for its very survival. Sandy must be looking down tonight a very proud man indeed. God bless and thanks Sandy. This has been a long time coming and your efforts will never be forgotten.
    5 points
  38. I see a great favourite of many of the journalists who often feature in this thread made the news this weekend and lost his job today. Roy Greenslade, one time Daily Mirror editor, Sun journalist, Guardian columnist and, until today, Professor of Journalism at City University of London was himself the subject of an article yesterday. The Sunday Times reported about Essex boy Greenslade's unwavering support for the Provisional IRA and INLA at the weekend. This of course came as news to absolutely no one who has even the slightest interest in these things. He wrote a column for the
    5 points
  39. Most of those who attended the Rangers Wrexham game in 2019 came away raving about the performance the Rangers right back, who was the best player on the field before he went off injured and he's subsequently been one of the few who have broken through from the Academy into the first team squad, and he has impressed whenever he has had the chance to play for the first team. Last night's injury to Tav would have been the ideal opportunity for him to come on and show what he can do and perhaps get a run in the team but his idiotic behaviour last weekend and subsequently having to sel
    5 points
  40. HEADS UP!! India v EnglandThird Test (day-night)Starts tomorrow, 9amLive on Channel 4 and talkSPORT
    5 points
  41. There is an often used statement that there are no easy games in Europe, and that it is difficult to win away from home in Europe. Our amazing form this season makes a mockery of those statements. Lincoln Red Imps 0 Rangers 5 Willem II 0 Rangers 4 Standard Liege 0 Rangers 2 Benfica 3 Rangers 3 Lech Poznań 0 Rangers 2 Royal Antwerp 3 Rangers 4 P6 W5 D1 L0 F20 A6 I can’t quite believe these stats when looked at collectively, and I’m pretty sure if a certain other mhob had such a sequence of results an awful lot more would h
    5 points
  42. They've lost three home league games in the last couple of months and their November home group stage game with LASK of Austria, but last season the only home game they lost was the second leg of the Europa League play-off against AZ Alkmaar in August... and that was only after extra time... and it was moved to the Heysel/King Baudouin in Brussels. So there was a minimum 14 month unbeaten home record of some sort in there. Fearsome. Plus the thing to note about that game with AZ last season is they were a man down after 30-odd minutes and then, in the 75th minute, Lamkel Ze - he of the Ande
    5 points
  43. I saw this in The Guardian, and thought that I should post it here. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/18/burton-kane-hemmings-i-get-scared-before-games-im-not-embarrassed-saying-that Interview Burton's Kane Hemmings: 'I get scared before games. I’m not embarrassed saying that' Ben Fisher After years of suffering in silence the former Rangers forward is able to open up about fear of failure and mental health problems Thu 18 Feb 2021 14.47 GMT It is a couple of years since Kane Hemmings put his feelings down in words. A professi
    5 points
  44. 5 points
  45. I believe a better question is who benefited from a deliberately botched criminal prosecution against those involved with the administration and buy-out of Rangers.
    5 points
  46. It's naive to believe that is even possible. In reality, the enquiry was set up with the express purpose of ensuring that evidence damaging to the FM would never come to light. Hence the SNP/Green majority and the SNP chairwoman. Hence the built in time limitations and the collusion of SNP law officers. This was a rigged jury from the outset - can't enforce attendance, refusal to have onboard legal advisors, refusal to publish all evidence. A total fudge in keeping with everything the SNP does. I suggest politics in Scotland has gone beyond a matter of simple preference and is now
    5 points
  47. Naismith walks into the team. The question of Weir is an interesting one. He played well in a back four that contained Papac. Did Weir have the speed to allow our full backs to bomb up the park as much as they do? I don't think Gerrard picks Weir because of that.
    5 points
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