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  1. That's nothing, Scotland players managed that last night when shooting at goal.
    5 points
  2. Against the grain but they deserve this punishment as previous bans were too soft in my opinion. Lucky still to have jobs, I'd have sacked them for gross misconduct.
    3 points
  3. Steve Clarke is a Genius. The international break lasted a fortnight. Scotland played three games, drew 1-1 in Serbia, and lost 1-0 in both Slovakia and Israel. The Serbian game was a final qualifier for Euro'20, thus went to penalties and Scotland triumphed 5-4. Steve Clarks has managed to accomplish something that George Burley, Craig Levein, Walter Smith, Alex McLeish, and Gordon Strachan could not. Our qualification has been backdoor, and the result of converting ten penalties in a row. Both Israel and Serbia could only manage eight. Steve Clarke is a genius. Steve does not have to satisfy the conditions laid down by ultra-nationalists such as Cosgrove. He demanded constantly both McLeish and Strachan sell their family homes in southern England, "the national manager must live in Scotland". The former Killie boss has kept his family home in southern England and Cosgrove says nothing. Of course, Steve has already thanked Chelsea for allowing his escape from vile sectarianism thirty-odd years past. Maybe McLeish and Strachan attended the wrong school? Keeping the hate warm during long international breaks demands greater creativity. DrStu' has long been a hater of Oli McBurnie. He has taken a number of opportunities to explain his sneering attitude. Despite McBurnie moving clubs on a few occasions for an accumulative £20 million and notching almost 50 goals in over a hundred appearances, Cosgrove is at pains to let the listeners know, "it's not because he's a Rangers supporter". No, no, and thrice no, McBurnie is simply not good enough for the national team. Unsurprisingly, fellow members of the Gang Hut agree with DrStu'. Michael Stewart took his disgust public on Twitter, Big Dick proclaimed McBurnie as being, "disinterested". Ryan Jack's last two performances have confirmed something I have long thought, once he settles into the demands, the slippers and pipe will appear. Now, this is awkward for the Gang Hut, the only H-u-n in the team is performing. McBurnie is an easier target and he supports the H-u-ns. Oli took to Twitter and replied to Stewart with a single word reply, "Helmut". Steve Clarke protects his players and he briefed off the record, asking for the Gang Hut to lay off. Remember, Steve is on record as publicly thanking Chelsea for removing him from Scotland. There's a piece of footage doing the rounds, it's recorded inside PQ during the Serbian penalty shoot-out. Two lines of chairs, the back three contain Steven Thomson, Neil McCann, and Billy Dodds. The front two have Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove. As Marshall sts himself for the Serbian fifth penalty, Neil McCan is already off his seat, clapping his hands in encouragement. As our Goalie saves, there is a back row explosion, the front row has Cowan on his feet punching the air. Cosgrove remains seated and raises an arm. On Saturday, Cowan was speculating on how long it will take before the BBC Scotland schedules have both Craig Levein and Michael Stewart in the same studio? This enthuses DrStu' to run interference. Again remember, it's only a couple of weeks past where Levein calmly labelled Stewart, "a Bully" on their show. Cosgrove decided there was even more tension to be mined between Neil McCann and Steven Thomson, "you have to look closely, but there's something cooking there". Neil and Steven were Rangers team mates, playing together in a Treble winning season. I wonder what we'll see or hear first, McCann and Thommo' having a spat, or Cosgrove getting out his chair. Fast approaching his seventieth year and the hate continues to rip out of him, that's what gets DrStu' out of his chair.
    2 points
  4. Evidence along the lines of: It wisnae me. Ah didnae ken. The big boy did it and ran away.
    2 points
  5. I wonder if the timing of these, being before the accounts are released, is deliberate, and that reference to them will be made in the accounts.
    2 points
  6. Club have issued a statement accepting the bans with apologies from both players. https://www.rangers.co.uk/article/club-statement-191120/1RWezibsVwF0Eic6LKbhoR
    1 point
  7. No matter how we valuate their actions, this is absolutely absurd by comparison to previous punishments to the players named above. Hope we challenge this.
    1 point
  8. My bad, poorly worded. The headgear like they use in rugby is to stop cuts from surface impact of bone on bone, same in boxing, to stop cuts from gloves on bone. These would have no benefit in football as the baw doesn't have any of those risks. It's a different ballgame in motor cycles, they are designed to stop head trauma from a one off event, not repeated blows.
    1 point
  9. The difference between force and impact being what exactly? I'm clearly not the engineer you are but I intuitively see a difference between being struck on the head by a one kg steel hammer and a one kg sponge rubber hammer, both travelling at the same speed. If by "impact" you mean the speed of transfer of momentum then I don't see why headgear would make no difference. Motor cyclists seem to derive some benefit from this principle. I might even contend that it's actually all about the impact, not the force. No?
    1 point
  10. Enjoyed the account, as i remember my grandad recounting that him and his mates couldn't afford the ticket price and stood outside Ibrox listening!! Dynamo's visit certainly got the post war footie fans out in numbers. This is the Chelsea west stand in a purported 100,000 gate (they stopped counting at the 74,000 who paid!
    1 point
  11. Perhaps the SFA, too, expects superior standards of Rangers' players; higher than those it has come to anticipate from the scrotes and scruff of rahoops and the rest.
    1 point
  12. The history of Dynamo Kiev is fascinating, there's a few books on it well worth reading. They not only had state backing during Soviet times but because they travelled to the 'west' regularly for matches they were used as a cover for all sorts of scary stuff. I must have mentioned this before @der Berliner but on my only trip to Berlin I struck up a conversation with my airport taxi driver who it turned out was a Dynamo Dresden supporter. The first match he ever attended was Dresden against Rangers in the old Fairs Cup in the late 60s and he'd followed Rangers results ever since. We were flailing around in the lower leagues at the time and we sympathised with each other's plight as Dresden were doing something similar. Ended up sitting outside my hotel chatting about football for about 20 minutes. He got a good tip.
    1 point
  13. Being a tad generous our lads would have be more like raw recruits
    1 point
  14. @gaspard is related to everybody in that video!👀😂
    1 point
  15. Some suggestions it was Barry Scott that has increased his holding this time.
    1 point
  16. Regarding "Dynamo", it was some sort of "sports organisation in a number of Socialist countries, namely the Soviet Union and the G.D.R. (SC Dynamo), which was usually supplied by (sic!), made up of (sic!), used by (sic!) as well as supported by the police forces of the respective countries. It was not by default linked to any intervention or influence by the police forces, secret police, security services et al ... despite what is popularly claimed in "the West". The army in East Germany had a similar organisation, "ASK (army sports club) Vorwärts", to which ASK Vorwärts Berlin belonged, the one we played against in days gone by. That section was later switched to "Dynamo Berlin", while "Vorwärts " was moved to Frankfurt/Oder. Can`t say much about Dynamo Moscow, but much of what is made of the "Stasi`s influence" on Dynamo Berlin`s (i.e. BFC Dynamo) domination of late G.D.R. football - as it was the head of Stasi`s "favoured club" - has since been devaluated, being more like an Urban myth whipped up by other football supporters rather than fact. What is obviously fact is that a number of talented East German footballers were "delegated" to BFC Dynamo (being the most representative East German club in European competitions), but likewise, the Dynamo sports organisation developed large numbers of good sportsmen from very young age onwards. (And before people step in here, state-doping et al, so readily thrown into the fray nowadays as "a given", was no more or less common than in the Western world. The big difference to the West was, as noted above, a state-funded development from talented sportsmen from school level onwards, so by default, more talented people (on average) were found and developed.)
    1 point
  17. Typical BBC. Both my grandfather and father attended the game. The BIG talking point was the fact Dynamo played a substantial part of one halve with twelve(12) men on the park. Imagine the BBC describing a game with dubious refereeing, whilst deliberately ignoring the most dubious happening during the match. Further, Moscow Dynamo in 1946 were the same as Moscow Dynamo in 1972, they were the preferred club of the KGB(secret police of the Soviets).
    1 point
  18. Much as I regret the change, I'm afraid its now inevitable heading will be removed from the game. Either had or protective headgear of some kind will become mandatory. You can't have loads of people with attributable demential ffs.
    1 point
  19. I do apologise it’s 1 in 4 (230,000 children) who live in poverty in Scotland. Source:- child poverty action group A disgraceful figure by any means.
    1 point
  20. Peter Lawwell is on the European Club Association board, as such you'd expect he has some insights into what is planned regarding European competition, so Celtic pulling out of this is probably quite telling. There were talks at quite an advanced stage between the Belgians and Dutch to create a unified 'super-league' with clubs from both nations competing. I suspect Covid has interfered with its plans but it was being reported that UEFA were open to it. The Dutch and Belgians are neighbours so the extra travel isn't a big issue, 60% of Belgium speak Dutch and they use the same currency so commercially, culturally and logistically it makes sense. For me it makes sense for the Danes, Swedes and Norwegians to get together for similar reasons. But we're being shoe-horned in as no one else wants us. If the the direction of travel in UEFA is amalgamating domestic leagues then clearly a 'British Isles' league is the obvious one for us to join, but I can only see that happening if the big 6 or so English sides leave and join some NFL style closed league with selected German, Italian and Spanish clubs. We might then be attractive to sponsors and broadcasters playing in a league with sides like Aston Villa, Wolves, Leicester and West Ham. UEFA and the big club sides are involved in an on-going power struggle. UEFA want to keep smaller football associations, like Scotland, onside as smaller FAs help keep the big ones in line on important votes. Even the biggest clubs are very nervous of unilaterally leaving UEFA and going it alone, so it's likely to come down to how much UEFA are willing to give up and what compromises the bigger clubs are willing to accept. It's important, I think, that three of the big 6 English sides, and a number of Italian sides have American ownership or substantial influence now. I suspect they'll be pushing very hard for a closed league structure with guaranteed clubs and no relegation, as works in American professional sport. I also fear it's a matter of when, not if, this happens. I can't see any scenario where we're part of that.
    1 point
  21. Only An Excuse was a busted flush in the mid 90s. Much like Off The Ball, it's about as funny as toothache now.
    1 point
  22. Too bad the likes of his weren't around in 2011/12.
    1 point
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