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  1. Ultimately, Benfica are a first class team (think Leverkusen) so to get a draw (twice) & still be disappointed says a lot about the progress we've made. Let's take care of Standard Liege (& Falkirk first) & we'll all be smiling as wide as the Forth (sorry Clyde) this time next week.
    4 points
  2. Just had a look back at the team we started against Rapid Vienna when we got knocked out in 18/19 and compared it to the team who started against Benfica. The core of our team is the same, and yet the 4 changes make a big difference (I haven't counted Kamara over Arfield because Arfield still plays). McAuley 38 - Helander 27 Coulibaly 21 - Aribo 24 McCrorie 19 - Davis 35 Middleton 18 - Kent 24 And what that doesn't even take into account is that the rest of the team, to a man, are better players than they were then, playing
    4 points
  3. 'One Game at a Time' - a hackneyed old phrase or a necessary strategy going forward? Starting this Thursday, the 26th November we play Benfica at Ibrox in a Europa Group stage match. Ending on the 30th December, we play St Mirren away in our last Premiership game of the year. It's a total of eleven games in thirty-four days. Do the arithmetic, that's one match every three days. We have a large squad, we are playing extremely well, and our mental approach appears to have improved. This run of matches will be a real test, knocks, strains, and injuries will kick in. Suspensions, refer
    3 points
  4. For everyone justifiably disappointed by drawing at home against Benfica after being 2 up and having a stonewall penalty ruled out by the blind linesman , just pause and draw breath , think back to a small filed in Luxembourg a few short years ago. This team are amazing IMHO , I'm so so proud of them and love watching them , we had a midfield that cost 50 grand , not 50 million , 50 thousand pounds .just let that sink in , 1 more point seals qualification .
    3 points
  5. probably a fair result and indeed a good one. tad disappointing of course.
    3 points
  6. Hot on the heels of Andy Walkers proclamation that The Tic were on top at Parkhead (1-4)...Paddy Bonner declares on the BBC webpage that sellik are "in control" of the match at 2-1 down. It ends up 1-4 again. Safe to say, I won't be asking these guys for the lottery numbers anytime soon...
    3 points
  7. Reminder. It's Thursday 26th November, tonight we play a renowned European side with genuine pedigree, Benfica. We have the opportunity of qualifying for the knock out stages of the Europa Cup after four group stage games. Meanwhile, ra Sellik travel to Prague hoping for a miracle. They sit bottom of their Europa Cup group. I watched BBC Scotland's news bulletin at 13.30 hrs, and they reminded viewers of tonight's football and coverage on BBC Radio Scotland. Here's the reminder, both clubs have elderly, infirm, lonely, remotely isolated, and living those lives on fixed
    3 points
  8. I'm convinced that we do benefit from empty stadiums...even if it's only that refs seem to be able to generally referee games more fairly.
    3 points
  9. "It is a case of taking each game as it comes, there is no point trying to plan too far ahead than the next game at the moment." Sitting top of both the Scottish Premiership and our Europa League group, still unbeaten in all competitions and with a goal difference that is unmatched in world football, means many Rangers fans are rightly confident at the moment: as are the players and that assurance has been reflected on the pitch. However, the quote above from Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ahead of our return European match with Benfica on Thursday night was wise indeed. Nothing
    2 points
  10. Best is I thought Morelos had an excellent match tonight, they can only get better
    2 points
  11. I thought Kamara was exceptional again tonight
    2 points
  12. The players put a lot into that game against a team that technically is better than us so a draw is a good result if disappointing because we were two nil up against them. I would have been more disappointed if we had lost four one and only had one point in the Europa league.😁
    2 points
  13. Benfica have spent circa €100M in 2020, have players with years of CL experience, and we've effectivly drawn 5-5 on aggregate with them and lead them in the group with two games remaining. On paper we should be fighting for 3rd or 4th place in the group but in reality we are well placed for 1st or 2nd place. That is nothing short of outstanding.
    2 points
  14. We were never in control of that match even at 2-0 up, for me they controlled the match and we just defended and tried to hit them on the break. Good result for us tonight
    2 points
  15. Yep. It’s easy to get greedy and forget that it is actually very unusual for us to do this well in Europe. Gerrard is working wonders in Europe.
    2 points
  16. The 1st goal going in should have been the signal to make a change. It was clear the status quo was working for them and we were tired. They had made 3/4 subs.
    2 points
  17. We scored more over there - head to head takes precedence over GD.
    2 points
  18. Sorry manager has to take the blame there. I understand subs might not work when it comes to defensive organisation but we were losing our shape due to tiredness and we really should have made changes. However, if you'd said we'd draw both games beforehand, of course, we would have taken that but to draw again from 2-0 up is very, very disappointing.
    2 points
  19. Frustrating again but still unbeaten domestically and in Europe, back to back draws against a CL quality team - let's remember how far we've come. Still in the driving seat in the group.
    2 points
  20. We needed fresh legs up front. We aren’t closing them down like we were earlier in the game and it’s allowed them to get the ball forward much easier. Why the reluctance to make changes all the time. Really frustrating.
    2 points
  21. It's a fine line to tread but I wouldn't go that far.
    2 points
  22. Wait a minute, we’re we not told the season had to be cut short and awarded to the bheasts to enable the end of season payments to be made to all the clubs?
    2 points
  23. Another European game which, in previous seasons, would've been huge almost feels like a distraction. It'd be terrific to get a win tonight but I'd be satisfied with a draw against a very expensively assembled Benfica side. I don't expect to see anything unusual in our line up or how we play and hope we can take our chances and remain focused in defence.
    2 points
  24. Well, the dirty protest clearly isn't working.
    2 points
  25. I am reliably informed, should ra Sellik suffer another Europa Cup defeat this evening against Sparta Prague? The principled Green Brigade are prepared to embark upon a hunger strike.
    2 points
  26. The loss of Nuno Tavares at left back is significant too. Well, their backup is valued at £25m by Transfermarkt and played the second half in the first game, but for whatever reason he has played second fiddle to Tavares this season. They are also missing Almeida and Pedrinho who seem to be their backup right back and right winger so not overly significant but they still get plenty appearances from the bench. Tolida is irrelevant really, a youth player who hasn't played this season. Waldschmidt is the big dangerman for me. Him and Nunez changed the game last time. They had no threa
    2 points
  27. Agree with John. I played against him a few times and he was and has always been (as far as i'm aware) a bitter tim.
    2 points
  28. I think you're mistaken there. When he first came to prominence in Glasgow back during the poll tax protests he played down his club allegiances for fear of alienating potential support and because it wasn't fashionable for politicians to openly support football sides. He played Junior for most of that period so he wasn't seen attending senior matches, but there was no doubt what club he supported, none at all. He was pals with Billy Davies so maybe that's why you think this, but trust me he was always a Tim.
    2 points
  29. And thought he did well to keep the heed with some bad tackles on him.
    1 point
  30. Agreed. When he actually starts believing in himself to get forward he could really be a truly outstanding player. He's been doing more of that and he does look threatening
    1 point
  31. BTW roofe is going to be some player for us.
    1 point
  32. we should be seeking to win our next 2 games and top the group.
    1 point
  33. Yeh. Although it must be said that this time I don’t think there were any big mistakes in the goals we lost. The first one I’ve already mentioned there was a lack of energy that resulted in their midfielder having loads of space, and Tavernier maybe could have directed his header better. But all in all there was a huge element of luck in how the ball dropped for them there. The second goal was actually some really good play from Benfica with quick sharp passing and an outstanding finish, and again there was a lot of luck in how the ball fell to him. Not a lot that could be done there really.
    1 point
  34. We will have to agree to disagree. I'm a proud Rangers fan tonight.
    1 point
  35. That's what it comes down to. Benfica are a great team so to get a draw and be disappointed with it says a lot about the progress we've made.
    1 point
  36. Not at all. It’s just seeing how the game is going and adapting to it.
    1 point
  37. Seeded in pot 4 and unbeaten thus far and 1 win away (possibly a draw) from qualification with a home game next week. Would have bitten your hand off for that at start of competition. We are punching way above or weight tonight and didn't look our of place. Deep breaths, calm heads, our EL destiny is still in our own hands as we top the group 5 points clear of 3rd and 4th placed teams.
    1 point
  38. Roofe is a proper quality player. His all round game is just brilliant. What a signing he he has been.
    1 point
  39. Tavernier channeling the pain of all those who picked him to score first.
    1 point
  40. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but at 2-1 I was hoping Septic would sneak an equaliser - A very weird feeling, but I really, really want the Lennon shit-show to continue, and 4-1 has surely got to spell the end for him.
    1 point
  41. A Doncaster is patois for £388,000 per annum. If you visit a Bureau de Change, you will receive half a million Euros for A Doncaster, guaranteed.
    1 point
  42. Yeh I do agree. There was a pretty straightforward explanation at the time. We lost 2-1 at Tynecastle without Tavernier, Helander and Morelos (and Jack for 45 minutes). Helander was underappreciated at the time but I think people realise now he was a much bigger miss than they thought. By the time Tavernier finally returned from injury we had dropped 5 points, and then straightaway Barisic got injured and missed 3 games in which we dropped another 5. Of course these things weren't excuses but it wasn't like it was a total mystery, we had rotten luck with our hardest-to-replace players missing
    1 point
  43. "Save the 10 - Time to go Neil". The Green Brigade succumbed to the most demanding Yahoo emotion, 'to the car park, Declan'. They arrived in ra Sellik Way this morning and unveiled the damning banner. TGFITW have instigated candle lit prayer meetings proclaiming, 'we are all Neil Lennon', Tom English appeared on the national broadcaster last evening, pleading awareness of Neil's fragile mental health, and just yesterday, Alison McConnell was reminding her fellow Yahoos of Neil's winning credentials. Three hours into this latest story, none of the usual suspects are carrying the sto
    1 point
  44. 1 point
  45. perhaps this did indeed come from His association with Billy Davies.
    1 point
  46. I am happy with our backups but there is no denying it would be a huge concern if we lost either fullback for a period of time. Jack would be the obvious choice to play there if we didn't feel Patterson was up to it yet and I think he would do very well at some things but not so much at others.
    1 point
  47. Covid is sexist: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-55016842 According to the UN, "In the month of September alone, in the US, something like 865,000 women dropped out of the labour force compared to 200,000 men, and most of that can be explained by the fact that there was a care burden and there's nobody else around.". 'Care burden' is an interesting choice of words.
    1 point
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