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  1. Another fine article by @Rick Roberts:
    9 points
  2. Mick and Chick were Sick. Yesterday was a high day and a holiday for the PQ Gang Hut, Aberdeen hosting ra Sellik is cause for party hats, streamers and, balloons. It was just the regular old bags filled with hot air championing their preferred prejudices. Big Dick, Liam McLeod, Wullie Miller and, Billy Dodds all stood free whereas Pat Bonner furiously pumped air into Angeball. It was the full BBC Scotland production for a ninth v sixth game attracting an attendance at Pittodrie, ten thousand below capacity. The Dons match programme featured Wullie Miller's goals against Sellik, the Gang Hut wallow wallowed in the warm nostalgia. First against second occurred at Ibrox an hour after the nostalgia had dissipated in Aberdeen, Sportsound closed down. Cosgrove and Cowan came on air and announced Chick Young would be, "across all happenings at Ibrox". The reality was Chick watching Rangers TV in a PQ studio and as expected from a Journo in his eighth decade, he began enthusiastically and slowly but surely deflated. Cosgrove enters his eighth decade next month and as the afternoon progressed, he sounded burst. Before the puff escaped, enthusiasm greeted Kevin Nisbet's header back across McGregor and so it should, a well crafted goal for the Hibs. Chick's next intervention belies his time as a Cub Reporter at the Rangers News. Remember Chico, those tenets of accuracy and objectivity? Cosgrove interrupted Cowan, "Tam, there's been a red card at Ibrox. Over to Chick". We heard a hesitant wheeze then, "err um ah Porteous has been red carded for a challenge on Aribo". Obviously, Rangers TV was not sufficiently efficient at putting up necessary replays because Cosgrove and Cowan returned to discussing Third Lanark's last scorer. Chick rediscovered his positivity at half-time, "it's the Alamo at Ibrox but Rangers have not created a clear cut opportunity". The national broadcaster played Elgar's Nimrod for the duration of the second half. Chick made a further three interventions, his announcements on the Alamo casualty figures were not welcome. Jack Ross might be the next Sellik manager but that is at least a few months away. His immediate aspirations as a title winning boss is just another PQ burst balloon. However another Beeb bite at the cherry remained, Sportscene was to air at 19.15 hours. How would Producer, Eamonn Donohoe interpret events at Ibrox? Increasingly, Eamonn has come to realise that Michael Stewart's presence on a PQ settee is as sound as Ryan Porteous being named in a Hibs' back four whilst facing Rangers. It's the rush of blood to the head that sees Michael and Cosgrove supporting Irvine Welch's right to free speech. Calling Morelos, "a sticky bun" and stating his existence is best served by exercising a machete epitomises new, modern Scotland. Blame the H-u-ns for everything. Last night's sofa riders were James McFadden and Richard Foster and they agreed, Porteous was a deserved recipient of his marching orders. Michael had to resort to Twitter to broadcast his view, "Understandably Rangers will say it's dangerous from Porteous and they may have a point, but for me he doesn't make catch Aribo and I don't think it deserves a red card". Alfredo is both nefarious and pernicious and I suspect Michael contacted Eamonn prior to broadcast and reasoned Ryan was provoked? We saw a 10 second clip of Morelos pushing Porteous to the ground at the Broomloan corner flag a minute before Ryan got rash. Steven Thompson asked the panel, "has Morelos angered Ryan"? I loved Richard Foster's reply, "if he has it's good game smarts from Morelos". You pays your License Fee and if Chick and Mick are sick, I'll take it.
    8 points
  3. Right, I've been viewing this thread a few times from a busy position at work over the last week and am getting a bit fed up of the personal crap. People quite clearly disagree on some issues related to this so, as always, please do so with a bit more respect or use the ignore function.
    8 points
  4. Similar to Frankie, the first couple of years on the RST Board(2003 and 2004) I had a fair bit of correspondence with Nil by Mouth. One of the RST's early members was a regional full time Trade Union Official. He penned two letters addressed to NBM, both told of a Trade Union member suffering sectarian abuse at place of employment and, asking for a meeting to impart advice. The only difference in the correspondence was in one letter the abused person was a Celtic supporter, the other letter concerned a Rangers fan. Within the week, NBM replied to the letter reference the Celtic fan. The aforementioned Trade Union Official was invited for a chat. A subsequent telephone call told the Official NBM were keen to use the circumstance to right a wrong and harvest publicity. After a wait of six weeks, the Official penned a second letter concerning the Rangers supporter because he had NOT received a reply to the first one. The RST exposed the hypocrisy, the Chair acknowledged receipt of the Celtic letter but had no records of the two letters reference the Rangers supporter. The RST formally extended an invitation to NBM founder, Cara Henderson(girlfriend of the murdered, Mark Scott) to attend an RST Board meeting and the first RST AGM. Again, we received no replies. The nearest NBM ever got to being on side with a Rangers grievance was the two effigies occurrence. Both hanged by the neck from the roof of the North Stand-Curve at Celtic Park. Both had hands tied behind their backs, one was replete in an orange collarette, the other in a Rangers scarf; the strange fruit twisted in the breeze for 45 minutes. Beneath was a huge banner proclaiming, "they hung out the banner of war" and a further two dozen smaller flags emblazoned with, "KAH" - kill all H--ns. Nil by Mouth declared it sectarian. Nine members of the Green Brigade were arrested, charged and, appeared in court. They all pled not guilty and the trial date was set for three months hence. At the second court hearing the nine charged were informed all charges were being withdrawn by the PF because all evidence had disappeared. We were promised an investigation reference the evidence being disappeared and and findings would be published in a report. Five years and counting. NBM does not reply to correspondence asking for continued support to ensure the report is published.
    6 points
  5. 6 points
  6. 1. Glamorisation of crime and popery 2. Nearly 2 hours of black and white shite about a sledge. 3. Directed by a nonce 4. Foriegn language drivel, only included to make you appear arty farty. 5. Directed by a communist, if you like films about birds, stick to Hitchcock
    6 points
  7. The overwhelming feeling is relief, and as others have said thank goodness for the international break. I think we have been lucky with our opening 8 fixtures in that we haven’t had to go to the 4/5 hardest away grounds. We could be much worse off if we’d been to Easter Road and Parkhead rather than the reverse. We have come through a spell of very poor form relatively unscathed domestically and now we have a chance to re-group and put things right for the next phase of games.
    6 points
  8. Never a red card but we cannot keep approaching games with such a passive, pedestrian mentality. The disconnect and obvious gap between our midfield and attack seems to get bigger with every game. We literally have next to nothing to offer in terms of creativity if Tav or Barisic (as has been the case for too long now) are not on their game. I had hoped by now the management team would have an alternative strategy in mind if Plan A isn't working but, I guess, even they can't perform miracles with so many players well off form.
    6 points
  9. Germany gave up the Nuclear Option some years ago, rather short-sightedly as events prove. Stugeon, of course, will not permit nuclear power stations within Scotland, but will be happy enough for the country to take nuclear power generated elsewhere (England), via the National Grid. Quite how Scotland is going to generate sufficient power, when its needed, to charge-up all the electric cars, bikes, vans, lorries, trucks, trains, and -Gawd help us- ferries that we will be using is anybody's guess. A series, or network, of small regional or local nuclear facilities would seem the easiest way forward. The tech is probably there - we have nuclear powered submarines, and nuclear powered ice-breakers, and Rolls Royce, and others would, I am sure, be delighted to roll out a programme of small power stations. The major drawback, and it is huge, is that this -any- SNP administration would make a rip roaring cu nt of such a project - guaranteed.
    5 points
  10. Russia, China, India, etc will continue to use fossil fuels to generate electricity, fuel transport and heat homes. Even Germany will continue using coal in many of its power stations. As long as they do, things like electric cars and heat pumps are merely expressions of elite western guilt and fantasy. If we genuinely want to make changes, they have to be ones that improve our quality of life, not destroy it. Govt could signal some common sense by pursuing nuclear power and massive hydrogen generation on a national scale. For as long as grandstanding and virtue signalling continue to be the main preoccupation of politicians, there is little hope of common sense taking root any time soon.
    5 points
  11. A 100 Year Old Bahamian Folk Melody. It began last week, Rangers released their new 150th anniversary strip. A tribute to the Gallant Pioneers, the minute long launch video was accompanied with appropriate mood music, 'Four Lads had a Dream'. Most folks will know the tune as the Sloop John B, popularised by the Beach Boys. Some will remember Gorbals own, Lonnie Donegan covering the song in the early sixties? The air is a traditional Bahamian folk song about a sunken ship, first published in 1916. The same melody is also utilised for the so called, 'Famine Song'. Glasgow University Senior Lecturer, Jeanette Findlay took to Twitter in her role as Chair of Call it Out. The former Secretary of the Irish Republican Bands Association labeled the tune "racist" stated the club's launch was, "pandering to racists" and concluded, "this is no accident". Four minutes later, BBC Scotland's Senior Journo, Margaret Gilmour re-Tweeted Findlay's opinion whilst liking it and, five minutes further on, Michael Stewart did similar. The usual suspects piled in and on. Angela Haggerty was in a state of fulmination. Michael took it further, made a few more Tweets linking the launch tune to those arrested whilst marching through Glasgow City centre on the morning of the last old firm game. Michael demanded explanation for his interpretation of club formal backing of intimidation? The high water mark of this latest outrage was reached when Fettes College educated Hibee and Herald Journo, Aidan Smith did two pieces; firstly explaining the furore, then reporting Michael's outrage. Humza, Dornan, Devine, ........ etc did not reinforce and the necessary momentum was lost. It was left to PQ's Hater-in-Chief, Stuart Cosgrove to attempt a resuscitation during Off the Ball. At one O'Clock on Saturday, there is usually a five minute chat with Big Dick on matters to be discussed on the upcoming Sportsound. DrStu' was already lamenting no Big Dick as Host, the Token Kenny Macintyre promised live coverage of five of the afternoon's fixtures, and being right across happenings at Ibrox. DrStu' pushed it, "any discussion on the underlying trends in Scottish football this week"? Kenny showed Cosgrove a straight bat thus the Saintee pushed, "looking forward to hearing Michael Stewart's take"? The Token told a tale of no Michael contribution. Michael over egging a rancid pudding should be put to a century old Bahamian folk melody. Chico the Clown. These last thirty plus years, BBC Scotland's Comedy Unit has relied heavily on the existence of Chick Young. Those who schooled with Chico at Bellahouston Academy tell of his love for Rangers. Chick began his journalistic career as a Cub-Reporter at the Rangers News, his first book was, 'the Rebirth of the Blues' a diary of the Souness first season as Rangers boss. Chick bought a Cabin Cruiser 25 years past, became Captain Calamity and, smelled the PQ wind lifting from the water. After enduring the navigation from Rhu to Cumbrae, Chick experienced a catharsis announcing he had become a Buddy - constantly articulating a life long devotion to St Boo. Cap'n Calamity has safely navigated passage to his eighth decade and rode the BBC Scotland waves last weekend by immersing himself in conspiracy theories. He wondered aloud on Sunday, "Sportscene showed us Porteous tackling Aribo last week, why no highlights of Aribo's launch into Cammy Devlin"? Chico was only following the joint Twitter outrage of Tam McManus and Michael Stewart. James McFadden answered the question, "I've seen the footage, the Ref' got it right with a yellow card". Unfazed, Chick set the tiller into the strong breeze, "St Mirren play Rangers next week and Jim Goodwin will want to avoid such refereeing". The eddies and currents swirled as the skipper pulled his anchored adorned cap over his pate. The discussion was Newcastle's predicted managerial vacancy. McFadden, Foster, Cricthon all agreed the Georgies would probably have Gerrard on their discussion list. The name, his record in Europe and, the manner of last year's Premiership victory would be in his favour. Kenny Macintyre added Gerrard had stated he would not get involved in the speculation because Steve Bruce was a good friend and in position. Chico went full Coco, "before Newcastle look at someone winning one out of nine trophies available, they should be looking at St Johnston's Callum Davidson". Chick should be sailing on a sea of sand, advising the Saudis. Tom Talks Tosh. Last night Angeball was retrieved from the slates and re-inflated. Sellik had done the fourth team in the Hungarian league and Tom Anguish was purring. It was unusual, Big Dick hosting with Tom adding colour. Where was Pat Bonner? Any game at Paradise requires Pat and Tom giving the blarney large, in stereo. Anyways, Tom made up for Pat's absence. At half time he dismissed Ferencvaros as, "playing for the draw" and speculated Sellik's possession stat'," would not be less than 25%"? Big Dick looked at the stats and relied, "it's 63%". Tom did not want to disrespect the statisticians, then went on to do just that. He reminded the listenership of how unique the event was, "it's three O'Clock on a Tuesday afternoon and there's sixty thousand here". Once Tom begins to polish a Sellik turd there's no stopping the Bhoy, "these supporters have had to put up with the whole Covid vaccination passport thing too". Talking of Vaccine Passports, BBC Scotland went big on both TV and radio with this. Chris McLaughlin, remember him? He conducted vox-pops for both mediums, taking to his fellow supporters of the green'n'grey pre-match. All were articulate, all praised with the Scottish Government approach and, all were willing to put up with anything furra Sellik. I don't know why Chris didn't just go into the PQ Canteen and interview members of the CSC which he Chairs? Tomorrow night, the current resident of the PQ naughty step is Richard Foster and he will watch Premier Sports in a studio and "be right across all events at Ibrox". There will be no vox-pops.
    5 points
  12. Tom Devine is groping in the dark. A dozen years past the RC Church in England and Wales launched, 'Catholic Voices' - an organisation to tell the church's story in the media with clarity. Scotland's Cardinal, Keith O'Brien was a supporter of Scottish nationalism and he wanted a specific Scottish Catholic voice in the media. Tom was part of the new enlightenment. John Haldane, James MacMillan, Ronnie Convery,......... etc became the approved voices for all debates, phone-ins, comments, ................ etc. Alex Salmond courted the RC vote and heartily approved. Cardinal O'Brien preached family values, the above named all chorused similarly. Cardinal O'Brien was subject to claims of sexual intimidation from four priests, he entered a retreat in England and, never returned. The last four years of his life was spent in a church purchased house in Northumbria. He only returned to Scotland for his funeral. Tom, John, Ronnie, ........ etc all retreated from public comment. Tom decided not to tell the Cardinal O'Brien story with clarity. Keith O'Brien used Tom Devine, BBC Scotland and the overtly ambitious James Cook used Tom Devine in the same way.
    5 points
  13. Tom Devine is a vile, bitter old man who deeply despises Rangers football club and its supporters. And he thinks he can justify this hatred as an academic who thinks this makes him immune from any sort of accusation. His bigotry is acceptable, so he thinks. And his tactics are almost always the same: accuse the other side. The art of denial & deflection . Throughout my life(I’m in my mid fifties now) I’ve watched the likes of Devine and his ethnicity with much curiosity. I refer to them as ‘tartan Irish’ who claim to be Scots but antagonise their Irish ancestry to get a reaction which they often get. Then the accusations begin. Ive always believed these people want to turn Scotland into a ROI MK II, an anti-British state and now seem to have teamed up with our own homegrown SNP. But there are plenty who oppose it his & many within the Rangers support which seems to tip Devine and others over the edge periodically
    5 points
  14. It shows that things could have been a lot worse. Ibrox and Auchenhowie could have been sold and then what state would the club be in now? Thankfully D&P did the right thing for us, even if it was for the wrong reasons.
    5 points
  15. I wish we won every game with a dodgy penalty and the opposition getting players sent off. I love their whining, toys out the pram routine and most of all, the pain - it's all thoroughly enjoyable.
    5 points
  16. Vaccination reduced transmission of the previous Kent Variant by 40-50%, I've looked for similar data around Delta, but there's not much in evidence (I work for a rather large Pharma company, though not one of the vaccine providers, and so have access to research data) There was a large study in France that concluded - -Vaccinated people with symptomatic covid shed similar levels of virus during the symptomatic phase. -The symptomatic phase in the vaccinated is however far shorter. -Vaccination reduces that chances of catching Covid even with Delta so you have fewer Covid carriers around So even on this simplistic level, it makes sense. I am however aware of the irony that only 7 EPL* clubs have higher than 50% of their squads vaccinated, these entitled young men have been allowed to operate all through this, yet we've to show vaccination status to watch them. * Haven't seen such data for our game, I don't imagine it's any better.
    5 points
  17. One of the best sights in football is to see a winger skimming past a full back and crossing the ball for it to be headed strongly into the net. Lose that and we lose a big part of the game. I'm not for a minute doubting the science, but surely the modern ball is far removed from the old bladder we used to play with - it was just that type of ball which led to the death of Jeff Astle.
    5 points
  18. From the Spectator Online today: It can be a difficult task picking out the most incompetent minister in the Scottish government. There's Sturgeon's deputy John Swinney, the man who faced two votes of confidence in seven months. There's Shona Robison, resurrected in May having been forced to resign in 2018 amid near-universal criticism of her management of the health brief. And of course there's Transport minister Michael Matheson, a man with no discernible achievements to his name, now knee-deep in the ferries scandal. But of all the SNP's top talent surely no man has blundered more regularly than Humza Yousaf. In the decade since his election to Holyrood he has established himself as the Forrest Gump of Scottish politics, popping up at a department every time it is bedevilled by controversy, misfortune or error. The botched launch of the much-vaunted Covid app is just the latest in a series of scandals which have stalked Yousaf through his years of public life. Below is Steerpike's guide to six of the worst Humza howlers... Elected in 2011, Yousaf's first government gig was Minister for Europe and International Development – a post he left just 36 days before, er, the UK voted to leave the EU. Named Minister for Transport in 2016, Yousaf swiftly made a name for himself. There was the continuing embarrassment over 'ScotFail' and its poor service times which saw trains skip stations as routine policy. There was the exodus of rail passengers over overcrowding and train cancellations. And of course there was the ongoing ferries saga – the longest-running farce north of the West End. To top it all off, in December 2016 Yousaf was slapped with a £300 fine and six penalty points on his driving licence after being caught by police for driving a friend's car without insurance. After two error-strewn years at Transport, Nicola Sturgeon decided there was only one thing to do with Yousaf: promote him. As reward for a job well done, Humza was (ironically) named as Justice Secretary – at the time the only such minister in Europe without a law degree. In this capacity he spent most of his time desperately trying to pass the notorious Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The legislation aimed to introduce a new offence of 'stirring up hatred' was described by SNP veteran Jim Sillars as 'one of the most pernicious and dangerous pieces of legislation ever produced by any government in modern times in any part of the United Kingdom.' It managed the dubious feat of alienating the Catholic Church, the National Secular Society, the BBC, the Scottish Police Federation and the Faculty of Advocates and was only passed after successive amendments. Yousaf did his bit with a headline-grabbing Holyrood committee session in which he insisted that conversations over the dinner table which incite hatred must be prosecuted too, with theatre directors and journalists also held to be liable. Other lowlights from his time at Justice include being forced to apologise for the vaginal mesh scandal and his lamentable performance at a Holyrood committee grilling at which he could not answer questions about his government's 'chaotic' quarantine scheme. And let's not forget the Dundee police station where the ceiling collapsed just hours after Yousaf labelled criticisms of the force’s buildings conditions as 'hyperbole.' Whether it's in-person or online, Yousaf is equally at home in making gaffes. His social media shenanigans got him into several scrapes when he was Justice Secretary. In May he rushed to slam Rangers football players on Twitter for being filmed supposedly making sectarian chants – a video which was subsequently shown to be a fake, for which Yousaf refused to apologise. The rush to judgement which was all the more troubling in light of his responsibility for the Scottish prosecution service. It came after previous incidents in which the minister had mourned the death of an infamous Glaswegian gangster in a (hastily-deleted) tweet and another post in which he mocked Tory leader Douglas Ross for falling over at a football game – something which resurfaced last month after Yousaf moaned about being filmed tripping up in Holyrood. After three years at Justice, Nicola Sturgeon decided there was only one thing to do with Yousaf: promote him (again). Handed the high-profile brief of Health Secretary in May, the newly-appointed minister has thus far managed to live down to expectations in his five months in the job. Less than three weeks in he had to apologise for his 'appallingly misleading' press statements after claiming young children had been hospitalised 'because of Covid.' Then there was the refusal to meet NHS Tayside dosing scandal patients, the row over his trip to Harry Potter World and the pandemic failings which saw Scotland dubbed the 'Covid capital of Europe' in July, with Scottish health boards named among the continent's top ten worst-hit regions. The month was rounded off with Scotland again achieving Europe’s highest per capita rate of drug deaths, at 25.2 fatalities per 100,000 people – more than three-and-a-half times higher than the rest of the UK. September meanwhile saw Yousaf confirm that the state of emergency within the Scottish NHS will be extended until April 2020. While much of the blame for Scotland's creaking healthcare system lies with Yousaf's mediocre predecessors, the recent ambulance saga was largely his own creation. With the average vehicle taking some six hours to arrive, Yousaf last month caused a media storm after telling the BBC that people should think twice about phoning 999 – comments which prompted accusations that Yousaf was putting lives at risk. The crisis, combined with problems with the accident and emergency waiting times, has now forced the humiliated Health Secretary to call in the British Army – a luxury which the ardent nationalist would be denied if he achieves his dream of an independent Scotland. To compound all this, an interview by Yousaf to the Daily Record blindsided government officials after he revealed plans to ease pressure on the ambulance services before releasing them to Holyrood. It earned him a rebuke from Alison Johnstone, the presiding officer, for speaking to the press before the parliament amid accusations that he had breached the ministerial code. All this came just after his poorly-received NHS Recovery Plan – which stretched to a mere 28 pages – and the decision of Yousaf and his wife to sue a local nursery for discrimination; something which Sturgeon only discovered after she read it in the paper. Awkward. Sadly for Humza, October doesn't look to get much better for him. The Scottish government's new Covid app launched yesterday but has already been widely panned as a disaster – despite it being essential to the SNP's controversial vaccine passport scheme. Social media users have bombarded government accounts to complain the app could not find their vaccination record. Instead a message now shows 'Something went wrong. We're working on it.' Rather appropriate for a Yousaf-led department eh?
    5 points
  19. I went to Tesco yesterday, for groceries (such an interesting life), and they were queueing up for petrol. I went into the store and picked up a few things. At the checkout, the guy in front had: 3 cases of San Miguel 6 bottles of Rioja Several chorizos Sundry tortillas, tacos, and the like Ah, I thought......Hispanic buying
    5 points
  20. It is going to be no more inconvenient than a ticket check barrier, like we had at Dens on Saturday and get regularly in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and indeed the piggery. Added to this is that they (Scotgov & SPFL) have admitted that this will be spot checks rather than every attendee, so I dont know what people are fussing about. Get to the ground a few minutes earlier just in case. It's not difficult. If your pre-match pint is more important than ensuring you get in the ground on time, then you have more problems going on than you realise. A very small inconvenience to allow me to attend the game. I have had to show my covid "passport" to gain entry to the theatre, and will need to show it to travel. I have no problem in doing this to ensure I can see the Rangers play. It also gives me the small comfort of knowing everyone else around me has also got some protection against the virus, and therefore reducing the chances of me catching it or passing it on if I am unwittingly a carrier.
    5 points
  21. So after those games it will be between us and Motherwell
    5 points
  22. A good win and we weren't really under any threat in that second half but, for me, it has to be better as the risk is always there if you don't put teams to bed. Credit to the players for turning it around but the search for form goes on.
    4 points
  23. Johan, Johan, Johan Fyfe. I liked Graham Fyfe as a player, he was often described as versatile or carelessly deemed a super-sub'. The number ten before the concept had been articulated, was skilful, talented and knew where the goal was. Graham had fast feet but possessed no pace. He was clever but lacked patience. He played spectacular games whilst challenged by a brooding personality. His nickname, 'Johan' emanated from his performances in the Nou Camp during the Juan Gamper Tournament. The year after the ECWC victory, Rangers were invited back by Barcelona to compete in the competition and Fyfe's wonder displays and goals were compared by the Catalan press as being comparable to Johan Cruyff. The bottom of the table clash between Rangers and the men from Methil attracted 25,000 to Ibrox on the 9th October'71. The teams were : Rangers - McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Smith, Henderson, Conn, Stein, Fyfe and, MacDonald. East Fife - Gorman, Duncan, Clarke, Cairns, Martis, Thomson, Bernard, Hamilton, Hughes, Honeyman and, McQuade. It began well, the Ref' awarded a penalty in the second minute, dispatched by Sandy. The newly promoted Fifers were exponents of the 'off-side trap'. It was a most effective tactic, better exhibited by the then Aberdeen and Arsenal. Half-time was 1-0 Rangers. I had arrived late, courtesy of the aforementioned Tunnock's van and had missed the penalty. Forty minutes of watching the East Fife back four stepping up, all holding their arms aloft claiming off-side was a chore. A couple of minutes into the second half, clever Graham took the ball in on the edge of the D, intimated another ball wide, turned and passed the ball into the net from 20 yards. Doddie added a third on the hour mark and the threat of being bottom of the table dissipated. It was Tannadice next week and the hope was for a point to keep us out of the relegation zone. Scotland played Portugal midweek, newly appointed Tommy Docherty's first match as Manager. His trip to Tynecastle had confirmed Sandy Jardine as starting right back, Jim Cruikshank did not make it because the Doc' drafted in Arsenal's Bob Wilson. The Gunners Keeper was the first to be capped by Scotland on the strength of his old man being a born Scot. The Hibs pair of Stanton and Cropley made the national eleven : Wilson(Arsenal), Colquhoun(Sheffield United), Hay(Celtic), Jardine(Rangers), Bremner(Leeds United), Cropley(Hibs), Gemmill(Derby County), Johnstone(Celtic), Stanton(Hibs), Graham(Arsenal) and, O'Hare(Derby County). We won 2-1 with the Rams pairing of Archie Gemmill and John O'Hare notching the goals. It was all change, the Tams no longer occupied number one in the UK charts. Maggie May by Rod Stewart and the Faces had taken over the top spot. Now, this caused uproar in the band, the three original Small Faces took umbrage at being labeled Rod's backing band. Bassist, Ronnie Lane explained they had rid themselves of 'Lead singer syndrome' when Steve Marriott had left the Small Faces. They had invited in Rod and Ron Wood to form the Faces, now three albums in on Warner brothers. Rod explained he had another recording deal with Mercury and as such, was a 'Separate Entity'? Just for the record, Graham Fyfe was at Rangers for seven years, 1969-1976. He made 87 appearances, scoring 31 goals. He was transferred to Hibs along with Ally Scott in the deal that brought Iain Munro to the club.
    4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. Please cut out these types of comments. They're completely unnecessary.
    4 points
  26. I think if someone offered us this situation (in the league) before a ball was kicked, we'd have taken it. After 8 games, 6 points ahead of a "resurgent" Celtic and 1 point off our points tally at same stage of last season. All this without a settled team due to Covid, injuries and late returns to pre-season due to internationals. We still have Helander, Jack and Kent to return, who when on form are arguably 3 of our best players.
    4 points
  27. Yeah, the referees spoke to their keeper 5 or 6 times about time wasting without booking hill him and then just gave up and allowed him to carry on. Agree that Hibs were lucky not to pick up further yellows and maybe a red.
    4 points
  28. Buzzing after that today. Looking on the positive side we found our mojo second half and the players and fans reconnected. Hope we turn a corner after that. The atmosphere at the end was awesome.
    4 points
  29. Yes never consider voting Labour ever again!!
    4 points
  30. There are supply shortages all over in the world, its about time we started strengthening our own critical infrastructure and stopped relying on unreliable nations...
    4 points
  31. Boxing might be in bother then. Running wrecks your legs, so that should be looked at. The dangers faced in extreme sports, like mountain climbing...etc. I think taking heading out of youth football might be an idea. Once you become an adult (that's a debate for another day) you should be able to decide whether you want to header the ball. Calvin Bassey seemed to be ahead of the curve last night and has decided to opt out of headers before any rulings are made.
    4 points
  32. The Return of Wullie. Margaret Thatcher achieved 'Milk Snatcher' status by decreeing children between the ages of seven and eleven were no longer eligible for their third of a pint of the white stuff after school morning break. Being young, being foolish and, being happy did not require a daily calcium injection. Talking of the Tams, the Atlanta four-piece harmony group took their name from their constant headwear, the Tam O'Shanter. Who knew Atlanta was in Ershur as 'Hey Girl don't Bother me' became Number One? The Rangers News middle double page spread declared, "One is Enough". Willie Waddell was utilising the new publication to manage fans' expectations. We were reminded of then recent forays in Europe had crumbled on fans demands for constant all out attack. Gornik Zabrze had epitomised the smart game a couple of years before. The Silesians had arrived at Ibrox after a home 3-1 victory and conceded early to a Jim Baxter goal. If Rangers had notched a second without conceding, they went through on away goals. Sixty thousand Bears demanded blood and thunder, Gornik grabbed three breakaway goals including a wonder strike from Lubanski. Manager Davie White was sacked after the match. Truthfully, the attitude and mentality of your average Rangers supporter had not changed. Forty thousand paying customers expected caution to be discarded, get on the front foot and, get steamed in for ninety minutes. As the teams emerged, there was one change from Saturday's 0-2 loss to the Dandies. Wullie Henderson had replaced Andy Penman. The teams were : McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Jackson, Henderson, Conn, Stein, MacDonald and, Johnston. The Bretons fielded : Aubour, Cosnard, Cardiet, Cedolin, Chlosta, Toublant, Terrier, Garcia, Keruzore, Betta and, Lenoir. An early ball into our box saw a determined Bomber Jackson go through Alfie Conn and Betta to effect a clearance. Commitment was the name of what transpired as a stop-start game. The crowd was restless with impatience, bugles were being blown but the charges were not happening. Keeping our shape and not allowing space for counter attacks were the focus. Henderson had a point to prove and he fashioned a sitter for Bud Johnston. The Keeper saved and a couple of minutes later dived at the feet of Wullie to keep the score all square. Rangers were in control, then on the half hour mark the heart stopping moment arrived. An intercepted pass and quick release, saw Lenoir in the clear. As Jim Parkinson of the Herald wrote, "he had all the time in the world to score but he wanted even more and the chance was lost". Those of us that remember Doddie playing, will remember his timing of late runs into the opposition box. Regularly, those runs bore fruit. Henderson stretched the Bretons and played in Johnston again. His shot was parried and MacDonald's run veered to the left to knock in the loose ball. Six minutes before the break but still the cry behind me in the Enclosure remained, "a quick second before half-time". The second never arrived before or after the break, Colin Stein rattled the bar and wee Wullie was denied a stonewaller in the dying minutes as Cosnard sent him flying. In between these two incidents there had been an episode of slow hand clapping. The game finished 1-0 Rangers and thus a 2-1 aggregate victory for the tie. Sandy Jardine declared, "it was a good one nil victory, we were the better team". The Bretons agreed, Rennes manager, Prouff was magnanimous, " Rangers played so much better tonight, Henderson and Johnston were the stars". The French press praised Wullie Henderson to the highest, Andre Mausson stated, "even if Rennes attack had functioned, what was the answer to Henderson"? A distinct contrast to the Scots fourth estate where Jim Blair at the Evening Times determined, "a lack of style and poise in the Rangers win". Further, he got after Waddell claiming, "modern football is about tactics but Rangers indulged in the big kick and boom-bang-a-bang". Returning from Ibrox on the Tannochside RSC bus, two arguments were on going. McCloy kept throwing the ball out to Jardine, he should have been kicking it(or rather BIG kicking it boom-bang-a-bang style). The other was a constant on the merit of Alex MacDonald's character; he was a true Ranger as opposed to a corner boy. One of the Committee was adamant Rangers had won through on away goals, he didn't recognise Doddies contribution. The same clown proposed the bus for Tynecastle on the following Saturday should leave at 11.30hrs. Thus, denying secondary schoolboys playing for the school the opportunity to follow follow. In terms of Scottish football it was quite a night. Rangers progressed as did Aberdeen, defeating Celta Vigo. St Johnstone won 3-0 against Hamburg and Dundee also progressed against a forgotten Danish outfit. Ra Sellik ran over Copenhagen 3-0, making it five Scots clubs qualifying for the second round of European competition. Many of you will know next up for Rangers in the ECWC was the Sporting Club de Portugal but, first another league crisis had to be tackled. We were marooned.
    4 points
  33. There's Always Another Sellik Supporter? I believe we have 42 senior clubs in Scotland. The petty and ill-informed show broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland twice weekly attempts to relate the full Scottish football experience. Off the Ball championed, 'Sell Out Saturday' because both Hosts, Tam and Stuart are supporters of self-confessed "Diddy Clubs" and they trapped at Fir Park for the visit of the Perth Saints on that day. They joined the attendance of five and a half thousand to join the chorus of, Scottish football does not need Rangers. It's a continuing chant taken up by the majority of the PQ Gang Hut. The Producer of Off the Ball guarantees a hearing for every voice in Scottish football, his/her efforts these last few weeks epitomise that fact. Guests on the show have been Hugh MacDonald, Jackie McNamara, Mathew Joseph Campbell, Susie McCabe, Paul Lyons and, Chris McQueer. All Sellik supporters, through and through. The other 41 clubs, including the Diddy Clubs are just not represented. There's always another Sellik supporter. These last five and a bit years, Rangers supporters pay their License Fees and we get compartmentalised. The last week has seen three games at Ibrox, Motherwell, Lyon and, Livingston. A couple of former/current players with Rangers connections are placed in a separate studio to watch Rangers TV or a steam. Big Dick the patronises them with a few dull questions and this is called, 'a Service'. This started five years past with Craig Patterson sitting on the naughty step, where is Craig now? Derek Ferguson, Billy Dodds, Chick Young, .................. ............................... Steven Thompson, Richard Foster and now, Rory Loy. Seriously, they all avoid the gig as soon as they are able to do so. Don't worry about, when the Rangers connections well runs dry, there's always another Sellik supporter.
    4 points
  34. Circling Vultures. Wandering along Paisley Road West, the talk pre-match was Ronnie McKinnon being out. I believed it was precautionary, the gazelle like centre back was highly mobile and would be needed for the midweek home leg against Rennes. Most of the mates argued he was needed against a strongly performing Aberdeen. Forty-two thousand watched the teams run out and we found out Dave Smith was Ronnie's replacement. The teams were, Rangers : McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, Jackson, Smith, Penman, Conn, Stein and, Johnston. Aberdeen : Geoghegan, Boel, Hermiston, Murray, Young, Buchan, Forrest, Robb, Harper, Willoughby and, Miller. Former Rangers and cousins, Jim Forrest and Alec Willoughby made little impact but I remember Martin Buchan strolled it, Stevie Murray ran the legs off Alfie Conn, Joey Harper was a pest and, left back Jim Hermiston out wing backed Sandy Jardine. The first circling vulture was spotted at half time. We were one down to a Murray goal and a heated discussion behind me nearly came to punches. The manager must suppress his pride and reinstate Wullie Henderson to the team. Apparently, the bunion effected winger was the only Ranger to be relied upon to carry the ball and, the team up the pitch. When Harper took the ball into his feet, dropped a shoulder and, swivelled to hit a goal bound strike; the vultures were stacking. Deservedly spanked 0-2 by the Dandies, we had played four league games and had amassed two points. We were fifth bottom of an eighteen team league. The Sunday papers were unforgiving, "Alarming Gaps must be Plugged" screamed the Sunday Mail. Otherwise, we were out of Europe. The Express offered, "Wednesday's Euro tie is a must win to avoid a full blown crisis". Willie Waddell was quoted by his old blat, "there is no crisis". Monday's press took a different line, they quoted the visiting French press. A bleak city of tenements and shipyards was the background, the foreground was loud, bellowing Bears, "when lubricated with whisky, Rangers supporters vocal cords are indestructible". The Herald's Ian Archer revealed Rennes boss, Jean Prouff had been the recipient of numerous letters from Sellik supporters wishing his side well when visiting Ibrox. The Bretons were confident and surely Prouff was tempting fate when he said, "The result is not important to us, it is the way we play and the correct way is by attacking. I will not lose my job if we get beat" Maybe, it was a different era? I have mentioned two Aberdonian players above who would finish the season with contrasting fortunes. Silky Dave Smith would be voted Scotland's Player of the Year and Jim Hermiston left Aberdeen for the security of the Grampian Police. Would the Tams and, 'Hey Girl don't Bother me' make it to number one, would the Education Minister, Margaret Thatcher really withdraw free milk from schools and most importantly, would Rangers defeat Rennes? Answers on Wednesday.
    4 points
  35. First thing I`d drop would be that abysmal third choice strip.
    4 points
  36. Like I said .... Joe Aribo, indispensable.
    4 points
  37. Interesting to see Nil By Mouth downplaying bigoted tweets by just describing them as derogatory, and saying that donating to charity would basically brush it under the table.
    3 points
  38. 3 points
  39. You will need plenty of storage as combi/condensing boiler owners will need to reinstall a cylinder , then there is the outside extractor, heat pump and controller plus the larger rads to make any noticeable heat difference. In fact most people will detect that their water isn't as hot or the rooms are not heating up as they did, unless they live in a sealed box as Uileam says. As Bill says, this is all for show as it will not make a jot of difference if the UK lowers its already quite low carbon footpring while China, Russia, India, Germany, and Indonesia pump out approaching 60% of the worlds pollution. In fact China and Russia aren't even bothering to attend COP, but it will not stop the insufferable Swedish brat lecturing the naughty West for letting the plebs get on flights or drive their cars, or heat their homes - how dare they!!!
    3 points
  40. Notice of Claim | Ryan Porteous, Player, Hibernian FC Monday 4 October 2021 Notice of Claim | Ryan Porteous, Player, Hibernian FC Player: Ryan Porteous, Player, Hibernian FC Match: Rangers FC v Hibernian FC on 3 October 2021 Competition: Scottish Premiership Offence: A1 Serious Foul Play Claim: Wrongful Dismissal Fast Track Tribunal Hearing: Wednesday 6 October 2021 Outcome: Claim dismissed. Original sanction re-applied.
    3 points
  41. Be honest, how many seasons are as straightforward as last season? Much of what I've seen this season has been frustrating but it certainly hasn't been the disaster that the comments of many fans would have you think. I think we did OK today against a decent opponent and if being top of the league after beating our main challenger is bad news then I think I can handle that.
    3 points
  42. Which factor is the most significant, i can’t say with certainty. But industry experts have been pointing to risks in relation to the number of HGV drivers pre COVID and pre Brexit. So to me the only thing I am clear on is that both have made the situation more acute. The pandemic has slowed the ability for new drivers to train and get licensed, whilst the ability of the industry to plug gaps with short term EU drivers and utilising cabotage, has turned the screw to the effects we are seeing now.
    3 points
  43. It is 100% panic buying initiated by the msm who mistakenly or maliciously reported that the lack of HGV drivers could cause fuel shortages. there is no shortage of drivers HGV drivers do not transport fuel ADR drivers do and there was no shortage of them 2 weeks ago, or a month ago or a year ago. There is no deficiency of fuel supplies nor the logistics to deliver it.
    3 points
  44. The club will do the minimum to adhere to the rules. They're not going to bother if people use someone else's passport, as long as it looks reasonable. They just have to be seen to be taking reasonable steps.
    3 points
  45. Our form has been poor but some of the reactions are OTT. Players don't go from being great to useless that quickly. Same with tactical formations. The lack of intensity and desire is what concerns me.
    3 points
  46. We really need to break out of this lethargy we are playing just now , we need to up the tempo when we play high tempo , no one can lay a glove on us , that we are getting dragged into these brutal dig fights is mental . Given that Dundee never really threatened bar a couple of headers , we need and can do so much better , Thursday is going to be massive for us .
    3 points
  47. In three years and a bit, I don't think I have witnessed such an error strewn Gerrard Rangers team? Including pre season friendlies, we have played just over 20 games. We have notched up 14 competitive matches. The only game I have left/watched where I have felt I viewed Rangers was the Real Madrid friendly. We are all hoping, even saying it will improve. However, despite being top of the league I feel we are NOT playing. The ball goes forward and there is no venom among our forwards. We are not winning fouls on the edge of the opposition box. Today, we managed three free kicks in and around Dundee's penalty area. There is a huge gap between the midfield and the front three. Our exploitation of the opposition by our wing backs has almost become warm nostalgia. Tav' hit the bye-line once today. I could go on but, it's another three points and hopefully we improve in Prague. We must.
    3 points
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