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  1. It's not something I'm wishing for but if Rangers and Celtic play to poorer crowds, fail repeatedly in Europe as the Scottish League becomes like the one just over the Irish Sea, and if they struggle to compete with CL glamour, any commercial suggestion that a merger could have them playing as one in the EPL will be seriously looked at. Did you ever imagine that the Irish Republic would one day vote for the legalisation of men marrying other men? The future is a very strange place and it almost never turns out the way we expect it to.
  2. Firstly, another attempt at reconstruction is likely to diminish the standing of the game even more. The more we mess about with the system, the less credible it is. Secondly, a new system which is as complex as this one is not a good idea. It has certain good points, but whatever system is used should be simple and easily understood. Thirdly, whatever system that is used will have little effect on Rangers and Celtic, assuming of course Rangers can get back to being a major player. The Old Firm need a continental option - an Atlantic League of sorts - because their future if exclusively in Scotland will drag them down and remove them from the glamorous side of the game altogether. Fourthly, mergers of smaller clubs can't be forced on smaller clubs, but they can sometimes work. Inverness and Aberdeen came about due to clubs merging. Fifthly, here's one for the future. Rangers and Celtic to merge into a superclub which will be welcomed into the top league in England. Sleep on that.
  3. I really hope that Walter Smith is kept at arm's length by the board. We should not be seeking his advice about who the next manager of Rangers will be. This is the man who trained up Ally for the role and still doesn't seem to grasp that his apprentice was abysmal in the job, but we also need a manager who will have the team playing a style of football that is worth paying good money to see. I still think McCall will get the gig if we go up, but if there is an opening, the board should endeavour to seek out new faces who will rejuvenate the whole playing side.
  4. This isn't a revolution. It's more like the beginning of a recovery. The disease that infected the club has been beaten - for now - and we're hopefully on the path to return to good health. The illness that knocked us for six was so bad though that no-one can be sure that we will recover to become what we used to be. Think of that tackle on Ian Durrant. Was he the same player afterwards that he was before? This is what the club has been through, a damaging trauma, and full fitness may be beyond us. Rangers has been damaged as a football club and as an institution. The extent of the damage may only be known in a few years when hindsight provides a clearer view.
  5. Lots of people sending the exact same letter/email will detract from any points raised. Anyone wishing to complain formally should do so in their own words.
  6. I'm pleased to hear it. The new board appears to be listening so praise where it is due.
  7. 'New Pioneers'? What utter nonsense. This is farcical. Even with a new and improved board in place, the club still knows how to make a fool of itself. How can adults take the club seriously when it promotes junk like this?
  8. This is about right. We have lost thousands of supporters. They will continue to count themselves as fans but rarely or never go. The article highlights the fact that our attendance numbers are significantly less than was anticipated. I have no problem with that because they are.
  9. I think his post deserved a response. Don't you? It got what it deserved. People tend to take the high moral ground when they encounter Conservatives. His post was classic anti-Tory rhetoric. I have to admit I'm getting guilty of doing the same thing. Nationalism is the political sewer. From there you can only look up.
  10. It comes across that you're an unthinking anti-Tory zealot, with about as many original thoughts in your head as an unplugged robot. You seem to know as much about Conservatives as you do about football.
  11. I've had a number of discussions over the years with a family friend who has also been long-standing SNP - and Thistle! His wife told me he bottled it at the referendum. He voted NO. I could hardly believe it. He's a clever fellow and it always surprised me that he embraced nationalism, the bottom rung of the political ladder. I think he's Labour now so although he's moving towards enlightenment, he isn't there yet. I'll be doing my bit to move him towards the Conservative Party. Having come this far . . .
  12. I voted for the workers' party - Conservative - but I also picked up a couple of elderly relatives and took them to the polling station. One used to be Conservative but fell out with the party some time ago and the other has been SNP since long before it became fashionable. Naturally, I didn't ask them which way they voted, but a little bit of information came out on the way back. The ex-Conservstive had returned to the fold and voted Tory and the SNP enthusiast didn't declare except for saying that his vote - for the first time in decades - had not been for the SNP. His actual words: 'I'm not a nationalist any more'. I didn't enquire further other than to congratulate him on reaching a higher political level. 'Cheeky so-and-so', he replied.
  13. I'll be voting for the party that stands up for working people. I'll be voting Conservative.
  14. A older relative of mine was a good tennis player. She had a natural feel for the game and used a doubled-handed backhand to get extra power. This was frowned on by coaches who told her that one hand should be used to play both forehand and backhand shots. She was also instructed - yes, instructed - not to play a baseline game. The idea was to serve and volley: always. No other way was coached. Then a younger generation came through, possibly from the USA, and they threw away the coaching manuals They doubled up on backhand and played hard and powerfully from the baseline. Coaches and purists frowned on this, but they were wrong: completely and utterly wrong. We all went to see our players well coached but it's possible to set a player's career path back if coaching or management is flawed. When Charlie Adam left Rangers, he was widely expected to vanish without a trace by the Rangers support and yet it was perfectly clear that he possessed an abundance of talent. And that talent was allowed to flourish at Blackpool. He has gone on to make a great career for himself at the top of the English game and probably has more money in the bank than Rangers. Occasionally players slip through the net, but Charlie Adam wasn't one of them. His talent was glaring but our coaching staff didn't know how to get the best out of him. As a result, the Rangers support wrote him off. Few believed that he'd shine the way he has in the English Premiership. He was even voted one of the top five players in the division by fellow professionals, and yet we thought he was useless. Just now, we have a young player who has a good instinct and a nice touch: Tom Walsh. He's been played out wide but apparently this is not his favoured position. Let's hope that his career develops in a good way - with Rangers.
  15. It's been grim alright . . . But we can still get out of here.
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