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  1. Rangers manager Walter Smith has accused Celtic of encouraging a climate of mistrust and paranoia among their support and of attempting to increase pressure on match officials with their unrelenting complaints about the performances of referees and their appeals against punishments handed out to players and manager Neil Lennon. The 62 year-old, in his final season in charge at Ibrox, has had enough of the conspiracy theories emanating from Parkhead and, as he prepares to take his team to the east end of Glasgow tomorrow, he welcomed former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan�s declarati
  2. Rangers winger Vladimir Weiss has revealed that manager Walter Smith went berserk at the players after they lost their lead in the dying moments of Thursdayââ?¬â?¢s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon. Steven Whittaker put ââ?¬Ë?Gers in front at Ibrox in the 66th minute but Sporting leveled in the 89th thanks to a Matias Fernandez header. Weiss said that Smith had a go at the Rangers side after the match and the Manc hester City loanee said he had every right to. "The manager was not happy with us because he felt we should not have backed off after we scored. "But we did an
  3. EL HADJI DIOUF is now a dye-hard Rangers player - after colouring his hair BLUE. The wacky Rangers star left his Ibrox team-mates stunned yesterday when he turned up for training at Murray Park. Diouf, 30, showed off his new look and the on-loan Blackburn ace could be set to keep the striking image for the Europa League clash against Sporting Lisbon. Diouf normally sports a shaved head with white mohican stripe. But Scottish football's most colourful character has now opted for a blue crop as a tribute to Gers supporters. Meanwhile, Vladimir Weiss insists Gers gaffer Walter
  4. Jamie Ness has been rewarded for breaking into the Rangers first-team by being named young player of the month in the Scottish Premier League. The 19-year-old midfielder made his league debut as a substitute in a 4-1 win over Motherwell on 26 December. He went on to play six games - Rangers won four and lost two - during January, leading to his Clydesdale Bank award. The Scotland Under-19 international had been poised to join Third Division side Clyde before breaking through at Ibrox. Ness was rested by Rangers manager Walter Smith for Saturday's 6-0 win over Motherwell. h
  5. KYLE BARTLEY had no part to play as the Old Firm made history last week. Now the Arsenal kid is begging Walter Smith for the chance to create his own Ibrox legacy. Last Sunday's epic encounter in the Scottish Cup left Bartley gasping for breath on the bench. The 2-2 draw also means that for the first time ever Rangers and Celtic will have to meet SEVEN times in one season. Now Bartley - on loan at Gers until the end of the season - hopes he'll be handed a key role in the replay at Parkhead. He confessed: "It was something else last weekend. "I've been looking to get up
  6. Looks like we will receive some money from a Charlie Adam transfer, also Smith hopeful he can use any money we get for Miller. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/editor-s-picks/maurice-edu-we-can-cope-without-kenny-miller-1.1079256 Maurice Edu today insisted Rangers can still retain the SPL title ââ?¬â?? as top scorer Kenny Miller gets ready to leave for Fiorentina. The 22-goal hitman, who has rejected terms on a new contract, had been targeted by Birmingham in a Ã?£650,000 deal, but looks set to snub Alex McLeish and move to Serie A by the end of this week. Miller has
  7. RANGERS and Dundee United may be forced to play four league games in eight days so that the SPL split can take place on April 16. The SPL faces a fixture backlog as a result of both sides falling victim to match postponements, cup replays and Euro ties. Rangers boss Walter Smith and United chairman Stephen Thompson, right, have been warned by the SPL about the threat of chaos. Rangers must fit in a game against St Mirren - forced off by burst pipes at Ibrox on December 18 - as well as rescheduled visits to Pittodrie, Tannadice and McDiarmid Park. United have played fewer matches than anyone
  8. HE could have gone to Liverpool and he could have gone to Tottenham, but here he was in Renfrewshire. If either of those Barclays Premier League heavyweights had got their way last week Charlie Adam would currently be one of the most expensive players in Scottish football history, carrying a price tag of just under �£7m. For the time being heâ��s still at struggling Blackpool and no-oneâ��s ever paid more than �£500,000 for him, but yesterday Adam could walk the corridors of the Scotland squad hotel knowing that heâ��s been the talk of the steamie. Itâ��s only a
  9. By ANDREW SMITH THE Rangers support last night delivered an emphatic verdict on the signing of El Hadji Diouf. If you've spat on a Celtic fan then you are alright by us, is the only way to interpret the reception they gave to the Satanised Senegalese striker. The roar as he replaced the injured Lee McCulloch after 20 minutes, which was accompanied by low cries of "Diouf, Diouf, Diouf", represented the sort of garlanded welcome no-one had anticipated. It was all so cordial. Indeed, as he had warmed up earlier, a small group of fans chanted "he's blue, he's white, he gobs on green and white, E
  10. I saw this on article on Yahoo but believe it was originally posted on Eurosport.com ...... not sure who penned it and won't claim there's much new but thought I'd share it anyway. Edit - seems it was written by one Desmond Kane (oh dear?) Rangers Pay the Price for Murray's Self-indulgence A fool and his money are soon parted. To leaders suffering from hubris, such a proverb can prove to be gruesomely true. As a spectacle, the game of football continues to contain an innate ability to reduce sober-suited, profitable businessmen to regretful rags. Sir Alan Sugar continues to be dep
  11. http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/rangers/michael-grant-on-monday-1.1082711 The first suggestion was that Craig Whyte might be able to rush through a takeover and own Rangers in time for Christmas. Then he supposedly wanted to have the reins in time for the January transfer window so he could plough in some funds for signings and an enhanced contract offer to Kenny Miller. Christmas is over, Miller is away, the window closes at 11pm tonight, and still there is no Whyte. Not a peep has been heard and sources have said nothing is likely to change. It is now 74 days since the story
  12. Cast your mind back ten years to season 2000/2001. Ronald de Boer signed from Barcelona; Tore Andre Flo signed for a transfer fee that will never be matched in Scotland; and a squad containing names such as Amoruso, van Bronckhorst and Klos - we could even afford to let Andrei Kanchelskis go on loan to the EPL and Man City for half a season. This was the start of a new decade under the continuing custodianship of David Murray - where he summed up his personality and ambition at the time with one simple quote from 2000 - "For every five pounds Celtic spend, we will spend ten". Most
  13. The following is from BBC Sport website .... looks to me like a clear pre-cursor to the deal falling through ..... but I suppose we continue to live in forlorn hope ..... By Alasdair Lamont Craig Whyte remains hopeful of concluding his proposed takeover of Rangers before the end of January. Whyte has been in negotiations with the current owner Sir David Murray since the middle of November. He had hoped to complete a �£33m deal before Christmas, but due diligence has taken longer than Whyte expected. Meanwhile, the Rangers Supporters' Trust chief has warned that fans could boycott
  14. Striker Kenny Miller is mulling over a move to Birmingham City after Rangers accepted an offer in the region of �£700,000 from the English club. The 31-year-old Scotland player has netted 22 club goals so far this term. But he has stalled on a contract extension beyond June and he is free to speak with other clubs. Rangers failed with a bid for Dundee United's David Goodwillie but, even if Miller moves, they are unlikely to be able to meet United's �£1.5m valuation. The fee from the Midlands club would also increase should they avoid relegation from the English Premier Leag
  15. Ally McCoist today refused to blame Kenny Miller for leaving Rangers mid-season for the lure of Bursasporââ?¬â?¢s millions. The striker has moved to Turkey in a deal that will net him Ã?£50,000 a week on a two-and-a-half year contract. Rangers will get just Ã?£400,000 ââ?¬â?? plus a further Ã?£100,000 should the Turks qualify for the Champions League next season ââ?¬â?? for their top scorer. The departure of the 31-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of the season, has left many Gers fans wondering if their hopes of three-in-a-row will go with him. But on the day
  16. From The Northern Echo. I think it's a real possibility he'll end up back here if Miller leaves in January however there's no quotes re Boyd in the article.
  17. Cast your mind back to two years ago this January when Rangers accepted a multi-million pound bid for Kris Boyd from Birmingham City. Through all the run-up rumours and speculation I never once believed that Boyd would be leaving us and even had a bet on it with a fellow forum member. Even after the substantial bid had been accepted I still truly believed that Kris would be a Rangers player come the first game in February. While that belief turned out to be correct, it didn't mean much at the time other than my hunch/gut feeling being right for once and that I thought the whole Boyd soap opera
  18. If we don't get funds for contract renewal or bringing in replacements then 2012-2015 are going to be very baron years I fear.
  19. A year or so ago we had Boyd and Miller, a good partnership, playing very well and linking well together. Who would have thought two of our best performing first team players would be gone for practically nothing? It is hard to imagine what price the pair were worth, but combined you would have to say they were worth 5-6m+ and maybe considerably more. I would hazard a guess that Boyd could have generated 4-5 million (when he had more time on his contract remaining), considering interest from England. Then considering Miller performing at a bigger club, he surely would have been worth at least
  20. A point of view on matters financial. Once again like many Rangers Supporters, I am left mystified by the comments of Walter Smith in relation to our position with our Bankers - Lloyds/HBOS - followed by the Club's decision to readily release our own and the SPL's top scorer for the second time in 6 months. I won't use the word 'sell' as Boyd went for nothing and by the time Miller picks up his severance pay off, we will have very little left. I have a background in banking and passed my exams many years ago, but no matter how hard I try, when I look at our accounts, I cannot unde
  21. Rangers take Forest youth striker on trial Striker Thomas Mullen will train with Rangers next week. Rangers will run the rule over Scotland under-19�s striker Thomas Mullen next week as Walter Smith looks to bolster his attacking options for the future. The young forward is available on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest after being told he is surplus to requirements by Billy Davies. Mullen was a standout performer last season for the Nottingham Forest youth team, scoring 17 goals, making him the academy�s top scorer. Interests ensued from Everton and Blackbur
  22. RST Chairman "Boycott of Lloyds can't be ruled out" 07 January by therabbitt Speaking to the BBC on the subject of Walter Smith's comments regarding the controlling influence of the bank on Rangers, RST chairman Stephen Smith was pointed in his criticism of Lloyds. Rangers are currently being held at gunpoint by Lloyds and Smith intimated that the sooner the clubs hands are untied, the better. "The sooner Lloyds are disentangled from the running of Rangers Football Club the better. I'm as worried now as I was last year when the manager felt strongly enough to publicly criticise the
  23. Craig Whyte remains hopeful of concluding his proposed takeover of Rangers before the end of January. Whyte has been in negotiations with the current owner Sir David Murray since the middle of November. He had initially hoped to complete a �£33m deal before Christmas, but due diligence has taken longer than the Scottish businessman expected. However, if that can be concluded soon, Whyte aims to take over in time to help Walter Smith strengthen his squad. On Thursday, Smith bemoaned the current financial constraints at the club, stating that he would be unable to bring in n
  24. Telegraph.co.uk Blame the bank, says Rangers manager Walter Smith as he looks for his players to bounce back from defeat Rangers manager Walter Smith believes that Lloyds Banking Group constitutes a bigger threat to his club�s chances of winning a third successive title than Neil Lennon�s Celtic. They may trail their Old Firm rivals by four points after losing 2-0 to them at Ibrox last weekend but Smith is in no doubt that the financial constraints he is being forced to work under can only undermine Rangers� prospects of triumphing at home and abroad. Smith, who
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