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  1. Thought this was a great read. At the time I had never seen anything like this and wish that the eye injury had never of happened. I always stated at the time I would love to see a front two of Negri and Mols. Sadly not to be. Another case of what could have been
  2. Spent a fair bit of time on the major Rangers forums since last night�s defeat in Spain and I think it�s fair to say some of the reaction has been somewhat surprising. The adjectives in the article title are just three examples of the negativity I�ve experienced. Let�s be frank though. Last night we were outclassed by one of the best club teams in the world. They had over 60% of ball possession and probably a lot more territorial advantage. As a result, they scored two fine goals and could easily have had another two as well but for poor finishing and a coup
  3. There has been a fair amount of debate recently regarding the formation and tactics deployed by Walter Smith as he attempts to be competitive both domestically and in the Championsââ?¬â?¢ League. Thus, is 4-5-1, described as ââ?¬Ë?anti-footballââ?¬â?¢ by Lionel Messi the spawn of the devil or is that far too simplistic a way to look at it? Firstly, I think itââ?¬â?¢s important to look at the context of when and why this formation is deployed. Obviously a game (home or away) against the cream of European opposition is different from a game against stuffy, well organised Scottish outf
  4. If you were Walter Smith, would you give Novo a new deal. He's been popping up with a few vital goals this season and does add to the squad but for me, he'll never be a regular starter. I'm leaning towards Deal but possibly only 1 year.
  5. Oct 30 2007 By Keith Jackson Exclusive BRAHIM HEMDANI has moved to quash claims he is determined to quit Rangers. The ex-Marseille captain spoke exclusively to Record Sport to counter claims he is on the verge of agreeing a January switch to English Premier League outfit Reading. Reports have surfaced in France suggesting Hemdani may have already been granted permission to begin signing talks with Stevie Coppell ahead of the opening of the transfer window. But the player himself is adamant no such agreement is in place - and insists he has no plans to push for a move when t
  6. What the f**k is Walter Smith up to? Why are we going to a place like tannadice and playing two holding midfielders and dropping the tempo to walking pace? He got it spot on against septic. Two attacking midfielders(fergie and adam)and one holding(thomson). Nice high tempo, got in their faces and gave them a right doin'. Does WS honestly think we only have to make that sort of effort against septic and not anybody else. We allowed another team to put US on the back foot from the word go. We went out on that park and played as if we just needed to turn up and we would win. Just
  7. More Than A Club If ever a statement summed up the way we all feel about The Rangers it is ‘more than a club’ and I have to say, last nights game against Barcelona was the pinnacle for this Bear in my 25+ of ‘follow following’ the great institution that is Rangers Football Club. It is funny to think that it may actually be bettered when I visit Barcelona for the ‘return game’ next month. The anticipation that I felt in the lead up to the Barcelona game has only ever been matched by the buzz I felt prior to entertaining Kiev in the late 80’s, Leeds (home and away) in 92/93 and possibly
  8. LOUIS VAN GAAL last night warned Rangers they face mission impossible tomorrow night against Barcelona. The Spanish giants have big injury problems ahead of the Champions League clash with Portuguese ace Deco out for five weeks and fellow midfielders Yaya Toure and Rafael Marquez also on the sidelines. Ronaldinho missed Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Villarreal amid more reports of partying while away on World Cup duty with Brazil while Thierry Henry failed to sparkle at the weekend. But former Barca coach van Gaal has written off Walter Smith's side despite their emphatic Old Firm victo
  9. RANGERS' fringe stars enhanced their chances of forcing their way into Walter Smith's top team plans when they defeated Newcastle United today 3-1 at St James's Park. Many of the lads who have been on the outside in recent weeks really put in good performances in the match which was played behind closed doors. Chris Burke and Steven Whittaker Young striker Rory Loy, Chris Burke and Alan Gow got the goals in a comfortable win for the Ibrox men against a strong Magpies side which included Joey Barton. Centre back Ugo Ehiogu was outstanding in defence for Rangers and he clearly wanted
  10. Time For Stability We all knew that when Walter Smith was appointed as PLG�s successor, this was to herald a period of stabilization in the wonderful history of our club. Now that this stabilization is well under way, lets hope that Walter will reflect on the positive effects this has shown and take this stabilization into team selection. We have had a huge turnover of players in the last 3 seasons and it is now time for our current charges to decide on their preferred tactics / squad / starting 11 and to put this into practice. Whilst we the fans have to understand that change
  11. Hemdani accepts rotation policy Hemdani says he does not have a problem with the rotation policy Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani says he accepts manager Walter Smith's squad rotation policy - despite making only two SPL appearances this season. Hemdani, who has been superb for Rangers in the Champions League, said: "I accept the choices of the manager and I've said it many times." The midfielder was linked with a move away from Ibrox earlier in the season. "It was only speculation. There were many noises at this time, I don't know why," he told the club's website. He
  12. Yesterdays performance was nothing short of disgracefull. Tactics, team selection and formation were way off again and the one man to pick up the can and take the blame is Walter Smith. His undying loyalty to Whittaker and to a lesser extent Thompson knows no bounds and as for playing ferguson out of position behind boyd, well only walter knows the answer to that one. Did we have a game plan yesterday? If so what the hell was it? And why did walter leave it so late to change the personell after hibs scored? even stevie wonder could see that nothing was going right. seems to me that walter
  13. Rangers rampant in Lyon's lair Tuesday 2 October 2007 Daniel Cousin is mobbed after scoring Rangers' second goalDaniel Cousin is mobbed after scoring Rangers' second goal (�©Getty Images)Photos/WallpapersPhotos/Wallpapers �» Rangers FC sprang a major surprise with a stunning success at Olympique Lyonnais which ended a run of nine UEFA Champions League away games without a victory and ensured they kept pace with FC Barcelona at the top of Group E. Stunning success The Glasgow club showed skill and endeavour to overcome Lyon, who have now failed to win in six European matches.
  14. Walter Smith admits Jean-Claude Darcheville has a chance of playing in Rangers' UEFA Champions League tie with Lyon. Darcheville was initially ruled out of Tuesday's game by Smith after suffering a hamstring injury against Motherwell on Saturday. The Rangers boss expected the striker to be sidelined for two weeks with the problem, but the Frenchman joined in training on Sunday. He is due to travel to Lyon with the rest of the squad and Smith has been 'amazed' by Darcheville's recovery. Still a doubt "Jean-Claude amazed us all and he'll be with us when we go to Lyo
  15. East Fife v Rangers 1986/87 For the Rangers fans of my generation, our League Cup tie against East Fife in 1986 was the first opportunity to visit Old Bayview. The game attracted over 10,000 fans who were shoehorned into the little ground in Methil. What I can remember from this game was that it was early in the Souness era and we went into the game on the back of an inconsistent start to the season, but we were odds-on to defeat the Methil Men. At the time, I was working beside an East Fife player - Stuart Burgess ââ?¬â?? who went on to play in the SPL for Falkirk ââ?¬â?? If I remember
  16. Since the start of the calendar year Walter Smith has came in and installed stability into the Rangers team again and we finished last season strong in the league. There was huge question marks in the summer as to whether David Murray would stump up some cash so we could add to our thin squad. We werent asking for Henry and Rooney but just enough to improve and start climbing the mountain again. Murray supplied the cash and we now have players in abundance. Not every player will be a good buy but when money is tight at Rangers its important the manager buys well and id rather go for m
  17. WALTER SMITH paid tribute to Kris Boyd after the striker notched his 50th and 51st Rangers goals in the 4-0 CIS Insurance Cup win over East Fife this evening. Boyd reached his half-century with a tap-in from close range and then added No 51 from the penalty spot after Thomas Buffel was fouled in the box. The striker, who moved to Ibrox from Kilmarnock in January 2006, has often had to settle for a place on the substitutes bench this season as Smith runs an eye over new strikers Jean-Claude Darcheville and Daniel Cousin. But the manager revealed that the Ayrshire goal machine remain
  18. Allan McGregor has committed himself to Rangers after signing a new three-year contract at Ibrox. The 25-year-old goalkeeper had looked to be on his way out last season, but was eventually given a chance under then manager Paul Le Guen when Frenchman Lionel Letizi was injured. He has retained his place between the posts under Walter Smith's tenure and is delighted to sign with the Glasgow giants. "I'm here for another three years now and I'm delighted about that," McGregor said. "I wanted to leave last year because I didn't think I was going to play. "The o
  19. pete

    Taxi!!!!!

    Well we got our first wake up call against Hearts. I have been cracking jokes over the last few weeks calling the Hearts players Herdsmen. Unfortunately we turned out to be the Goats. After Stevie Frail called for the players to start mixing socially a few weeks ago, the Hearts players invited him for a celebration drink after the game. He said he couldnââ
  20. The first International week of the new season and this could be the most important one of all. We welcome Hearts , sorry a mean Lithuania to Hampden on Saturday, a team we beat away from home around about a year ago. Recent results against them at Hampden we have won 1-0 so hopefully that could continue, obviously we would like to see more goals but a 1-0 victory would give us 3 valuable points. We then have the small matter of France 1 week tonight, beat them as well last year 1-0 at Hampden, good defensive play by ourselfs and knicked a goal, the French were not hapy especially Henry. T
  21. Say why you picked this partnership ? Anyway We have Boyd, everyone knows what he can do, give him a sniff you know he is either going to score or muck it up but the last two seasons he has showed he is a top striker by scoring 30 goals + each season. I think he has an extra yard in him this season but still not fast enough IMO and not good at holding up the ball. No doubt he is a top striker though Darcheville, seems to be coming a fans favourite, making a sub's appearance against Falkirk and scored 2. Sub's appearance against Kilmarnock, set up 1 and scored 1, last of all came on
  22. Smith wins August manager prize Smith has made a wonderful start to the season Rangers' Walter Smith has picked up the first Clydesdale Bank Premier League Manager of the Month award. The Ibrox club have made an impressive start to the campaign, winning their first four league matches to sit two points clear at the top of the table. Rangers have also reached the group stage of the Champions League, beating Zeta and Red Star Belgrade to progress. Smith will have to pit his wits against Barcelona, Stuttgart and Lyon in Europe's premier competition. Well done Walter,th
  23. http://www.gersnetonline.net/newsite/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=492&Itemid=2 Since its international week (good luck Scotland!) and Rangers news seems thin on the ground, I think now is as good a time as any to discuss the ongoing relationship between our club and the Scotland team. It�s fair to say in recent years the Rangers contribution to the national team has not been as valuable as in the past. The Dick Advocaat era, as well as the cheap, foreign Bosman import meant not as many Scottish lads were coming through of a quality to make the Rangers f
  24. Saturday, 1 September 2007 Dundee United v Falkirk-----------15:00 Hibernian v Inverness CT----------15:00 Kilmarnock v Aberdeen------------15:00 Rangers v Gretna----------------15:00 Sunday, 2 September 2007 St Mirren v Celtic-----------------14:00 Monday, 3 September 2007 Motherwell v Hearts--------------19:45 John Hugh�s was furious with his team last week after their shock loss to St Mirren. After losing 12 goals in three games and losing to one of the teams they would hope for points from, the question is
  25. pete

    Taxi!!!!!

    Hot news at the moment is Fulham and Derby are looking for a striker who scores goals. Funny thing is they are willing to pay 3mill for Kenny Miller. Celtic are hoping to offload a striker who couldn�t score. They are willing to accept 3 million. This makes me think of the old car auctions, you think you got a Rolls Royce and it turns out to be a banger. Gordon Strachan is hoping that magic Zurawski will perform one more piece of magic. Make himself, Thomas Graveson and Bobo Balde disappear. Hearts coach Stevie Frail wants his team to go out and have a pint together to get the
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