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  1. THE case is compelling. The evidence impossible to ignore. Kyle Lafferty desperately wants new Rangers boss Ally McCoist to stick with him and Nikica Jelavic as the main hitmen for next season's four-in-a-row push - and with very good reason. Their partnership in last term's league run-in was sensational. Lafferty struck seven goals in the final six games of the season, Jelavic five in the same blistering period as the Gers powered to title glory. The big Northern Irishman loves playing alongside the �£4million Croat who missed three months of the season through injury - but
  2. By AIDAN SMITH There's a sector of journalism which is hugely under-rated and yet endlessly inventive. I'm talking about those campaigns dreamed up on slow Tuesday afternoons, usually by more excitable journals, almost always involving Rangers. Remember "Flecky for Scotland"? That was the campaign to get John Fleck into the national squad. The lad had made only a handful of first-team appearances but such was the slowness of that Tuesday, and such was the player's resemblance to Wayne Rooney, that few were surprised by the headlines, close to "War is Declared" dimensions. The small funnies c
  3. Motion in Parliament by Gregory Campbell MP - http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1823 :spl::spl::spl::spl::spl::spl::spl::spl::spl::spl:
  4. By Ronnie Esplin IT IS only now, more than two weeks after vacating the post, that Walter Smith can look back with pride at his achievements as manager of Rangers. Smith stood down at the end of the season to be replaced by assistant Ally McCoist after clinching the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title to add to the Co-operative Insurance Cup won earlier in the campaign. Those two triumphs took the former Scotland manager's trophy tally to 21 during his two spells in charge of the Govan club, which included ten league titles and a Uefa Cup final appearance in 2008. Smith, speaking in
  5. Brian Laudrup was part of a dream Rangers midfield that included Paul Gascoigne BRIAN LAUDRUP has admitted he snubbed a switch to Barcelona weeks after joining Rangers - a decision that left even Ibrox boss Walter Smith in a state of shock. The Dane had fallen in love with football again in Govan but revealed gaffer Smith was stunned to hear he would rather face Falkirk than head for the Spanish top flight. The man who won three Scottish titles at Ibrox insists Johan Cruyff's bid to lure him to the Nou Camp was always doomed - because he had watched older brother Michael fall out o
  6. STEVEN DAVIS has pledged his future to Ally McCoist's new-look Rangers. Several players could be following old gaffer Walter Smith out of the door at Ibrox - but Davis doesn't want to be one of them. While Anthony Stokes moaned about being too tired to play for his country, Northern Ireland star Davis played his 58th game of an incredible season in the 5-0 hammering by the Republic of Ireland. Davis is every inch a model pro and the good news for McCoist is his heart is firmly with the Three in a Row champions. Now entering the final year of his Ibrox deal, the key midfielder s
  7. BITTER acrimony broke out at Rangers yesterday as the new regime dismantled the old board with the removal of the chairman and a director, and the suspension of the chief executive and another director. Alastair Johnston, who has openly questioned new owner Craig Whyte's plans for the club, was ousted after delaying his departure, and last night he responded by warning Whyte he will watch the venture capitalist's every step from now on, and challenged the new owner to "walk the walk and not just talk the talk". On a day of major ructions at Ibrox, it has emerged that chief executive Marti
  8. I know the season has just finished,seems a long time to wait for it all to kick off again,but I would be interested in what gersnet are expecting with our new owner and new manager. I am really looking forward to next season with CW our new owner now and super Ally as manager,yet it is a whole new ball game for both of them. Ally is in his first managerial position after serving his apprenticeship under sir Walter Smith,he is a true bear and a was a hero as a player but ultimately he will be treated the same as any other Rangers manager ie:results. I don't expect too much of a change from
  9. KRIS COMMONS last night stood by his claim that Celtic are younger and fitter than Rangers - despite his words driving on the Ibrox men to the SPL title. The Scotland star's comments were used as motivation in the Gers dressing room in the vital final weeks of the campaign. But after yesterday's Scottish Cup triumph, Commons claimed again the Hoops are younger and fitter - and insisted they are now older and wiser too. Commons reckons the bitter experience of a last-day defeat in the title race by their city rivals has been a valuable lesson for Celts and will drive them on when th
  10. NEIL LENNON has hit back at Walter Smith for refusing to criticise Celtic to his face. Smith accused the Hoops of kicking off Scotland's season of shame by questioning the integrity of referees. But Parkhead gaffer Lennon insists Smith is wrong and last night stormed: "I didn't think a lot of what was said by him. I was disappointed by it. "He could've spoken to me about it first, he had plenty of opportunities to do that. "I didn't think there was any real need for it either. I think he's wrong, he's totally wrong. "Mark Wilson hit the nail on the head earlier this week. I
  11. ian1964

    Happiness

    JAMIE NESS made great strides for Rangers last season. That's literally the long and short of it. Exciting midfield prospect Ness really shone for Walter Smith's champions without knowing one leg was longer than the other. It's now why he believes his breakthrough campaign was dogged by injury frustration. Ness stamped his ability over a debut season, which included two stunning displays against Celtic. Agonisingly, though, his season ended on April 16 - and since then he's visited German specialist Hans Muller Wohlfahrt. What Ness was told shocked him, but also filled
  12. So another Scottish Premier League campaign has come to an end. It is a time for jubilant celebration for the victors, quiet introspection for the runners-up and a sigh of relief from the police and emergency services the length and breadth of Scotland. This year, though, only one of those things has happened. On Sunday afternoon, Celtic Park was anything but quiet, as 60,000 green-clad fans roared their support for their embattled manager, Neil Lennon. There is a noisy defiance coming from Celtic right now, the club refusing to be bowed by the hate campaign directed against it this se
  13. Guest

    Walter Smith tribute book

    Can I recommend this new book? Picked it up the other day and is a great celebration of our life under Sir Walter. Big interviews with Super Ally, Mark Hateley, Jorg Albertz, Brian Laudrup, Andy Goram, Davie Weir, Ian Durrant, Madjid Bougherra, Stevie Naismith, Pedro Mendes and Lee McCulloch, amongst others. Some good bust-up stories and a real behind the scenes look at life under Walter. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Walter-Smith-Gaffer-Tribute-Rangers/dp/1845023439/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt
  14. Mark Wilson has hit back at Walter Smith's comments suggesting Celtic were the catalysts for a controversy-filled season in Scotland. Smith's final game in charge as Rangers boss was Sunday's 5-1 win over Kilmarnock which secured the Scottish Premier League title by one point from Old Firm rivals Celtic. The 63-year-old then said he was pleased to be leaving Scottish football, believing Celtic's contentious relationships with both match officials and the Scottish Football Association overshadowed the whole season. Wilson disputed Smith's claims, defending Celtic's stance, and was s
  15. I really hope it's not for us. It is time for someone else.
  16. Now before I start don't be laughing lol, just heard on the radio that Walter smith will be conducting his last ever interview on Clyde 1 fm, I thought great I'll be listening to that then the music started playing, Bon Jovi's hit never say goodbye' I started filling up, I'm an emotional wreck the best of times but fuck me that hit me like a train the guy has been a god send and an inspiration and turned our club round and like all bears this guy deserves a knighthood, these players stood tall and gave their all in times of need and sent Walter on his way with a championship medal in his fina
  17. in tomorrow's times, might pick this up unless other papers have his story as well Mr Speirs of course lol
  18. THEY say the SPL title is priceless - but it's not. Rangers sold it for �£400,000. A measly amount of money and God knows why they thought it was worth it. But the second they accepted the cash for Kenny Miller their championship chances went spinning down the stank. When Celtic lift the trophy, and they WILL, the grasping money-men at Ibrox will only have themselves to blame. Manager Walter Smith - a picture of frustration so often in his farewell season - will have had his hands tied on that deal, I'm pretty sure. If it had been down to him he'd have kept the on-form st
  19. From STV New Rangers owner Craig Whyte has promised to build on the success of departing manager Walter Smith. Whyte, who completed his protracted takeover of the Scottish champions last week, said: "It is a great privilege to be part of Rangers and while we celebrate this title and our success in the League Cup our thoughts will turn quickly to building on this success." Whyte paid tribute to Smith and assistant Ally McCoist, who will take over from his mentor next season. "Today's title win is a truly great achievement by a club whose hallmark has been success throughout its
  20. Just thinking aloud here (as per usual). The reason I gave up my season ticket back in the summer of 2007 was because I didn't fancy Walter Smith coming back to Rangers to manage us. I knew we'd go onto win a fair amount of trophies under his management and leadership but that aside, I felt the performances wouldn't be value for money. You could say I'm not his biggest fan. I don't miss going to Ibrox but watching the lap of honour last night at Ibrox made me want to be there. That all said, and having just watched the highlights on Sky of last nights match and his send off from the
  21. DAVIE WEIR insists Rangers won't suffer hell on Helicopter Sunday. Six years after Celtic came a chopper at Fir Park, Gers head to Rugby Park with their title destiny in their own hands. Beat Kilmarnock and secure the championship. It's as straightforward as that. With the engine purring and the rotors spinning in anticipation of more nerve-shredding last-day drama, Weir is taking nothing for granted. The Gers skipper said: "It has happened in the past where teams have slipped up when they thought it was all wrapped up and they ended up with egg on their face. "It is import
  22. HE scored the goals but wants no part of any glory. Kenny Miller would be entitled to enjoy a Rangers' SPL title win as much as any Ibrox star. As he watches his former team-mates try to seal the championship from 2,000 miles away in Turkey, the Scotland striker has revealed that he virtually feels like an outsider looking in. Miller netted an incredible 22 goals in the first half of the season to send Walter Smith's side on their way. He's still the top flight's top scorer and will have more than earned his winner's medal if Gers clinch the league at Rugby Park tomorrow. Mille
  23. WALTER SMITH has been asked the same old question time and time again. How far can he take this Rangers team? Only one answer matters now. He has to take them only 21 miles down the M77 to Kilmarnock on Sunday, where an invading army of supporters will follow having readied themselves for an almighty celebration. The Old Firm rivalry is too intense to allow for much in the way of grace or magnanimity. Since they lost to Inverness Caledonian Thistle last week Celtic supporters have confessed to finding it especially hard to accept that defeat surrendered the initiative to such a ââ?¬Å?
  24. Maybe if your own players had tried a bit harder against Caley you may not be in the position you are in Lenny
  25. CRAIG WHYTE has revealed his joy at finally taking over at Rangers and insists the key is to bring more trophies to Ibrox. Whyte finally took his seat in the Ibrox stand as the club's new owner for yesterday's 4-0 win over Hearts. And he was delighted at the reception he received from the fans as Gers took a massive stride towards Three-in-a-Row. He said: "It was absolutely fantastic and a really enjoyable day. I received a good reception from the supporters. Sir David Murray"It has been a long time coming as it has taken more than six months to conclude this deal. So it was a
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