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16 Mar 2018 11:41:53
Well done Declan John. Named in the Wales squad. Best left back in Scotland and now Wales it seems.

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15 Mar 2018 11:34:53
I can see kilmarnock beating us on Saturday. Second place is not guaranteed. If we don't finish 2nd or win the cup we will be looking for a new manager next season. In that situation who would you have as manager?

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14 Mar 2018 21:42:05
Moving on and a different subject from Sundays game.
I see the usual suspects queuing up for Champions League, . Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus.
Makes you wonder if all the millions spent in English football ( greatest league in the world! ) Are really worth it. They get found out every year.
Don't think ANY team from this country will ever get close. If English teams are 2nd tier what the hell are we?

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15 Mar 2018 08:00:11
English teams aren't second tier there's no easy games in the EPL unlike other country's and it's no like English teams where showed up. Bad result 4 Man U and spurs where unlucky against last years finalists. But Scottish teams do have no chance

15 Mar 2018 09:34:00
It's a different world now compared to 50 or even 30 years ago. The super elite have so much money and look at Man City - barely an Englishman in the team. Only Spanish, Italian, German and English teams have a chance of actually winning the Champions League now. It was once mooted that a second-tier CL might be held to allow teams from Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Sweden, etc to compete and leave the super-rich to their own league!

16 Mar 2018 11:07:52
In my opinion the climate is what holds back English football. If you had the chance to play in England or Spain where would you choose? I know where I would rather go.

14 Mar 2018 21:16:41
Why is Michael O'Halleron's picture not in the first team attackers on the website?

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14 Mar 2018 21:42:38
He was on loan when photo was taken?

16 Mar 2018 23:26:19
Who cares lol

14 Mar 2018 12:54:10
Peter lawwells puppet neil doncaster now appointed to the sfa surprise surprise only matter of time before they start there title stripping rubbish again.

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14 Mar 2018 18:19:54
It"s a certainty I'm afraid

14 Mar 2018 20:18:20
Jesus and we call them obsessed

15 Mar 2018 01:36:23
Nothing, repeat nothing would surprise me in this present climate

13 Mar 2018 09:22:44
Time to regroup and move on. If murts wants the job full time he needs to show that we are capable to beat that lot. We lacked leadership after they we're down to ten and windass thought he done enough to score, then fell away.

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15 Mar 2018 01:37:48
It was a fantastic finish, then he proceeded to do next to nothing for the rest of the game

12 Mar 2018 17:52:50
This Keith Jackson from the daily rebel is a clown he's saying Scott Brown dominated the match NO he did not as far as I could see nearly every run he made was getting shut down the takling made on him was superb it was rangers defending that let us down the back line altho at times I thought John and tavernier were super.

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12 Mar 2018 17:46:32
Just over a year ago I posted on here saying I didn't think we were going through the normal phase of "cyclical domination". I suggested that during Celtic's nine in a row (1966-1975) that 1) Rangers were a very good team 2) The finances were comparable for the European Cup as they were for CWC or UEFA Cup and that there was no financial gap gained through that route, indeed if memory serves Ibrox was about 8,000 capacity bigger than Celtic Park at the time.

I suggested there was more than hope to keep Rangers fans encouraged. I then moved onto Rangers domination (1989-1998). On the park it wasn't close, Celtic were awful for the bulk of it, off the park financially it was equally leaning in Rangers favour, admittedly via the Bank Of Scotland more so than David Murray but you reap what you sow.

I suggested Celtic's only light at the end of the tunnel was that the club wasn't "tapped out", it was a sleeping giant and that an investor could make a pretty penny. He could and he did and his name was Fergus McCann. I said last year that I didn't see any such glimmers of hope in Rangers stopping Celtic dominance. The club was tapped out, the difference on the field was marked and the revenue streams were vastly different even without Celtic making the Champions League, with the CL it becomes almost a 3:1 ratio in revenue, a vast chasm in Scottish football.

So moving on roughly 13 months what has happened? Celtic won the league leaving Rangers in their wake to the tune of 39 points including a 5-1 victory at Ibrox (since which there has been two more) . The Scottish Cup was won in May, the treble completed without one domestic loss. Moving on to this season Celtic again qualified for the CL and improved on last season overall in Europe by making it through to the last 32 of EL.

Rangers got knocked out at the first hurdle by Luxembourg's 4th best team! We then retained the League Cup, are in the semi finals of the Scottish Cup and look on course for 7 in a row. Now sure the points differential is down but I think Europe has played a part in that. Last season we were effectively out of Europe after 3 games of the CL group stages, 1 point gained, 2 away games to come and our home game, Barcelona. This season it was 3 points after 2 games, a (at the time) under performing Bayern double header and Anderlecht at home to come, it didn't go as hoped but a lot of domestic points were dropped either side of those European games.

Even Liverpool with their far bigger resources have won once in seven attempts in the game after their European efforts. It's a hard slog, align that to playing 12 games more than Rangers so far this season and numerous more players on international duty and I think you'll find any closing of the gap was more a factor of demands on Celtic players than Rangers improvement, not convinced?

You are only seven points better off than last season at this point (30 games played) and all of you would say last season was dire, so seven points better than dire is hardly a massive transformation is it? In that time we have also saw Warburton, Murty, Pedro, Murty.

And now we get to the real ugly bit, the ever widening financial gap, as mentioned Celtic have made over £30m again from European football, have, if memory serves, £16m in cash in the bank and that is without receiving all of UEFA's payments for the season. Rangers have in this last 13 months caught the attention of TAP, failed miserably to change that decision in the Court Of Session, King has to make an offer for all shares.

The annual accounts were signed off on a promise by King to have NOAL provide the £4m or so required to keep the lights on for the remainder of the season but he can't tell TAP he's skint and do that too, so he didn't live up to his promise and now Close Brothers (the Wonga. com of the football world) have loaned you £3m with the kitchens, WIFI and a car park being used amongst other things as the collateral. At least last year you had no external debt but even that ship has sailed now. And finally to the three Bears, they are owed a good deal of money and the understanding was that this debt would be converted to shares when there was a new IPO.

Now combined with King's 10.4% or so of the shares, they managed (despite an email begging him not to) to pass the 30% share ownership, this led to TAP's investigation and their conclusion that there was indeed a concert party Now that puts them on 20% themselves, any debt conversion puts them on TAP's radar and a refusal to convert that debt sees the club fall foul of FFP by UEFA as you are over their losses threshold, damned if you do, damned if you don't, does anyone really think this is still going to be cyclical?

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12 Mar 2018 18:15:10
Good balanced post there gazo. To give you the short answer, no.

I don't see us catching Celtic any time soon. They know they can never match the big guns in Europe and therefore can't compete. The odd win here and there is all they can hope for and a wee run somewhere along the line. That scenario is exactly the same as for Rangers, unless someone invests heavily in us.

15 Mar 2018 01:46:00
Sorry, lost the will to live halfway through. The planned investment will make most of what I read irrelevant anyway. Then I suppose the balance will tip back so yes it will become cyclical.

12 Mar 2018 17:37:19
Obviously a very disappointing result but for me there is positive signs of improvement. The gap from this time last year in both squad n points has been cut dramatically n today we could n probably should've won that game the journey continues n were definitely headed in the right direction keep believing

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11 Mar 2018 19:26:43
What's happening with mcrorie I fear the worst if Bates and Martin are out for any length of time as alves and more especially cardosa don't fill me with confidence

{Ed033's Note - Hi-yo Loan Ranger away (and Rodney Peckham).

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