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    Alfredo Morelos' performance was further evidence Rangers could be rewarded with silverware and transfer gold The rap sheet was lengthy and the rehab is still ongoing. Alfredo Morelos imprisoned much of his talent last season with his own petulant behaviour and lack of professionalism. His performance against Aberdeen offered further evidence of a Rangers repentance that might yet see the club rewarded with silverware - and end of season transfer gold. No ifs, buts or maybes. At the peak of his game, no striker in Scottish football can match the armoury of the fiery Colombian, who plays with a scowl on his face and joy in his heart. Steven Davis and Greg Stewart drew the bulk of favourable comments against an Aberdeen side that put on a display, the opinion on which swayed between absolutely outplayed to utterly anonymous. Didn’t turn up? Mentally, they looked as if they were still in the queue for Starbucks at Dunblane as the Light Blues handed Derek McInnes his heaviest defeat in more than six years as Dons gaffer. McInnes was pilloried by his own Pittodrie punters after this humbling, but perspective is required for a manager who is trading with Slater’s against Steven Gerrard’s Saville Row. Rangers were already four goals to the good when Sheyi Ojo was removed after an hour and replaced from the bench by Jermain Defoe to join Morelos in terrorising the Dons defence. Mikey Devlin and Co could have been forgiven for borrowing a line from Glasgow theatrical folklore, when Bernie Winters was joined on stage at the Empire by brother Mike and a disgusted audience member cried out, “Aw naw, there’s two of them.” Morelos scored two goals against Aberdeen in five matches last season, missed the Betfred Cup semi-final meeting as a result of his own indiscipline, picked up four yellow cards and three reds, one of which was later rescinded. At this stage last season he had already been dismissed twice, been cautioned six times and scored eight goals in 17 appearances. Now? After the same number of games Morelos has netted 13 times and been booked only three times. His movement against the Dons was a joy to watch as he drew Devlin and Zak Vyner into the debate central defenders detest most - to stay or go. For the most part they kept their feet planted on the 18 yard line, but it only created a midfield overload in which Rangers played through the Dons and created time and pockets of space to pick passes into the box. On the occasions they followed him deep it allowed Stewart, Scott Arfield and Ojo to prosper in behind from the dainty feet of Davis, a wonderful technician whose guile and creativity in that area wreaked havoc. Morelos is playing with a ravenous appetite - he dropped deep, skipped past Greg Leigh and drew Vyner into the clumsy challenge that allowed James Tavernier to score the opener from the spot after 20 minutes. He popped up on the right wing to feed Tavernier for the cross that led to Stewart’s second three minutes before the break, but it was his third that proved the pick of the bunch. He drifted between midfield and attack, knocked the ball to Davis and when the midfielder picked out Borna Barisic, Morelos judged his back post run to perfection, darting behind the defence to nod a delightful cross into the net from six yards. Defoe added a fifth after another Tavernier spot kick, awarded when Leigh was caught wrong side of Barisic and wrestled the full-back to the ground, compounding an already wretched afternoon. Even McInnes was moved to comment: “We are well-versed in how Morelos wants to play but when he does it as well as he did today, it is difficult to stop. He led the line brilliantly. The quality of movement is something he is very good at.” Gerrard added: “I am not going to take any credit for Alfredo’s performance. He is the one who is dropping into the interesting areas trying to drag the Aberdeen defenders around the pitch. “He was on the left, on the right, he scored a header. He was focussed on his performance and nothing else.” Rangers lost twice against Aberdeen at Ibrox in three fixtures last season, including a ruinous loss in the Scottish Cup, but their energy and movement, orchestrated by Davis, suggests they have learned hard and fast as they bid to mount a credible title challenge. Aberdeen, weakened by injuries, looked a shadow of the well organised side who have put in some significant performances against the big two in recent seasons. They were pulled all over the place and the failure of their midfield to impact on the match left Sam Cosgrove and isolated and frustrated figure in attack. Even their set piece threat failed to materialise and Allan McGregor did not have a single shot to save, with Connor McLennan’s low drive outside the post from 25 yards in the second half their only moment of encouragement. Rangers could have scored more, but still moved closer to celtic at the top of the table following that 1-1 draw at Easter Road - and the Light Blues are now back to within a goal of their arch rivals. They head to Switzerland this week for Europa League duty in bullish spirits as Gerrard bids for the victory that will take them a huge step closer to the knockout stages just two matches in. With Zen Dog Alfredo leading the line, you wouldn’t put it past them to scale new heights in the shadow of the Alps. By Gary Ralston
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    And all it took was the 5-0 destruction of the next best team in the SPL, off the back of outplaying a top Dutch team, and breaking all kinds of records in reaching the group stages from the first round twice in a row. Maybe if we win the league they'll then be able to write a positive article with no sly wee digs either.
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    Just seen this on The Rangers Archives F.B. page posted by Rick Russell. Unfortunately more sad news this following the passing of Joe Mason. Our thoughts are with all of Joe’s friends and family. A terrific servant to Rangers, Joe signed in the aftermath of our European success in 1972 in what was a period of transition at Ibrox. Already 32 years of age and with over 100 career goals to his name with Morton and Kilmarnock, there was a long term strategy in his arrival and within 12 months Joe became Rangers’ assistant trainer. A clever midfielder with an eye for goal, Joe made his first team debut on October 14th 1972 in a League victory over Motherwell at Fir Park. His first goal came the following week at Gayfield as Rangers defeated Arbroath. Having worked under Willie Waddell at Kilmarnock, it was the then General Manager who announced in 1973 that Joe would replace Stan Anderson as trainer whilst also having a responsibility for overseeing the Reserve side. Over the next decade Joe would go on to demonstrate his coaching abilities achieving great success with both sides. Joe left the club in late 1983 along with manager John Greig after 11 years at Ibrox. Absent Friends. 💙 Sad news indeed , R.I.P. Joe
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    I think some can underestimate the transition of moving to a new country, new culture, new environment, with a different style of play, different demands and higher expectations. You then factor in the size of our club. It can be a bit overwhelming even if some expect you to hit the ground running. However injury and fitness problems are massive. I'm sure we've all played football even if it's just 5s or 7s and if you've been out, or are in and out due to injury it's tough getting back up to speed. Your injuries impact your fitness and you're constantly playing catch up. If you try to fast track and push your fitness you get more injuries. It's hard to get that balance. I would imagine it's the same at any level, especially the highest level. If you get injured several times through the season then you read all these rumours and criticism of you it can also affect you mentally and it becomes a bit of a downward spiral. I think most of us knew there was a player there. It's great to see he now looks ready physically, mentally and also technically. Long may it continue.
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    Too many defeatists on here fs it's only Young Boys we're playing not fucking Barca, they only look good because we've been shite this season, we're more than capable of going up there Thursday and turning them over!
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    Of all our players Jack & Alfredo seem to have took the most from Stevie. Jack looked like he was just going to be another good SPFL player that couldn’t make it with us and would disappear back into the mid table dross in Scotland. Alfie though I love the wee man was in the verge of ruining his career by letting the hammer throwers get to him far too much. Both are now playing at their peak and could easily move on to bigger and better level of football.
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    Just another standard Sportscene shitshow. celtic TV in all but name.
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    Agree 100% with the OP. I would also add Ryan Jack to the three mentioned. SG has made him a much much better player too.
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    Brilliant when a player proves us all wrong.
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    He is definitely making the position his. Always thought (hoped) he would come good. Been a different player this season, long may it continue.
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    Borna Barisic is twice the man he used to be. And that has allowed the Rangers full-back to put to bed criticisms he was too half-hearted for Scottish football that dogged him throughout his first season at Ibrox. Now, the Croatian international, signed in a £2.2m deal from Osijek last summer, is on song, having his praises sung by Steven Gerrard, pictured, and delighting in a ditty that the Rangers support have created in his honour. The turnaround is in body not mind for the 26-year-old. To do with gym, not ying and yang. “The biggest problem for me was that I was getting injured all the time because it is not easy to adapt from Croatian football to Scottish football,” Barisic said. “I came from a league that was not too much physically, more technically. It’s slower than here. So it’s not automatic that it is just reality that because you are now a player of Rangers you play Scottish football now. “When I compare the results of my tests when I arrived with those I get now the difference is unbelievable. For example with some exercises it took 100% of my powers then, now it is taking 50%, so it is a lot better. When you get injured a second then a third time you cannot catch up. This pre-season I didn’t rest at all, I just made sure that when I came back I was very fit and sharp. I feel very good.” Barisic is sensitive enough to have actively required to block out the questioning of his attitude and adaptability that was coming his way from all quarters – in truth – at various points last season. “It is not easy when you are listening to people talking, all these stories that they say about me. To be honest, I don’t read newspapers, I don’t read portals [online]. I just know all the time that I have a lot of quality and that my problem was just one of physicality at that moment. “I have strong points and I don’t care what people say. Everyone can say what they want. There are a lot of fans who sent me a lot of messages and supported me all the time and I want to say thank you for that. Criticism is normal in football. People criticise Ronaldo and Messi so it is just a normal thing. I know what I need to do to be in the best position.” The position he has now found himself in is cult hero for the Rangers support, who have embraced him for the performance in the Europa League victory at home to Feyenoord that has set Steven Gerrard’s men up for their trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys in matchday two on Thursday, adapting Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon to fit his name. So tickled has he been, he even parked his aversion to online portals to check out the original he hadn’t known previously in concert with his team-mate, friend and fellow Croatian Nikola Katic. “I really enjoy it,” said Barisic, whose determination to stay and cement his place despite speculation about him has paid off. “I really enjoy all of it and I say thanks. I really appreciate that. It is amazing when you play and they sing your song. That’s good.” https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/Rangers/good-karma-for-upbeat-Rangers-borna-barisic-1-5013593
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    What really makes me angry to be totally honest If the shoe was on other foot . Our club would be no longer . Guaranteed. It would be closed down Reason . Every one of our enemies would be outside the buildings of power campaigning for us to punished from the rooftops .All those hypocritical taigs including the women , would be launching campaigns . You know they are good at doing injustice . It is their speciality . Well that and keeping BIG SECRETS . Our Club do sweet fuck all . Not a fucking mention to help themselves . just apology after apology . Those cowardly bastards shame our club , our support and all right thinking people . And our own fans are the apathetic world champions . Would much rather argue with another bear , or just be the apologists ,that many of them are and actually love being Truly sickening . And to be honest . Even RM is a fair reflection on this
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    Standard ignorant nonsense coming from their mouths. Stewart has always said the manager has been straight with him from day 1 and told him he will get his chance. Which was proved correct and look how motivated he was to take it.
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    Sportscene... Hibs goal was offside, two penalties were definites and Ntcham shouldn't have been sent off....
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    That Hibs game the day most people finish for Christmas will be carnage
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    I wonder what story was told during his court case, does it match up to these new revelations? If they contacted the police why did it take them 2 decades to find him guilty? Their lies will be the ruin of them, I wonder if hibs and the sfa will accept the blame for them...
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    "was the first club in Scotland to appoint a safeguarding officer" First club to fucking need one. Gall of these cunts.
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    While The Times are doing a job on this,isn't it amazing that none of the 'red tops' have jumped in. The Reb links stretch far.
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    Every European group game we’ve played our opponents mysteriously have about 18 first team players injured every time according to our media, yet when the tarriers opponents have a write up they’re playing against the next Mbappe and multi-million players. They were called out on it last year against Villarreal and before the Ufa game as well. They’re scum.
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    My father was good friends with Joe as I am with one of his sons Brian, Joe gave my brother and me the Ibrox tour the night the we opened the broomloan rd stand (4th of August 81 rings a bell) anyway I once played 7 asides against a team that consisted of Joe his sons and few of Joe's mates they beat us 8-6 and Joe scored 2 of the 8 he would have been in his 50s and was bragging about his brace to me 1 day, what he hadn't remembered was I scored 3 for my team..."I quipped, but Joe a good player would of scored a hat trick" it was the 1st time I ever saw him speechless, great days and another loss. RIP JOE
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    Brilliant article again from the VBs. Very well writen and proves to anyone reading all that information for the first time just how corrupt this place is, right up to the very top government level. One bullet point missing that maybe should have been included in the scum timeline is when the SFA, last year when Liewell was pulling their strings iirc, removed one of their own rules that declared ALL CLUBS MUST REPORT ANY ACTS OF CHILD ABUSE TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES. Or words to that effect. That was a clear attempt to protect one particular club from punishment which proves the SFA have no intention of bringing that club to task for their crimes, and makes them just as guilty. This story is huge, and one day, I'm sure media outlets from outside this Republican backwater will report it, I just cant for the life of me work out why they arn't doing it now.
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    No idea on how Fergie managed players but Shanks was equally happy booting balls or offering a kind word when that type motivation was needed JocK Wallace and Walter would also fit into that category
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    For anyone interested. Gerrards comments, nothing but praise: “It’s important that people know it had nothing to do with sentiment why Greg started,” “His training performances have been outstanding, the quality that he’s shown.” “I think he’s fitter now, he’s in better shape. He knows how we play now in and out of possession. He knows what is asked of him and the demands." “So he deserved his chance, he has taken it and given me something to think about.” Commons article: Kris Commons has criticised Steven Gerrard for "strange" comments about striker Greg Stewart following the 5-0 victory over Aberdeen. Ex-celtic midfielder Commons reckons Gerrard has treated Greg Stewart as an "outcast" despite being his side's "best creator". Stewart, making his first start for Rangers following a move from Birmingham City, scored one and had a hand in others as he put in a man-of-the-match shift at Ibrox. And after Gerrard admitted Stewart had given him "something to think about" in terms of team selection, Commons questioned the manager's judgement. "I found Gerrard's post-match comments on Saturday a bit strange, given how good Stewart had been and how key he had been to victory," he told Daily Mail. "He had admitted that Stewart had taken his chance, before then saying that the performance had 'given me something to think about'. "Sorry, but what is there to think about? The answer is staring Gerrard square in the face because, on that form, Stewart is his most creative player. "As a player, I wouldn't like to hear my manager saying something like that about me. It's almost as if he's saying: 'Okay, so Greg's part of my second string, but I might think about playing him more in the future'. "Basically, it sounds as if Gerrard still isn't fully convinced, which begs the question of why he chose to sign him in the first place?" Commons went on to suggest that Gerrard may be spoilt for choice in wide areas by adding: "Stewart is far better than that. Look at the abundance of wide players at the club - Jordan Jones, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker. "When he's on top form, I'd take Stewart ahead of any of them. It's time for Gerrard to show more trust and faith in him. After this performance on Saturday, the Rangers manager shouldn't be speaking about him like he's some kind of outcast." Stewart's goal capped a fine individual performance in which he also hit the woodwork. His strike came either side of a James Tavernier penalty and a goal from top scorer Alfredo Morelos. Tavernier grabbed another from the spot and substitute Jermain Defoe rounded off the performance to ensure Rangers closed the gap at the top to one point following celtic's 1-1 draw at Hibs. To conclude, Commons hasn't a clue about anything and is also a bit of a cunt. He thinks Stewart is better than Kent too. Now don't get me wrong i'm impressed by Stewart but come on!
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    About 10 times that on the way back know loads of folk going over for it. Reckon we will have about 2-300 there.
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    A lot of folk fly home right after the games as well for Osijek and Porto coming up my flight is at 6 the Friday morning. Can in some instances work out about £100 cheaper.
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    So many players have ability. However, very few fulfil their early promise or reach their potential and get the very best out of their career. There are a number of factors but to be the best you need to sacrifice everything. You need to leave everything out there and give it everything you have, and not just on the field. You have to live the life. You can't take any shortcuts. The mental side of it and the personal touch is really significant. You need your manager to believe in you, trust you, be honest with you, communicate clearly with you, push you, know when to show tough love and when to put an arm round your shoulder. Players want to feel loved, important and be allowed to play with a freedom to express themselves. It's tough to balance but a great man manager is imperative to a successful team. Walter is a great example of great man management. I think Gerrard has similar traits.
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    Barisic playing well gives us much more balance. Can only see things improving with Kent returning. And if Tav continues on from Saturday then we are potent on both flanks.
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    Feel free to pass it off as your own on Facebook. They probably won't know what it is though. .......
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    So because you lived in Switzerland you know the of synthetic surface Young Boys play on versus what the teams play on here? From what I can see most UK based teams have been highly critical of the pitch - regardless of the result.
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    Playing really well at the moment. I didn’t think he would ever have the heart for it but he seems to have found it now.
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    They couldn't keep ahold of the ball half of the time
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    https://www.BOYCOTT THIS LINK/news/scottish-news/paedo-kitman-jim-mccafferty-continued-20331939 Re-writing history, apparently McCafferty didn’t leave celtic after all, he was sacked by Fergus McCann and reported to the police and SFA. Took them decades to correct the lies in this article.
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    Honestly expect to be possibly the hardest tie in the group. They are a good side and well drilled hopefully we can take a point from this
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    No no no - on RM we hate everything Rangers except the current squad - we hate ex players, ex managers, directors, sections of the support - oh wait get a draw or defeat we hate current squad and club management! a lot of folks on here witter on about sticking together, about loyalty, but do not demonstrate their own loyalty. Negativity rules on here most of the time.
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    I'm going cause I live in Zurich mate. No way I could pass on this one. Think it will be mostly overseas bears making the trip
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    Nobody mentioned yet that these cunts play at the Wankdorf stadium? The Young Boys who play at the Wankdorf Stadium. Was this club created by Jimmy Saville or celtic FC? I'm looking forward to this, should be a good game. If we can replicate the performance against Feyenoord but be a bit more clinical this time we could batter them.
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    Every piece he writes is about Rangers. It's bizarre. It's not even worth discussing to be honest. Gerrards response to Klopps comments pretty much ends the discussion. It was almost throw away comments from Klopp. Legendary players of clubs will always be touted as future managers of their club once they go into management. That will never change. It's also good to have fresh, young managers given chances rather than the usual merry go round of the same shit dinosaur failed managers. It's a very strange topic to discuss and a very one sided stance to take. Certainly not to be taken seriously. There is no balance or credibility in that piece. It's pretty embarrassing to be honest. If no one can see the progress we have made then I give up.
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    Would feel a lot better if it hadn't been a shitey rag that hates us,had spilled a non story.
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    Had the tie on during the game - good enough for me 👍 Dodged a bullet with tracky donning McInnes!
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    Made his debut last night in 7 - 1 win against Grimsby Lampard added: "I thought Billy Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and Marc Guehi was solid. They've been outstanding this year.
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