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  1. Fraserburgh game in Barcelona

    They're still smarting at the fact their dream team drew 0-0 with us at Ibrox :) For what it's worth, I'd report what you saw to someone at the club because it's just another unjustified dig at us. Our problem - if you can call it that - is we're not desparate to be pals with everybody. Nor do would we delude ourselves that 6 and 7 nil batterings in Europe are ok, as long as Messi talks about the brilliant atmosphere in the ground. I can only speak for myself, but when I was there no-one cared what team I supported. Only one barman had anything to say, but that was due to the poor behaviour of the Rangers fans he claimed he had experienced. If I recall correctly, we took more away supporters to the Nou Camp that last match than any other European team, plus the thousands of Bears having fun in the city itself. A few Bears pee up an alley or sing loudly and it gets reported like it's the worst thing to happen since the civil war, yet the place is full of suspciously young prostitutes who have obviously been trafficked there yet the police drive past like these girls are invisible. Anyway, I took the time to explain to the boy (he was Turkish) the difference between Rangers and celtic, and I'm pleased to say he changed his tune.
  2. Fraserburgh game in Barcelona

    There's plenty of sports bars on / just off Las Ramblas once you get about half-way down. There weren't any pubs for Bears, but if they are showing Sky Sports I never had any problems getting any bar to show the Rangers games.
  3. Jamie Walker says he could get a ‘bigger club than Rangers’

    Non-story. He was never worth a million in the last year of his contract. If Hearts would rather let him go for nothing then let him sign for us at a reduced but fair offer in the circumstances, then that says more about how they are run by spite and emotion.
  4. Two hundred percent

    "lumbering French international centre-back Jean-Alain Boumsong"
  5. McKay wasn't going to sign a new contract (and we knew that when Warburton was here so we had to punt him when we did to maximise his dwindling value) so how he is treated after that isn't a concern of mine. I don't see how this one can realistically be used to criticise Caixinha. I agree the jury is still out on him and he needs to produce the goods immediately but given the piss poor attitude and performances of the set of players he inherited, if I discovered he was actually breaching their human rights Guantanamo style I'd be cheering him on.
  6. Once Pedro wins us the league this season

    When Pedro wins us the league you won't be able to get near the Erskine Bridge for Celtic supporters. There will need to be a ticket machine dispensing numbers like the end bit in Beetlejuice :)
  7. Sums up Scottish Football

    I can't help but think Lionbrand have missed a trick here...
  8. Campaign to have WW2 titles recognised.

    How come they were so dominant during WW1? What were all the other teams doing at that time............
  9. Carlos Pena

    I'm fed up with either midfielders who don't go forward enough or gamble at the right times. I'm also fed up with strikers who don't maintain any positional sense, or have to drop deep because they're not getting any support or service so that when we do get the ball forward, there's no one there. If Pena is a number 10 who can take the ball into feet while being pressurised, hold it up, bring others into play in the final third, make late runs into the box and get ahead of the strikers when required and finish with his head and his feet, then he's exactly what we need. If not, then we're no further forward as a team. Until we see him play, we won't know.
  10. McKay to Nottingham Forest - 500k

    He's dined out on the goal he scored against them in the Old Firm Semi and has hardly kicked a ball since. The manager wants players with heart and a bit of steel in them - I'm sorry to say that for me, McKay has none of these. In any case he refused to sign a new contract but instead of punting him last year, we righly waited until the new manager came in to assess the squad and there was always the chance that McKay would sign a new contract. However Pedro doesn't see a place for him and he didn't sign a new contract so good riddance and I'm sure the £500k (if that's actually true) will come in handy.
  11. 14 players leaving?

    I know what you're saying, he's not a box-to-box midfielder (Pena's role maybe?) but if we have players showing for passes, making runs and doing the legwork, then IMHO Niko will make a difference no matter who we're playing against. I believe the gaffer's preferred style is fast transitions from defence to attack. In Niko we have (if he's on his game) the most creative player in the Scottish league and his speed of thought will hopefully make all the difference. He can cut a defence open with a single pass, and his ability away from home on the counter could be devastating, but only if his team-mates are giving him options.
  12. Our next generation of fans diluting?

    I've said this before on here - if we had a decent team on the park that was challenging for honours none of this would be a concern. We're in limbo at the moment and it leads to all of this navel gazing (no offence to anyone). A Rangers team that challenges for the title, wins a cup and puts a decent run in Europe will satisfy most of us I reckon. For me that's the main worry. Can any manager turn the current rabble into a team that is at least hard to beat (given the lack of funds), so we can then consolidate and build from that? Is the board going to get the next appointment spot on? Threads like this one show just how important the next manager/dof/head coach is to both the immediate and long term future of the club as a competitive entity. The problem I have is, like many on here, I've no trust in the board to actually get this right but at the same time there's feck all I can do about that. Frustrating doesn't begin to cover it. Also, being able to buy a top without getting girned at would be a bonus!
  13. Joey sent home

    I don't give a monkeys who said what to who. I also couldn't care less about who released what first and where. The bottom line is this squad better find some harmony and some form toot fucking sweet. Let's hope it's like the fight we all had with the guy who then became our best pal at school because you both showed you weren't to be messed with. Anything else and this season is a write-off.
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  15. Rangers hanging their fans out to dry (part 2)

    I've been following this and the other thread with interest. I don't know the OP and I wasn't at Hampden so I'm not in a position to make any comment about the rights/wrongs/motiviation for going on to the pitch that day. I was a bit surprised at the club moving straight to a banning order so I had a read through the season ticket T&C's and this stands out at right at the beginning. 1. Ticket (smartcard) holders and or purchasers of tickets will be responsible for compliance and observance with this Ticket Use Policy / terms and conditions and with any ground regulations governing persons entering, present at or leaving Ibrox Stadium (the "Stadium") as may be specified by Rangers (the "Club") from time to time. Misconduct of the ticket holder or nominee, failing to adhere to this Ticket Use Policy or acting in a manner which the Club considers is detrimental to its interests or is likely in the reasonable opinion of the Club to bring football or the Club into disrepute shall permit the Club to confiscate or forfeit (in each case without compensation) the ticket, to prevent access to the Stadium for the fixture in question and/or to ban the ticket holder from attending future matches or other events at the Stadium for such time as the Club deems appropriate. So while any Bear who went on the pitch at Hampden and was subsequently arrested for it can fight their case in court (if it gets that far) the club can use the mere fact of the arrest to issue the letter that we've seen. It does concern me that there is no chance to state your case, never mind a right of appeal. Having said that, while for the record, I can't give anyone advice, if it was me, I would write a letter to the club accepting that they must adhere to the highest of standards but requesting that they do not re-issue my season ticket until there is an outcome with the police. Other than that I would keep stum just now. In any walk of life, being arrested would be grounds for suspension pending the outcome of the case. If the police drop the case (or I was acquited in court), then there would be grounds for writing a letter to the club, respectfully asking that the banning order be lifted.