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  1. D'Artagnan

    SLO on Twitter - tickets for Saturday

    Mine going to the bus - to ensure 1. it goes to deserving bear 2. our RSC does not lose revenue as result of my bsence.
  2. D'Artagnan

    What the fuck is going wrong and how do we fix it?

    Our final ball into the box isnt good enough and furthermore. our defence struggle to regularly keep a clean sheet
  3. A factually based, evidenced article will always trump the nonsense and drivel from the anti Rangers brigade within the media. Given the utter disaster Compper was for them, the rants of the like of Parks deserve to be utterly ridiculed, so well done to The Dude for doing so. The only journo Ive seen crticising Celtc's recruitment (or lack thereof) has been Stewart Weir. Meanwhile I see that other Stewart - he of failed trialist fame - was busy suggesting Brown's reckless challenge at the weekend warranted nothing more than a yellow. 🤣
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    Edmiston Drive

    Had the pleasure of meeting Ed a few years ago at an organised get together on here. Passionate bear & great company. In recent times we have rarely seen eye to eye over boardroom matters - but he will be sadly missed
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    Scottish cup semi final

    I've never asked her "how old's yer granny"....
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    Scottish cup semi final

    My new, 21 year old, Taiwanese wife has been keeping me busy elsewhere bud...
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    Scottish cup semi final

    celtic grievance machine now in full flow - despite the fact they played a whole season in 1995 at the national stadium (including a cup final) For a club which boasts "if you know the history" they sure are selective in their recall of it.
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    Aidan Smith in the Scotsman

    So, dignified silence then. How did that work out last time round ?
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    Aidan Smith in the Scotsman

    I woud suggest Virtuoso has done the opposite - he has given it one click & reproduced it on here - thus negating the need for any us to click on it.
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    Aidan Smith in the Scotsman

    You dont think collectivey challenging them on twitter is a strategy ? You dont think Rangers blogs and articles or the output of this and other fan forums such as VB, Gersnet & Follow Follow is a strategy ? You dont think the Media Policy currently being employed by Rangers is in itself a strategy ? You dont think the boycotting of certain publications is a strategy ? Furthermore Aidan Smith is not a "no mark". He is a journalist who writes for one of Scotland's leading broadsheets. By all means you carry on with a policy of dignified silence - whilst chanting a mantra "no-one likes us we dont care" - others amongst us will pursue a different strategy. Thankfully.
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    Aidan Smith in the Scotsman

    Should we ignore articles such as this or avail ourselves of the strategy & output of our enemies & challenge it ? Id plum for the latter, as I'd respectfully suggest the strategy of dignified silence which you appear to be advocating Graeme, not only is ineffectual but Id go so far as to suggest it emboldens our enemies.
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    Something less than Semper Vigilo

    They are normally posted on the Blue Blog https://immortalrangers.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/something-less-than-semper-vigilo/ as well as other Rangers forums, links are provide via my twitter account. Im a regular column writer for WATP magazine
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    Something less than Semper Vigilo

    I'm not a fan of lengthy blogs but if you intend to challenge existing attitudes or the norm you have to present evidence to further your arguments. The safety of our fans is of paramount importance to me, and thus on this occasion, I did not want to omit anything which I felt was relative to the wider debate.
  14. Rangers fans could be forgiven their wry smiles on hearing the motto of the Scottish Police Service, Semper Vigilo – Always Vigilant. One could point to the massive banners depicting them as “H** Scum”, somehow smuggled past the “vigilant” officers or perhaps the inflatable effigies which were then hung from the rafters of celtic Park, an action which again managed to escape the gaze of Scotland’s finest. Meanwhile Northern Irish Rangers supporters, carrying the flag of their country, find them being seized by Police Officers as they attempt to enter Ibrox, on the pretext of them being “sectarian”. The fact that the latter has happened on more than one occasion, accompanied by a subsequent apology from Police Scotland, suggests someone, somewhere is not paying attention. The job of the Police is difficult and challenging, particularly at football matches, exacerbated by a recent increase in whataboutery and individuals being faux offended, much of which is played out across social media platforms. Warwick University, WBS Research Projects offers the following explanation on Public Confidence: “For any police force to be effective in safeguarding the public, retaining public confidence is critical. This is because the public are a key source of information, and their trust and cooperation are often key to law enforcement.” But that trust has to be earned and two significant incidents which pertain to public safety, and which rise above the simply annoying or exasperating examples cited in the opening paragraph, have significantly eroded the confidence and trust of Rangers supporters with regard to Police Scotland. The aftermath of the 2016 William Hill Scottish Cup Final still rankles with many Rangers supporters. As someone who was there, and who witnessed first hand the events which unfolded, I sill find it particularly difficult, that 30 seconds after the final whistle standing in the traditional Rangers end at Hampden, I was faced with a Hibs fan standing not 50 yards from me in the six yard box challenging and goading myself and other Rangers supporters to fight. This individual’s course of conduct had nothing to do with joy, celebration nor overexuberance and any attempts to explain it or rationalise it as such are quite simply erroneous. But its events off the pitch which served to undermine confidence in the Police. As Rangers supporters raised questions about the preparation, speed and deployment strategy of the Police, they found themselves in the eye of a storm as accusations were levelled that Rangers fans had used their own children as barricades to hinder and impede officers reacting to the ongoing situation at Hampden. The author of the story, Jane Hamilton from the Scottish Daily Record, appeared to receive corroborative assistance from Callum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation, who tweeted that this version of events was consistent with reports he had received from officers on duty that day. The Independent Press Standard Organisation (IPSO) ruling following a complaint regarding the story can be read in full here: https://www.ipso.co.uk/rulings-and-resolution-statements/ruling/?id=03188-16 Both Jane Hamilton and Callum Steele remain in post. The SFA ordered an independent Commission into the disorder which was chaired by Sheriff Principal Edward F Bowen CBE QC. Regretfully, I am unable to guide you to an unabridged version of his findings, as the SFA, for reasons best known to themselves, have decided to no longer promulgate his report. https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/resources/documents/documents/scottishcupfinal2016report/scottish cup final 2016 commission of enquiry - report of sp bowen.pdf Since publication, Rangers have contested the findings of the report and official statements from the club reflected that. "We can state however that we will be seeking an urgent meeting with the author of the report, Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen, the Scottish FA’s Chief Executive Stewart Regan and his Compliance Officer, Tony McGlennan. It is imperative that we gain insight into the underlying basis for the findings in the report given that we consider it contains a number of factual inaccuracies and contradictions. It is right that the club gives the author and requisitioner of the report the opportunity to comment on our concerns prior to making a conclusive statement.” Such concerns were not without foundation. Although not widely reported by the press, who focussed on the report’s main findings namely: · Police and steward numbers were appropriate · Neither club to blame for crowd trouble · Call for debate on criminalising pitch invasions · Physical interaction between players and fans to be discouraged · Retractable tunnel could improve player safety · Pitch invasion sparked by Hibs fans' high excitement · Overwhelming majority of Rangers fans behaved properly there was also remarks in the report regarding intelligence prior to the match itself. In the absence of the complete report I will refer to this exert from the Edinburgh Evening News dated 5th August, 2016. https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/report-concludes-hampden-pitch-invasion-down-to-high-excitement-1-4195707 In particular, I would draw your attention to this paragraph: “Mr Bowen said he was satisfied both clubs and the Scottish Football Association took reasonable precautions to minimise the possibility of a pitch invasion. He concluded there was no evidence to suggest the pitch invasion was planned, that the Hibs support had not been infiltrated by individuals holding some form of malicious intent, and that while some supporters were affected by alcohol, both male and female, that hadn’t played a significant part in what happened.” On the Monday following the Cup Final, BBC Radio Scotland hastily scheduled a phone in hosted by Kaye Adams, to discuss the events and the aftermath. It consisted of both Hibs and Rangers fans phoning in to offer their own versions on events. I mention this programme because some of the Hibs supporters phoning in made reference to the fact it was all over social media, that in the event of a Hibs victory there would be a pitch invasion. Given the vast galaxy which is social media it is not unreasonable to accept that those responsible for either Policing pre-match intelligence may have missed this, but for the subsequent investigation and report into the aftermath to either miss or totally discount testimony which has been aired by the country’s national publicly funded broadcaster? Rangers supporters are more than familiar with the failings and selective nature of “low-level intelligence gathering” Fast forwarding to last week and the reputation and confidence in Police Scotland suffered further erosion following the Rangers vs Osijek tie at Ibrox, which was marred by violent disorder prior to the match. Concerningly for Police Scotland, criticism of policing arrangements came not only from Rangers supporters but also from Paul Goodwin, former head of Supporters Direct and co-founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, who accused the Police of being blindsided and failing to take into account the violent reputation of Croatian fans. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16398308.police-scotland-deemed-Rangers-match-which-saw-two-stabbed-to-be-low-risk/ Whilst I appreciate I do not have access to the resources, expertise and research facilities of analysts at Police Scotland, my somewhat crude google searches tend to suggest Mr Goodwin may have a point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6dKP4tpzNU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR7WATnpigY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9DAclKcGY It is perhaps worthy of note that the violence involving Osijek fans in Switzerland was only last year, which makes Chief Inspector Bowater’s assertion that there was “no intelligence” to suggest extra policing was required, particularly difficult to fathom. Warwick University Research Projects, previously mentioned, goes further in its examination of Public Confidence in the Police, citing the various array of measurements used by the Police to gauge and determine such confidence, including customer satisfaction surveys. Of course in order to ensure favourable feedback, Police Scotland could tailor their customer satisfaction phone calls to 3pm every other Saturday when Rangers supporters are likely to be elsewhere, or alternatively, they could afford Rangers supporters the same level of commitment, transparency, protection and treatment which everyone in Scotland is entitled to expect from them.
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    Another day, another Daily Record humiliation.

    Absolutely brilliant they way they worded that. A little tease and then a wham bam thank you mam