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  1. Kiernan - Alves Halliday - Jack Holt - Dorrans Wilson - Cardosa Waghorn - Morelos Garner - Herrera I guess your defintition of "backwards" is way different to mine.
  2. Update on Ibrox Safe Standing | Club 1872

    I agree with that logic V. What I would say however is that its clear events from January 2nd 1971 are still particularly raw for those who were there & it will proably never leave them, therefore I think many will be cautious or concerned, albeit mis-placed, at the thought of the re-introduction of standing areas. I think as a support we need to be both respectful of and work with those harbouring such concerns, to allay such fears and convince them safe standing is not a regressive step or a compromising of the safety ethos which saw us re-build our magnificent stadium.
  3. Sad news -- Bear passing

    Thoughts & prayers Host was he @HelmutSchoin on twitter ?
  4. Police Scotland OBFA submission

  5. Police Scotland OBFA submission

    Still to be decided I think - hence the request for submissions from all interested and relevant parties bud
  6. 12 Angry Men

    If the Rangers support were a jury, I think it would safe to say we had reached a majority rather than a unanimous decision on Pedro. An early exit to European minnows from Luxembourg on the back of an embarrassing defeat to our greatest rivals at home, whilst losing our long-established home record to the sheep would suggest that a fairly compelling prima facie case had been established by that majority. Furthermore, an inauspicious start to the season makes it all the more difficult to introduce a reasonable element of doubt into the minds of those who are currently sitting in the majority camp and whose minds are clearly made up so to speak. Should we pause for a moment and recall Advocaat’s multi-million £ squad, albeit not with home advantage, losing 6-2 at Parkhead? Should we consider that even some great Rangers managers, with far more settled squads suffered worse starts in their first 3 games of the domestic league? Should we ponder the fact that abysmal refereeing had a major say in 2 of our last 3 league games? Perhaps we could reflect on the fact we are into a rebuilding programme which is clearly not yet complete, before we decide to sack the architect. The first few years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure at Manchester United were characterised by something of a roller coaster ride which saw them take a few backward steps before their record winning period of success. Having been appointed in 1986, it was season 92/93 before the Reds won their first championship under the tenure of Sir Alex. While such a comparison certainly qualifies as an “apples and oranges” evaluation, the virtues of patience and a realistic assessment of the challenges faced should not be excluded either. As always, the OF games will have a considerable bearing on the manager’s future. We have to hope Kranjcar’s recent interview where he suggested we could lose all 4 OF games and still challenge for the title is a form of delusion exclusive to Niko, and not the rest of the dressing room or the management. There is a popular saying that the “league table never lies”. Would it be prudent to wait until the end of the season and put this theory to the test rather than jump on the managerial merry go round prematurely?
  7. 12 Angry Men

    It depends on the intepretation of "maximise".- I think during a period of re-building and restructuring it is unrealistic to expect that your achievements will emulate previous settled squads, many of which were of a far higher calibre of player.
  8. 12 Angry Men

    Would you not agree though Frank it is unrealistic to demand, as Gmanpoints out, that every single season has to be maximised ? I think that is simply an unrealistic achievement given our resources. We as fans want our youth structure to work - Im not convinced we have the patience as a support to see this to fruition. Given that part of the a "good manager" DNA must be the identifying and recruiting of good players - how long would you consider the timescale for us to establish whether or not we are the 2nd best team - 3 games into a domestic season ?
  9. 12 Angry Men

    @Reformation Bear - Id certainly settle for that timescale RB
  10. 12 Angry Men

    I concur the European result is indefensible Frank. But we are 3 games into our domestic season with the players Pedro has brought in , and more importantly he has access to the players which fit his sytem and footballing ethos (where the inherited players didnt). Im neither convinced he is a great coach nor am I similarly convinced he is a complete dud. The only thing I am convinced about is that its too early to judge
  11. 12 Angry Men

    Its not pretending it didnt happen - its whether its an accurate tool in assesing his competency for the role for a variety of reasons
  12. 12 Angry Men

    I accept I have been generous to Pedro in that article - but as I said to Smile I dont think evaluating him with a squad of inherited players is a particularly accurate indicator. On the 2 occasions we have failed to take full points domestically this season we have been the victims of bad and incorrect refereeing decisions.
  13. 12 Angry Men

    Tell me about this incompetence Frank.
  14. 12 Angry Men

    The thing is Bristoe - its not a comparison, I have tried to qualify that in the article by suggesting it is something of an apples and oranges evaluation. The point that is being made is that patience and realistic assessment of the challenges faced should feature in the equation.
  15. 12 Angry Men

    Yep. Im not anywhere near convinced either bud. All Im suggesting is we exercise a little caution and patience before we press the eject button
  16. 12 Angry Men

    We would have to agree to disagree on that then bud. Im not convinced managing an inherited squad of players is a good benchmark.
  17. 12 Angry Men

    We would have to agree to disagree on that then bud. Im not convinced managing an inherited squad of players is a good benchmark.
  18. 12 Angry Men

    Well given that interview and article is dated 19th August - do you really think that is a realistic assessment ? Furthermore how often has it been that an OF team losing all 4 derbies have challenged for the title ? Notwithstanding the foregoing, the article is about the manager's future so perhaps if we wish to consider context, the sentence which prefixes is important. "As always, the OF games will have a considerable bearing on the manager’s future"
  19. 12 Angry Men

    It really is early days Smile - the point of the player by player comparisons I made was to refute the suggestion we are no better than last year.
  20. 12 Angry Men

    Are you basing those results on the 3 league games so far ?
  21. 12 Angry Men

    Alves as opposed to Keirnan Cardosa as opposed to Wilson Dorrans instead of Halliday Jack instead of Holt. Im not convinced we are as bad as last season Brian
  22. 12 Angry Men

  23. The cultural aspect of following Rangers

    Micro or Macro evolution ?
  24. The cultural aspect of following Rangers

    http://www.therangersstandard.co.uk/index.php/articles/fan-culture/130-where-is-our-protestant-identity http://www.therangersstandard.co.uk/index.php/articles/RFC-politics/149-a-protestant-club-in-21st-century-scotland http://www.therangersstandard.co.uk/index.php/articles/fan-culture/128-who-do-we-think-we-are
  25. The cultural aspect of following Rangers

    Works for me as well Frank. But not as an add on, its more all part of the complete package with neither being inter-dependent of the other.