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  1. Berra has re-signed for Hearts today, which should keep most folks happy.
  2. The last full year accounts indicated that the first team wage bill for 2016/17 would be £10.3m. That sort of figure doesn't leave much for recruitment from ST revenues.
  3. Rangers have been given 3.785 coefficient points for next season, being Scotland's basic seeding figure. Although it has still to be confirmed, it looks likely that the club will be seeded in QR1, but unseeded in QR2. It is likely that the first round opponents will come from northern Europe, e.g. the Baltics, Iceland, Wales or Ireland. Thereafter the standard will rise and second round opponents could come from higher ranked countries like the Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece etc., so the route to the groups will be pretty difficult. It's worth keeping an eye on Bert Kassies site as it is updated with teams as they qualify over the next two or three weeks.. The first round draw is on 19 June, with the ties played on 29 June and 6 July.
  4. Fod trying his best to stay out the way of the shot. Poor!
  5. The accounts have now been received by Companies House, but can't be viewed/downloaded as yet. They will probably be accessible from tomorrow.
  6. I wouldn't be too quick to associate myself with SD. They are very much English based and don't even have any Board representation from Scotland. However, they do have links with the SFA/SPFL and receive funding from them as well as the English FA. That means that they are not a truly independent Fans organisation, and are now effectively a tame in-house puppet organisation for both the SFA and FA. (sounds a bit familiar) I believe that Paul Goodwin, who was their Scottish based rep. until two or three years ago, was forced out at the behest of Petrie and co., because SD Scotland was becoming a bit too vocal for their liking, despite their work in helping Hearts, Dunfermline and other clubs in recent years. I know that an independent organisation called Fans Supporters Federation (FSF) was set up in England and now has 500K members, which means that the FA and Westminster government agencies can't ignore them. Similarly, Paul Goodwin has set up a rival supporters group in Scotland called the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) with the intention of obtaining similar leverage with Scottish clubs, the SFA and the government. I think SD, FSF and the SFSA can all provide good advice and support, but personally I'd prefer to be associated with a truly independent fans group.
  7. A bit more from Sky here, but still not the actual fight.
  8. Just a bit of exuberance?
  9. I thought that, the goal aside, was his best performance in a "big" game. In previous ones he has been bullied and ineffective as a result.
  10. Holt was doing ok until the mis-kick. Even then there were chances to prevent the shot and Fod shouldn't be getting beat at what was the near post. McKay is a waste of a jersey. Wilson and Hill look as if they still have a bombscare moment in them. They are nothing special today. Dembele has barely kicked a ball, Sinclair has been anonymous.
  11. I listened to the exchange while I was in my car earlier. Durham and Sutton make make a fine pair of tits.
  12. I'm intrigued by the 800K figure. 800k what? £, $, € etc. I can't see the club being able to afford £800K after the experience of the last manager on similar terms.
  13. Scotland won the tournament after a 2-2 draw and a 5-3 win on pens against Austria this morning, after coming back from two goals down. Kinnear, Gilmour and Mebude all started, but Scotland were woeful in the first half and didn't even manage a shot. The Austrians led at half time after their striker closed down a Kinnear clearance and reacted quickest to score from a tight angle. Scotland improved after Dembele and Mebude were subbed early in the second half, but went two down when the Austrians scored after the Scots failed to clear a corner. Scotland got back into the game two minutes later when both full backs combined for Hearts Chris Hamilton to score at the back post. Nathan Patterson and Zac Butterworth then came on as subs and Scotland dominated proceedings from then onwards. The Austrians didn't help themselves by getting two players sent to the sin bin for kicking the ball away. Hibs Kane O'Connor had a headed goal disallowed for a push then Patterson saw a great shot cannon off the crossbar. Billy Gilmour ended the game in the sin-bin after the ref ruled he had dived looking for a penalty at the edge of the box. However, O'Connor rescued the game with a screamer from 25 yards in stoppage time. It was a useful tournament for the Scots. Mebude played well in the first two games and Patterson was excellent in each of his appearances. Gilmour and Butterworth were pretty quiet though.
  14. I'm just back from Scotland U16s second game against Iceland today. Scotland won 2-1 but found it more difficult, having gone behind to a cracking angled strike from the Icelandic left winger. Billy Gilmour and Zac Butterworth both started the game, but Iceland had the better of the first half. Scotland's equaliser was a bit against the run of play and came just before half time when Bagan from Southampton headed home from a Gilmour corner. Gilmour was one of three players subbed at half time after quiet first half and the subs and a reorganisation of the defence let to Scotland having the better of the second half. Adedapo Mebude was the next sub to come on and again he made a difference, by putting defenders under pressure with his pace. He was rewarded by scoring the winning goal just two minutes from time when he shot into the net from close range when the Icelandic defence failed to clear a corner. The second half changes were key to Scotland's win, with substitutes Marc Leonard of Hearts and Medube being the influential figures.
  15. I watched Scotland U16s beat Croatia 1-0 at the Oriam centre this afternoon. Rangers were well represented with Brain Kinnear, Nathan Patterson, Adedapo Mebude and Billy Gilmour all starting and Zac Butterworh coming on as a sub. I thought that Mebude was Scotland's best player, showing great pace, strength and no little skill. He had four good chances and was denied by three good saves by the Croatian keeper and smacked a volley off the face of the bar with his other chance. Gilmour had a relatively quiet first half but came onto a good game in the second as he upped his work rate. Patterson also had a good game at right back. Scotland's goal came in the second half from Connor McBride from Forth Valley, who had come on as a substitute for Mebude five minutes earlier. Scotland's next game in this UEFA Development Tournament is against Iceland on Wednesday, before finishing against Austria on Friday.