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    Pena

    Carlos Pena has revealed he is still receiving treatment for alcoholism,but may yet decide to stay at Rangers. The Mexican midfielder still has a year and a half left of his contract with Steven Gerrard's men after two loan deals in his homeland, with Cruz Azul and Necaxa, were cancelled. Pena sought treatment for alcohol addiction last year at boxer Julio Cesar Chavez rehab clinic, after a series of unfortunate incidents at former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha's club in Mexico City. And the 28-year-old has revealed he is still receiving treatment for his addiction battles. Pena is contemplating his footballing future too and has interest from two clubs in the Mexican Second Division as well as teams in Turkey and Poland. But he's admitted he may yet stay at Ibrox, despite Gerrard insisting last month it would be difficult for Pena to work his way into his plans He said: "I've still not recovered 100 per cent, which is why I am following my rehabilitation treatment to the letter. I still have a person who takes care of me. "But I don't want my case to be demonised because the illness of alcoholism is a problem which affects many people in all aspects of life. "I am not scared to say 'I was an alcoholic' because it happens in life. I am very calm about it. "I don't regret anything I have done and I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. "Everything I've done is because I've wanted to do it. Nobody forced me to do anything. When I wanted to play football, it was because of me. When I wanted to drink a beer, it was for me. When I wanted to have a child, it was the same. "I had a problem with alcoholism and that's why I got involved with Chavez's clinic, which was very good. If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. "It's not difficult to change if you want to change." And Pena, in an interview with Multimedios Television in Monterrey, will take his time before deciding his next move. He said: "I want to continue playing football, I am only 28 and I want another chance. "Whether that is with Rangers or in Turkey or Poland I don't know. I have until January 31 to make my mind up. "There are clubs in Mexico who are interested in me - Correcaminos UAT and Dorados de Sinaloa. "I only want the best club for me and I will take my time to decide my next career move. "What's important to me are my family and friends. "People who I really considered to be friends and my family have all stuck by me. "Others have disappeared, but I knew I had people surrounding me who would not be with me in the difficult times because they were only interested in fame and money." Hope the guy sorts himself out, would rather we got rid of him though.
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    From now till may

    That's exactly who I was referring to above, suppose we could add in Stevie G and Gary Mac, just hope it's enough
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    From now till may

    My only other worry is that in previous Rangers teams there's always been a core of winners in the team, player's who you could rely on to get the job done. There's only a few player's there at the moment who have won trophy's in their careers, you only hope that their experience rubs off on the others.
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    From now till may

    For a start we really need to start taking care of the minnows, too many points have been dropped already to the diddy's of the league. We can't be putting performances like that against the taigs only to drop points against you're Livi's and Dundee's of this world, that's not league winning form. We might be better next season then again we might lose Alfie, who knows. We're in a great position just now take care of the other ten teams and you never know, if not we might just regret it.
  5. Jermain Defoe reveals Rangers move was inspired by chat with Graeme Souness Jermain Defoe has revealed how he grew up idolising Ally McCoist and dreamed of sampling Scottish football after an Auld Enemy clash for England schoolboys. But a conversation with Rangers legend Graeme Souness this season helped him to make the move north of the border after hearing the former Ibrox boss describe the Old Firm as the world’s best derby. On-loan Bournemouth frontman Defoe admitted he always does his homework on the strikers he will be walking in the footsteps of at any new club. At the Light Blues, however, he knew all about record scorer McCoist and now Defoe has been handed the same No.9 shirt worn by the legendary forward. He grew up watching the likes of Ally McCoist And Defoe’s affection for Scottish football comes from his early days as a kids playing for the Three Lions long before he terrorised defences for England at senior level. The 36-year-old also recalled a substitute appearance for West Ham in a 2-1 friendly defeat against celtic in a pre-season friendly in 2000 in a match billed as Paolo Di Canio’s Paradise return. Defoe’s next trip to Parkhead in March will be a little bit different but he can’t wait to sample the white-hot derby atmosphere after speaking to Souness before the first clash of the bitter rivals this season. Speaking at the club’s training camp in Tenerife, he said: “I have done a few bits for Sky Sports and was on there the day of the first Old Firm game of the season. “I was talking about the North London derby and Sunderland v Newcastle but Graeme just said ‘Trust me, Rangers v celtic is the best derby in the world. Without a doubt. You will never experience anything like it.’ I was listening to him like ‘Wow!” Defoe was sold on the derby atmosphere Defoe’s face lit up as he talked about that prospect at the team’s five-star base in the Canary Island and his excitement at the move. And he said: “When I was really young, I remember saying I’d like to at some stage play in Scotland, play in those crazy derbies, the best derbies in the world according to Graeme Souness. “I played in Scotland for England Under-15s. My mum still talks about it now. That was my first experience. “I was really young then. I played against celtic for West Ham. It was a game where Paolo Di Canio returned. “I know about the history of the club. When I sign for any club I always think about the strikers that were there before me. “Ally McCoist is a legend and there’s Kenny Miller, who I bumped into in Dubai in the summer. But I remember watching Ally McCoist when I was a young kid. You can learn off every goalscorer. “I know all the goalscorers. As a kid, I never really supported a team. I just used to watch the forwards, all the different strikers.” Defoe lifted the lid on his hugely frustrating time at the Cherries where he failed to get much first team action this season under Eddie Howe. That has fuelled his desire to be a Gers success and the diminutive forward says he’s ready for Scottish football’s boot boys. Defoe - in line for a debut at Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup next week - said: “I know I’m probably going to get kicked about. “The lads have told me that already but it’s challenge. I don’t think you can ever look at any league and think it’s going to be easy. “I remember when I went to the MLS with Toronto, a lot of people said I would smash it and score loads of goals. “But if you don’t go somewhere with the right mentality, and don’t do what you have always done, that’s when it becomes hard. “But if you do what you have always done, regardless of who you are playing against, then hopefully you will do well. “My hunger is massive after the past 18 months. I’m just want to play. To be fair, credit to the manager, Eddie Howe, because he knew it was hurting me. “There were times when I felt I should have played and it wasn’t happening for whatever reason. I had a conversation with him and said I just wanted to play football. That’s what I do. “Of course, it’s nice to be a sort of mentor to younger players, but at the same time your own happiness is important. “I’m not a coach. At some point I will do my badges but I’m not there yet. I want to play football and it wasn’t happening. “It’s been tough for me to be honest. For the last year and a half, it’s been difficult not playing as many games as I would like or was used to. “Mentally, it was tough. I have had stages in my career where you are in and out of the team, but when I was younger it was different because I wasn’t a senior player. “Now, there are times where you are a little bit down and you haven’t got any senior players to pick you up. You can go to the captain, but you are the senior player. “You sort of have to look after the dressing room and make sure everyone else is okay. You have to sacrifice your own happiness a little bit. “It’s never easy but you have to do it because it’s the right thing to to. You are helping the team and you are helping the club. “It’s been hurting me a lot. that’s why having this opportunity now to hopefully play football and do well is something I’m excited about. “There comes a point when you have to decide what you want to do. I love playing football and I love scoring goals. When I got the phone call, it wasn’t a hard decision.”
  6. Dundee, Hamilton, Azerbaijan and back again. It is safe to say that when Andy Halliday signed for Rangers back in July 2015, he couldn’t possibly have envisaged the series of trials and tribulations waiting for him over the next three and a half seasons. From being shipped off to Azerbaijan on loan by former manager Pedro Caixinha to being hauled off before half time by caretaker manager Graeme Murty in an Old Firm defeat, in addition to suffering the abject humiliation of celtic supporters sarcastically singing his name as they romped to a 5-0 win to win the league title, Andy Halliday’s Rangers career has in some ways personified the “Banter Era” that so many label the Ibrox club’s recent history. Every step forward has been followed by two steps back, with any glimmer of light overpowered by a tsunami of darkness. Yet as a clearly emotional Halliday swaggered off the Ibrox pitch to an embrace from manager Steven Gerrard with 50,000 supporters singing his name after being named Sponsor’s Man of the Match in the 1-0 win over celtic there was a feeling that – just like the Rangers banter era – perhaps we are seeing some form of closure to a chapter that would have unashamedly finished most players. Andy Halliday is not most players though. Setbacks are nothing new to the 27-year-old. To add some context to this tale of redemption and understand why Halliday declaring the Old Firm win as “the best day of my life” was about more than just 3 points over celtic, we have to first go back a few years. Growing up on Copland Road in the shadows of Ibrox Stadium, Halliday was born into a family of Rangers supporters. In fact, upon signing for Rangers the player told the story of how he was almost called Mark as the month before he was born his mother was in the away end at Parkhead for an Old Firm game to see a 2-0 Rangers win courtesy of a Mark Hateley double. Signing for Rangers as a promising youngster was a dream come true, but sadly that dream was crushed at age 14 when George Adams, who was Head of Youth at the time, broke the news that Rangers would be releasing the player as they didn’t feel he was good enough to make the grade. “I was working at Livingston as a youth coach and had previously worked at Rangers. I was told Andy was being released by Rangers.” Scott Allison is currently Partick Thistle’s Academy Director but previously worked as a youth coach at Livingston, which is where Halliday’s career started. Growing up on the same street, he knew Andy and his family well. He also knew that as Rangers supporters through and through, the decision by Rangers would hurt. Deeply. When Halliday signed for Rangers, he compared his release at 14 to being chucked by the love of your life, but joked that as he lived in the shadow of the stadium it was like throwing in the added torture of having to see her every day. Allison witnessed this dejection first-hand. “I called his Mum and asked how he was, but she told me he wasn’t talking to anyone and was locked in his room not ready to play football.” What he had been through as a kid was arguably little compared to what he has since gone through as a professional at the club, but it gives an early indication of why no-one should be surprised not only by Andy Halliday’s recent resurgence, but also his dogged determination to remain part of the Rangers first team amidst various culls. Indeed, since joining Rangers in 2015, the club have gone through three permanent managers and one caretaker manager over two spells, signed an astonishing further 47 senior players and moved on 43 as they desperately try to return to the top of the tree in Scottish football. Halliday made his Rangers debut in a 6-2 win over Hibs in July 2015, with just three other players from the 18-man matchday squad remaining at the club – two of those being Wes Foderingham and Lee Wallace, whose days appear numbered given their lack of involvement under Steven Gerrard. And yet despite the continuous turnover in playing squad and reports in just about every transfer window since that he is likely to be moved on by the club, Halliday remains a key part of the current first team squad three and a half years later. After being forced out as a teenager, he was never going to give up his Rangers dream without a fight, not even when Pedro Caixinha told him his time was up and shipped him off to Azerbaijan on a loan deal with Halliday reluctant to leave on a permanent basis. It took some time to get over the setback, but Allison wasn’t for giving up on the teenager. “Eventually we arranged for me to talk to him, and after a few positive words I managed to get him to come out to train with us at Livingston. When he came we set some goals for him, and one of his individual objectives was to play for Rangers at first team level. I met him a few days after he had been signed by Mark Warburton and I could see he was really excited. It was the same for his family, I could see how proud they were that Andrew had worked his way back to Rangers. I was proud to see him get there after all he had been through as a kid.” “Andy has a strong mentality. Many players would have happily moved on but Andrew has blue blood and would do everything he could to play for Rangers” Allison tells me. “I spoke to him when he went to Azerbaijan and his mind-set was positive. I’m sure whilst others maybe gave up on him at Rangers he would never have given up on the chance to play for the club again.” Following the victory over celtic, Halliday appeared to agree with Allison’s assessment in acknowledging that he has been questioned over the last couple of years, but that his performance demonstrated why he deserves to be a Rangers player – “No-one can match my character and mental strength” he declared emphatically. It would be hard to disagree. Much of the criticism of those falling through the revolving door at Ibrox over the past few years has been that they have struggled to manage the demands and pressure of playing for a club like Rangers. Talented players have crumbled and gone missing in recent years, leading to the club recording its worst ever home record in its 146-year history, with seven league defeats in one season. Which is why it is telling that despite some perceived limitations, and despite a number of technically talented players joining the club with bigger reputations, other than Caixinha the Rangers managers in Halliday’s time have invariably turned back to him when they needed to most. Halliday was an almost ever present and valuable member of the Mark Warburton side that won the Championship, but was cast aside by new arrivals Joey Barton, Niko Kranjčar and Josh Windass as the manager looked to enhance the quality of his squad for an assault on the top flight the following season. It was a decision that Warburton soon regretted following a stuttering start which saw Rangers draw with Kilmarnock before losing 5-1 to celtic in the season’s first Old Firm game, after which he promptly reinstated Halliday to the team as pressure on the former manager increased. “With Andy we thought we made the right decision” he said about dropping the player at the start of the 2016/17 season. “In hindsight it wasn’t the right decision. There is no doubt that when Andy pulls on a shirt there is no more passionate a player for Rangers.” Graeme Murty also knew the value of having someone like Andy Halliday in your corner, which is why he recalled the player from his loan in Azerbaijan following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha. “He understands what it means to play for the football club and I think you can see when he turns out every time for a Rangers team he wears his heart on his sleeve” he said at the time of Halliday’s recall. Ironically, those qualities are most likely what led to Halliday’s darkest moments as a Rangers player. After a storming start to the second half of the 2017/18 season, winning 10 out of 11 games, Rangers’ form took a dip. A defeat to 10-man celtic at home killed any remaining hopes of a last-minute title challenge, and was followed with a home defeat to Kilmarnock and a draw with Motherwell. Even in his caretaker role, Murty was coming in for heavy criticism. He needed players he could trust for an upcoming Old Firm semi-final, and turned to Halliday to spearhead his midfield, despite him having started just three games since returning from his unsuccessful loan spell and being well short of match sharpness. It was a decision that backfired spectacularly, as Rangers found themselves 2-0 down going on 6-0. Murty reacted by replacing Halliday with Josh Windass just before half time, which prompted an angry response from the Rangers player much to the delight of the goading celtic supporters who were revelling in his misery. Things didn’t get much better two weeks later in the next Old Firm game with Halliday subject to incessant jeering from the celtic support, who sang his name sarcastically as they followed up their 4-0 semi final win with a 5-0 romp at Parkhead. It is somewhat ironic that the song for Andy Halliday is derived from The KC & Sunshine Band hit “Give It Up”, as that is exactly what he must have felt like doing. For any professional footballer, this kind of indignity could be impossible to recover from. With the added hurt of being a supporter he might have been forgiven for wanting to relive the time when he locked himself in his room and decided to take a break from football. He didn’t of course. He still remembered how much it hurt when the club let him go at 14, and how much he put himself through to achieve the first objective he set himself upon signing for Livingston months later – to play for the Rangers first team. “I don’t think it was ever Andy’s intention to move elsewhere” Allison states. “He loves Rangers. He was born into a family that supports the club, he grew up on the streets around the club. He had setbacks as a kid and has had many as a professional since. All those experiences will have hardened his mentality and made him more resilient.” It’s hard to argue with Allison’s assessment today. He knows the player as well as anyone within the game and was always confident that given the opportunity Halliday would prove himself worthy of the Rangers jersey. After working hard throughout pre-season under new manager Steven Gerrard but finding game time hard to come by, that opportunity finally came in the second leg of a Europa League tie against Maribor. With Borna Barišić cup-tied and Jon Flanagan suspended, Halliday was picked as a makeshift left back much to the concern of sections of the Rangers support. They needn’t have worried – Halliday put in a sterling performance as Rangers kept a clean sheet to qualify for the next round, from where they went on to make the group stages, with Halliday going on to make 24 appearances by the halfway mark of the season. This was topped off by his recent man of the match display against celtic in the same position which prompted the manager to label Halliday his “unofficial captain”, a remarkable turnaround for a player who looked finished when Gerrard officially took charge in June. Allison believes that Rangers will see the best of Halliday if they ditch the idea of persisting with him as a midfielder and continue to develop him on the left-hand side, where he scored 16 goals in 37 games and earned a move south. “He was always a left-sided player for us at Livi and his resurgence will continue if they keep him on the left. He went on loan to Bradford and they played him in centre midfield, he scored against Chelsea and perhaps that’s where Warburton saw him. He was always wide left or left back at Livingston. He will be like a new player if played there regularly.” Having played there a few times already this season, Gerrard may appear to agree and interesting times lie ahead for Halliday. There is every chance that as Steven Gerrard continues his Rangers revolution, more glamorous names in the football world will emerge in Govan, challenged with bringing good times back to the success-starved club. Whilst Mark Allen and his squad of scouts scour the globe for footballing talent, supporters will be able to assess their potential new heroes’ impact through performance data and YouTube highlights. There are immeasurable characteristics that supporters cannot see on YouTube however, which can mean missing out on the success story and qualities of someone like Andy Halliday. Whilst youngsters look to replicate the latest tricks and flicks of the next potential loan from an English Premiership club or hot talent from further afield, it is important to remember that the talent they see is nothing without application and sacrifice. The kind of application and sacrifice that sees a 14-year-old kid go from locking himself in his room to 50,000 supporters singing his name in an Old Firm derby via Livingston, Bradford and Azerbaijan. The kind of application and sacrifice that means not giving up on the dream, no matter how difficult the road ahead is and how many obstacles lie ahead. Allison believes this is a key message in working with other young players who share the same aspirations. “I have worked with some young players who have been released by clubs who know Andy’s story and I can see it inspires them. It shows kids you can achieve your dreams if you believe in them enough and are willing to work harder than anyone to achieve them.” Andy Halliday may never receive the same recognition as more technically gifted players who capture the imagination of supporters, but there can’t be many better role models for young players who want to know what it takes to make it as a professional footballer at a big club. As Halliday left Gerrard’s embrace and strolled back up the Ibrox tunnel last Saturday, he must have reflected on some of those setbacks with a smile and realisation that he was finally living his dream. Andy Halliday he's here for 55
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    Connor Goldson

    CONNOR GOLDSON has revealed the extraordinary lengths he went through to ensure he didn’t miss out on the biggest game of his life. Just 48 hours before last month’s Old Firm derby the Rangers defender was in so much pain he couldn’t walk. He feared his dream of facing celtic had been crushed under the weight of a Darren McGregor challenge just a few days before. Yet with the help of ice packs, rest and a cortisone injection, the 26- year-old made a remarkable recovery to stroll through Gers’ 1-0 win. Goldson revealed: “I was probably as professional as I ever have been for two days. It was a game I never wanted to miss. “I have said all along that I came up here for the big occasions, for big games of football. It could have gone either way but I would have been gutted if I had been sitting in the stand watching. “The injury came right at the end of the first half against Hibs. I went up for a header with their centre back McGregor. He’s a big boy and landed on my ankle. “It was was my decision to come out for the second half. “It was probably silly but you just think that if you get running, it will wear off and you can play through it. “But afterwards I couldn’t move. I had bruising all round my Achilles, on both sides of my ankle. “When I woke up on the Thursday, I couldn’t even get out of bed. I couldn’t walk on it. “I wasn’t happy. I didn’t speak to my missus that morning. I was a little bit emotional. “She actually said to me ‘You need to get over it. If you’re not going to play, you’re not going to play, it’s not the end of the world’. But I knew I had to play. Not for the team, but for me. “I wanted to play in that game. I did everything I could to make it. “Credit to the doctors and physios, they patched me up as much as they could. “I iced it 24/7 and tried to do everything I could to get it moving. Even in the warm-up, I wasn’t great. “I had the injection but as soon as the game kicked off, I didn’t feel a thing. “As a footballer, the adrenaline kicks in. “When you are hearing that noise and you are so focused on the game, you don’t have time to think about your ankle or whatever it is. “When you’re walking about the house, you are constantly thinking to yourself ‘Is it hurting or is it not?’. But as soon as the whistle goes and you are out there, the drugs kick in and you just get on with the game and try to focus on football.” In the end, all the stress, all the worry and all the treatment proved worth it. Goldson and the rest of his Rangers team-mates savoured every second of the club’s first league win over celtic in almost seven years. Ryan Jack’s winner prompted wild scenes of celebration with Goldson pictured afterwards enjoying the acclaim of the Copland Road stand. He smiled: “The whole stand was bouncing. “As we were walking off the pitch, I just took a moment to appreciate it. “There are good times in football that you need to take in and there are bad times that you need to get rid of as quickly as you can. “So when the good times are there, I try to take them in. I think my face said everything — I was just full of joy and happiness. “We knew how big that game was. We knew we had to turn up, and we did so. “That little bit after the game was just me taking in what it actually means to people. “The fans showed from the first whistle that when we play like that, they will back us 100 percent. “When we don’t, it can get little bit sticky. “It shows you that’s how we have to play because when we do play like that, we are difficult to play against and the whole stadium gets behind us.” The win ensures that Steven Gerrard’s men are firmly in the title mix, with the Rangers boss further enhancing his club’s challenge with the capture of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis. Goldson said: “We have said from day one that we need to forget about this gap everyone talks about. The new manager has to come in and close the gap to be successful. But we are a big club with a good team and, if we want to be successful, we need to aim as high as we can and get as many points as we can. “We have dropped a few points when we shouldn’t have this season but we are still very much in the mix. We have given ourselves a great chance to try and be successful in the second half of the season. “Coming in now, the atmosphere is so good compared to what it might have been. “It was a really great game, great for us — and great for the supporters. It’s probably the best we have played over 90 minutes. “We need to carry that on after the winter break.” I fucking love that attitude, to win the title this season the player's are going to have to go through the pain barrier and give it their all.
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    Tenerife Training camp

    Didn't you hear, he's just been married.
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    By fuck the 2013-14 squad was grim

    Son's crying now Thanks
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    Tenerife Training camp

    El Buffalo has landed.
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    Tenerife Training camp

    Hello.
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    A right royal club

    John Beaton ICF
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    * The Generic Laugh at celtc Thread *

    Brenda's no too happy with today's news.
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