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  1. Ellis has sort of commented on AJ's attack, going to be a case of wait and see it seems.

    Ellis’s spokesman, David Gilmour, today refused to respond to Johnston’s comments, stating: “There will be an indication in the next few days – apart from that, I am not allowed to comment.”


    Ellis' spokesman is not allowed to comment but if you read FF, the attention seeking fantasist NorthamptonLoyalist has been on the phone to him again :lol::lol::lol::wink:

    Let me guess, a bid is imminent?

  2. A massive problem for likes of Alexander is the fact there is no reserve league. He has hardly any match practice.

    Your right, though, every time a cross came in our box my heart was in my mouth with Alexannder flapping all over the place.

  3. stevie smith out now, realy bad game and should never pull on that jersey again.

    Spot on. I always wondered why walter never gave stevie smith a chance- now I know. Zero commitment in any physical battles.

  4. :mcgregor:

    :whittaker: :bougherra: :weir: :papac:

    :davis: :edu: :thomson: :beasley:

    :boyd: :miller:

    Should everyone be fit, and available after returning from international duty? Pretty much the team that took celtc apart, bar Beasley coming onto the left. Thomson, Davis, and Edu all have the ability, and like to get forward, also knowing that one of them will be sitting, ready to mope up the play.

    Chance to go even further ahead, the players will know what is required of them, and I expect them to go out there, and get the job done.

    What no Lafferty?... :)

    Aye, that would be my team aswell. If Beasley breaks a nail before Saturday then Fleck for him.

  5. Even in Europe the Tims have some excuse for losing. Remember after the Uefa Cup final against Porto, all you heard was how Porto are a shower of cheats and robbed Celtic. Contrast that with Rangers, who despite having a good penalty claim against Zenit in the scond half of our Uefa cup final, never mention it, instead freely admit Zenit were the better team and deserved to win.

  6. Aye, I did aswell. Partly because it was a goal mouth scramble and I kept thinking that Boyd might have fouled Boruc cos it all happened so fast and that the ref was going to chop it off. Of course, he didnt and got it spot on!

  7. Thats a good point about the 9 million owed for players which no fans had heard of until yesterday. That was burried amongst the good news, but must have been a major problem for the board. Lets face it, no wonder we didnt buy any players in the summer- we spent 9 million on players we already had!

    The c.£9m for players was known about. See the Accounts, note 15 Creditors - the amount shown under "Trade creditors" was £8.637m. In addition, some or all of the £0.5m shown in note 27 may have become due if certain players had reached so many games etc. Also, AJ made mention of these trade creditors at the AGM (I seem to recall him saying about £7m had been paid, but I'm happy for someone with a less alcohol-damaged memory to correct me). So no surprises.


    In that case, maybe I should change that to "I hadnt heard about until yesterday" :)

    If you dont mind, Ive got a wee question. I read on gersnet an article by Bluedell saying that according to the accounts we took in $678,000 in transfers. Does that mean we sold Barry and Charlie Adam for a combined total of 678,000 or is there another interpretation possible (ie. those payments will be in instalments)? Im stunned if thats all we made from those transfers.

  8. Some interesting facts came out with the AJ interview.

    Firstly that the 31m debt was not reduced or only marginally reduced after making the 13m profit - which in itself wont be fully realised until we receive all our CL money. This is due to the other debt we had of money owed for buying players = 9m pounds which thankfully has now been nearly paid off. In other words our true debt was around 40m not 31m and it is now back to 31m or so.

    The Bank's debt is not a debt per se but a 20m loan which has to be reduced by 1m pounds per year and that it seems is easy to do.

    The real problem is SDM and MIH and what they require to sell Rangers and also the Bank's take on a new buyer and their cooperation with both the buyer and MIH.

    There is some shadow boxing going on between interested parties and Rangers but no hard bids as yet.

    It seems I was correct in a post a week or so ago when I said that the Bank may not be the big problem but a split between SDM, Muir and MIH versus The Rangers Board and Management team, but my feeling is something will give in the next few weeks after AJ's statement. It adds a lot of clarity to the situation. Also once MIH's accounts are published in April that might add further clarity tooto the overall picture and may force SDM to come out of hiding and make some useful comments.

    All in all an interesting time for Bears and we know now just how crucial it is that we win the SPL this season.

    I agree. Great post. Thats a good point about the 9 million owed for players which no fans had heard of until yesterday. That was burried amongst the good news, but must have been a major problem for the board. Lets face it, no wonder we didnt buy any players in the summer- we spent 9 million on players we already had!

    I did get the impression from AJ the bank was puting us under a lot of pressure, however, with strict budgets, but that we didnt have any choice in the matter. He seemed to be saying that the bank was a neccessary evil until we got a new owner.

  9. I think part of the problem is that rumour gets repeated enough (including in the press)that it gets taken as fact. For example, the price of the club being the 32m debt. I dont think this is the case and no official source has ever confirmed that this is the price of the club. As AJ has said the debt is not an immediate problem, so why would MIH sell its shares for nothing when Rangers have the capacity to pay the debt without the aid of MIH.

    In terms of MIH syphoning off our profits I dont think thats the case. Lets face facts, for years Rangers have been run at a loss due to over spending and going over budget. For a 6 month period we make a profit and all of a sudden fans think we are MIHs cash cow!

    The problem with our link to MIH is one of mismanagement. Thats why Lloyds want a bigger say in the running of the club because with Murray in charge the reckless decision making would have continued, put the club at risk and jeopardised the banks loan. After the financial crisis banks are no longer happy taking these big gambles. Thats why even though our debt isnt that massive (relative to other clubs) the bank wont give us any leeway in our budgets.

  10. The difference between making it and not as a pro footballer is pretty small. When youngsters get signed they do so on talent, but plenty dont progress, have the mental strength or just get bored with football (esp youngsters released by big clubs).

  11. When he signed I think he said he hoped to get a run out in the first team at some point this season. We wont be spending much money until we get a new buyer so its essential that we produce one or two youngsters each season to compete in the first team squad. That might not be the worst thing in the world, cos , for example, Danny Wilson looks a far better defender than any of the tripe Celtic has signed this season.

  12. Jesus, the service the strikers got in the box was awful. Granted our midfield passed it ok for spells, but we had no decent crosses in the box second half. Boyd and miller werent any better. You cant just blame one man.

    Whilst I can accept critiscising some players for specific faults, I dont understand all this "pathetic footballer, cant pass, run etc", when its clearly untrue!

  13. Ally has to take the blame for that today. We played with zero width- davis and whitaker just kept coming infield, leaving the full backs isolated. The only time we looked dangerous was when Bougie charged up the wing. It was crying out for novo to come on. Things got worse when miller and boyd came on cos they stopped linking up with the midfield the way naismith and lafferty had done in the first half. That siad both need a chance to get theyre sharpness back and the service to them was pish.

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