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  1. bornabear liked a post in a topic by backup in Deadline 3pm today.   
    It is couched in terms that a Philadelphia lawyer would have trouble making sense of, it is very vague almost deliberately so...as to the citing procedure and who can do so !
     
    Can the Compliance Officer take retrospective action for on-field incidents?
    The Compliance Officer can only raise a Fast Track Notice of Complaint and take retrospective action when an on field incident, or an exceptional part of an on field incident, has been unseen by the match officials.
    When investigating a potential Fast Track case, the Compliance Officer does not seek any opinion on the incident from the match officials, or ask them to reconsider any decision made. This has not changed. The decision of the referee regarding facts connected with play will always be respected in line with the Laws of the Game. It is for this reason that the disciplinary rules relating to retrospective action only come into effect when an incident, or part of an incident, is unseen by the match officials.
    When the match officials confirm an on field incident is unseen, the Compliance Officer seeks opinions from three independent experts. Those experts are drawn from a pool of former Category 1 referees, who are up to date with current refereeing guidelines. A Fast Track Notice of Complaint can only competently be raised when all three experts provide written evidence that the incident constituted a sending off offence.
    How does the Claims process work?
    In certain circumstances a player or a club can raise a Claim against a wrongful dismissal, mistaken identity, or wrongful caution for simulation.
    A specially trained Fast Track Tribunal determines whether there has been an obvious refereeing error based on the case put forward by the player/club, a factual report by the referee, and the relevant laws of the game. Every Fast Track Tribunal includes an expert on the Laws of the Game. If it is determined that an obvious refereeing error has been made, the disciplinary action taken by the match referee can be rescinded by the Fast Track Tribunal.
    It should be noted that the Compliance Officer is not involved in the Claims process. In addition, the disciplinary department itself does not make any decision on whether a sanction should be imposed, or a red card rescinded.
  2. bob1873 liked a post in a topic by backup in Deadline 3pm today.   
    The club has until 3pm today to cite broon and bain to the compliance officer for assaults on Alfie and Halliday, only SG from the club has highlighted broon's conduct, we have silence from the board the SLO and major fans shareholders 1872.
    All the while kennedy of celtic is commenting on how Kent will likely get a 3 game ban in the press, will no one from Ibrox defend us at all, on anything ?  
  3. siddiqi_drinker liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    Bain should also be cited for hooking Halliday.
  4. Sweetheart liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  5. TheKingObv liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos   
    very clever 😉 I will still take the three points though....🧐
  6. 1690tamRFC liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  7. Courtyard Bear liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos   
    To his credit Alf has scored 11 match winners for us, some 33 points, an excellent return.
  8. SeparateEntityMyArse liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  9. BlueKnight87 liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    It won't, which is the whole point, the mechanism is available, the club refuse to use it in our players defence, or pursuit of those who assault our players.
  10. Blumhoilann liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    It won't, which is the whole point, the mechanism is available, the club refuse to use it in our players defence, or pursuit of those who assault our players.
  11. Bears r us liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  12. Courtyard Bear liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  13. alibali59 liked a post in a topic by backup in Morelos 4 match ban   
    The club or someone needs to cite broon to the compliance officer  to force the issue, rolling over and taking it isn't helping.
  14. backup liked a post in a topic by Albertzz in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Showing what he is made of would be putting defoe in as main striker rest of season and let morelos play from the bench.
    At this point he should not be starter regardlesss of how good he is.
    Big games for us more times than not he ends up getting sent off. Ridiculous to keep faith in him at this point.
  15. qwerty liked a post in a topic by backup in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Done well to keep it at 1-0.... time for SG to show what he is made of.
  16. Bluekev liked a post in a topic by backup in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Done well to keep it at 1-0.... time for SG to show what he is made of.
  17. Bad Robot liked a post in a topic by backup in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Done well to keep it at 1-0.... time for SG to show what he is made of.
  18. delparlane liked a post in a topic by backup in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Don’t say that, you will be covered in snowflakes, broon should’ve been haufed in two in the first fewminutes, unfortunely we lack a hard man who can do so with guile, no Captain Cutlass’s these days.
  19. backup liked a post in a topic by Rangers_no1 in ***Official Tarriers V Rangers Match Thread***   
    Slaps him ffs.
    Absolutely clueless.
  20. Sweetheart liked a post in a topic by backup in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    29 March 19
    Steven Gerrard: Rangers have made progress this season - regardless of the Premiership gap to celtic
    Christopher Jack  @Chris_Jack89 Group Senior Sports Writer
    THE statistics only tell part of the story. For Steven Gerrard, the reality is more important than the perception when it comes to the Old Firm.
    Defeat for Rangers at Parkhead would end their faint hopes of a Premiership title challenge and leave them 13 points adrift of celtic at the top of the table.
    After 31 games last season, the gap was 11, albeit Rangers were behind Aberdeen in the standings.
    The debate about what progress Rangers have made under Gerrard has been ongoing for some time and it will no doubt continue long after the final whistle on Sunday. For Gerrard’s detractors, the numbers say it all.
    “It’s a question that could have opinion from everywhere,” Gerrard said.
    “If you are the type of person who sits behind a computer and puts comments on a forum, you are probably saying ‘it’s nowhere near good enough, we haven’t closed the gap, it’s a disaster, it’s the same problems, blah, blah, blah.’
    “But if you know football, you are educated and you analyse it properly, I think you will be aware there has been progress made.
    “Would we like to be closer in terms of the points? Of course. But people talk about closing the gap to celtic. Obviously, the gap is ten points. That’s the reality.
    “Everyone’s opinion is the same on that, but we analyse ourselves on where we are. We’re not where we are because of us v celtic because we have won one and lost one.
    “We are where we are because we have hurt ourselves and we have drawn games where we should have been good enough to take maximum points i.e. three draws against Hibs, one away against Dundee, we never turned up against St Johnstone.
    “That’s where we fell short. It’s a completely different question than ‘have you closed the gap on celtic?’ “
    The league table doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Gerrard or a support that have been starved of success for so long.
    He is confident that his side are on the right track, however.
    “We have closed the gap on celtic because they took three points and we took three points,” Gerrard continued. “And I think you would all agree that the contests are a lot closer than they were 12 months ago. But the reality is that it’s 10 points.
    “If you’re keyboard man, you’ll probably say ‘no, we haven’t closed the gap’. I analyse it properly and I believe we are closer. I believe we are better. I believe we are moving forward. The reality is that we have put a nice base, a strong base in here.
    “Further down the line, we’re going to have to try to decorate the cake and that means adding to what’s already here, improving in certain areas of the pitch so that we are better in the games against Hibernian, better in the games against St Johnstone, so we have more quality in certain areas, more people who can unlock the door. We are scoring just as heavily, if not more than last year.
    “We are conceding fewer than last year so there has definitely been progress, but it’s a very interesting conversation for anyone at the moment. ‘Have you closed the gap? … blah, blah, blah’. It’s a very interesting conversation.”
    When Rangers won at Ibrox in December and moved level with celtic, there was a feeling that the title race was on and the third derby clash of the campaign could prove to be defining in the Premiership. As it turns out, there are only really bragging rights at stake now.
    If Rangers are to put even a kernel of doubt in celtic’s minds, Gerrard knows his side must win away.
    “The reality is 13 points would be a big blow for us,” he said. “It would be disappointing and a lot of criticism would be flying. That’s certainly what we don’t want to experience. A draw is not really helpful and it’s not the result we are going there for.
    “We are going there to win the game but it is a big ask. It is a good team and a good manager.
    “They have got the opportunity to put right what was wrong at Ibrox. They will be fired up for it themselves. We need to be ready for it. We know what’s coming. But if we are to go there and get the result we are all looking for, of course it does make it more interesting than it is right now.”
    It was at Parkhead in September that Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Rangers boss. Just hours after clinching a Europa League berth in Ufa, his side were well beaten.
    The game was still memorable for Gerrard as an occasion. Now he wants a victory to cherish on his second trip across Glasgow.
    “I used to watch the Old Firms as a player with Liverpool and wish I could play in them,” he said. “At the time, for either team, I used to say ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “We used to put them on the telly, the atmosphere, the build-up, the commentary. I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat thinking ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “As a player, Everton away, Man United away, they were my most hostile atmospheres, similar to how celtic Park will be for James. I will honestly admit I preferred the away fixtures to the home fixtures because I thrived off them. I liked playing on the edge.
    “Sometimes I got it wrong or didn’t play well, certainly in my younger years, but when the fixtures came out, they were the ones I looked forward to the most.
    “The opening minutes [at Parkhead] were a bit like a ‘wow’. The first time I experienced it, wow, the game is quick, there’s a lot happening.
    “It took me some minutes to settle down, but once I settled, it was fine and I enjoyed the experience. It was a good game and I think it will be very similar on Sunday.
    “It will be fast, there will be tackles, it will be a typical derby in the opening scenes, but the players have got to thrive on that and really enjoy and look forward to that. I mean, what a game. What a game. Of course, we won’t have many fans to cheer us on, but that’s just the way it is. celtic came here and had to put up with it at Ibrox. We will have to go and do the same. That’s just life
  21. Ivybank liked a post in a topic by backup in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    as I said, progress without reward is running to stand still, if our main enemy draws further away from us or not, that will be the benchmark of our progress...that progress needs to start tomorrow..no ifs no buts.
  22. backup liked a post in a topic by TopCat in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    I would hope between 3 or 4 million each tbh.......cheap signings - loanees and freebies won't improve us enough imo.
  23. Laudrup1984 liked a post in a topic by backup in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    29 March 19
    Steven Gerrard: Rangers have made progress this season - regardless of the Premiership gap to celtic
    Christopher Jack  @Chris_Jack89 Group Senior Sports Writer
    THE statistics only tell part of the story. For Steven Gerrard, the reality is more important than the perception when it comes to the Old Firm.
    Defeat for Rangers at Parkhead would end their faint hopes of a Premiership title challenge and leave them 13 points adrift of celtic at the top of the table.
    After 31 games last season, the gap was 11, albeit Rangers were behind Aberdeen in the standings.
    The debate about what progress Rangers have made under Gerrard has been ongoing for some time and it will no doubt continue long after the final whistle on Sunday. For Gerrard’s detractors, the numbers say it all.
    “It’s a question that could have opinion from everywhere,” Gerrard said.
    “If you are the type of person who sits behind a computer and puts comments on a forum, you are probably saying ‘it’s nowhere near good enough, we haven’t closed the gap, it’s a disaster, it’s the same problems, blah, blah, blah.’
    “But if you know football, you are educated and you analyse it properly, I think you will be aware there has been progress made.
    “Would we like to be closer in terms of the points? Of course. But people talk about closing the gap to celtic. Obviously, the gap is ten points. That’s the reality.
    “Everyone’s opinion is the same on that, but we analyse ourselves on where we are. We’re not where we are because of us v celtic because we have won one and lost one.
    “We are where we are because we have hurt ourselves and we have drawn games where we should have been good enough to take maximum points i.e. three draws against Hibs, one away against Dundee, we never turned up against St Johnstone.
    “That’s where we fell short. It’s a completely different question than ‘have you closed the gap on celtic?’ “
    The league table doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Gerrard or a support that have been starved of success for so long.
    He is confident that his side are on the right track, however.
    “We have closed the gap on celtic because they took three points and we took three points,” Gerrard continued. “And I think you would all agree that the contests are a lot closer than they were 12 months ago. But the reality is that it’s 10 points.
    “If you’re keyboard man, you’ll probably say ‘no, we haven’t closed the gap’. I analyse it properly and I believe we are closer. I believe we are better. I believe we are moving forward. The reality is that we have put a nice base, a strong base in here.
    “Further down the line, we’re going to have to try to decorate the cake and that means adding to what’s already here, improving in certain areas of the pitch so that we are better in the games against Hibernian, better in the games against St Johnstone, so we have more quality in certain areas, more people who can unlock the door. We are scoring just as heavily, if not more than last year.
    “We are conceding fewer than last year so there has definitely been progress, but it’s a very interesting conversation for anyone at the moment. ‘Have you closed the gap? … blah, blah, blah’. It’s a very interesting conversation.”
    When Rangers won at Ibrox in December and moved level with celtic, there was a feeling that the title race was on and the third derby clash of the campaign could prove to be defining in the Premiership. As it turns out, there are only really bragging rights at stake now.
    If Rangers are to put even a kernel of doubt in celtic’s minds, Gerrard knows his side must win away.
    “The reality is 13 points would be a big blow for us,” he said. “It would be disappointing and a lot of criticism would be flying. That’s certainly what we don’t want to experience. A draw is not really helpful and it’s not the result we are going there for.
    “We are going there to win the game but it is a big ask. It is a good team and a good manager.
    “They have got the opportunity to put right what was wrong at Ibrox. They will be fired up for it themselves. We need to be ready for it. We know what’s coming. But if we are to go there and get the result we are all looking for, of course it does make it more interesting than it is right now.”
    It was at Parkhead in September that Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Rangers boss. Just hours after clinching a Europa League berth in Ufa, his side were well beaten.
    The game was still memorable for Gerrard as an occasion. Now he wants a victory to cherish on his second trip across Glasgow.
    “I used to watch the Old Firms as a player with Liverpool and wish I could play in them,” he said. “At the time, for either team, I used to say ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “We used to put them on the telly, the atmosphere, the build-up, the commentary. I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat thinking ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “As a player, Everton away, Man United away, they were my most hostile atmospheres, similar to how celtic Park will be for James. I will honestly admit I preferred the away fixtures to the home fixtures because I thrived off them. I liked playing on the edge.
    “Sometimes I got it wrong or didn’t play well, certainly in my younger years, but when the fixtures came out, they were the ones I looked forward to the most.
    “The opening minutes [at Parkhead] were a bit like a ‘wow’. The first time I experienced it, wow, the game is quick, there’s a lot happening.
    “It took me some minutes to settle down, but once I settled, it was fine and I enjoyed the experience. It was a good game and I think it will be very similar on Sunday.
    “It will be fast, there will be tackles, it will be a typical derby in the opening scenes, but the players have got to thrive on that and really enjoy and look forward to that. I mean, what a game. What a game. Of course, we won’t have many fans to cheer us on, but that’s just the way it is. celtic came here and had to put up with it at Ibrox. We will have to go and do the same. That’s just life
  24. WATP-FOREVER liked a post in a topic by backup in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    29 March 19
    Steven Gerrard: Rangers have made progress this season - regardless of the Premiership gap to celtic
    Christopher Jack  @Chris_Jack89 Group Senior Sports Writer
    THE statistics only tell part of the story. For Steven Gerrard, the reality is more important than the perception when it comes to the Old Firm.
    Defeat for Rangers at Parkhead would end their faint hopes of a Premiership title challenge and leave them 13 points adrift of celtic at the top of the table.
    After 31 games last season, the gap was 11, albeit Rangers were behind Aberdeen in the standings.
    The debate about what progress Rangers have made under Gerrard has been ongoing for some time and it will no doubt continue long after the final whistle on Sunday. For Gerrard’s detractors, the numbers say it all.
    “It’s a question that could have opinion from everywhere,” Gerrard said.
    “If you are the type of person who sits behind a computer and puts comments on a forum, you are probably saying ‘it’s nowhere near good enough, we haven’t closed the gap, it’s a disaster, it’s the same problems, blah, blah, blah.’
    “But if you know football, you are educated and you analyse it properly, I think you will be aware there has been progress made.
    “Would we like to be closer in terms of the points? Of course. But people talk about closing the gap to celtic. Obviously, the gap is ten points. That’s the reality.
    “Everyone’s opinion is the same on that, but we analyse ourselves on where we are. We’re not where we are because of us v celtic because we have won one and lost one.
    “We are where we are because we have hurt ourselves and we have drawn games where we should have been good enough to take maximum points i.e. three draws against Hibs, one away against Dundee, we never turned up against St Johnstone.
    “That’s where we fell short. It’s a completely different question than ‘have you closed the gap on celtic?’ “
    The league table doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Gerrard or a support that have been starved of success for so long.
    He is confident that his side are on the right track, however.
    “We have closed the gap on celtic because they took three points and we took three points,” Gerrard continued. “And I think you would all agree that the contests are a lot closer than they were 12 months ago. But the reality is that it’s 10 points.
    “If you’re keyboard man, you’ll probably say ‘no, we haven’t closed the gap’. I analyse it properly and I believe we are closer. I believe we are better. I believe we are moving forward. The reality is that we have put a nice base, a strong base in here.
    “Further down the line, we’re going to have to try to decorate the cake and that means adding to what’s already here, improving in certain areas of the pitch so that we are better in the games against Hibernian, better in the games against St Johnstone, so we have more quality in certain areas, more people who can unlock the door. We are scoring just as heavily, if not more than last year.
    “We are conceding fewer than last year so there has definitely been progress, but it’s a very interesting conversation for anyone at the moment. ‘Have you closed the gap? … blah, blah, blah’. It’s a very interesting conversation.”
    When Rangers won at Ibrox in December and moved level with celtic, there was a feeling that the title race was on and the third derby clash of the campaign could prove to be defining in the Premiership. As it turns out, there are only really bragging rights at stake now.
    If Rangers are to put even a kernel of doubt in celtic’s minds, Gerrard knows his side must win away.
    “The reality is 13 points would be a big blow for us,” he said. “It would be disappointing and a lot of criticism would be flying. That’s certainly what we don’t want to experience. A draw is not really helpful and it’s not the result we are going there for.
    “We are going there to win the game but it is a big ask. It is a good team and a good manager.
    “They have got the opportunity to put right what was wrong at Ibrox. They will be fired up for it themselves. We need to be ready for it. We know what’s coming. But if we are to go there and get the result we are all looking for, of course it does make it more interesting than it is right now.”
    It was at Parkhead in September that Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Rangers boss. Just hours after clinching a Europa League berth in Ufa, his side were well beaten.
    The game was still memorable for Gerrard as an occasion. Now he wants a victory to cherish on his second trip across Glasgow.
    “I used to watch the Old Firms as a player with Liverpool and wish I could play in them,” he said. “At the time, for either team, I used to say ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “We used to put them on the telly, the atmosphere, the build-up, the commentary. I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat thinking ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “As a player, Everton away, Man United away, they were my most hostile atmospheres, similar to how celtic Park will be for James. I will honestly admit I preferred the away fixtures to the home fixtures because I thrived off them. I liked playing on the edge.
    “Sometimes I got it wrong or didn’t play well, certainly in my younger years, but when the fixtures came out, they were the ones I looked forward to the most.
    “The opening minutes [at Parkhead] were a bit like a ‘wow’. The first time I experienced it, wow, the game is quick, there’s a lot happening.
    “It took me some minutes to settle down, but once I settled, it was fine and I enjoyed the experience. It was a good game and I think it will be very similar on Sunday.
    “It will be fast, there will be tackles, it will be a typical derby in the opening scenes, but the players have got to thrive on that and really enjoy and look forward to that. I mean, what a game. What a game. Of course, we won’t have many fans to cheer us on, but that’s just the way it is. celtic came here and had to put up with it at Ibrox. We will have to go and do the same. That’s just life
  25. Blumhoilann liked a post in a topic by backup in Gerrard, we have made progress   
    29 March 19
    Steven Gerrard: Rangers have made progress this season - regardless of the Premiership gap to celtic
    Christopher Jack  @Chris_Jack89 Group Senior Sports Writer
    THE statistics only tell part of the story. For Steven Gerrard, the reality is more important than the perception when it comes to the Old Firm.
    Defeat for Rangers at Parkhead would end their faint hopes of a Premiership title challenge and leave them 13 points adrift of celtic at the top of the table.
    After 31 games last season, the gap was 11, albeit Rangers were behind Aberdeen in the standings.
    The debate about what progress Rangers have made under Gerrard has been ongoing for some time and it will no doubt continue long after the final whistle on Sunday. For Gerrard’s detractors, the numbers say it all.
    “It’s a question that could have opinion from everywhere,” Gerrard said.
    “If you are the type of person who sits behind a computer and puts comments on a forum, you are probably saying ‘it’s nowhere near good enough, we haven’t closed the gap, it’s a disaster, it’s the same problems, blah, blah, blah.’
    “But if you know football, you are educated and you analyse it properly, I think you will be aware there has been progress made.
    “Would we like to be closer in terms of the points? Of course. But people talk about closing the gap to celtic. Obviously, the gap is ten points. That’s the reality.
    “Everyone’s opinion is the same on that, but we analyse ourselves on where we are. We’re not where we are because of us v celtic because we have won one and lost one.
    “We are where we are because we have hurt ourselves and we have drawn games where we should have been good enough to take maximum points i.e. three draws against Hibs, one away against Dundee, we never turned up against St Johnstone.
    “That’s where we fell short. It’s a completely different question than ‘have you closed the gap on celtic?’ “
    The league table doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Gerrard or a support that have been starved of success for so long.
    He is confident that his side are on the right track, however.
    “We have closed the gap on celtic because they took three points and we took three points,” Gerrard continued. “And I think you would all agree that the contests are a lot closer than they were 12 months ago. But the reality is that it’s 10 points.
    “If you’re keyboard man, you’ll probably say ‘no, we haven’t closed the gap’. I analyse it properly and I believe we are closer. I believe we are better. I believe we are moving forward. The reality is that we have put a nice base, a strong base in here.
    “Further down the line, we’re going to have to try to decorate the cake and that means adding to what’s already here, improving in certain areas of the pitch so that we are better in the games against Hibernian, better in the games against St Johnstone, so we have more quality in certain areas, more people who can unlock the door. We are scoring just as heavily, if not more than last year.
    “We are conceding fewer than last year so there has definitely been progress, but it’s a very interesting conversation for anyone at the moment. ‘Have you closed the gap? … blah, blah, blah’. It’s a very interesting conversation.”
    When Rangers won at Ibrox in December and moved level with celtic, there was a feeling that the title race was on and the third derby clash of the campaign could prove to be defining in the Premiership. As it turns out, there are only really bragging rights at stake now.
    If Rangers are to put even a kernel of doubt in celtic’s minds, Gerrard knows his side must win away.
    “The reality is 13 points would be a big blow for us,” he said. “It would be disappointing and a lot of criticism would be flying. That’s certainly what we don’t want to experience. A draw is not really helpful and it’s not the result we are going there for.
    “We are going there to win the game but it is a big ask. It is a good team and a good manager.
    “They have got the opportunity to put right what was wrong at Ibrox. They will be fired up for it themselves. We need to be ready for it. We know what’s coming. But if we are to go there and get the result we are all looking for, of course it does make it more interesting than it is right now.”
    It was at Parkhead in September that Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Rangers boss. Just hours after clinching a Europa League berth in Ufa, his side were well beaten.
    The game was still memorable for Gerrard as an occasion. Now he wants a victory to cherish on his second trip across Glasgow.
    “I used to watch the Old Firms as a player with Liverpool and wish I could play in them,” he said. “At the time, for either team, I used to say ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “We used to put them on the telly, the atmosphere, the build-up, the commentary. I’d be sitting on the edge of my seat thinking ‘I’d love to play in one of them’.
    “As a player, Everton away, Man United away, they were my most hostile atmospheres, similar to how celtic Park will be for James. I will honestly admit I preferred the away fixtures to the home fixtures because I thrived off them. I liked playing on the edge.
    “Sometimes I got it wrong or didn’t play well, certainly in my younger years, but when the fixtures came out, they were the ones I looked forward to the most.
    “The opening minutes [at Parkhead] were a bit like a ‘wow’. The first time I experienced it, wow, the game is quick, there’s a lot happening.
    “It took me some minutes to settle down, but once I settled, it was fine and I enjoyed the experience. It was a good game and I think it will be very similar on Sunday.
    “It will be fast, there will be tackles, it will be a typical derby in the opening scenes, but the players have got to thrive on that and really enjoy and look forward to that. I mean, what a game. What a game. Of course, we won’t have many fans to cheer us on, but that’s just the way it is. celtic came here and had to put up with it at Ibrox. We will have to go and do the same. That’s just life
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