Thursday, 20 October 2011

Celtic Get Draw In France

Celtic got a draw against Rennes on Thursday after conceding a comedy own goal. Celtic defender, Cha Du Ri attempted a backpass to keeper Fraser Foster which never worked out and the ball rolled into the back of the net.

Celtic battled back into the game and got their goal with Joe Ledley from a Charlie Mulgrew freekick.

Both sides had chances to win the game but it finished 1-1.

So celtic on 2 points from the group with 4 games to play....We might see Sion reinstated when the outcome of their courtcase is resolved.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Weekend Preview

So we return to club action after an international break.

Kilmarnock v Celtic
Aberdeen v Dundee United
Rangers v St Mirren
Hibs v Motherwell
St Johnstone v Inverness

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Can Scotland Do It?

Well tonight Scotland take on Spain in the last Euro 2012 qualifying match. The Scots need to atleast match the result achieved by the Czech Republic, who are a point behind and play in Lithuania.

So with Spain already qualified and look set to rest a few players can the Scots get a result?

Im split in the answer here and cant call the game. I think Spain will have too much for Scotland but I guess we said that about France a few years back.

So goodluck Scotland!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Weekend Review

Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline
Rangers 1-0 Hibs
Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone
Inverness 2-1 St Mirren
Dundee United 1-3 Motherwell
Hearts 2-0 Celtic

Sorry for my long time without a post,Ive been busy with loads of stuff but hopefully everything is back to normal.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Weekend Review.

results for this weekends games were

Dunfermline 2-2 Hibs
Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock
Dundee United 3-1 Inverness
Hearts 2-0 St Mirren
Motherwell 0-3 St Johnstone
Rangers 4-2 Celtic

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Celtic Back In Europe....

Yesterday the Swiss court ruled against Sion  after were kicked out of the competition after Celtic complained about the club fielding players signed while they were subject to a transfer ban.

A statement from the Valais court said: "According to applicable law, the dispute does not have sufficiently close links with the canton of Valais to have a basis of jurisdiction with the local judicial authorities Valais. The measures sought by the applicant were exclusively against UEFA, who have headquarters in Nyon."

So Celtic now have their place in the Europa League group stages and have travelled to Madrid to play Atletico on Thursday night.

Sion now have the right to appeal the decision but it looks to be over for them, How would Uefa handle it if they were to be reinstated considering group games will take place later?

Good luck to Celtic tonight as they are Scotlands only representatives.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Weekend Review.

 A full card of SPL football this weekend,Below are the results.

Dundee United 0-1 Rangers
Celtic 4-0 Motherwell
Inverness 1-1 Hearts
Kilmarnock 3-2 Dunfermline
St Mirren 0-0 St Johnstone
Hibs 0-0 Aberdeen

Friday, 9 September 2011

Weekend Preview.

Just a quick heads up of this weekends fixtures:


Dundee United v Rangers
Celtic v Motherwell
Inverness v Hearts
Kilmarnock v Dunfermline
St Mirren v St Johnstone


Hibs v Aberdeen.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Scotland Suffer Again

Scotland faced the Czech Republic yesterday at hampden which resulted in a 2-2 draw that almost kill Scotland's chances of qualifying for Euro 2012.

The Scots took the lead with Kenny Miller but were pinned back with about 10minutes to go with a goal that might have been seen as lucky. Not to worry, Up pops Darren Fletcher to seeminly win the game for Scotland.

The game wasnt finished there though, Subsitute Danny Wilson was judged to have brought down a Czech player, Penalty says the referee. The penalty was convereted and the game looked to be heading for a draw.

There was still time for one more chance, Berra charging forward for Scotland looked to have been tripped but the referee waved it away and instead booked him for diving.

In my opinion the ref made 2 bad calls towards the end of the game but nothing can be done about it now.

Friday, 26 August 2011

The SPL - A Sinking Ship?

So last night all Scottish clubs were emliminated from European competitions meaning we will see no one playing in Europe this season, What will become of this disaster?

Well for starters reaching the Champions League group stage is worth an estimated £10 million. This season we only had one participant in the Champions League qualifying, Rangers who were eliminated by Malmo. In the past Scotland has had two participants in it but due to years of failures in competitions the co-efficient has slipped meaning the loss of places.

The Europa league, The lesser of European competitions has also been a disaster for Scotland, First Dundee United went out, Followed by Hearts Rangers and Celtic last night.

The financial side isn't the only problem though, the loss of the attraction to come to Scotland and play against some of the best sides in Europe is often a big selling point, Well not anymore meaning it will be harder to attract players of higher quality.

This might have a nock on effect, Who wants to sponser a league that is continuing to fail? Current partners of the SPL include SKY ESPN, BBC, Clydesdale Bank, Mitre, Football gambling sites William Hill and The Football Pools, Gaming companies, EA Sports and Sega, UK travel company Thomas Cook and Coca Cola with various other media outlets also being partnered with the SPL.

So do all these companies wish to keep giving money to a league which is considered to be dropping in standard, Ticket price increases with living costs increasing meaning it is pricing some families out of going to games.

The SPL and SFA need to get together and develop plans to save the Scottish game before its too late. What they can do now when the damage has been done last night is unknown but by building for the future then they can help get the game on track and up to where it once was.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Weekend Results.

Just a quick post of this weekends results.

Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness
Dundee Utd 0-1 Dunfermline
Hibs 1-2 St Mirren
Motherwell 0-3 Rangers
Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts
Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone

Friday, 19 August 2011

A European Disaster?

Three Scottish clubs were in Europa League action on Thursday with none of them picking up a win.

Hearts were hammered 5-0 by English,Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic were unable to break the deadlock at home against Sion but may go into the next round no matter the result in the second leg after Sion played inneligable players. Rangers suffered a late defeat to Maribor when they conceded in injury time after being 1-0 up at half time.

So all in a dissapointing midweek but hopefully the sides can get decent results in the second leg.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hearts Tax Bill Situation.

Hearts have insisted that an outstanding tax bill will be paid in full on Tuesday after they were threatened with the club being put in administration.

The bill comes from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs the right to serve the order on the club who took action against the club on the 29th July after bills remained unpaid.

A hearts spokesman said, "The situation is under control.The amount will be paid in full tomorrow."

Hearts arent the only club in the SPL under investigation with Rangers still in discussions with HMRC over bills in the region of £2.8 million.

Hearts are still a club in debt but I dont think this latest tax bill has any threat to their future as a club after they posted a profit in last years annual figures.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

SPL Football, An Expensive Luxury?

The BBC recently had an article where they surveyed the cost of going to an SPL match at the present time.

The outcome of the report shows that it is no cheaper than £20 to visit one game,the cheapest being £21.90 at Inverness based on the price of a ticket, a match programme, a pie and a cup of tea. The most expensive was at Hibernian costing £29.20.

So these days when many of the football fans in Scotland are in lower paid jobs or even out of work should the clubs be doing all they can to reduce prices to encourage people to take their kids to the football? Obviously rising staff and policing costs have to be factored in but surely there should be some costs cut somewhere as attendences continue to fall.

When will clubs decide to reduce their prices to something families can afford? Will it be too late and all interest in the Scottish game has gone?.

Its getting to the stage people need to take out loans to buy season tickets and to travel home and away to watch their team with rising travel and fuel costs.

So what do you think needs done in order to secure the Scottish game?

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Scottish Teams In Europa League Action.

Well this draw was made on Friday but I forgot all about it so I have posted it a bit late.

Rangers will face a tough trip to Slovenia to take on NK Maribor while rivals Celtic head to Switzerland to place Sion. Hearts got the toughest tie for Scottish clubs and will take on the English club Tottenham.

The fixtures will be played on the 18th and the second leg on the 25th August.

So all Scottish clubs will travel to tough opposition,Will they be able to progress?

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Weekend Results

Just a quick post with this weekends SPL results.

Dundee United 1-1 St Mirren.
Dunfermline 3-3 Inverness
Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic.
Motherwell 1-0 Hearts

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Rangers Out Of The Champions League.

Rangers were dumped out of the Champions after finishing the game with 9 men in Sweden.

Steven Whittaker was the first to be sent off after he threw a ball at an opposition player.

10 men Rangers kicked on and got the opening goal after 23 minutes when Jelavic finished.

Malmo could have been reduced to 10 men when Durmaz kicked out at Lee Mcullouch but escaped punishment.

In the second half Bougherra was sent off for an elbow when challenging for a ball which could have been seen as harsh.

Malmo also saw a red card later on but it wasnt to matter as they scored a few minutes later to secure the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

So Rangers out of the Champions League but now go into the Europa League.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Whats Going On At Tynecastle?

I think I recently said that Hearts would challenge the Old Firm this season providing there is no managerial movement but unsuprisingly Jim Jefferies and his assistant Billy Brown have been removed of their duties at the club.

The surprise move came after the controversial Hearts owner, Vladimir Romanov arrived in Scotland after the Jambos defeat at home to Dundee United. On Monday Romanov met the management team of Jefferies and his assistant, Billy Brown, after training.

Jefferies has been offered a role as a director of football at the club but its understood he will turn it down as he seeks legal advice for his removal of position which could lead to compensation for the sacked pair.

Jefferies side made a decent start to the season with a draw at Rangers then drew 1-1 with Paks in the Europa league but Romanov is unimpressed.

Front runner for the job is ex Sporting Lisbon manager  Paulo Sergio and he is expected to be announced as manager in the next few days.

Theres never a lack of action when Hearts are involved, 

Monday, 1 August 2011

SPL Weekend Review.

 Scores of the weekends fixtures.

Inverness 0-1 Hibs.
Kilmarnock 0-0 Motherwell.
St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.
St Johnstone 0-2 Rangers.
Hearts 0-1 Dundee United.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hearts In European Action.

Hearts tonight take on Paks in Hungry in the Europa League qualifying stage.

The Jambos are full with confidence after drawing 1-1 with Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday and will look to continue their good start to the season by getting a good result in Hungry.

If they come back with a decent result then they will have a great chance of making the next round with the second leg at Tynecastle, A place where many teams go and struggle.

Midfielder David Obua has finally joined up with the Hearts squad in Hungary after his passport expired and he had to secure a new one.

Andy Webster and Mehdi Taouil haven't travelled with the squad after picking up injuries at the weekend.

I hope Hearts can get a good result and use full advantage of the second leg being at home.

Fancy a bet on the match?. Hearts are 8/5 to win the game, Paks 6/4 and the draw at 2/1 at William Hill. I cant look past the Hearts win and will be investing some money on it

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Rangers On The Brink Of Early European Exit?

Rangers now need to go to Sweden and win on Wednesday night after failing to beat Malmo at Ibrox yesterday.

The Gers went down 1-0 as Daniel Larsson got the only goal of the game. Rangers should have got a few goals in the second half but Steven Naismith was unable to convert two different taps ins.

David Weir had to be subsituted and it looks like he might miss the second leg but new signing Dorin Goian might be able to play if his work permit comes through in time.

Both teams went on to create chances but were unable to score and it leaves Rangers with a lot of work to do if they want to progress to the next round.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Weekend Results.

Just a quick post getting back into the swing of things.

Weekends results:

Rangers 1-1 Hearts
Aberdeen 0-0 St Johnstone
Motherwell 3-0 Inverness
Dundee United 1-1 Kilmarnock
Hibernian 0-2 Celtic.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Return Of The SPL!!

So today is the return of the SPL and this weekends fixtures see's the following games.

Rangers v Hearts.
Aberdeen v St Johnstone.
Motherwell v Inverness.
Hibernian v Celtic.
Dundee United v Kilmarnock.
Dunfermline v St Mirren.

I will post results and match reports later!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Lee Wallace Signs For Rangers.

Rangers have completed the signing of Hearts left-back Lee Wallace on a five year contract.

Gers had a £1.5million bid accepted earlier on Thursday and the Scottish champions acted swiftly to tie up the move to beat the European deadline of 11pm so he can play in the next round of the Champions league.

Rangers had been after Wallace for a few weeks and had 2 bids rejected but finally got an offer worth £1.5m accepted early on Thursday morning.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

10 Team League Plan To Be Scrapped?

At Monday's AGM the SPL comitee will examine the possibility of changing the current 12-team structure by introducing different promotion/relegation play-offs.

The 10 team league was met with various SPL club chairmen speaking out about the negative outcomes some clubs could be faced with.

Also expected to be spoken about it an SPL TV channel which was spoken about in 2002 but clubs voted against it and took out deals with SKY, ESPN and Setanta Sports which have now gone out of business.

I would be happy to see an SPL tv provided it was organised correctly, If not a lot of clubs could find themselves in an financial crisis.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Victor Wanyama Signs for Celtic.

Celtic's new signing, Victor Wanyama has revealed it was always his 'dream' to sign for the club after completing his move. 

The Kenya youngster sealed the move after the SFA panel granted him a work permit.

Wanyama has been signed from Germinal Beerschot and he is now looking forward to linking up with his new team-mates when they return from Australia.

He told the official Celtic website

"I am delighted to sign for Celtic Football Club,"

"It has always been a dream of mine to play for a club like Celtic."

"After reading the club's incredible history I have chosen 67 as my squad number to show appreciation to the 1967 squad."

It is believed Waynama moved to Glasgow in favour of some interested English clubs.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

McCoist Gets His First Signing.

Juan Manuel Ortiz.

Juan Manuel Ortiz has become McCoist's first signing since he succeeded Walter Smith as manager joined up with his new team-mates before flying out from Glasgow Airport for their pre-season trip to Germany.

The Light Blues manager welcomed his new recruit who played for Almeria in La Liga for 4 years before they were relegated last season.

"We are delighted," said McCoist. "There were one or two little hiccups along the road, unfortunately, but it's done and dusted and we are all pleased.

"I think the fact that he can play a number of positions was a big thing. He probably runs Steven Whittaker close.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Rangers Duo Sign Long Term Contracts.

Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker have today put pen to paper in new deals that will see them tied up for the next six and five years respectively.

McGregor currently 29, came through the youth ranks at the club and now looks set to spend the rest of his career at the Gers.

Whittaker, who signed from Hibs in 2007 also put an end to speculation he would be leaving for Turkey with a five year deal.

Thats all for now guys.!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Craig Thomson Suspended By Hearts.

Hearts have suspended defender Craig Thomson after being convicted of indecent behaviour regarding underage girls on the internet.

Thomson was also placed on the sex offenders register for his actions which have sparked outrage throughout Scottish football.

The Hearts board came to a decision to keep Thomson employed by the club despite his conviction but after various complaints were made by fans the board moved and quickly suspended him which will most likely see the end of his career in Edinburgh.

The club will be able to terminate the players contract if they wish because I think there is a sort of insurance policy in there that prevents the players getting money for the termination of contracts in events of convictions.

Sponsers have also terminated their deals with the club after their decision to defend Thomson.

I personally see this as the right move by the club despite it coming too late. The abuse he would get from the fans would be unreal aswell.

So,would you be happy to see a registered sex offender playing for your club or in your league?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Kenny Shiels - The Best Man For The Job?

Kenny Shiels and Jimmy Nicholl have been put in charge of Kilmarnock FC on a full time basis after taking over managing duties when Mixu Paatelainen took the chance to return to Finland and become the National team's manager.

Shiels has limited managerial experience after becoming the Coleraine manger in 2000 he has went on to manage Ballymena United, Carrick Rangers and Larne. He also spent a few years at Tranmere Rovers as the head of youth coaching before moving to rugby park.

In the 8 games Shiels took charge of his side won none and only managed to score 7 goals while conceding 19.

Obviously people could argue this means little towards the end of the season and that he will start a fresh in the new campaign but he took over a team that were playing some of the best football Kilmarnock fans have witnessed in a few years after some relegation battles.

Shiels will also have work to do in pre-season as he has already lost some members of his team with, Craig Bryson, Jamie Hamill and Mehdi Taouil all heading for the exit. Playmaker Alexei Eremenko who was on loan from Metalist Kharkiv for the season. It is unlikely that he will return to Scotland as it is rumoured his parent club want in the region of £1 million which Kilmarnock seem unwilling to pay.

So it will be a difficult task for the new management team and I personally feel they will be facing a relegation battle come May. 

What do you think?

Friday, 17 June 2011

SPL Fixtures Released!

Who will emerge victorious this season?

Today the SPL fixtures for the new season have been released with the season to start on 23rd July.

These are the games to be played for the first 2 weeks.

Saturday July 23, 2011
Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Dunfermline v St Mirren
Hibernian v Celtic
Motherwell v Inverness CT
Rangers v Hearts

Sunday July 24, 2011
Dundee United v Kilmarnock

Saturday July 30, 2011
Celtic P-P Dunfermline
Inverness CT v Hibernian
Kilmarnock v Motherwell
St Johnstone v Rangers
St Mirren v Aberdeen

Sunday July 31, 2011
Hearts v Dundee United

Rangers kickoff their defence of the title with a game against Hearts who finished in 3rd last season so it will be interesting to see that game.

This was just a quick post and I will bring you more news later.!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Hearts Summer Signings Continue.

Hearts have acted quickly in securing new signings for the return of the SPL season on July 23rd.

Former Kilmarnock midfielder Jamie Hamill has joined up with his former manager,Jim Jefferies on a free transfer.

Jefferies also managed to capture striker John Sutton who found the net 17 times last season.

St Johnstone defender Danny Grainger was the other to be enticed to Edinburgh after two years in Perth.

Another player who Jim Jefferies knows from his Kilmarnock days is Mehdi Taouil who has been signed on a three-year deal after his contract expired at Rugby Park.

So Jefferies has set about creating a new look squad ahead of the new season and hopefully they can push on in the league and also in the Europa League where they will enter at the third qualifiying stage.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Kyle Bartley To Return To Rangers?

Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley has revealed he would love the chance to return to Rangers after a successful loan spell in Glasgow.

“I’m a professional and Arsenal are my club,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“I’m under contract and it will be Arsene Wenger who decides what’s best for me.

“But it’s no secret that the idea of another loan spell at Rangers would be very attractive.”

“I was only at Rangers for a short while but I’ve got so many good memories,” he said.

Yesterday Arsenal confirmed the signing of defender Carl Jenkinson from Charlton which could spell the end of Bartley's career at the Emirates Stadium.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dunfermline Athletic, Welcome To The SPL.

Club crest.

 Dunfermline Athletic will be preparing for a return to the Scottish Premier League after winning the first division in May. The Pars last played in the SPL in 2007 but were relegated after a poor season that saw them get to the Scottish Cup final and also qualify for the Uefa Cup.

On December 2007 the board appointed Jim McIntrye as caretaker-manager following the sacking of Stephen Kenny. McIntrye was appointed manager on  full time basis and was given a two and a half year contract.

In McIntyre's first full season as manager they finished third place,missing out on the title by 13 points. The Pars again started the 10/11 season well, they were unbeaten in their first six games and this time managed to win promotion with a 10 point lead over second place rivals Raith Rovers.

I look forward to seeing how Dunfermline prepare for the new season after a long time out of the SPL.

Good luck to the Pars!

East End Park, where Dunfermline play their home games.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Rangers Revolution.

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte has removed Alastair Johnston from the Rangers board. Johnston was supposed to step down on 16th May but didn't and was yesterday told to resign or be removed by Whyte.

Another member of the board, Paul Murray who tried to front a takeover as Whyte had almost completed his was removed also.

Martin Bain and Donald McIntyre have also been suspended while information regarding financial irregularities are sorted out.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Celtic Scottish Cup Champions.!

Celtic claimed their 35th Scottish Cup in their history with a comfortable victory against Motherwell.

Ki Sung-Yeung struck from distance in the 32nd minute for a sensational opener,

Gavin Gunning shook the Celtic crossbar just minutes after going behind.

Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan deflected in a Mark Wilson shot in the 76th minute to double Celtic's lead.

Charlie Mulgrew completed the win with five minutes remaining, confidently striking a free-kick from 20 yards out.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Scotland Squad For Carling Nations Games.

The Scotland squad for the Carling Nations Cup games against Wales and the Republic Of Ireland have been announced.

Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Blackpool), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Iain Turner (Everton)

Defenders: Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Steven Whittaker (Rangers), Danny Wilson (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Blackpool), Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Scott Brown (Celtic), Kris Commons (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough)

Forwards: Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough), Chris Maguire (Aberdeen), Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Kenny Miller (Bursaspor), Steven Naismith (Rangers)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

A Wee Update

Well since the season has finished now I am lacking a bit of content so starting tomorrow I will be bringing you the paper talk and things like transfer rumours.

That is all for now.


Tuesday, 17 May 2011

End Of Season.

So the SPL season has finished and here were the final standings:

Position Team P GD PTS

1 Rangers 38 59 93
2 Celtic 38 63 92
3 Hearts 38 8 63
4 Dundee Utd 38 5 61
6 Kilmarnock 38 -2 49
7 Motherwell 38 -20 46
5 Inverness CT 38 8 53
8 St Johnstone 38 -20 44
9 Aberdeen 38 -20 38
10 Hibernian 38 -22 37
11 St Mirren 38 -24 33
12 Hamilton 38 -35 26

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Rangers Are The Champions.!

Rangers won 5-1 away at Kilmarnock to seal the Scottish Premier League title for the third consecutive year and give a perfect send off to departing manager Walter Smith.

The Gers knew just had to win to secure the title and set about their task and it took just 47 seconds when Steven Davis released Lafferty and he produced a wonderful chip with the inside of the foot to beat oncoming Kilmarnock keeper,Cammy Bell.

Rangers were on fire and just four minutes later,youngster Greg Wylde used his great pace to run down the wing and deliver a ball to Steven Naismith who turned and knocked the ball in against his former club.

The third goal of this early assault came in just seven minutes when Jelavic played a well weighted pass onto Kyle Lafferty to keep his cool and slot past the keeper.

Killie looked shocked and were often caught in possession during the first half while failing to create much.

Davis tried to increase the lead late in the first half but his effort hit the post.

Rangers flew out the traps in the second half and it just toook 4 minutes before the Gers had scored again,it was Jelavic who stepped up with a wonderful freekick from around 20 yards.

Kyle Lafferty finally got his hattrick in the 53rd minute when Steven Naismith unselfishly gave him the ball for the Ulsterman to slot home.

The hosts got a goal  of their own after 65 minutes when a freekick deflected off the American Edu,sending Keeper McGregor the wrong way and finding its way into the net.

The game drew to a close with a few chances for each side but there was no more goals.

So Rangers ran out 5-1 winners and it was a perfect send off for Walter Smith.

All goals and celebration below

I do not own the video.

Sunday's Results.

Well Rangers have today been crowned Scottish Premier League winners for the 3rd season in a row.

They had to beat kilmarnock to win and did so.

Kilmarnock 1-5 Rangers
Celtic 4-0 Motherwell

I will be posting my reviews once I get home later but for now that is all.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Saturday's Review.

 Final weekend of the SPL season and six teams were in action today,results were:

Hamilton 1-2 Inverness
Hibernian 1-3 Aberdeen
ST Mirren 0-0 ST Johnstone

Tomorrow see's the end of the season and the league winners will be crowned.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Neil Lennon Attacked Again.

Celtic's 3-0 win away to Hearts was overshadowed last night over an attack on manager Neil Lennon.

Lennon was organising tactics on the touchline shortly after his side had taken a 2-0 lead against the Edinburgh side when a fan raced towards him.

The attacker was quickly taken away by security staff.He is currently being held by police.

Keep an eye on the top of this video to see what happens:

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Wednesdays Results,

Hearts 0-3 Celtic
Motherwell 1-1 Kilmarnock
Inverness 2-0 Hibernian

Just a quick post.More later!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tuesday's Results.

Rangers 2-0 Dundee United
Aberdeen 0-1 St Mirren
St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton

The lose for Hamilton means that they have been relegated and will be playing in the First Division next season.

Rangers keep up the lead.

Walter Smith.

Rangers moved four points clear at the top of the table with an impressive win over Dundee United in Walter Smith's last Ibrox game as manager.

Nikica Jelavic headed home from 15 yards after a Steven Whittaker cross on 21 minutes in a fine Rangers start.

Kyle Lafferty doubled the Gers lead soon after with a nice finish after coming close hitting the post earlier.

The Gers often cut United apart with some excellent football but were unable to capitalise.

The visitors pushed forward in the second half and kept the pressure on Rangers and came closest when they hit the post late on.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Midweek Mayhem!

Well we are into the final week of the SPL season and its still all to play for at the top and bottom so we have another full card on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Aberdeen v St Mirren, 19:45
Rangers v Dundee Utd, 19:45
St Johnstone v Hamilton, 19:45
Wednesday,11 May 2011

Hearts v Celtic, 19:45
Inverness CT v Hibernian, 19:45
Motherwell v Kilmarnock, 19:45 
Times of kick-off are BST.(British summer time)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Weekend Results.

Saturday 7th May

Aberdeen 0-2 St Johnstone
Dundee Utd 4-0 Motherwell
Hamilton 1-0 Hibernian
Inverness CT 1-0 St Mirren
Rangers 4-0 Hearts
Sunday 8th May

Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Rangers v Hearts Review.

Rangers moved four points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League with an impressive display against Hearts.

New owner Craig Whyte was at the game and the unchanged Rangers squad seemed determined to put on a show for him.

Tricky Hearts winger,David Templeton  was his sides main man as he raced at the Rangers defence in the opening stages but was unable to make anything for his team.

Rangers made the breakthrough after 23 minutes. Davis spotted Jelavic free and The Croat's control and finish from a tight angle although keeper,MacDonald may have hoped to do better.

Ian Black's shot from 30 yards flew through the busy Rangers penalty box and was blocked by Allan McGregor who dived low to his right.

McGregor started the attack when he launches the ball out to Davis who continuted the move,An overlapping Steven Whittaker crossed the ball which was missed by everyone.Greg Wylde put the ball in from which Kyle Lafferty connected and fired home.

The third goal came when Maurice Edu won the ball in midfield and passed to Wylde on the left,He was too quick, for Hearts,David Obua and, once past the Ugandan, he clipped a cross that was deflected on to the head of Davis who knocked it past MacDonald.

Stephen Elliott replaced Templeton 12 minutes into the second half as Hearts' young striker pulled up with a hamstring injury which will probably end his season.

El-Hadji Diouf and Lee McCulloch,who just returned from injury took to the pitch as Jelavic and Edu were rested with 20 minutes to go. 

The final game of the game came when Lafferty's shot from 18 yards was parried by MacDonald, who also palmed away Diouf's close-range follow-up.However, the Senegalese forward's second attempt was deflected past MacDonald by a Hearts player.

Final score- Rangers 4-0 Hearts.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Weekend Preview.

Saturday, 7 May 2011
Rangers v Hearts
Aberdeen v St Johnstone
Dundee Utd v Motherwell
Hamilton v Hibernian
Inverness CT v St Mirren
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Kilmarnock v Celtic

Its A Done Deal!

It only took seven months but today an announcement was made to the London Stock Exhange regarding the take over of Rangers.

This statement was issued:

Company Wavetower Limited
Headline Acquisition(s)
Released 18:28 06-May-2011
Number 11827-1D10

Wavetower Limited                               

                        ("Wavetower" or the "Company")                         

    Acquisition of controlling interest in The Rangers Football Club P.L.C.    

Wavetower is pleased to announce that it has today acquired 92,842,388 ordinary
shares, representing approximately 85.3 per cent. of the issued share capital
in The Rangers Football Club P.L.C. (the "Club"), for a consideration of £1.
Wavetower acquired its interest in the Club (the "Acquisition") from Murray MHL

The Acquisition would ordinarily have required Wavetower to make a general
offer in cash under Rule 9 of the Takeover Code to all other shareholders in
the Club but, as the consideration paid by Wavetower for the shares acquired is
£1, the Takeover Panel has granted Wavetower a dispensation from making such an

Wavetower intends to post a circular to the Club's shareholders by 16 May 2011
containing background information on Wavetower and other relevant information.
Wavetower intends to maintain the Club's listing on PLUS Markets for a minimum
of 12 months from the date of this announcement.

Wavetower is 100% owned by Liberty Capital, a company which is ultimately owned
by Craig Whyte. Craig is a lifelong Rangers supporter and is very much looking
forward to guiding and assisting Rangers in its development over the coming

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Inverness v Celtic Match Report.

Celtic went into their game with Inverness at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium needing to avoid defeat to return to the top of the SPL.

It wasn't the start Celtic wanted as they found themselves behind in the seventh minute when striker Adam Rooney had his flick deflected past Fraser Forster by Hoops' defender Charlie Mulgrew.

The lead didn't last long however,just a minute later Celtic broke and when the ball came to Commons,he sent a drive from the edge of the box sailing past the helpless Ryan Esson.

Inverness kept going and nearly got their reward when Adam Rooney found himself one on one with Fraser Foster but was unable to convert.

The Highlanders managed to keep all Celtic chances to a minimum and when called into duty Ryan Esson was determined not to be beaten.

Inverness restored their lead in the 52nd minute with defender Munro scoring,Aaron Doran's corner from the right was only cleared to the edge of the box and Munro took a touch before sending the ball past Forster.

Celtic appeared stunned and in the 58th minute Daryl Murphy replaced Stokes as Lennon tried another route back in to the game.

It was Caley who went on to increase their lead when Celtic failed to clear a Doran free-kick properly,Rooney returned the ball into the box to find an unmarked Sutherland sent a low volley with his left foot past Forster and in off the post.

Esson was in fine form for Caley keeping out multiple Celtic chances.

In the second minute of added time Ross Tokely clumsily brought down Maloney in the box and Commons drove in the spot kick to give Celtic some hope.

Celtic had another penalty claim turned down seconds later by referee Stevie O'Reilly when McCourt went to ground inside a packed the box as he went past Munro.

So Celtic put the advantage back into Rangers hands with failing to win this game.Both teams have 3 games left.

Final score- Inverness 3-2 Celtic.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A Quick Update

Just to let people know, 55 minutes gone in the Inverness v Celtic game,currently 2-1 to Inverness.

Adam Rooney opened the scoring on 5 minutes with Commons equalising a few minutes later.

Grant Munro got the second for caley.

The game is on ESPN if anyone wants to watch.

Monday, 2 May 2011

The PFA Awards.

Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre has been named players' player of the year by his peers in Scotland.

Dundee United's top scorer, David Goodwillie, was named young player of the year.

Nikica Jelavic's overhead kick for Rangers against Aberdeen on 13 April was revealed as goal of the season at the ceremony in Glasgow.

Congratulations to all who won awards!

St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.

Mickael Antoine-Curier's second-half header against St Mirren gave Hamilton a Scottish Premier League lifeline.

St Mirren were down to 10men when the goal came just 16 minutes from full time after Antoine-Curier got up to connect with a Dougie Imre cross.

He could have had a second minutes later but it was saved by the St Mirren keeper.

The game finished with 10 v 10 as Neil was sent off when he picked up his second booking of the game.

The results gives the Accies a chance of survival with just three games to play.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Drink Driving-Illegal But Is A Shirt Also Illegal?....

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The shirt that David Weir wore
 Rangers could face FIFA action over a Royal Wedding tribute printed on the shirt of captain David Weir.
The defender wore a shirt paying tribute to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during Saturday's 5-0 win away to Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

According to FIFA rules any political,religious or personal statements are considered illegal and are punishable offences.

Lets see what comes of this one...

Celtic 4-1 Dundee United.

Gary Hooper fired home from close range after 23 minutes following a double mistake by United defender Garry Kenneth.

Kayal made it two shortly after half time when he fired in with his weaker left foot to put the game beyond utd.

Celtic left it late to add anymore goals as the third came with five to go when Kris Commons drove another home.

There was time for united to grab a goal in injury time when Russel got a consolation goal.

Daryl Murphey cancelled that goal out 2 minutes later when he held off united defenders before chipping the ball past Pernis.

Sorry for late update guys,Been ill all day.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Saturday's Results

 Just a quick round up of todays results.More to follow later.

Motherwell 0-5 Rangers
Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT
Hibernian 1-2 St Johnstone
Kilmarnock 2-2 Hearts

Weekend Fixtures.

Saturday, 30 April 2011
Motherwell v Rangers, 12:00
Aberdeen v Inverness CT, 15:00
Hibernian v St Johnstone, 15:00
Kilmarnock v Hearts, 15:00

Sunday, 1 May 2011
Celtic v Dundee Utd, 12:45

Monday, 2 May 2011
St Mirren v Hamilton, 15:00

Friday, 29 April 2011

Dundee United Trio To Leave.

Dundee United manager Peter Houston has resigned himself to losing midfielders Craig Conway, Prince Buaben and Morgaro Gomis at the end of the season.

"We know that they're leaving here," said Houston. "They've indicated from early on they want to move on and try something different.

"Craig Conway has been linked with a number of clubs and good luck to them if they all go."

Rangers are one of those linked with Conway, who joined United from Ayr United in 2006 and whose performances won him his first Scotland cap three years later.

Levein also signed Buaben during his spell in charge of United, securing the Ghanaian after he exited Ajax in July 2007, and the 23-year-old has since played more than 100 times for the club.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Rangers UEFA Hearing

Rangers have had their fans suspended from attendingvone European away games by UEFA after a report was filed by FARE.

"The UEFA control and disciplinary body meeting today in Nyon has confirmed the following sanctions against Rangers FC after the two legs against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Europa League round of 16," a UEFA statement read.

Following a charge of discriminatory behaviour at the first leg match against PSV Eindhoven on March 10, 2011, Rangers FC have been fined €40,000 and the club is restricted from selling any tickets to its supporters for two away matches in UEFA club competitions (with the respective home clubs also not authorised to sell tickets to Rangers FC supporters).

The ban applies to Rangers next away match and is suspended for the second away match for a probationary period of three years.

UEFA also fined the Scottish club a further €40,000 and were banned for one home game which has been suspended for three years and will only come into place if they are up infront of another charge within this time.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain responded on the club's official website: "We are bitterly disappointed that our club has been placed in a position where we are subjected to these kind of sanctions by UEFA. We will consider our position when we receive the written reasons for the decision which are expected in a week or so.

"The club put its own case very forcibly to UEFA and the more draconian sanctions that were recommended by the disciplinary inspector have been mitigated to a degree. To be clear, we condemn sectarianism and there is no doubt the mindless behaviour of an element of our support has exposed the club to a very serious situation. The people who engage in this type of behaviour are damaging the club they claim to support.

"It is abundantly clear from this decision that if there is any sectarian singing at future matches the suspended bans will take effect. Those fans who engage in such activity need to take that message on board. The majority of our fans understand the situation and would much rather focus on football. They show that clearly at Ibrox and the tremendous atmosphere they created at last weekend's Old Firm match was a case in point.

"In terms of the UEFA case brought against us, we have had serious concerns about the integrity of the evidence compiled by the FARE organisation and that remains the case. We are also of the opinion that FARE has been influenced by people who make it their business to damage our club in any way they can. We are committed to the eradication of sectarianism and believe it would have been more constructive for FARE to work with our club rather than against it.

"Instead, they submitted evidence to UEFA with a clear objective in mind and have shown a complete lack of transparency or accountability when asked for clarification on various aspects of that evidence."

I wonder if Rangers will appeal this and take it to a higher level of court where they might have a chance of winning.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Will Weiss Return To Rangers?

Loanee Vladimir Weiss was at Ibrox on Sunday to watch Rangers take on Celtic and later admitted he would love to return to Ibrox after he was able to play no part in the title run in with a broken foot.

"If it's not Rangers next year then I really want to come back at some stage in my career because the club is in my heart now."

Weiss sat with the fans on Sunday and had even managed to learn some songs during his time in Glasgow.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Joe Ledley Out Of The Title Race..

Celtic have confirmed midfielder Joe Ledley will miss the rest of the season because of a hamstring problem.

He had been absent from the club's match at Kilmarnock last Wednesday but the gamble to play him in the crunch game at Ibrox has appeared to have backfired on manager Neil Lennon who is lucky to have a few other options to choose from.

I mentioned that I thought Ledley pulled his hamstring on Sunday and it seems he has.

Rangers Takeover Nearly Complete?

Craig Whyte is back in pole position to complete a takeover of Rangers.

The independent committee of the Rangers board are close to sanctioning a sale, with Whyte's bid considered to be the best for the club.

The Scottish tycoon appeared to be on the verge of seizing control at Ibrox last week after agreeing a deal with majority shareholder Sir David Murray and main creditor Lloyds Banking Group.

That deal had been in the pipeline since November, with a distracting takeover saga having rumbled on for some considerable time.

Unfortunately for Whyte, his efforts to acquire the club hit a stumbling block when Rangers chairman Alastair Johnson raised doubts over the offer and revealed plans to explore a plan B, with director Paul Murray believed to be the man fronting a rival consortium.

However, further meetings have now been held between Whyte and the Gers board and it appears that he has been able to convince them of the merits of his bid.

Johnston said: "The committee are now much closer to viewing Craig Whyte's bid as the right one for Rangers."

I wonder how many times I've posted similar over the weeks,lets see if this one comes to life a bit in the next few days.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Monday's Results

So the final results of this long weekend are:

Hamilton 1-1 Aberdeen
St Johnstone 0-3 Inverness CT

Sunday, 24 April 2011

The Title Decider?...

A wonderful Sunday morning in Glasgow sets the stage for the final Old Firm tie of the season but will it be the title decider?....

A rather englarged police presence at the game set the scene outside as every turn had a gang of officers waiting for trouble but the game passed without major incidents it seems and it was a rather enjoyable game.

The game started at a great speed and the first call for referee Craig Thomson to make came after just seven minutes when Celtic's Joe Ledley clashed with Steven Whittaker but Thomson was having none of it.

Moments later, striker Kyle Lafferty nearly got on the end of a pass from fellow Northern Ireland international Steven Davis as Celtic keeper Fraser Forster and Charlie Mulgrew mixed each other up

Rangers Nikica Jelavic had set Maurice Edu's up but his shot from the edge of the box was deflected past for a corner as the hosts continued to pile on the pressure.

The home fans were then calling for a red card After Samaras pushed Rangers skipper David Weir to the ground inside penalty area but in the end both players were booked.

Hoops skipper Scott Brown sent a left-footed drive from 25 yards past McGregor's left-hand post while at the other end Steven Naismith's volley from 12 yards went wide of the target.

Rangers should have scored shortly after the restart when Gregg Wylde's cross from the left was met by Lafferty but he somehow headed past the post from six yards.

Ledley had to come off in the 54th minute holding his hamstring which could have been the tackle from Naismith or a pull but a freekick was given Celtic's way,Commons a suprise substitute came on to replace him.

Celtic went on the attack and McGregor had to make a great save from Majstorovic's close-range header to keep the game level.

In the 75th minute, the Rangers keeper made yet another great save, this time from Izaguirre's shot.

There was drama in the 81st minute when Celtic were awarded a penalty when substitute Stokes clashed with Davis inside the Rangers penalty area.

It was Samaras who stepped up to take it but was saved by McGregor who dived to his left to push the ball round the post.

There was time for Stokes to be booked for diving having gone to ground in the box after going past Rangers substitute John Fleck.

So the game finished 0-0,A fair result in the end and both teams know they can still go on to win the league but it is in Celtics hands as they are 1 point behind with a game in hand away to Inverness.

Have a good day all!

Weekend Results.

Dundee Utd 4 - 2 Kilmarnock
 Hearts 3 - 3 Motherwell

Rangers 0 - 0 Celtic
Hibernian 1 - 1 St Mirren

Still monday's double header to come and reports from a chosen few.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

One For You British Tax Payers.

So when your house gets broken into or your car window gets smashed during the night you want to know who done it and them to be charged for the offence right? Yep thats right and this is something everyone wants,after all we all pay for it through taxes.

For the seventh time since August we are facing another Old Firm game and this game in particular the police increase their efforts,Through producing domestic abuse stats-which may not infact be true and now they have taken it to a whole new level with monitoring what people write online.

So there was a time when free speach was allowed in Britain yet this weekend the police will be knocking on doors of people who post football related hate comments on the internet.So now your taxes are going on petty comments made online instead of catching drugs dealers,rapists and murderers for instance.

Chief Constable Stephen House said he was deploying 1,000 extra officers. So its a bank holiday weekend in Scotland and most people will be off work on Monday yet the police will bring in an extra 1000 officers to try and keep the peace.I thought the police had a say in when Old Firm games were played these days...Thats a lot of overtime.

So are you happy for all this money being spent on a single game of football?

Or even my worldwide followers,If you were in a similar situation would you be happy with it?


Its The Weekend!

Dundee Utd v Kilmarnock
Hearts v Motherwell

Rangers v Celtic
Hibernian v St Mirren

Hamilton v Aberdeen
St Johnstone v Inverness CT

Friday, 22 April 2011

Lennon's Friday Press Conference.

Celtic's Neil Lennon believes that becoming the target for parcel bombs would not have happened had he been manager of any other football club.

Strathclyde Police are investigating after parcels were sent to Lennon and two others connected with Celtic.

"It leaves a bad taste in the mouth, but I'm totally committed to the club, the fans and the players," he said ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby.

The Northern Irish Catholic stopped playing international football for his country in 2002 after a death threat, said to be from loyalist paramilitaries.

Bullets were sent to the former Celtic captain earlier in the season, while a suspicious package addressed to him was also intercepted.

"You get an opportunity to manage Celtic once in a lifetime," he added. "I would have regretted it the rest of my life if I hadn't taken it."

It seems Lennon is going to stay on but from what I understand he is on a 6-month rolling contract which is up at the end of the season and possibly may not be renewed if he fails to win the league...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Celtic Return Fire With A 4-0 Hammering Of Kilmarnock.

Celtic reduced Rangers' lead at the top of the league table to one point with an impressive victory at Kilmarnock.

They started as they meant to go on with just four minutes played when Izaguirre laid off to Hooper on the left, who then set up Commons on the edge of the box and the midfielder struck past Anssi Jaakkola in the Kilmarnock goal.

Silva tested keeper Fraser Forster in the 17th minute from a narrow angle on the left-hand side, but the keeper made an easy save as Killie failed to create many chances.

A scramble in the Killie goalmouth ended when Liam Kelly made a vital clearance near the half hour mark.

Commons slid in to win the ball from James Fowler then blasted in his second of the evening from 16 yards.

Hooper netted his 18th goal of the season, collecting from Stokes, before going past Killie defenders and firing in from the edge of the penalty area.

Stokes finally got his reward for his hard work during the game after 58 minutes to seal the game.

More Parcel Bombs Intercepted.

More bombs intended to reach high profile Celtic staff and fans have been intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office police have confirmed.

The liquid-based devices were addressed to Lennon, Paul McBride QC,a lawyer who represented Lennon and Celtic infront of the SFA and former Labour MSP Trish Godman who is a well known celtic fan.

Police are linking this to being football related but its  taken them since the 26th March to release these details and haven't caught anyone yet.Why has it taken them so long?

Not a funny matter but Im not so sure this is a case of those big bad Rangers fans at it again...

Rangers Triumphant At Dundee United.

Rangers put four past Dundee Utd last night to win 4-0 in a game that ended with Dundee Utd having just eight players on the park.

Referee Willie Collum gave Rangers 3 penalties and produced a red card for the offending player each time.

Both sides were playing open, attacking football without threatening either goalkeeper until Naismith had the ball in the United net after 16 minutes although he was judged to have controlled the ball with his arm.

 A powerful drive from Lafferty was saved by Pernis but he knocked it straight into Naismith's path who was then fouled from behind by Kovacevic and the first penalty was awarded.

Regular penalty taker Steven Whittaker calmly finished sending the keeper the wrong way.

The visitors cranked up the pressure on the 10 men and nearly scored again as Jelavic was unable to connect to a miss hit shot from Naismith.

Lafferty managed to connection from a Diouf cross but Pernis turned the ball over the crossbar.

Into the second half the Gers were determined to make the most of a man advantage but Jelavic unmarked 12 yards headed well over and minutes later sliced wide after controlling the ball well on his chest from even closer range.

He appeared to be going through on goal after picking up the ball from a Utd mistake and was then brought down from Dillon in a tackle that appeared to be just outside the box however a  penalty was given and Dillon received a red card.Steven Whittaker again stepped up and finished for his second of the game.

Jelavic finally got his reward after Steven Davis fired a shot at Pernis who managed to keep it out but was not so lucky when th Croatian pounced and knocked the ball in.

United were down to eight men when Gomis nudged Diouf in the six-yard box after 78 minutes, but Whittaker was unable to convert this one and missed his chance to get a hat-trick of penalties.

The game was not dead as Kyle Lafferty managed to get on the score sheet late on as his shot from the edge of the box appeared to take Pernis by suprise and crept in.

Rangers tried to add a fifth but it never came and they ran out 4-0 winners to put pressure on Celtic again who play Kilmarnock tonight.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Rangers Takeover Latest...

Well on Monday afternoon reports were surfacing that the takover could be completed on Tuesday but later on media sources reported that a major hurdle had been reached involving the board of directors at Rangers.

Whyte is reported to have been reluctant to takeover with the hostile board in place so today no deal has been struck.

Earlier the Ranger chairman Alastair Johnston released this statement:

"The Independent Sub-Committee of the Board of Rangers Football Club plc wish to clarify certain media comment and speculation relating to its position with respect to the proposed transaction amongst the Murray Group, Craig Whyte and the Lloyds Banking Group.

We have fiduciary duties to look after the interests of all the stakeholders in the Club. In particular, we have legal responsibilities to ensure that the proposed transaction serves the best interests of the 26,400 minority shareholders, many of whom are season ticket holders.

For some time the Board has had major concerns about its engagement in the process. After nearly six months of negotiation, we have only very recently had the opportunity to meet Craig Whyte and his team.

Moreover, it is only in the last few days that we have started to receive the draft agreements outlining the transaction, although we are still awaiting a detailed working capital statement demonstrating that there is sufficient funding in place to meet the pressing needs of the Club.

Based on the documents we have only been able to review within the last week, we are disappointed that they ultimately did not reflect the investment in the Club that we were led to believe for the last few months would be a commitment in the purchase agreement.

Given the requirement to repay the bank in full under the proposed transaction, there appears to be only a relatively modest amount of money available that would positively impact the Club's operations, especially as it relates to an urgent requirement to replenish and upgrade the playing squad.

Whilst the proposed transaction has addressed the interests of Lloyds Bank, the Murray Group and Craig Whyte, our perspective is solely directed towards the future of Rangers Football Club.

To this end the Board has had an approach from one of its directors who wishes the Board to consider an alternative funding option. This would involve a fresh issue of new capital to raise £25m to be invested directly into the Club.

The Board believes that it has a responsibility to examine this proposal whilst continuing its review of the Craig Whyte transaction. After six months of limited engagement in the process, the Board believes that is not in the best interests of its stakeholders for it to be pressed into an unrealistic timescale.

On Monday, I had a lengthy conversation with Craig Whyte explaining the dilemma that the Board now faces. It was a constructive and healthy dialogue, and whilst he expressed his frustration, he understood our position. We agreed to remain in touch in terms of working towards a resolution that is in the best interests of all parties involved as we receive more information relating to his financial commitment to Rangers Football Club."

Alastair J. Johnston
Chairman of the Independent Sub-Committee
Board of Rangers Football Club

Now it appears we are no further ahead than we were six months ago and that a current director,who I imagine is Dave King wants to provide investment despite being investigated by the South African tax authorities.

I know a lot of Rangers fans who remained skeptical of Whyte but from what I understand they want King no where near Rangers in the near future.

More to come later as I am posting on my phone at the moment.

Monday, 18 April 2011

SPL Reconstruction Vote In May?

Representatives of all 12 SPL clubs met at Hampden today to discuss proposals for a 10-team league.

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne told the media that progress was made at the meeting and a final vote should be taken by the middle of May.

For proposals to go through 11 of the current 12 teams need to vote in favour of the changes which will see 2 teams relegated to the lower league which means less income from sponsers,tv rights and also traveling fans as they wont have the visits of the Old firm 4 times a season.

The current proposals are involving these main changes to try and improve the Scottish game
  • The creation a pyramid structure in Scottish football.
  • A merging of the SPL with the SFL by inviting all 30 SLF member clubs to join a 42-club league under one umbrella banner.
  • The creation of a 10-team SPL league, with a 12-team Championship and two lower divisions.
  • The creation of an extra relegation place in the SPL through play-offs between the top two divisions.
  • A redistribution of money away from the top two positions in the league and reallocating it to the other eight clubs.
  • An obligation on all Premier League and Championship clubs to become part of the SFA Youth Initiative.
  • An earlier start to the season and a return of the winter shutdown. 

 As I understand it all clubs involved were also invited to submit their own ideas at the meeting for possible changes which were also to be considered.

New Rangers Home Kit Revealed

Rangers today revealed their new home kit for the 2011/12 season and it will be available from 12th May.You can buy it via or JJB sports.

pictures from


Rangers Player Of The Year Awards.

Steven Naismith was the big winner at the annual Rangers awards ceremony at Glasgow's Hilton Hotel.

The 24-year-old celebrated being voted Player of the Year by the Rangers supporters and then getting the vote from the dressing room when he was named Players' Player of the Year.

It was also a fantastic night for 20-year-old midfielder Jamie Ness who has burst onto the scene this season.

Ness was picked by the fans for young player of the year and his goal versus Celtic in the Scottish Cup won him the Tennant's goal of the season award.

Mr versatile, Steven Whittaker was recipient of the John Greig Achievement award after being chosen by the Rangers legend.

The Sam English Rosebowl for leading scorer went to Kenny Miller, who left the club in January for Bursaspor but the award was accepted by Nikica Jelavic  on behalf of Kenny.

Congratulations to all who won an award.!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Weekend Roundup.

 Well the weekend is almost over and I have finally got time to report this weekends games

League results-

Hibernian 1 -2 Hamilton
Inverness CT 1-1 Stoke
Rangers 2-1 St Mirren

 Scottish Cup results-

Motherwell 3-0 St Johnstone
Aberdeen 0-4 Celtic

So Motherwell and Celtic in the final.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Motherwell Into Scottish Cup Final.

Motherwell made their first Scottish Cup final for 20 years after a first-half demolition of St Johnstone.

Stephen Craigan nodded the Steelmen in front after just five minutes when Saints goalkeeper Peter Enckelman failed to deal with a corner.

It was Jamie Murphy who doubled their lead soon after with a fine run and low shot leaving the keeper helpless.

John Sutton sealed the win before the break with a superb volley from around 30 yards.

Motherwell will play either Aberdeen or Celtic who play tomorrow afternoon.

Congratulations to Motherwell!

Weekend Ahead.

The return of the Scottish cup.Only 10 teams in action this weekend with 3 league games taking place.


Inverness CT v Hearts
Rangers v St Mirren

Scottish Cup-
Motherwell v St Johnstone


Hibernian v Hamilton

Scottish Cup-
 Aberdeen v Celtic

Thats all for now guys:)

Friday, 15 April 2011

SPL Team Of The Year.

PFA Scotland Team of The Year 2011: McGregor (Rangers); Wilson (Celtic), Zaliukas (Hearts), Bougherra (Rangers), Izaguirre (Celtic); Naismith (Rangers), Kayal (Celtic), Eremenko (Kilmarnock); Goodwillie (Dundee United), Sammon (Kilmarnock), Hooper (Celtic).

Sammon moved to wigan in January so why isnt current top goalscorer Kenny Miller in there?

Rangers To Face Another UEFA charge..

Rangers last night learned they would face another UEFA charge,this time for alleged sectarian singing at Ibrox against PSV.

Martin Bain said:" We have been informed tonight that we are now to be punished for alleged sectarian singing at Ibrox during the Europa League home game against PSV Eindhoven in addition to sanctions for alleged singing at the away match."

"We are absolutely astounded by this latest development and will defend our club's position very very vigorously."

"We have never said that sectarian singing is not a problem but this now has all the hallmarks of a deliberate and targeted campaign against the club. What else are we expected to believe when UEFA officials give us favourable reports at our matches only to indict us later on the evidence of an outside unaccountable body?"

"It would appear that yet again UEFA have acted on a report from the FARE organisation when their own match delegate, this time from Northern Ireland, gave us a very favourable report."

Im with Martin Bain on this one,UEFA are listening to outside groups-Who have actually had links with Rangers rivals Celtic in the past....I think everyone knows this is a plan to do some damage off the field while Rangers financial security is being sorted.

Rangers have carried the Scottish co-efficient for years because clubs cant win away in Europe and this is what happens,Pathetic!

I was at this game and I cannot remember of anything offensive being sung,Now I'm not a Rangers fan so I would have remembered if anything was sung that shouldn't have been.

Hopefully Rangers fight UEFA to the death and then these organisations get what they deserve by spreading a lot of crap.

Raaant over guys!

SPL Split Fixtures Announced.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League post-split fixtures for 2010/11 have now been confirmed. The first games take place on April 23, with the season finishing on Sunday May 15.


Saturday April 23
Dundee United v Kilmarnock - 12.15pm (Sky Sports)
Hearts v Motherwell - 3pm

Sunday April 24
Rangers v Celtic – 12.30pm (Sky Sports)

Sunday April 24
Hibernian v St Mirren – 3pm

Monday April 25
St Johnstone v Inverness CT – 2pm (ESPN)
Hamilton Accies v Aberdeen – 4.15pm (ESPN)


Saturday April 30
Kilmarnock v Hearts – 3pm
Motherwell v Rangers – 12 noon (ESPN)

Sunday May 1
Celtic v Dundee United – 12.45pm (Sky Sports)

Saturday April 30
Aberdeen v Inverness CT – 3pm
Hibernian v St Johnstone – 3pm

Monday May 2
St Mirren v Hamilton Accies – 3pm (ESPN)


Saturday May 7
Dundee United v Motherwell – 3pm
Rangers v Hearts – 12.15pm (Sky Sports)

Sunday May 8
Kilmarnock v Celtic – 12.45pm (Sky Sports)

Saturday May 7
Aberdeen v St Johnstone – 3pm
Hamilton Accies v Hibernian – 3pm
Inverness CT v St Mirren – 3pm


Tuesday May 10
Rangers v Dundee United – 7.45pm (Sky Sports)

Wednesday May 11
Hearts v Celtic – 7.45pm (Sky Sports)
Motherwell v Kilmarnock – 7.45pm

Tuesday May 10
Aberdeen v St Mirren – 7.45pm
St Johnstone v Hamilton Accies – 7.45pm

Wednesday May 11
Inverness CT v Hibernian – 7.45pm


Sunday May 15
Celtic v Motherwell – 12.30pm
Dundee United v Hearts – 12.30pm
Kilmarnock v Rangers – 12.30pm

Saturday May 14
Hamilton Accies v Inverness CT – 3pm
Hibernian v Aberdeen – 3pm
St Mirren v St Johnstone – 3pm

Sky Sports will select two games on the final day of the season to be announced in due course.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Aberdeen 0-1 Rangers.

Nikica Jelavic's spectacular first-half overhead kick was enough to secure a win over Aberdeen that moves edgy Rangers to within two points of Celtic.

Walter Smith had to make two changes as Rangers were without on-loan Richard Foster, who was ineligible to play against his parent club, so teenager Jamie Ness came into midfield with Edu filling in at right-back.

Sone Aluko and Josh Magennis both tested Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor in a lively Dons start.

The game continued continued at a fast pace and it was Jelavic who struck with a superb piece of skill and finish after 22 minutes to get his 10th league goal of the season.

Aberdeen tried to get level as Maguire pounced on a mistake by Steven Whittaker and moved inside before firing just wide of the post and they could have scored near the end but Edu knocked the ball off the goal-line after Milsom fired the ball across goal.

 The goal below,One of the contenders for goal of the season.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

St Johnstone V Celtic Review.

Beram Kayal scored his first goal for Celtic to defeat St Johnstone and return Celtic lead at the top of the table to five points.

The home side made a lively start on the poor surface although it was Celtic who gradually began to dominate possession and the chances.

Smith could only parry a powerful, 25-yard free-kick from Commons and, when the goalkeeper punched a cross clear, Commons' first-time volley from a similar distance flew a few yards over.

Samaras then had a chance to score as he raced into the box and curled a low drive that would have found the far corner of the net but goalkeeper Smith stuck out a leg and saved the shot.

The home side were occasionally dangerous on the break and should have had a free-kick on the edge of the box when Brown hauled down Stevie May.

Joe Ledley's through ball was flicked on by Scott Brown and following a couple of deflections, Kayal picked up the ball and he directed it just past the outstretched fingers of Smith and into the far corner of the net from 12 yards to score his first goal for Celtic.

The Saints could have scored when Craig advanced towards the Celtic box and fired a 25-yard drive that goalkeeper Forster did well to punch clear one-handed.

They had already used their three substitutes, ended the game with 10 men after Millar limped off with an injury.

Samaras appeared to trip Duberry, the St Johnstone defender clearly handled the ball as he fell to the ground, but no foul or penalty was given by referee Iain Brines.

Personally I think Duberry got stuck and ended up falling and thinking he would get a freekick touched the ball.

Celtic tried to secure the points but Brown fired against the underside the crossbar and for goalkeeper Smith to flick Shaun Maloney's follow-up header off the line.

So Celtic gain another 3 points,it wasnt pretty but you need to win those to win the league.

Rangers go to Aberdeen tomorrow and will hope to keep up the pressure.

SFA Appeal Verdict.

Ally McCoist has successfully appealed against a two-match touchline suspension while Madjid Bougherra and El Hadji Diouf have escaped further bans.

 Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf, who were sent off in the Scottish Cup loss to Celtic, have instead been fined for their "serious misconduct".

Diouf was fined £5,000 by the Scottish Football Association, while Bougherra recieved a £2,500 fine.

Assistant manager McCoist had received his ban for a touchline altercation but will now not serve a ban after the appeal was successful.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Bougherra Finished At Rangers?

Madjid Bougherra has turned down Rangers' offer of a two-year contract extension and expects to leave Ibrox this summer according to various media sources.

The Algeria international defender, who signed from Charlton in July 2008, has one year remaining on his current deal, and has been quoted as saying he would like to move to the English Premier League on previous occasions.

Rangers have not yet confirmed this rumour officially so it remains to be seen whether infact this is the case but from what I heard a few days ago players out of contract this and next season were in the process of being offered new contracts.

Will this mean soon to be 41 year old David Weir will keep playing?.Defender Sasa Papac is out of contract in the summer and could also leave the club.

SPL-As It Stands.


                                P    W  D  L  F   A   GD   PTS

1 Celtic                      30  23  4  3  65  18  +47  73
2 Rangers                 30  23  2  5  65  27  +38  71
3 Hearts                    32  18  6  8  46  30  +16  60  
4 Dundee United       32  14  10  8  44  37  +7  52
5 Kilmarnock             32  13  8  11  47  37 +10 47
6 Motherwell              33  13  5  15  36  43  -7   44
7 Inverness CT          31  9  10  12  40  39  +1  37
8 Hibernian                32  10  6  16  35  50  -15  36
9 St Johnstone          32  8  10  14  18  38  -20  34
10 Aberdeen              32  9  4  19  34  53  -19    31
11 St Mirren               32  7  7  18  30  52  -22    28
12 Hamilton               32  2  10  20  18  54  -36  16

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Out-Played but Rangers come out on top again?....

This week we have had some great weather in Scotland and we were hoping for an exciting game at New Douglas Park as bottom of the league Hamilton took on Rangers.

Rangers proceeded to start with the same eleven that starting against St Johnstone on Tuesday night and were immediately put on the back foot by the Accies who needed to get points today as they are 12 points adrift at the bottom of the SPL.

Hamilton opted to play the ball around as football should be played and on multiple occasions deserved a bit of luck but were unable to get anything from it as again they struggled to score goals.

They however did see an opportunity to score appear as Imrie's dribbling was causing problems, and the midfielder was bundled over by Steven Davis in the box with referee Alan Muir pointing to the spot.

It was Imrie who stepped up and knocked the penalty low but it was saved by Allan McGregor.

Rangers would have been looking wake up after this and Naismith's chipped ball found Lafferty but he volleyed straight at the keeper.

Veteran David Weir then provided the foundations for an easy tap in as he knocked a header over the goal but no one pounced on it as Rangers again weren't hitting top form.

It was the Accies turn for a tap in as they broke down the left side but a low cross was unable to be converted as MacDonald couldn't get a decent connection and was saved by McGregor.

As it looked like the sides would go in level at half time,Jelavic caused problems on the edge of the box and was brought down to earn his side a freekick.He stood up to take it and curled it into the top right hand corner for his 13th goal of the season.Not bad for someone who was out for nearly four months.

The second half began in the same way as the first, with Accies enjoying plenty of possession in their own half, but were unable to make anything of it as Rangers kept them controlled and there was no real chances to note as Rangers seemed content to sit on their lead and secure the 3 points. All three subs were used by both teams with none able to make a real impact and the game ended 1-0 to Rangers.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Messi v Ronaldo debate....


Been debating this with my friends and we always end up arguing.

So who is better?Comment and let me know who you think. 

Todays Results

 Here are Saturday's results.I just got online and I will be posting my main articles later.

Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian
Celtic 1-0 St Mirren
Dundee Utd 2-0 St Johnstone
Hearts 0-0 Motherwell
Kilmarnock 1-1 Inverness CT

Weekend Fixtures.

Another full card this weekend as follows:


Aberdeen v Hibernian
Celtic v St Mirren
Dundee Utd v St Johnstone
Hearts v Motherwell
Kilmarnock v Inverness CT


Hamilton v Rangers

Results and reports after full time.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Rangers To Face UEFA Charge.

Rangers Football Club has been informed that UEFA is to take disciplinary action against the Club following allegations of sectarian singing by supporters during the recent Europa League away game against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday, 10 March

The notice comes almost a month after the game and I would like to know,I personally have no interest in the Old Firm and have no preferences but I am very interested in what was deemed sectarian and how UEFA took so long to let this be known.

This sort of singing happens every week in Scotland and I am of the personal opinion that UEFA should stay out of what they don't understand.

Another thing,Spurs fans were accused of racist chanting towards Adebayor of Real Madrid,He came out and said he didn't find it racist and now UEFA are unlikely to investigate so who exactly did these apparent songs sung in Eindhoven offend? Are UEFA taking action based on the requests of possible Celtic fans or random people.? UEFA are supposed to have officials at the game for this sort of incident and theres no way it took a month for them to report it.

UEFA are a joke and as corrupt as orginisations come. They should learn a bit more about of Scottish culture because its the way Scotland is and no one is going to stop it but as usual they step in and throw wild accusations and fines.


rant over guys.:)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Celtic V Hibs Report.

Gary Hooper claimed a double as Celtic reclaimed top spot in the Scottish Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Hibernian.

Celtic could have taken the lead after 30 seconds when Hooper and Stokes linked up before unleashing the shot that was blocked bravely by Mark Brown.

The Hoops were ahead after four minutes when Emilio Izaguirre supplied the pass for Stokes and he sent an angled drive into the bottom corner.

Hooper got Celtic's second from the spot after Scott gave away a penalty for a challenge on Celtic captain Brown in the 20th minute.The highly rated Englishman got his second of the game on 39 minutes when a through ball from Stokes was met by Hooper and he slotted it past the keeper.

The hosts continued to attack and Loovens headed wide before Forrest and Izaguirre both were unable to score.

Hibs could have scored as Vaz Te beat the offside trap to test Forster, who could only parry wide for a corner.He should have scored but he Vaz Te headed an easy chance wide of Forster's left-hand post.

Former Celtic player Riordan sprang into action and struck for goal from 18 yards out, Forster knocked it out for a corner.

Hibs got a breakthough after 67 minutes when Wotherspoon went down in the Celtic penalty area after a challenge from Mulgrew and another former Celtic midfielder Miller stepped up and coolly lobbed the ball past Forster.

Hooper missed his chance to get a hattrick when Celtic were awarded another penalty but was unable to convert it just a few minutes from time.

So Celtic go back to top of the league just 24hours after Rangers took advantage.

Elsewhere there was two other games took place on Wednesday:

Motherwell 2-1 Dundee Utd
St Mirren 3-2 Aberdeen

Final Old Firm Date Confirmed.!

The Scottish Premier League has confirmed that the final Old Firm derby of the season will take place on Easter Sunday.

The SPL confirmed the game would kick off at Ibrox at 12.30pm on 24th April "following consultations with Strathclyde Police and the heads of security from Rangers and Celtic".

Tempers flared in their recent Scottish Cup replay at Parkhead where Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon had to be separated on the touchline after the full-time whistle.

Gers had three players dismissed in the game, which only added to the tension, although they exacted revenge following an extra-time success in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

The match is the first after the split, therefore ruling out the added tension if the match could potentially decide the title.

Pretty suprised I thought the police would have attempted to get an 8am kickoff but it seems they were overall powerless.