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.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Victory Sends Rangers Top Of The League.

McDiarmid Park.

Rangers have returned to the top of the league by beating St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park where the pitch was in rather poor condition.

The hosts started the better of the two forcing Rangers keeper McGregor into action on multiple occasions and continued to match them all over the park.

It was the pitch who gave the Gers a helping hand in the goal,As Danny Grainger's attempted pass to the keeper got caught up Kyle Lafferty picked up on the mistake to round keeper Peter Enckelman and tap the ball in.

The Saints didnt sit back however and they again set out to score and McGregor was again called into action again and managed to keep all attempts out but he saw his goal kicks fall short as the pitch was causing trouble for everyone.

Lafferty again ran onto a through ball from Sasa Papac but it was blocked by the Saints defender,The Ulsterman later booked for dissent after being unhappy when he was judged to have fouled in his attempts to win the ball.

In the second half the chances kept coming as Jelavic scuffed a shot wide.St Johnstone had chances of their own but as McGregor kept out a swinging cross which dropped to Danny Invincibile he was unable to convert the rebound.

The game was approaching the final whistle and Rangers knew they had to score again to avoid dropping points as happened on Saturday and just seven minutes from time it was Steven Naismith who got the goal.It was Naismith who started the attack,heading to Jelavic who gave him the ball back and he carried on his run to slot past the oncoming Enckelman.

Maurice Edu's header from John Fleck's corner was blocked by a St Johnstone defender as Rangers looked to add to their score.

Jelavic then smashed the underside of the crossbar after skilfully evading two defenders and Naismith's rebound header ended up going wide of the post.

 Edu had another chance to grab a goal but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

So Rangers return to top of the league with a satisfying 2-0 for Walter Smith's men.

St Johnstone: Enckelman, Maybury, MacKay, Duberry, Grainger, Millar, Moon, Davidson, Craig, Invincibile, Robertson.
Subs: Smith, Novikovas, Taylor, Anderson, MacDonald, May, Caddis.

Rangers: McGregor, Foster, Weir, Whittaker, Papac, Naismith, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty.
Subs: Alexander, Fleck, Diouf, Kerkar, Ness, Hutton, Cole.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Edinburgh Derby.

Easter Road,Home of Hibernian. 

It took a late goal from Stephen Elliott's to save a point for 10-man Hearts after an exciting derby against Hibernian.

Both sides threatened in a thrilling start before Ryan Stevenson's low drive gave Hearts a 24th-minute lead.

It took just 11 minutes for Hibs to get level and it saw Hearts have Marius Zaliukas sent off for a foul on Akpo Sodje from which Liam Miller scored the resulting 35th-minute penalty.

Both sides had plenty of chances to take the lead in the first half but neither were able to make them count and the next goal didnt come after a handful of chances and Hibs recent signing Ricardo Vaz Te prodded Hibs into a winning position with 10 minutes left.

With just 3 minutes to go it looked like the side from Leith would take all points Andy Webster headed Craig Thomson's free-kick into the six-yard box and Elliott was first to pounce and knock it into the net.

Hibs could have taken the lead after this but Two fine saves from MacDonald prevented Riordan and Matt Thornhill and the game finished level at 2-2.

This nearly rules out the chance of a fourth Edinburgh derby of the season as Hibs are seven points behind 6th place Motherwell and have a game in hand. Motherwell have two games to until the split to Hibs three.

The point keeps Hearts ten points ahead of fourth place Dundee Utd who have played a game less.

Going into the last few games before the split and its still all to play for from top to bottom of the league.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Results So Far.

Motherwell 2-1 Aberdeen
Rangers 2-3 Dundee United
St Johnstone 0-0 Kilmarnock
St Mirren 3-1 Hamilton


Hibs v Hearts.

Weekend Ahead.

 Weekends SPL games are as follows:

Inverness v Celtic
Motherwell v Aberdeen
Rangers v Dundee Utd
St Johnstone v Kilmarnock
St Mirren v Hamilton

More to follow after full time.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Rangers On Brink Of Administration?

Alastair Johnston in the Rangers trophy room.

Apparently Chairman Alastair Johnston has admitted that the club could go bust if they were to lose the ongoing battle with HMRC over taxes.

The club have always defended against these claims and as such the investigation has been going on for over a year now putting constant speculation that they could be hit with a large bill anyday.

These comments were said to have came in the wake of recent talks with would-be owner Craig Whyte and half-yearly figures indicating that the club owes £29m.

The club suffered a drop in pre-tax profit from £13m to £9m, turnover decreased by £4.1m to £33.7m and there was also a 4.9% decline in the number of season tickets sold, together with a reduction in sponsorship income.

Now later on that day after nearly every media source was running the story that Rangers could be in administration the club released this statement to the London Stock Exhange.

DJ Rangers Football Club Plc Statement re Press Comment
01 Apr 2011 - 16:54


Further to some press comment today following the release of our Interim
Results, we would like to clarify that our Chairman did not state that the Club
could go out of business.

Moreover, we would refer interested parties to the section in the Interim
Results (paragraph 7) that covers the current position with the HMRC enquiry and
importantly to the fact that the Club continues to vigorously contest HMRC's
challenge and in doing so continues to receive reassuring opinion from tax,
accounting and legal specialists.

The directors of The Rangers Football Club plc accept responsibility for this

I guess that ended a few hours of wild rumours and false accusations but we haven't heard the last of this and it will no doubt resume early next week.

Lennon Has Ban Reduced.

 Neil Lennon's touchline ban has been cut after the Scottish Football Association admitted his suspension could not be enforced.

Lennon was hit with a four-match ban last month after squaring up to Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist after their Scottish Cup replay at Parkhead.

However, Lennon has already started serving a four-match suspension for a separate incident, relating to an altercation with an official in November.

The SFA believed Lennon's two bans would run consecutively, but Celtic have now successfully argued that they run concurrently.

Lennon will now sit out a total of five matches over the course of his two punishments, returning to the dugout for Celtic's SPL clash with St Mirren on 9th April.