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      The Ger`s, The light blues, The teddy bears, a few of the names the mighty Glasgow Rangers are known as. This giant Glasgow football club was formed in 1872 although the official founding is recognised as having happened one year later when the clubs first annual meeting was held and staff were elected. The four men that built the first Glasgow rangers team were Peter Campbell, William Mcbeath and Brothers Moses and Peter McNeil. Rangers missed the deadline for joining the Scottish Football Association in their first season so it was spent playing only friendlies which meant that they missed out on taking part in the inaugural Scottish cup in that year but they were later to make up for that by to this day winning it more than thirty times. Rangers are known as half of the old firm, one of the greatest rivalries in world football, the other half being Glasgow Celtic. Celtic were formed in 1888 and the first old firm match quickly took place a game which Rangers lost 5-2 but the team they played could scarcely be called celtic as they at that time did not have a full complement of players and had made the team up with mostly guest players from Hibernian football club. 1890/91 was the first ever Scottish football league and Rangers as they have so often since (51 times to be exact) went on to win it although for the first and only time they shared the league trophy with Dumbarton fc after finishing joint on points and drawing a play off 2-2 it was decided fair that the trophy was shared. The 51 league titles won by rangers to present day is a world record with no other recognised league team ever having won their domestic league this many times. A 3-1 victory over their Glasgow rivals and the other half of the old firm (Celtic)in the final saw rangers win their first Scottish cup in 1894, they would go on to lift the illustrious trophy twice more before the turn of the century putting the club firmly on the map, Rangers had arrived! With the ancient history out the way I will tell you a bit about the Rangers I have watched through my life. I became a fan of the club when my dad, a Celtic fan took me to see and old firm match at Celtic`s home ground (Parkhead) a match which rangers won three nil and being a kid I just wanted to support the team that won and I have never looked back much to my dad`s dismay. Through my time as a fan which started around the age of 7 I have seen many good times and a few bad, most of the earlier years as a fan I have very few memories of but from about the age of 12 I can remember all the great occasions and even the bad that I experienced as a Glasgow rangers fan. I was lucky enough to be fan during the Davie Cooper era which for me was one of the greatest times to be a Rangers fan alongside the 9 in a row team which featured the likes of George Albertz (the hammer), Paul Gascoigne (gazza) and Brian Laudrup (pure genius). To explain the 9 in a row team that I mentioned in the last paragraph, this was one of the rangers teams that formed the group of players who led Rangers to 9 league trophies in a row, equalling Celtics record which they said could never be done in modern times. Rangers should really have gone on to win ten but a lack of fresh faces to the club, tired legs and the announcement that our manager at that time was to quit at the end of the season all led to us throwing the tenth title away at the end of a very trying season. I believe had we reached ten we would have set an unbeatable record and stood out there alone as the record holders rather than sharing the title with Celtic. Rangers have had some awesome players tread the turf at the amazing Ibrox Park from players way before my time like Moses Mcneil (one of the clubs founders) who in 1876 became Rangers first ever internationalist when he played for Scotland against Wales, John Mcpherson who was regarded as the best Rangers player during the clubs first 50 years with his everlasting claim to fame being that he was the first player ever to score a hat- trick in the Scottish league, Willie Waddell a man who gave his life to Rangers football club spending a massive 50 years associated with the club as player, manager, managing director and vice chairman of the club. Willie played more than 500 games for rangers although 200 of them were not realised as official because they came during war time. He scored 64 times outside of war time and 88 during it and on to one of the greatest talents ever to kick a ball in the light blue jersey of rangers Jim Baxter, Jim was truly world class ( a term which gets banded about far too much these days. He was a true genius with a ball at his feet, I have only ever seen video footage of this man but I can tell you that the sight of this man with a ball at his feet taking on player after player and showboating all the way is breathtaking. Jim Baxter Loved to take players on and not just one or two he would have a go at the whole opposition team some times and pull it off. One of his most memorable moments came not in the light blue shirt of Rangers but in the colours of his country (Scotland) for whom he was capped 34 times. The moment came as Scotland took on the then world champions England at Wembley, Jm went on an amazing run down the wing playing keepy uppy with the ball whilst leaving English midfielders in his wake and although he never took time to sit on the ball after beating them as folklore would have us believe he did take time to stop and look back at the so called English greats he had left in his wake. Jim Played 254 times for Rangers winning three leagues, 3 scottish cups and 4 league cups with the club and entertaining everyone who watched him with the exception of the Celtic fans who saw their team largely unable to beat a Rangers team with Jim in the side as he can boast playing Celtic 18 times and losing to them only twice. On to players that I have seen playing for rangers in my time and amongst them are a few awesome talents also with the afore mentioned Gazza and Laudrup being up there with the best. I have admired and enjoyed watching many players as modern day fan but beyond doubt the most influential and talented player of the modern age was the late Davie Cooper. Coop`s was a magician who could cross the ball with Beckham like perfection everytime, he was a true match winner. When rangers were struggling to find that perfect ball or the goal they needed to win matches Davie Cooper would oblige almost everytime. Appearing for rangers 540 times, winning three leagues, three Scottish cups and seven league cups made sure he would go down as a huge part of Rangers history and become a massive favourite with the fans. Davie Cooper was also a Scotland international and he shone as bright in a Scotland jersey as he did in the light blue of his beloved Glasgow Rangers. Out of his 75 goals scored for Rangers the one against Celtic in the Drybrough cup stood out head and shoulders over the rest and not least because it was against their old firm rivals, Cooper took the ball on his chest on the edge of the box with his back to goal, it looked like he had nowhere to go but Coopers magic saw him flick the ball in the air four times with his left foot taking out four Celtic defenders as he did so before sticking the ball in the net for what has been voted the best rangers goal ever. Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup were right behing Coop`s for class and ability with Gazza`s Flair and silky skills and Laudrups pace and intelligence they were areal sight to behold and tore apart so many defences and put on so many shows for all Rangers fans they will never ever be forgotten. Gazza these days is having so many problems with stress and mental problems it is very sad to see but I think it was always inevitable because of the life style he led whereas Brian was completely different, a model professional on and off the park Brian was an excellent role model for kids as well as an excellent footballer. Now onto one of the most influential players to play for rangers in the modern era now back at the club as assistant manager, one Ally mccoist. Ally was an out and out goal scorer it didn't matter whether he had twenty chances or only one you could always rely on Coisty to stick the ball in the back of the net. He was never the hardest working player sometimes disappearing out of the game all together but when push came to shove up he would pop with the goal or goals rangers needed. There are so many Ally goals to talk about but one of the most memorable for me came during a Scottish cup semi final against Hib`s when Rangers were one nil down and going out the cup unless they could find an equalizer in the last 5 minutes to take it to a replay. Ally Mccoist was on the bench because he was coming back from injury and had been rested for the upcoming league match against hearts at the weekend however the time had come to introduce him to the game, a corner to rangers was just about to be taken as Ally came on the pitch he made his way straight into the penalty area and as the ball missed everyone at the front post it made its way through to Ally at the back post who stuck out his right foot and poked the ball into the back of the net. This was not only Ally`s first touch of the ball but proved to be his only touch as the game played out in midfield, so Ally literally had one touch of the ball that day and used it to score, a mark of a true goal scorer. Ally scored a total of 355 goals in 581 appearances for rangers including 34 in a season three times and a massive 28 hat tricks, no wonder he earned the nick name Super Ally. In even more modern days we Rangers fans have been treated to some fine players but there have been bad ones too including Rangers record signing Tore André Flo who cost rangers over £12 million in a transfer from Chelsea. Flo failed to impress at Ibrox although in the cold light of day his goal per game ratio was not all that bad I think it was the fact that he cost so much and had such expectation on his shoulders meant that he could never fulfill his potential. Coming right up to date now and the last few seasons have saw mixed emotions for Rangers fans, the arrival of paul le Guen as Rangers manager was expected to bring greatness to Rangers but instead brought disaster. LeGuen was known to be a fantastic manager in his home country of France but Scottish football did not aggree with him nor did most of the Rangers players which saw Rangers slump to some very bad lows until he was shown the door and the return of a true Rangers greatas manager, Walter Smith turned things around in a big way. Walter in this season (2007/08) led Rangers to the final of every competition he entered including the Uefa cup, Rangers lost the final of the Uefa cup but won both the Scottish cup and the CIS cup. Rangers almost had the league wrapped up to but with only a few weeks to go they let a seven point advantage slip through their grasp but with good rason in my opinion, Rangers because of call off`s due to the weather and A huge amount of cup replays and reaching the Uefa cup final found themselves playing a game every few days sometimes every two days for the last three weeks of the season and this proved too much for a tired team full of injuries and suspensions. It was expected that the spl would extend the season to allow Rangers to fit in their remaining games in a normal manor but this never happened and ultimately cost Rangers the treble and possibly even done them out of European glory too. Playing the amount of games in the time Rangers had to has never happened in professional football before and I bet it never does again either. So there you have it a bit of history and my opinion on what is a great Football club with great tradition and a great past. I unfortunately can't get to many games these days because of other commitments but I never miss a match on TV and get to Ibrox as often as I can to cheer on the mighty Gers. I do not usually do lists in my reviews but I will finish this review with some history facts about Glasgow Rangers so you can better understand their history and get to grasp with their amazing Records which include winning their domestic league 51 times a feat which has never been repeated by any other team worldwide. With 51 league titles, 31 Scottish cup and 24 league cup wins, Rangers are the most successful club domestically on the planet. They've also won the European cup winners' cup. Scottish League Champions 1891 1899 1900 1901 1902 1911 1912 1913 1918 1920 1921 1923 1924 1925 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1933 1934 1935 1937 1939 1947 1949 1950 1953 1956 1957 1959 1961 1963 1964 1975 1976 1978 1987 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1999 2000 2003 2005 Scottish Cup Winners 1894 1897 1898 1903 1928 1930 1932 1934 1935 1936 1948 1949 1950 1953 1960 1962 1963 1964 1966 1973 1976 1978 1979 1981 1992 1996 1997 1999 2000 2002 2003 2008 Scottish League Cup Winners 1946/47 1948/49 1960/61 1961/62 1963/64 1964/65 1970/71 1975/76 1977/78 1978/79 1981/82 1983/84 1984/85 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1990/91 1992/93 1993/94 1996/97 1998/99 2001/02 2002/03 2004/05 2007/08 Manager`s past and present William Wilton was the first manager of Rangers 1899 - 1920 Bill Struth during his 34 years as manager, he shaped the club's future for many years to come. 1920 - 1954 SCOT Symon followed the legendary Bill Struth but he left his mark on the club during 13 years as Rangers manager. 1954 - 1967 David White found himself pitched into the Ibrox hot seat in a sudden and unexpected manner. 1967 - 1969 Willie Waddell with the club for almost 50 years contributed more to Rangers than any other man, as player, manager and executive of the club. 1969 - 1972 Jock Wallace managed Rangers twice and, in the first of those stints, he succeeded to win two League, Cup and League Cup Trebles in the space of three seasons. 1972 - 1978 and 1983 - 1986 John Greig was suddenly thrust from the playing field into manager's office. 1978 - 1983 Graeme Souness Rangers first player-manager at Ibrox. 1986 - 1991 Walter Smith grew up as a Rangers supporter and went on to manage the 9 in a row team. 1991 - 1998 Dick Advocaat became the first manager from outside Scotland. 1998 - 2001 Alex McLeish was appointed manager of Rangers mid way through season 2001 - 2002, it was thought buy some people that it was a chance taking on a manager that has little experience at the top level of management. It was decided that McLeish would leave at the end of an unsuccessful season 2005/06. 2001 - 2006 Paul Le Guen It was announced on March 11th 2006 that Paul Le Guen would take over the manager's job at Rangers in the summer of 2006. He comes with a great pedigree from his job with Olympique Lyon in France taking them to three successive Ligue 1 titles and into the Champions League. It was announced on 4th Jan 2007 by Chairman David Murray: "Having met with Paul it was clear that in the interests of the club we agreed jointly to him stepping down as manager." 2006 - 4th Jan 2007 Walter Smith David Murray announced on 10th Jan 2007 that Walter Smith would be returning to Rangers to manage the team for a second time along with Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall named as the dream team. 2007 - RECORDS! ========= Rangers hold the world record for number of domestic league championships won,racking up 51 titles. They hold the record for domestic trebles,with seven so far. Rangers won their 100th major trophy in 2000, the first club in the world to reach that milestone. Have competed in European competitions in more seasons than any other British club,46 times as of and including 2006-07. First Scottish club to qualify from both the Champions League group stage (2005-06)and the UEFA Cup group stage (2006-07). Club Records! Record home attendance: 118,567 vs Celtic, January 1939 Record victory: 13-0 vs Possilpark, Scottish Cup, October 1877 Record league victory: 10-0 vs Hibernian, December 1898 Record defeat: 2-10 vs Airdrieonians, 1886 Record league defeat: 0-6 vs Dumbarton, May 1892 Record appearances: John Greig, 755, 1960-1978 Record league appearances: Sandy Archibald, 513, 1917-1934 Record Scottish Cup appearances: Alec Smith, 74 Record Scottish League Cup appearances: John Greig, 121 Record European football appearances: John Greig, Barry Ferguson, 64 Record goalscorer: Ally McCoist, 355 goals, 1983-1998 Most goals in one season: Sam English, 44 goals, 1931/1932 Most league goals: Ally McCoist, 251 goals Most Scottish Cup goals: Jimmy Fleming, 44 goals Most League Cup goals: Ally McCoist, 54 goals Most European goals: Ally McCoist, 21 goals Shutout record: Chris Woods, 1196 minutes, 1986/87 (British record) Most capped player: Frank de Boer, 112 caps for The Netherlands Highest transfer fee received: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, £8.5m, Arsenal, 2001 Highest transfer fee paid: Tore André Flo, £12.5m, Chelsea, 2000 Some of the above information was taken from http://www.followfollow.com (the unofficial Rangers website) with thanks! Thanks for reading! ©2008 thebigc1690

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        13.06.2003 17:24
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        Well another season has come to an end and what a season it was, we've won the treble and celtic won absolutely nothing!!!Big Eck has done a wonderful job in bringing together a group of players who under Dick Advocaat couldnt string 2 passes together and looked so disjointed and uninspiring but now he has them playing like a strong unit, playing the passing game and now seems to have some sort of jinx on Martin O'neil. But what does the future hold for next season? well to be honest im not looking forward to the champions league qualifiers as there has been a mass exodus through those hallowed gates in that Canniggia(what an athelete at 37!), Numan(great servant) and its also looking more and more like Big Amoruso could be heading for the exit door.Also the recent bombshell that Spanish Starlet and Spain U-21 captain Mikel Arteta has asked to return to his homeland after only 1 season seemingly due to the fact that his mentor and confident Claudio Canniggia has left, the only plus side of this is that we bought him for 5.8 million last summer and there is no doubt that we will get more than that back for him as Celta Vigo, Athletico Madrid and Real Betis are all monitoring the situation but Barcelona iserted a clause in his contract for them to get first refusal on him when Rangers decide to sell, this will no doubt be a huge loss to the club and as we are all aware Rangers Financial situation at the moment is awful and we need the money but if the manager is to have a sustained run in Europes most glamorous competition then he must keep the nucleus of the team that won the treble. P.S. see playtex have came out with a new Celtic bra, loads of support but no cups!!!!haha The proposed selling of Amoruso to Blackburnn is also baffiling as it is glaringly obvious that the big man doesnt want to leave as he showed after the scottish cup final, and the manager doesnt want him to go and the fans certainly dont want him to leave as altho ugh he does drop a few clangers a season and your heart is in your mouth every time he gets the ball , he is now a ger through and through and just like the legends that were Jorg Albertz and Brian Laudrup, the man has reached icon status with his performances in the old firm games and in Europe, the man plays with his heart on his sleeve and just like the great centre halfs before him like Goughie and Terry Butcher he's always there when it matters. Overall i am quite sceptical about the future of the club next season as Alex Mcleish is the first manager in recent history that has had this problem with rangers as the rest have had an open cheque book but i dont think this is a problem wih just rangers as it seems to be happening all over Europe apart form your Man Utd's and Real Madrids every club has had to make cut backs but im sure the manager will find a way to get the remaining players to gel together and also the talk of the transfer of Nuno Capucho from Porto is some good news on an otherwise disheartening start to the summer transfer window

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          11.09.2001 20:54
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          UEFA this morning told Rangers that they had to play Thursday's UEFA cup game in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Rangers Chairman David Murray has said that the club will appeal the decision, pending stronger guarantees of safety from the Russian officials. As a tim, I'm not sure how Rangers should approach this. Sure, there may be a risk of fighting spilling over from neighbouring Chechnya, and it has been questioned if teh game would be allowed to go ahead if it was Manchester United or Real Madrid involved, rather than Rangers. But what if Rangers had drawn Atletico Bilbao? Would there have been a question of fulfilling the game despite ETA's warning to tourists not to travel and the UK Foreign Office warning tourists to be on the lookout for bombs. Effectively, that would be the same situation as any potential problems in Makhachkala. But why should a tema ahve to travel to a warzone? They shouldn't have to. But, and I may be unpopular for mentioning this, do Rangers not travel now and again to Belfast? Again, a similar theoretical threat. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any problems going to Belfast myself, but we're dealiong with a theoretical problem in all these cases. I'll concede it's a difficult position for Rangers to be in, on one hand the saftey of the squad, which is rightly paramount. But on the other hand, the possibilty of a ban from European competition if they don't turn up. Rangers Squad was assembled with a view to challenging in the Champions League, and any European ban would make Rangers' current wage structure untenable. This would, in turn, lead to the squad being pretty much disbanded. This would be extremly bad for Rangers FC, and Scottish football in the whole. On balance, it's probably better if Rangers go, but UEFA are being extremly unfair putting the pressure on them, especially with the precedent of the infamous Scotland/Estonia Floodlightgate. Tea m dosen't turn up, and what's the punishment? A replay in a neutral venue. UEFA should be thinking about that, and move the game. Simple as that.

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            08.09.2001 23:06
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            Yes that is the team that i support,although recently thier performances have been falling short of what we have grown to expect. Celtic are our closest and oldest rivals and have been through some hard times over the past 10-15 years. On the brink of going out of business due to financial difficulties at one point,the club that hail from Parkhead have now toppled Rangers as the top club in Scotland. This is maybe one reason why rangers were so successful,Celtic changed managers quite a few times over the years and just could not break the gers hold on the scottish game. But alas now celtic seem to have found thier man in Martin O'Neill who is commited to improving celtic football club as a whole. Gone are the days of Aberdeen and Dundee United winning titles,its a 2 horse race these days. However since the day Grame Sounness walked in the door at ibrox things started looking up. Sounness was the ultimate player to have in your midfield,and it he was to turn out he was a master tactician as well. Sounness was rto leave the club for one of his former clubs,Liverpoool. Walter Smith emerged as the man to take over as he was the soon to be 'pool managers assistant. Smith was superb manager on the domestic scene although in europe Rangers really didn't improve apart from one run to the knockout stages of europes top tournament. He did secure rangers 9 in a row,matching what the great celtic team of the 60's and 70's,the 10th was to be his last season and as well signing some great,nae,world class players including Paul Gascgoine and The great Brian Laudrup. These players among others just did not perform in what was to be thier final seasons. Dick Advocaat had been widely tipped to take over and was confirmed as manager,winning a treble in his 1st season and a double in his 2nd. Things if you look at them though have not imroved for the money rangers have spent on pl ayers,thier record in the transfer market is nothing short of shocking. Need i mention Rozental,Bo Anderson,Boli,Kanchelskis. And with the recent daparture of Albertz and Van Bronckhorst to but a few,the team is looking a shadow of its former self. Advocaats future at Rangers as i see it,hangs on a good performance this season. Rangers have the quality to win the title although we seem to have an injury jinx recently. No Excuses!

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              I am writing as a life long Rangers fan who did not enjoy last season one little bit, but am looking forward to this season with mixed feelings. I am 43 years of age and can still remember my teenage years watching the bears in the Seventies when Celtic were winning everything (8 in a row etc) and Rangers were struggling so I can remember worse times than last season although many of todays fans dont see this. I have had a few heroes in the past, John Greig, Sandy Jardine, Derek Johnstone ,Derk Parlane, Bobby Russell, Jim Bett, Terry Butcher, Paul Gasgoine, the superb Brian Laudrup, Jorg Albertz( I still shed a tear at him leaving) to name a few but my all time ultimate hero was the genius of Davie Cooper, words just cant describe that man's skill and he will forever be missed. I loved the Graeme Souness era, that is when Rangers were reborn as a force and we have been spoiled since then. Walter Smith took over and done an excellent job as well. Then came Dick Advocat and he proved in his first couple of seasons he could keep the momentum going. I like Dick but some of his decisions leave me totally confused and irritated, what decisions I hear you ask, where shall we start? SEBASTIAN ROZENTAL- We nurse him through years of injury then when he seems fit Dick offloads him to where no one is quite sure. COLIN HENDRY - Dick buys the big defender, not the most skillful player granted,but the man would give 100% and was a no nonsense defender who wouldnt try and be fancy in the penalty box like big Amo, I dont feel he was given a fair chance by Advocat. AMATO - One of the most skillful players seen at Ibrox for a few years he was offloaded as well. PAUL RITCHIE - Never given a chance. DANIEL PRODAN - Much the same as Rozental, nursed through injury then booted. KANCHELSIS - Puts him out on loan last season when we were crying out for strikers and as recent as last week he had a great gam e against Dunfermline then finds himself on the bench the next game against Hibs . BILLY DODDS- Not been given a fair chance. KENNY MILLER - Same as above. ALAN JOHNSON -As above. JOHANSEN- Sold him now he is scoring goals for fun with Charlton. JORG ALBERTZ- I dont want to talk about this. There are more strange decisions, but these are the ones that stick in my mind.But it is a love hate relationship. On finishing I have great hopes for this season and hopefully we will stop our Jekyll and Hyde rotine and get some consistency. If we can win or draw tonight in Turkey that should kick start our season and put us back where we belong. I write this added part on the morning of 24th August. I have a strong feeling of Deja Vu, once again we are out of the Champions League (or was I watching an old video from last year? ) Once again we are taught a harsh European lesson that we will totally ignore. Oh well there is always Doo yoo to keep me happy,

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                I am a big Rangers fan who will support them through bad times and good times, been a lot of good times recently though. The bad times have started recently, but if you compare Rangers to teams like Morton or Airdrie or even Partick Thistle a few years ago when all these teams have come close to going out of business, there isnt really any comparison. However the problem for Dick Advocaat and his men is Rangers fans are used to success and if we dont get it, fans start to get annoyed and in some extreme matters, turn on the team and boo them. Rangers fans go on about us buying Dutch players and overrated International stars and wanting Dick Advocaat to blood some of our young Scottish players at the team, however the problem with this is that Advocaat knows they aint ready to play for Rangers and if they play and dont play well, he will get it in the neck for playing a youngster too early. The Dutch colony has worked to a extent at Ibrox. In the early days of Advocaat's reign, they were superb and the Rangers fans were happy. However, Celtic have closed the gap now on Rangers and with the added pressure, it is now harder for these Dutch players to perform. The future does look good for Rangers, the new Training Centre at Auchenhowie is going to help the youngsters to get good training and is going to unearth new stars, who hopefully will be Scottish and can help the declining national squad become better in the future. I can see Dick saying good-bye at the end of this season to Ibrox, seeing as he hasnt signed a new contract yet and if/when that happens, it is hard to tell who will take over the Ibrox hotseat, Graeme Souness is the fans favourite as fans know how disciplined he was in his Ibrox reign from 1986-1991, he did leave under a cloud, but I think most Rangers fans would welcome him back and if Rangers dont win the title this year, then Souness could help them get it back. He is secure at Blackburn though, but if Rangers came c alling again, I think he would go. The idea of the squad would be under scruitny as well, because the new manager would get rid of a few players without a doubt. Klos is the No1 goalie at Ibrox and is a good performer so he would stay I think. Defence would lose Konterman and maybe Numan/Ricksen, not because of quality of player, but the Dutch players would start to leave with no Dutch manager I think. I would like to see the new manager bring back Jorg Albertz from Hamburg, as he didnt really want to leave Ibrox, but him and DA didnt see eye to eye unfortunately. He should never have been sold, because he has been the main man for seasons for Rangers. Most of the midfield would stay, except for Kanchelskis and a few of the fringe players. new youngster Stephen Hughes would be given a place in the new midfield in my opinion as well, as he is one to watch for the future. Up front, I dont know if the manager would keep all, I would keep Kenny Miller as he is a player who is going to be good in the future, Mols might unfortunately be finished and might not regain his brilliant form and flashing turnns he had at the start of his Gers career but hopefully he will regain that this season. Caniggia wont be there long, he is a good player but is a little bit too old and I would hope the manager would buy some younger players who are not injury prone. Flo is another one who people wonder about, I would keep him as I still think he will come good. So, looking at the future for Gers, I see a good future, but I think a new start may unfortuantely be needed to freshen up the regime at Ibrox. DA probably will go at the end of the season, so the time could be to bring back the prodigal son in Graeme Souness who could bring back the glory days to Ibrox and maybe lead us further in Europe. Also with the training centre, here is hoping we can unearth the future stars of Scottish and hopefully World football.

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                  Rangers recently banned the song "Simply the best" from being played as the team came out for matches. Rightly so. So just what's gone wrong at Ibrox? Two seasons ago, Rangers were unstoppable as they romped to their second consecutive League Championship, finishing an incredible twenty-one points ahead of arch-rivals Celtic. The arrival of Dick Advocaat had sparked an upturn in form in Europe, as the Ibrox giants overcame big names like Bayer Leverkusen, Parma and PSV Eindhoven. But over the summer, the once mighty Rangers turned into an average side and things have continued to get worse. When Dick Advocaat took over the club, he turned things around quickly with shrewd signings such as Giovanni Van Bronkhorst, Arthur Numan, Stefan Klos and Rod Wallace. He also made the most of the talent he had available as Barry Ferguson and Jorg Albertz. The team thrived and in the first season the treble was won. In Europe, the club was very unfortunate in the Champions League, going out only after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. The following season, the league was a formality as Celtic suffered a major decline and big things were expected in Europe last season. However, despite early victories over Sturm Graz and Monaco, injuries began to kick in and a disappointing expert from the Champions League was followed by a 3-0 trouncing at Kaiserslautern and a subsequent exit from the UEFA Cup. Throughout last season's dismal campaign, Advocaat pointed to injuries as Rangers main problem, but only Michael Mols and Gio Van Bronkhurst suffered only a long period of time. And that was due to Advocaat playing them when they weren't fully fit in the Champions League, meaning they hadn't had a chance to recover and were subsequently badly injured. Injuries were a problem, but they weren't the main reason for Rangers downfall. Quite simply, Advocaat lost the dressing room. He filled the team with Dutch players, favou ring them above the others, who quickly became disillusioned. Fans favourite Jorg Albertz was sold and other key players like Andrei Kanchelskis and Lorenzo Amoruso were also criticised by the defiant Dutchman. Advocaat's signing policy also left a lot to be desired. His summer signings of Bert Konterman and Fernando Ricksen were disastorous, yet still he stands by them. In the same summer, Paul Ritchie was bought and promptly sold, while Alan Johnston failed to make an impact even with the reserve team. As the season wore on, his signing policy did not improve. Ronald de Boer arrived from Barcelona and hardly played - although his time on the sidelines was his most productive period as a Rangers player. Tore Andre Flo's name had a 'p' added to it as he proved to be a £12 million dud and the signing of Marcus Gayle was baffling - ending with his transfer to Watford last week. Advocaat has had time to turn Rangers round and he's failed to do it. His championship wins were more down to Celtic's failings than his brilliance and he was tactically naive in Europe. David Murray is hoping he'll sign a new contract, but if he any sense, he'd get rid of Advocaat now - and take his duds with him.

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                    06.07.2001 00:41
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                    Well, the new season is a matter of weeks away, and I for one am looking forward to it. After a disasterous season last year, and one in which we did not hand the title to celtic(they won it, were not handed it), Rangers must believe they have the ability to strike back. I look at last season and although I could moan and say that we played poorly because of our injury list, I won't. A team the size of Rangers should have a reserve team capable of beating all. Manchester United could field possibly three teams from their squad, all of which could trounce most premiership teams, so why not Rangers? The answer to that lies firmly at the feet of Advocaat and David Murray. Not that I don't like the guys, but they should be able to temp the better players to come up to Scotland and play, especially as there is always a realistic chance of Champions League football. Then they allow the likes of Albertz and Gio leave the club to go to experienced European clubs. Seems a bit crazy to me. I am willing though to let Advocaat continue to manage the team, as I feel he has a longer term plan in mind. What keeps me optimistic about this next season is the signings of Nerlinger, Cannigia and Latapy. Two proven premier league players, and a good German midfielder to replace Albertz. Also Mols is almost back to full fitness, and says that he will be back for the european games, Tore Andre Flo will have his first full season and Amorusso is staying at the club. I then look at Celtic, who have made no summer signings, and have let Alan Stubbs go to Everton, have not managed to convince Vega to stay, and have players like Berkovic desperate to leave the club. This makes me believe that Rangers can restore themselves at their rightful place at the top of the league, and continue Celtic's One in a Row.

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                      16.05.2001 08:32
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                      Thish ish Dick Advocaat here, manager of der greatesht team in der Vorld, Glashgow Rangersh. I jusht thought I'd drop you a line on dish marvelloush shite (shorry!!) about my wonderful team. I have been ashked sheveral timesh thish sheashon about der performanshe of Rangersh and why dey have shtruggled to get der better of doshe two bit bumsh, Sheltic. I am here to categorically shtate dat der current League poshition ish in no way meaningful and dat football is not about winning gamesh and shcoring goalsh - if it wosh den it would all be sho very shimple and borink. No der great game of football ish actually about havink a manger vot can murder der English language and shign ash many foreignersh ash he can and in thish way, you shee, der Rangersh have won handsh down dish sheashon and vill continue to do. Sheltic have tried very vell vith der appointment of Martin O'Neill, but he ish clearly too undershtandable and thinks dat you have to buy British playersh. Ish he shtupid or vot? Surely he realishes dish from the performansh of Henrik Larsshon, who vosh dere ven O'Neill arrived at Sheltic. But no, he buyss Chrish Shutton and goesh on to blindly try and collect a load of pointsh - ach, he ish sho short shighted and hash mished der whole point - shilly boy. Ve vill have to give him a shound talking to in der closhe sheashon ven he hash realished der error of hiss vaysh. Many people have likevise ashked me about der performashe of Rangersh in der Championsh League and ashked vether I am dishappointed not to have qualified. Again dey are shadly vide of der mark here. The whole purposhe of der Championsh League hash never been to vin der thing, rather it ish to field ash many different nationalitiiesh ash ish poshible in one team and again der Rangersh and I have von dish contesht handss down once again dish year. Uefa are actually trying to keep theshe rulesh a closhely guarded shecret otherwishe everyone would be a t it. Sho you van she by dish mail dat I am absholutely elated by der triumph of Rangersh dish sheashon and will continue to shign der unknown foreign playersh for the foresheeable future and enjoy furder shukshessesh in der yearsh to come. Now, one lasht point and den I vill be off for my cocoa - again many fansh have ashked me why I talk in dish outrageoushly stereotyped vay - Yumping Yiminy, do dey know nothing? Do they not realishe my pashport ish totally dependent on continuing to make myshelf ash unintelligible ash poshible. If der board of directorsh undershtood vot I was shaying, den dey would quickly terminate my lavish contract and forshe me to go to another club, where they would apply der shame short shighted measuresh of shukshesh ash der Sheltic board. The world would quickly end in chaosh and I would have to change the approach to life which hash been sho suksheshful for me for dese lasht fifty yearsh. What ish der world coming to? Good night, shupportersh of der world'sh greatesht team and worry not, der future of your marvelloush team ish in very safe handsh ... not mine but very shafe nonethelesh.

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                        04.05.2001 04:29
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                        ....a MERE Decade of unparalleled and virtually unchallenged success in Scotland behind them and now things have turned full circle for Rangers fans. The 'auld enemy' Celtic have raced away with the SPL Title and showing they are superior in the ‘auld firm’ derby games this term. So what has gone wrong and what is it that has put the spanner in the works of the Ibrox Juggernaut? Well Scottish football, let’s face it, is not the most competitive around. No offence to you guys North of the border, but with clubs like the Glasgow duo around, the provincial clubs have little chance. They have the money, the support and the glamour that can act as a magnet to attract the best. Even the likes of Hearts and Hibs from Edinburgh can only act as second fiddle, despite their own support from the Scottish capital. The Rangers club have given successive Managers ££millions to spend on largely ‘over the hill’ foreign mercenaries and overrated English players. The team’s overall quality is shown up each season in the European Champions League as they fail to get over the first hurdle. Current Manager Dick Advocaat was brought in to give them that extra continental flair and valuable experience of European football – but he has obviously ‘lost the plot’ completely this season. I really don’t know how the club’s owners can keep the man in the job. He has no excuses. The team has suffered with the loss of players through injury, but it’s their motivation I question. A striker like Tore Andre Flo has looked superb in the English Premiership for Chelsea. His finishing clinical and his contribution to the team, despite often not getting a full game, excellent. He has scored several times for his new club, but by all accounts has looked sluggish, slow and faintly disinterested. OK, So it may be because he thinks it’s easy (and it will definitely have been easier than down i n England) – but it’s up to the Manager who paid £11 million was it for him, to get him geed up! The same goes for one of the ‘seen better days’ European players in the ‘Gers’ squad. Ronald de Boer must arguably be one of the best players EVER to have put on a Rangers shirt - If at his best, of course. But even at his present standard, he should be able to pick up and carry most of the players he faces and spur his teammates on to great heights. Advocaat, being a felloe Dutchman, should have no communication problems and with a player of his previous class and calibre at the heart of the defence, how is it that the side have leaked goals this term against even some of the ‘also rans’ in the league? It is Europe though that the Rangers fans crave success in. Having won title after title upon title and completely outdun Celtic for over a decade, success in the Champions League is seen as paramount. This season looked like they may finally qualify for the ‘second stage’ – but once again, they let a promising position slip. With the exit from Europe and their archest of rivals racing away with the Premier League, all motivation seems to have gone from the side. Forget injuries – that is a poor excuse. They have lost in the past two months to sides containing players who are – in theory – not fit to lace the ‘millionaire’ Rangers players’ boots! Can Advocaat resurrect Rangers and turn them into major contenders next season? With plenty of money at the club’s disposal and new Managers of proven motivational and trophy winning abilities out there and available, I just wonder whether Dick may get a ‘kick’ out the Ibrox door come the end of term. Anyone want to lay bets on a former Scottish international taking over – one who has won the English Premiership and FA Cup double and currently out of work…..George Graham ??? Could he resist.

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                          03.05.2001 03:19
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                          SearchHome » Sport » Spectator » Football » Glasgow Rangers football Club. Arguably one of the best sides in Britain last year. But have they become overfilled with continental players do we need all these foreigners to show us how to play football or what. Dick Advocaat needs to scrap his whole defence and start again. In Europe this season we were in one of the best positions they had ever been in and the first games seemed to refect that. But Amoruso and his cronies caused Rangers to flump like a bunch of amateurs. This was not in good stead for the season because they are now flopping even further. 3rd place isn't the worst ever but the way they go in to there matches is depressing. It's bad enough struggling and grappling with mid place teams and below but to get mauled just about every time bar once this season off of the oldest rivalry in footballing history is utter schocking. Come on Dick we know what you can do now wake up and sort your team out. The worst part is losing to arch rivals celtic.In 95 years rangers have never been beaten more than 3-0 by Celtic. That is a record only this team could produce. Not all of it is Advocaats fault but he obviously hasn't handled the injury situation properly. Ever after the 5-0 win over Sturm Grats things have tumbled downhill and r still decling. DA hasn't put out anywhere near the strongets teams available to him and for a master tactician it is probably the worst formation ever. Although I don't want Advocaat to go the majorit of fans will be demanding heads role at the coaching post at Rangers FC. Stronger next season.They need to be! 

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                          14.04.2001 23:03
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                          By their standards, Rangers have had a barren season. Dutch manager Dick Advocaat had after all won 5 of the 6 domestic trophies available prior to this season. Admittedly this was due in no small part to their Old Firm rival Celtic’s inadequacies. While Celtic went through a period of turmoil, Rangers profited by retaining a sense of consistency. This was meant to be the season where Rangers finally delivered in Europe. After a promising start, including a 5-0 home win over Sturm Graz and an impressive 1-0 away result in Monaco, things started to go wrong. Defeats in away games at the hands of Galatasaray and Graz left Rangers requiring to win one of their two remaining home games. In the event they drew both games, throwing away a valuable lead against Monaco with some inept defending. Rangers’ Champions League campaign thus came to an abrupt conclusion, but as some consolation, they dropped into the UEFA Cup. A 1-0 home win over Kaiserslautern looked promising, but they were thrashed 3-0 in the return leg, and thus ended another poor European season. By this stage, Rangers’ domestic form was starting to suffer as well. In the first Old Firm derby of the season, they were demolished 6-2 by a rampant Celtic side. This set the pattern for the remainder of their season. So far this term they have lost 7 league games, against the likes of Dundee United (second from bottom of the table), St Johnstone and Kilmarnock. Their progress in the League Cup was halted by Celtic, and they tumbled to a shock Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of United. A significant factor in Rangers’ inconsistent performances has been their long injury list. The club has a reputation for signing players with a dubious medical history. This season they have lost their best player, the Dutch midfielder Giovanni Van Bornckhorst to injury, and his influence has been badly missed. With only one year remaining on his contract, it is likely he will be sold in the summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal reported to be interested, at a fee of £10-12m. Jorg Albertz, the German with possibly the most powerful shot in the British game has also missed a large portion of the season injured. Compounding this has been the poor performances turned in by their recent signings. Last summer, Advocaat spent almost £10m on 2 Dutch international defenders, Bert Konterman and Fernando Ricksen. Both have proved costly mistakes – Ricksen lasted only 20 minutes on his Old Firm debut before being substituted, and has tended to look completely hapless at times. A red card in a later Old Firm match did little to help his cause, and his comments about Rangers having a superior squad to Celtic’s were inadvisable at best. Konterman has just looked plain clumsy. Lacking real pace, his height is his most notable attribute, but he has been responsible for a large number of the goals they have conceded. Rangers’ record signing, the £12m Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo has done little to win over the fans, looking hopelessly out of touch at times. He still has much to do to win over the affections of the notoriously fickle Ibrox crowd. Of the existing squad, Lorenzo Amoruso, the captain at the start of the season, has cut a sad figure this season. Rightly or wrongly blamed for Rangers failings, he has seen moves to West Ham, Fiorentina and Sunderland fall through. His time at Ibrox is surely running out. One plus point this season has been the form of Barry Ferguson. Awarded the captaincy after Advocaat tired of Amoruso’s blunders, he has become Rangers most significant influence in the centre of the park. His range of passing is vital to Rangers play, and he has now established himself as a crucial element in the Scottish national team. Indiscipline has blighted Rangers season, with important players banned at different times. Advocaat is a renowne d disciplinarian, so this aspect of their season has been baffling to say the least. For next season, Rangers will have to rebuild. It now looks likely they will finish second to Celtic in the league, thus claiming the lucrative second Champions League spot. For the past few weeks, it has been a desperate scramble to beat Hibs to second place in the league, but this now looks a foregone conclusion. It remains to be seen how long Advocaat will remain at Ibrox. He enjoys a good understanding with chairman David Murray, who is likely to bankroll another significant spending spree in the summer. Perhaps this aspect of Advocaat’s style is open to criticism – instead of trying to improve the players at his disposal, as Martin O’Neill has done throughout his managerial career, Advocaat is more inclined to get the cheque book out and buy a couple of panic buys. No matter how bad the results have been, Murray has always backed his manager, and it is highly unlikely he will ever be sacked. Next season will be crucial in determining whether Advocaat will extend his contract, which runs out next year. A number of players will be leaving in the summer, most likely Rod Wallace, Billy Dodds, Sergio Porrini, Amoruso and possibly Ricksen. Their replacements must be of a better quality than that which they are replacing, otherwise Celtic’s current domination will continue. Advocaat’s standing as a coach will also depend on how Rangers can turn things around. Best not to write them off though...

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                            15.03.2001 04:33
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                            Dick Advocaat has spent £72m in transfer fees for the following players. When you consider signing on fees and wages it doesn't bear thinking about the total cost involved. I will run through the players. Marcus Gayle - £900,000 Has just been signed from Wimbledon. He makes his debut tonight against Dundee but I can't imagine he will do any better than Billy Dodds. Time will tell but he will just be a squad player in time so was there any need to sign a 30 year old when the season is already over? Tore Andre Flo - £12,000,000 This was a staggering amount of money to pay for a reserve player. It doubled the Scottish transfer record and I think it was a last throw of the dice to try and catch Celtic. Flo is a very good player; he could even be a great player in the right team. However, he needs to play in a team that predominantly hits on the break; that is why Chelsea mainly played him in Europe. Rangers have the majority of possession in most of the games they play so Flo is not used anywhere near as effectively as he could be. Arthur Numan - £5,000,000 Advocaat new exactly what he was getting here as he had Numan at his previous club, PSV Eindhoven. He has been unlucky here as Numan was one of the starts of the 1998 World Cup but a run of bad injuries has left him a shadow of the player he used to be. He has been exposed quite a few times this year and you feel his best days are gone, however, this one cannot really be blamed on Advocaat. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst - £5,000,000 This has been Advocaat's best signing for Rangers. He is a classy midfielder who has begun to establish himself in the Dutch National Team. However, it looks extremely likely that he will leave in the summer. If he does not then he will almost certainly leave on a Bosman next summer when his contract expires. Michael Mols - £4,000,000 Mols is another who looked the part but his ca reer has been virtually ended injury. Although he was not a prolific scorer he looked like the kind of player who could play upfront with a genuine top class striker. His true potential will never be realised as he continues to struggle to come back. Bert Konterman - £4,000,000 How this man ever won a professional contract never mind a Dutch cap is beyond me. I think that Advocaat bought him as a replacement for Amorouso as he is a similar type of player. However the sad fact is Konterman is simply not up to the job and is now being outshone by the Rangers youngsters. As he is approaching age 30 you cannot see him getting any better and this is possibly Advocaat's second worst signing. Fernando Ricksen - £3,500,000 For Konterman read X2 for Ricksen. This man is simply woeful. In two Old Firm games this season he has lasted 23 mins before being subbed and then 39 mins before being sent off. He is very limited and has tried to make up for this by relying on aggression but he is not clever enough to get away with it. At least he is a few years younger than Konterman so he may improve but £3.5m was a crazy price for what we have seen of Ricksen so far. Ronald De Boer - £4,500,000 De Boer could have been (and may still prove to be) a good signing. But as usual his fitness wasn't up to the job and as usual he needed an operation. Whoever does the medicals at Rangers needs a serious kick up the arse as the number of players that need an operation within months (and sometimes weeks) of signing. De Boer needs more time but in the games he did play he looked to be going through the motions. A player of his pedigree should be imposing himself on the domestic games. Jesper Christiansen - £1,200,000 This is a player Advocaat had never seen before he bought him. He played when Stefan Klos was injured and looked OK but nothing special. He is one for the future and as such shouldn't b e judged just now. Andrei Kanchelskis - £5,000,000 This was another poor use of £5m. The moody Russian looks a shadow of the player that played in the Premiership. Indeed he looked lost in Seria A when he played for Fiorentina. He has since been loaned out to Man City and looks to be beginning to believe in himself again. He may come back to Scotland again but he will have a lot to do before he can be considered a good buy. Stefan Klos - £800,000 This was a shrewd buy from Advocaat. Klos is an excellent shot-stopper and commands his area well. For the money he has been an excellent buy and rivals Van Bronckhorst in the best buy per pound paid. He is slightly injury prone but he is undoubtedly a top drawer 'keeper. Lionel Charbonnier - £1,200,000 The eccentric Frenchman looked to be a good signing for a while but he was ultimately given a free transfer for his refusal to play. A further £500,000 pay off just added further insult. Stephane Guivarch'e - £3,750,000 This was a man who flopped massively at Newcastle before proving he was not a one hit wonder and repeated the trick in Scotland as well. I suppose the best thing you can say is Rangers got their money back when they sold him a few months later. Another disastrous signing. Colin Hendry - £4,200,000 After realising Konterman and Amorouso were not the answers a further £4.2m was wasted on the current Scotland captain. A player that was top class but was over the hill and the fee was staggering. It is no surprise that Hendry has had to drop a level on leaving. Gabriel Amato - £4,000,000 Amato is a player I liked. he had skill in abundance and was big and strong. For some reason it never quite happened for him in Scotland. Although he is viewed as a bad signing in many people's eyes I feel that he was a gamble worth taking. Daniel Prodan - £2,800,000 Take a bow th e Rangers doctors and fitness test team. Prodan has never played a single game for Rangers and was released from his contract to go back to Romania. He is now playing for his National Team again and Aston Villa are monitoring the situation. Words cannot describe the waste of money. Possibly the most laughable signing in history. Neil McCann - £2,000,000 McCann is a player that has never really impressed me. He can be good but too often he drifts out of a game. If the reported bid of £5m from Coventry was genuine then I would have taken it immediately. A useful squad player but nothing more. Claudio Reyna - £2,000,000 Reyna is a good all-round player. He is a total athlete as you would expect from an American and can fill number of positions. he is a good squad player and a good signing at £2m. Kerimoglu Tugay - £1,000,000 Tugay is another good signing. He is too similar to Reyna to play them both in the same midfield in my opinion and that has cost the two of them. Still he is a very good player that can fill in at sweeper and a bargain for £1m. A slight concern over his temperament however. Billy Dodds - £1,200,000 I like Dodds. Not the greatest player in the world but he has scored goals everywhere he has been. Advocaat seems to have lost all faith in him, which is a shame as he could be Scotland's first choice striker. Tero Pentilla - £400,000 WHY????????? Kenny Miller - £2,000,000 I think he was bought for the future but he has been massively underused. As Rangers' season is over surely he should be given a run in the side? A poor return of 9 goals when you consider 5 came in one game. Peter Lovenkrands - £1,500,000 Again another youngster but he has looked out of his depth the few chances he has had. Best reserving judgement for the moment. Well that’s it £72m for a very poor return. You could ar gue that £72m is not a lot nowadays but Gerard Houllier has built a massive squad of top quality players for a similar sum. Rangers chairman David Murray has said that if this was Advocaat's first season he would have been sacked. What is the difference? It is exactly these sentiments, which left Brian Clough at Forest for too long, and you see where they are now; although others did not help after Clough. After losing tonight I will be surprised to see Advocaat in charge next season. The decision may be taken out of his hands.

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                              13.02.2001 05:35
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                              Well, as you may have noticed, Rangers are no longer title favourites for the Scottish Premier league in Scotland! Why? One reason - a new Celtic have arrived. It may not be fair to disrespect Rangers in the form of giving them anything less than 5 stars, as they have won most of the last 10 Premier League titles in Scotland, not even Celtic could touch them, apart from one season when they won it. It now seems as though their season has all gone pear shaped as the other half of Glasgow celebrates in the glory of Green and White stripes. I don't think Rangers stood a chance after Martin O'Niell joined the bhoys - such a great manager was bound to do wonders for the club and he has, there's been a revival at Celtic, and they've left Rangers in their wake. I think the neutral Glasgow football fan will be pleased to see Celtic have a turn at the top, but there will be an awful lot of disgruntled Gers fans out there! So, why aren't they doing well? Celtic, Celtic and more Celtic really. Rangers haven't been able to pull the performances out of the bag like they used to, although they did win one out of the three games against their home grown rivals this season. Maybe they'll make it two all! They won't win the league, but I am sure that they will improve next season and it'll be closer between the two clubs. The best players at Rangers? I don't want to dispute, so here's a lost of them all: 1 Stefan Klos 14 Ronald De Boer 25 Tony Vidmar 2 Fernando Ricksen 15 Bert Konterman 26 Peter Lovenkrands 3 Craig Moore 16 Billy Dodds 27 Stephen Hughes 4 Lorenzo Amoruso 17 Tugay Kerimoglu 28 Dariusz Adamczuk 5 Arthur Numan 18 Neil McCann 29 Tero Penttila 6 Barry Ferguson 19 Scott Wilson 30 Lionel Charbonnier 8 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst 20 Jesper Christiansen 31 Marco Negri 9 Mic hael Mols 21 Sergio Porrini 32 Mark Brown 10 Rod Wallace 22 Tore Andre Flo 33 Robert Malcolm 11 Jorg Albertz 23 Kenny Miller 36 Steven Carson 12 Claudio Reyna 24 Allan Johnston 44 Maurice Ross Allan Johnston, Albertz and Flo are the best in my view!

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                              Rangers used to be the Manchester united of Scotland but now, it seems that their fate may have been sealed. Celtic look poised to win the league this season and qualify for the Champions league. At the moment, Celtic are 12 points ahead of Rangers. Rangers may find it difficult to qualify for the champions league next season. They are 4 points behind Hibernian and if it stays this way, I am afraid they just have to settle for the UEFA cup instead. What went wrong? A lot of things. They lost 6-2 to Celtic away from home and some revenge was exerted when they beat Celtic 5-1 at home. They had some difficulties in qualifying from the first stage of the Champions League. They beat Sturm Graz 5-0 at home and things looked promising. They then went on to beat Monaco 1-0 away from home. Things seemed to take a turn for the worse. They lost to Galatasaray 3-2 away from home and they went on to lose 2-0 at Sturm Graz. Although they drew 2-2 with Monaco, that wasn't enough to save them from relegation. As one commentator said: "Ranger's fans must be wondering what spring looks like in the Champions league". They were relegated to the UEFA cup and their opponents were Kaiserslautern. They won 1-0 at home and then they suffered an embarassing defeat:losing 3-0 away from home. This is the second time that they had lost to a German team. Some of their key players suffered injuries and some wanted to leave the club. Amoruso is reportedly leaving to West Ham but the manager wants him to stay. They are rumours of the coach Dick Advocaat will be leaving the club. What have they done to rectify the problem? They signed Tore Andre Flo from Chelsea and Ronald De Boar from Barcelona. The players have been improving in their play. currently, Billy Dodds is the top scorer, Jorg Albertz is the top player, Barry Ferguson is the top passer and Lorenzo Amoruso is the top tackler. In my opinion, I would say that Rang ers were champions for some time and now it is the turn of Celtic.

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                              Rangers Football Club is a football club from Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premier League. Rangers are the most successful club in Scottish football, with 51 league titles, and have won the most trophies of any football club in the world. The club's home, the all-seated 51,082-capacity Ibrox Stadium in south-west Glasgow, has been accredited as one of UEFA's five-star stadia. Rangers players and fans today are multi-national and of various religions, although the club has traditionally been identified with the Protestant Unionist community of Scotland. For most of their history, Rangers have enjoyed a fierce rivalry with their cross-city opponents Celtic. The club is nicknamed The Teddy Bears, from the rhyming slang for Gers (short for Rangers), and the fans are known to each other as 'Bluenoses'. The club's correct name is simply Rangers F.C. although it is sometimes incorrectly called Glasgow Rangers. This frequently happens with English commentators seeking to distinguish between them and other similarly-named clubs, particularly Queens Park Rangers F.C. This naming convention is also popular in Europe and further afield, where any club without its location in its name receives it as a prefix or suffix, for example Red Star Belgrade.