Celtic under pressure as Rangers open up the title race

IT HAS been a long time coming, but Scotland has a truly competitive Premiership title race in 2020. After Rangers’ 2-1 win against Celtic at Parkhead at the end of the year, the reigning champions have a fight on their hands. Celtic fans won’t be feeling too comfortable, but the rest of Scotland will probably welcome the prospect of an exciting finale to the season. … Continue reading Celtic under pressure as Rangers open up the title race

Rangers’ slow road back continues

THERE WAS some encouraging news for Rangers in their 2018-19 financial results, but the figures also revealed just how far the club is behind “old firm” rivals Celtic. Rangers made a loss of £ 11.3 million despite revenues climbing by 63% to £ 53.2 million, boosted by a lengthy involvement in the Europa League. Chairman David King said the financial year had been positive, although … Continue reading Rangers’ slow road back continues

Rangers 1963-64 – a final flourish for the 60s

THE mid-1960s through to the 1970s was Celtic’s time in Scotland, Jock Stein’s side winning almost everything on offer. Before the tide turned in Glasgow, Rangers completed a memorable treble in 1963-64. Ibrox Park regulars would have found it hard to believe if anyone had told them, in 1964, that the Gers would not be crowned Scottish champions again for 11 long years. The Rangers … Continue reading Rangers 1963-64 – a final flourish for the 60s

Commentary Box: Leading cities are not always top football cities

IT goes without saying that for football fans who like a trip abroad, the ideal excursion is a combination of culture, football, food, drink (!) and meeting people from different corners of the world. If, like me, you tick all of those boxes when you go on a jaunt, then you inevitably form some form of judgement about the world’s great footballing cities. I’m starting a … Continue reading Commentary Box: Leading cities are not always top football cities

Commentary Box: Gerrard and Rangers. Blinded by the light

HISTORY has told us that great players don’t necessarily make great managers. Some do go on to have decent managerial careers, but how many outstanding footballers can match their days on the park to their time in the dugout? When Bobby Charlton went to Preston North End, they were truly excited about having one of the English game’s great names as their “gaffer”. It didn’t … Continue reading Commentary Box: Gerrard and Rangers. Blinded by the light