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: 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

Scotland the weak

In a week when Gordon Strachan admitted that Scottish football needs “wholesale reform”, it was interesting to see comedian Andy Cameron on a re-run of Top of the Pops, singing “Ally’s Army”, that paen to the 1978 Scottish international team bound for Argentina. How times change, for in 35 years, Scotland have gone from being a confident, strident international team to absolute also-rans. In fact, … Continue reading Scotland the weak

Rangers – Aye Ready for liquidation

Glasgow Rangers are a systemic club. Without them, Scottish football will fall deeper and deeper into the world of also-rans. Whatever the green half of Glasgow thinks, Celtic need Rangers. The rivalry – however unpleasant it can be – is what keeps football alive in Scotland’s second city. However, this should not prompt the authorities in Scotland to give them sacred status. Rangers have been … Continue reading Rangers – Aye Ready for liquidation