Tag: Rangers

Celtic, Rangers & a Superscoreboard Fact-Check

Last Friday on Glasgow Radio Clyde’s daily Superscoreboard (SSB) phone-in show, a simmering feud between two outspoken football pundits spectacularly boiled over. One was Chris Sutton, a “straight-talking” presence on the BBC’s Saturday afternoon Final Score (FS) programme and BT Sport’s Scottish football coverage. The other, Derek Johnstone, a “straight-talking” SSB presence and a Glasgow Evening Times newspaper columnist listed on professionals’ social network site LinkedIn as “TV Pundit, Glasgow Rangers.” Sutton scored 86 goals in 199 Celtic appearances from 2000 to 2006. His “straight-talking” shtick is wearisome. Not as wearisome as BBC colleague Alan Green’s whingeing controversialism, though...

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The Return of the Old Firm Match? No Thanks

“Over the past few years some people have said they haven’t missed the Old Firm game. Frankly they’ve been lying through their teeth,” gurned Sky Sports presenter David Tanner at half-time in last April’s Celtic/Rangers Scottish Cup semi-final. “F**k off, f**king calling me a liar. You don’t even f**king know me,” I said. And it was more insulting to fans of other Scottish clubs, who will have missed Celtic/Rangers as much as, say, fans of any London club “missed” the Manchester derby when pre-oil money Manchester City toured England’s second and third tiers. As Dundee United fan Stuart Milne...

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The 2016 Scottish Cup Final: Losing The Moral High Ground

All protagonists in the pitch invasion and crowd trouble after Hibernian’s first Scottish Cup triumph since 1902 have cases to answer. The soon-to-be-appointed SFA Independent investigatory Commission will be busy. Police and stewards were swamped by Hibernian fans and bust approximately no guts to stop Rangers fans. Fans can’t entirely be excused by the day’s emotions; the Hibernian fans who goaded Rangers fans; the Rangers fans who responded; nor anybody who, physically or otherwise, confronted Rangers players or officials. Yet Rangers, on this occasion demonstrably more sinned against than sinning, lost the moral high ground with official statements containing...

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From Kingston to Glasgow: Mickey Mouse Cups & Mickey Mouse Hacks

This week, Kingstonian won an oddly-named trophy after an odd game on an odd night. And, oddly, though Mark Murphy wasn’t as pleased as some, he was more pleased than he thought he’d be. Meanwhile, the linguistic contortions of an award-winning Scottish journalist’s Rangers coverage get odder still… CUPS “I like the Alan Turvey,” said a Ks fan younger than me (as most are these says) in response to my apathy towards the concept. If ever a five-word sentence needed a context, and quick, it was this one. Kingstonian reached the Isthmian League Cup Final recently…or the “Alan Turvey...

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Scottish Football… “Corruption” – Resolution 12

Strong, occasionally irrefutable, evidence has existed for years of Scotland’s football authorities’ dishonesty in dealings with certain member clubs. Football journalists elsewhere in Britain would pursue such stories. Scotland’s football press seem to care more for covering them up. For example, “Resolution 12,” which, almost inevitably, involves Rangers avoiding sanction for clear breaches of financial regulations. On 30th June 2011, Rangers owed £2.8m in tax and interest linked to a “Discount Options Scheme” (DOS) which operated from 1999 to 2003. The details of the scheme remain migraine-inducing. However, Rangers had accepted the £2.8m liability, which rendered them ineligible for...

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