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November 30, 2009

Not the best week for Glasgow Rangers.

On the European front it was another sorry Champions League display as Rangers stuttered against Stuttgart losing 2 – 0 at Ibrox to the German side. The run of poor form continued into the weekend as Rangers lost their unbeaten record and top spot in the SPL as they went down 1 – 0 to 10 man Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The defeat on Tuesday signaled the end of any hope of making the last 16 of the Champions League and now the fall back of a place in the Europa Cup is gone too. Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that Rangers are out of Europe altogether as the performance on Tuesday night was simply appalling and I don’t think the fans can stomach much more this.

November 23, 2009

It was back to SPL business this weekend after the recent break for the third set of international fixtures of the season and Rangers showed no signs of international hangovers (for Madjid Bougherra that may not have been the case!) as they cruised to a 3 – 0 home win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

It was none other than striker Kris Boyd who opened the scoring for the SPL Champions bagging his 8th goal of the season. It’s such goal scoring form that is strengthening his case for a re-call to the national squad now that George ‘Bungling’ Burley is thankfully no longer in charge of the Scottish national team.

November 17, 2009

Hallelujah! Scotland manager George Burley was sacked on Monday by the Scottish Football Association after a shambolic 22 months in charge of the national side.

The final nail in the coffin came as Burley’s Scotland side sank to an embarrassing 3 – 0 defeat to what was a Wales ‘young team’, as we Glaswegians say, on Saturday at Cardiff City Stadium.

Now I’m not the type to take any sort of pleasure in another human beings downfall but being a long suffering Scotland fan I’m sure the footballing gods will forgive me in this instance. I called for Burley’s head back in September as Scotland failed to make the World Cup Play-Offs, he was tasked with qualifying Scotland to second position in the Group 9 and failed spectacularly with 4 defeats, 3 wins and a draw.

November 9, 2009

It’s been mixed fortunes this past week for Glasgow Rangers; picking up just a single point in Romania against Unirea Urziceni and in the process being charged by UEFA for improper conduct of their supporters during the 1-1 draw in Bucharest on Wednesday night
(4th Nov 09).

However in the domestic race for the title the SPL Champions kept hold of their unbeaten record in the league by picking up all three points with a 2 – 1 win at home to St Mirren on Saturday (7th Nov 09).

November 2, 2009

Glasgow Rangers have launched a new pioneering internet TV station - to fill the void left by the now defunct Setanta Sports who previously ran the clubs TV channel.

The new station is the first dedicated online TV station created by a UK football club and will service the clubs UK and overseas fans with a range of comprehensive programming which includes nine separate channels.

The last few weeks have seen Rangers make more front page headlines concerning financial problems at the club rather than footballing matters, so it was a welcome distraction as Rangers beat Dundee mid-week at Dens Park with a 3 – 1 victory (28th Oct 09).

The win sees the Ibrox side progress into the semi finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup as arch rivals Celtic were knocked out by Hearts. Jambo’s Captain Michael Stewart literally making Celtic pay the penalty with his 58th minute conversion from the spot for the Gorgie Road side to win 1 – 0 on the night.