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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:04 pm
by made_man
:lol:

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:45 pm
by Paul Quinn
Great result for Rangers last night and in the last 10 mins probably made as many really good chances as Barcelona had in the entire game and with 85% of possesion of the ball. Possesion of the ball doesn't win games
and Smith has adopted his favoured 4-5-1 formation to great effect since he took over, the same formation that helped him win as many titles in his first spell in charge of Rangers. I lost count of the times Celtic, under Tommy Burns, played Rangers off the pitch and we still left Ibrox with zilcho. I like Smith as a manager, I like alot of the players at Rangers just now, Hutton in particular, is a fantastic player, who I would loved to have seen at Celtic, still a bit raw defensively and still tends to dive in rather than stay on his feet, but his driving runs forward have made, for me, the biggest impact on the way Rangers are playing this season and alot of the goals they've scored this season have came via Hutton, certainly a Scottish Player of The Year candidate. Here's hoping for a similiar if not better result tonight for Celtic in Lisbon, although to be honest i'm not holding my breath. Celtic under Gordon Strachan are very poor in my opinion. I think Strachan has been very lucky so far in the SPL and Scottish football in general as I think he has come up against probably the worst Rangers teams in their history over the last 2 seasons, that has changed dramatically since Smith took over at Rangers, the 3 results between them so far has proved that , although I think the Scottish game is looking in brilliant shape right now with John Collins at Hibs and Mark McGhee at Motherwell doing really well and playing really attractive & attacking football and today's co-efficient table tells that story. So, well done to Rangers, come on The Hoops and good luck to Aberdeen in their Uefa Cup Group. :)

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:49 pm
by Supereclipse
When is the next co-efficient calculation to be published, does anybody know.

I reckon we will be at No 2 maybe even 1. :D

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:54 pm
by Paul Quinn
Supereclipse wrote:When is the next co-efficient calculation to be published, does anybody know.

I reckon we will be at No 2 maybe even 1. :D


Today: Scotland - 13th, England- 11th

Argentina head the rankings, Brazil are second, Italy third, the managerless Republic of Ireland are 32nd, Northern Ireland 36th and Wales 58th.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:56 pm
by Kowaldoc
Ughhhhh Ughhhh!!!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:57 pm
by i hate scotland
Well done to Rangers last night on a good result.

I fear for our chances tonight, especially if Pressley is one of our starting centre halfs. I hope the pub I'll be watching the game in tonight has a sofa. :shock:

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:58 pm
by Paul Quinn
Sideways Hank O'Malley wrote:Ughhhhh Ughhhh!!!


Ha(il!) Ha(il!), - Ha,Ha, - Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha

:lol:

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:02 pm
by Kowaldoc
Messi slams Rangers brand of 'anti-football'

Lionel Messi has accused Rangers of playing 'anti-football' in the
goalless Champions League clash at Ibrox and warned they will suffer at
the Nou Camp.

Barcelona dominated for large spells in the Group E match but failed to
break down a stubborn Rangers defence.
Walter Smith's men held on for the point which keeps them joint top of the
group ahead of the return leg in a fortnight's time.
While Rangers were thrilled with the draw, Messi was less than impressed
by the tactics employed by their hosts.

'It's incredible,' the 20-year-old Argentina international told Spanish
daily Sport. 'Rangers didn't want to play football.

'They practised anti-football from the first minute and it's a shame we
couldn't take victory because we created a good number of chances. We just
didn't put them away.

'I think that when they come to the Nou Camp everything is going to be
very different.'

The Barcelona winger added: 'We need to find a solution for breaking down
a team who close down so much, but I don't believe we will come across
many teams who play this way.'

Meanwhile, Thierry Henry believes the stalemate was not a disastrous
result, especially so soon after Barca suffered their first defeat of the
season at Villarreal at the weekend.

And the striker - who missed a couple of chances of his own at Ibrox - is
also confident of taking maximum points when Barca come up against Rangers
at home.

'We had possession and weren't in any danger but we caused a lot of danger
for Rangers,' he said. 'At the end of the day we got the point.

'We had a very tough game in the league at Villarreal so to then come here
and play away was tough but now we have two games at home and hopefully we
can do the job and qualify.'

Asked whether it was a point gained, he added: 'Well, it depends how you
see it. Look at the performance of the game and sometimes it looked like
we had four or five off the line.

'But in the Champions League, whoever you play, it is a good point.
Especially as it was our first game back after the defeat at Villarreal.
'It is better to have one point and keep the distance from Lyon to be
honest.'

Lyon defeated Stuttgart to pick up their first points of the section and
Henry warned against ruling out his fellow countrymen just yet, even
though Barca and Rangers are now favourites to progress to the knockout
phase.

'We now have two games at home and hopefully we can finish the job,' he
said. 'Rangers got a vital point because now they have a good distance on
Lyon.

'So we will see what can happen in two weeks. Lyon are back in contention
but I think them losing at our ground 3-0 and then back home to Rangers
3-0 makes it difficult, so it will be a massive task to come back but you
never know what can happen in football.'

Andres Iniesta was satisfied with the draw in Glasgow but felt Barcelona
should have been rewarded for their dominance with all three points.

'If we win at home it will be a good point,' the midfielder told the
club's website.
'In European competition it is important to draw away from home.
'In games like this, if you are lucky enough to score you can do more, but
we were unlucky in front of goal.
'It is important that we are still leaders, but especially considering the
first half, we get the feeling we have dropped two points.'

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes added: 'Barca looked impressive against a very
physical team and the only thing we didn't do was score. We get the
feeling that we can make this draw count in the next game at home.'


http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story ... 59&cc=5739

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:16 pm
by Bumpy Dog
Heh heh, Messi is obviously so gifted with skill and that he forgets that more than half of the team are employed to stop good players playing!

I think it's absoulutely fantastic that he's made this statement because he has just vindicated Rangers' tactics and performance. I don't think Papac had a particularly good game but he certainly had the measure of Messi.

Indeed, Papac was so comfortable with the performance that he thought, as I did, that Rangers could have made more of a push in the closing stages of the game.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:21 pm
by Kowaldoc
Genuine Question. Why have the currants significantly narrowed the pitch at Ibrox???

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:24 pm
by Big Bazza
Sideways Hank O'Malley wrote:Genuine Question. Why have the currants significantly narrowed the pitch at Ibrox???


To keep Artur Boruc further away from the stands.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:24 pm
by Bumpy Dog
Sideways Hank O'Malley wrote:Genuine Question. Why have the currants significantly narrowed the pitch at Ibrox???



I assume you mean Rangers?


It's because Ally McCoist is near sighted.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:09 pm
by Bert the Mullett
Sideways Hank O'Malley wrote:Genuine Question. Why have the currants significantly narrowed the pitch at Ibrox???


I remember us doing that against Kiev in the 80s. Crooked as fuck, but still within the guidelines.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:25 pm
by guest
I hear rangers are selling all their strikers in the january sales as they no longer need them. walter will be fielding 10 defenders and a goalie till the end of the season. he particularly wants to play teams with a good own goal record.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:52 pm
by made_man
guest wrote:I hear rangers are selling all their strikers in the january sales as they no longer need them. walter will be fielding 10 defenders and a goalie till the end of the season. he particularly wants to play teams with a good own goal record.


That's really amusing.

Well done.