Showing posts with label Hibs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hibs. Show all posts

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Rangers v Hearts - the most important match of the season?

Many Bears reading the headline might be thinking ‘lunacy’ (this site has a reputation for madness) and that it is both too early to make such comments and not a fixture that qualifies for such importance.

I believe it is.

Rangers have had a stuttering start to the Premiership this season. An unconvincing win at Fir Park was compounded by a disappointing defeat at Ibrox to Hibs, leading many to question the team’s quality and the manager’s ability, not to mention a few refereeing decisions.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Jack red card - did ref John Beaton 'even up' an error?

 Article by: Ibrox Noise

If one thing is for sure, it is that the fall out from Saturday’s titanic tussle at Ibrox between Rangers and Hibs continues on with nonsense over red cards, police action, statements, and every which way but loose.

Rangers fans are especially angry over the Ryan Jack red card, believing the defensive midfielder was harshly treated by referee John Beaton and should never have been sent off.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Hibs' pitch invasion - 'no action merited'

Finally the SFA-commissioned  ‘independent report’ has been published today, and predictably, it is filled with near-admonishment of Hibs supporters and mild condemnation of Rangers fans for being ‘taunted’.

In summary, we all saw the events unfold live – either we were at the match itself watching the chaos unfurl around us, or we saw it from a birds-eye view on Sky Sports, the horror of seeing Rangers players assaulted by Hibs fans, of hundreds nay thousands of Edinburgh’s finest roam the pitch looking for someone to hurt.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Why no apology, Hibs?

 Greg Roots

A short while ago, Hibernian FC finally got round to releasing a statement regarding the unpleasant events that unfolded after the final whistle of Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.

It is disappointing that it took them so long to release said statement, given the severity of the alleged actions carried out by some of their supporters when the curtain came down on their first Scottish Cup win in over 100 years.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Are Rangers ready for the cup final?

Since the memorable semifinal triumph last month, there is absolutely no doubt Rangers have downed tools. The four matches which followed that stunning win v Celtic were flat, weak, defensively diabolical and not a single win was secured in any of them.

The title party against Alloa was truly feeble, with a miserable display to slightly blot what was an otherwise glorious day in celebrating Rangers’ return to the Premiership. Many fans have played it down, suggesting Rangers will pick it up back up for the cup final, but then the counter argument is to point to English surprise package Leicester and how they strolled their title party against Everton with an easy 3-1 win before lifting the trophy.

Friday, 17 July 2015

SPFL, BT Sport & Sky announce changes to Rangers matches

BT Sport, Sky Sports and the SPFL have today announced fixture alterations to accommodate for TV broadcasts.

Rangers’ home clash with St Mirren as the curtain-raiser on the new season has been switched from Saturday 8th August at 15:00 to Friday the 7th at 19:45 hours.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

"SPFL are wrong to demand playoff charge" - Stuart McCall

Rangers’ manager Stuart McCall has backed Rangers’ (and Motherwell and Hibernian) stance on briefs for the playoffs, highlighting that the SPFL are wrong to request clubs charge for entry.

Rangers’ boss has supported existing season ticket holders being admitted for free, and describes the tickets for the playoffs as surely ‘falling under the league umbrella’ of rightful entry for ST holders.

He reasoned the following:

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Signings Rangers Need for Life in the Championship

With the championship in the bag, the cups finished (For Rangers anyway) and only an unbeaten record now remaining to play for, attention has turned in earnest to preparation for next season’s travails in the Scottish Championship. Already confirmed as participating next year on top of Rangers are relegated SPL outfit Hearts, existing Championship sides Raith Rovers and Livingston, and fellow promoted League 1 side Dunfermline.

There are a few slots yet to be finalised (potentially including the other half of the Edinburgh coin, Hibernian) but the SPFL’s second flight next season looks like being the strongest it has ever been, boasting at least 5 former SPL teams for sure among its ranks.

So, it is safe to say it will be a considerable step up from League 1 through which Rangers bestrode like a colossus, but the Ibrox men currently do not sit pretty in terms of the personnel at their disposal and the form they carry.

Manager Ally McCoist has indeed confirmed his own doubts about the present team’s ability to cope with life in a higher division next season.

"Absolutely, the prospect of a big club like Hibs coming down worries me. No-one has a God-given right to win games. I've already said it will be a hell of a competitive and interesting league."

While Rangers’ squad is not abysmal, their form is, and targets have started to emerge as early as April regarding badly-needed enhancements to the squad. Let us take a look at the speculation.

The first one is the big name. The ex-player. Kris Boyd, currently plying his trade at Kilmarnock, and sitting pretty on 19 goals this season, Boyd has even managed an SPL Player of the Year nomination. The former Ibrox striker has matured greatly, adding intelligence to his game including setup play, and when he has appeared on BT Sports as a pundit, his knowledge and insight, and even charisma, have been a remarkable improvement on the monosyllabic shy-looking individual he once was.

There had been promising reports Boyd had signed a conditional two-year deal worth £7,000 doubling to £14,000 on promotion to the SPL, but according to the Daily Record the player has denied any contact has been made.

It has been reported that McCoist has definitely received a conditional ‘yes’ from one Bosman of the two he has spoken to, with Scott Allan of West Brom, Dundee United’s defender Gavin Gunning and Motherwell’s Shaun Hutchinson three such candidates.

If the ‘yes’ is not from Boyd, the money has been placed on it being Scott Allan, given the young Scottish midfielder’s reported desire to ‘return home’.

A name not mentioned but who yours truly believes would be a bargain is Albion Rovers’ impressive 25-year old stopper, Ross Dunlop. Outstanding at Ibrox in the cup quarter, the Wee Rovers’ defender would be an inexpensive outlay and a fine acquisition.

Two other names tenuously linked are also former players; Madjid Bougherra and Kenny Miller. Both have strenuously stated their desire to return, with the Algerian especially eager given his willingness to ‘play for free’. Miller, on the other hand, would require a wage, but if it is a modest one his presence cannot surely harm the team.

What is for sure is a vast change is required this summer, especially in central defence, with the hopeless Lee McCulloch desperately needing replaced. Bilel Mohsni, after a fine start, has become extremely unpopular among supporters despite (or as a result of) this author’s view that he has had to carry McCulloch in defence.

Gunning, Faure, Mohsni, and Dunlop would be a half-decent central defensive pool to choose from at Championship level.

However, McCoist has also reiterated all of this is totally moot until CEO Graham Wallace confirms what his budget is this summer, following the long-awaited business review’s conclusion around the 25th.

And that, my dear bluenose friends, is another story entirely.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Day the SPL Killed Itself

Was Monday the 25th of June 2012 the day the Scottish Premier League committed suicide? After the previous revelations on Sunday regarding the newco vote that Hearts, Hibs and Dundee Utd would not be voting in favour of Rangers came the final bombshell that Aberdeen, and surprisingly Inverness Caley Thistle and St Johnstone would be following suit and rejecting the new Rangers' company entrance to the SPL.

The first club to reject Rangers publicly.
This has followed months of speculation about Rangers' fate should it come to a member club vote, with the general belief from many being that it would be astoundingly foolish from a financial point of view for these smaller and less affluent clubs to reject a newco Rangers, a club whose presence would still help finance a massive chunk of the capital required to sustain the top flight in Scotland. From the massive Rangers away support helping with clubs' gates receipts to the most obvious revenue the giants of broadcasting such as Sky and ESPN bring to the table in light of Rangers' presence in the SPL, it is clear that each half of the Old Firm is critical to the livelihood of the Premier League, and the loss of either would have dire consequences, not just to the other remaining half, but to the smaller clubs.

Motherwell released figures on Sunday suggesting they will lose almost £1,000,0000 every season Rangers do not feature in the SPL, warning drastically that they would almost certainly face administration should the newco vote go against the Ibrox giants. "The club could be facing an insolvency event" their board revealed to the supporters, given the sheer chasm the loss of a million a season will create.

Kilmarnock confirmed similar fears, when manager Kenny Shiels said the following:

            "We have to save a million pounds. How do you do that? That's our challenge. We'll be the one that's affected the most to be fair, because where we are in relation to Rangers geographically, it's a Rangers stronghold where we are. We had 2 home games against Rangers which is even worse because we lose 2 home games against Rangers."

Kenny Shiels, fearing Kilmarnock's future.
So, smaller clubs within the SPL such as Kilmarnock, Motherwell, St Johnstone, Ross County, Inverness, some of whom will vote against the newco are going to face massive financial calamity as a result of it. A million pounds is a lot in the modern game, especially to a financially weak footballing nation such as Scotland. For that level of capital to simply vanish is gigantic and fatal.

And yet, here we are, replete with the certain inevitability that clubs, facing extinction if they vote against newco rangers, will indeed vote no on the 4th of July. Fellow blogger Chris Graham, who is doing a fine job of television appearances in light of recent events, stated on STV News last night:

            "They've all stated sporting integrity, I'm not convinced that's the only reason."

Polite understatement of the year Chris. There is no denying other clubs wish to see Rangers punished for alleged wrongdoing of the past, but the direction the vote is going sees the distinct possibility that they are cutting their noses off to spite their faces.

There is the issue of the dissolving of the top flight, with the SFA/SPL/SFL in talks to create an overhaul of Scottish football, which would void this vote and potentially save Rangers' place in the top flight, but it is prudent to opt for the assumption that this massive task will not happen and the Govan side will remain outside the top flight.

The smaller clubs cannot cope without the TV money and gate receipts a club as big as Rangers bring to them. An example to mull over is that Aberdeen get 12,000 attendance when Celtic visit, 7,000 when Kilmarnock visit, and well over 15,000 when Rangers do. Average of £25 (prices vary from £18 to £28) per adult ticket at Pittodrie. What do Aberdeen do when they lose at least 16,000 ticket sales from the absence of Rangers? That is £400,000 a season gone in an instant. And that is before the vast loss of TV revenue. Yet they are voting to reject Rangers?

Does admin await this lot? If financial reports are to be believed along with their vote, yes.
The 25th of June 2012 was the day certain member clubs chose to commit financial suicide. Potentially not all would have voted to reject Rangers, but those who did dragged the others down with them.

Financial oblivion awaits the Scottish game.