Showing posts with label Hampden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hampden. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rumour: is forgotten man to make shock return against Celtic?

Increasing speculation is doing the rounds with the shock news that forgotten man Andy Halliday could be set to return against Celtic tomorrow.

The 25 year old midfielder has found chances sparing since Pedro Caixinha took charge in Govan, while similarly fighting off a hamstring injury that destroyed his March and early April, but claims are being made that he is set to take his place in midfield tomorrow in a bid to get Ped a win on his Old Firm debut.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Defensive blow for Rangers? Another rookie set to step in for Old Firm

Rangers’ preparations for Sunday’s titanic clash at Hampden with Celtic have taken a potentially massive blow with increasing speculation goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has endured a training ground injury and will miss the semi final.

Foderingham, in terrific form and improving by match, has enjoyed a glut of shut-outs in recent weeks with some superlative saves and domination of his box, and has definitely been one of the squad members of last season to handle the step up, and his loss, should it be the case, would be a big absence at the heart of Rangers’ rearguard.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Celtic clash: these are the five big tests for Pedro

With Sunday’s Old Firm semifinal getting ever closer, Rangers could barely be going into the clash in better form. With only two goals conceded in our past seven matches and 17 dispatched, Rangers look a different prospect since the Loaf left, as new boss Pedro Caixinha impresses his philosophies on a previously beleaguered squad.

However, beating an admittedly solid Partick side at Ibrox is a slightly different prospect to overcoming the green and whites from the other side of the Clyde, and a number of key personnel and tactical issues surround Ped the Ted as he mulls over the XI he is set to send out onto the Hampden turf.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Why Scottish football hates Rangers

In 2012 Scottish football suffered the biggest seismic shift in its history when Rangers fell into administration and out of the SPL, and there began a journey back to the top tier covering the bowels of the game north of the border before the return was complete this year.

What happened to Rangers four years ago is precedented – Leeds in 2001, Fiorentina in 2002 – just two colossal examples of clubs who suffered catastrophic financial collapse and administration. Even Monaco struggled badly a decade ago, and were completely overhauled by a new administration; and of course, our Old Firm chums Celtic themselves received a new holding company in 1994 due to dire financial calamity and got a new name while they were at it.

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

A cover up at Hampden Park

Even now as I look at that title, I think to myself that this resembles a spy flick more than reality. That it represents the staple behaviour of a communist regime rather than the democracy Scotland is supposed to be.

But the reality is that while some journalists and authorities have conceded (to some extent anyway) the sickening events of Saturday evening at Hampden, the majority have outright denied it, or, even worse in the embarrassing case of Rod Petrie, refused to condemn it.

Rangers issued the finest statement they have for many a year when they held Scottish football and society to account for its role in the fiasco – there is no one who would deny Rangers fans were also involved in the fracas – there are plenty of videos showing the extent.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Neil Lennon - "The tide is most definitely turning"

The above was the only concession former Celtic manager and player Neil Lennon could make on summary following a truly epic 120+ minutes at Hampden, a Scottish semi final which saw Rangers deservedly beat Celtic after a penalty shoot out. It was a slightly unexpected result overall, but after 20 minutes, it did not look in any doubt.

Manager Mark Warburton elected to select Dean Shiels to cover Harry Forrester’s absence, and what a shift the former Killie attacker put in, as they all did – and that first half was easily the best half of football Rangers have played since stopping Celtic at Ibrox in 2012. It even supplanted the Dundee performance, because, with respect to Paul Hartley’s side, Celtic are (supposedly) a far higher standard than the Dee.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Why Old Firm victory for Rangers just matters more

It goes without saying tomorrow’s Old Firm clash has more riding on it than the last one. February 2015’s encounter at the same venue taught fans of both sides little – we knew Rangers were garbage and running around in circles, and few fans of a blue inclination expected much more than a loss. That the display bordered on embarrassing, even if the score did not, was neither here nor there. The entire occasion was a damp squib and as weak an Old Firm clash as seen in recent memory.

Tomorrow is different. Tomorrow is very different.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

When Celtic pundits just can't help talking about Rangers

By Richard Fillingham
Last week we had to listen to former Celtic stars John Hartson and Chris Sutton tell everybody that Rangers had no chance of beating Celtic this Sunday in the semi-final, playing on a poor, newly laid pitch at Hampden Park. Today it is Craig Burley’s turn to spout out the same old rubbish about the clash this weekend being another 'total embarrassment'. After Celtic beat Championship team Morton 3-0 and Rangers hammered Premier League team Dundee 4-0 in the last round of the Scottish Cup, the two famous Old Firm rivals were paired against each other in the semi-finals, stoking the bitter rivalry yet again.

The teams have met only once in the last four years due to Rangers' fall to Division 3 and Celtic coasted past a very disappointing Rangers side 2-0 at Hampden Park over a year ago. In fairness, the Ally McCoist-built Rangers team were even worse than normal in that game.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Scottish media & Rangers - time to take a stand?

Unless you were on a different planet yesterday, you, like all Bears, will be only too aware of Rangers’ wonderful Petrofac Cup triumph, setting a historical record to seize a chance at a unique treble which will probably never be repeated by any club, and which Rangers were, naturally, the first team in Scotland to have an opportunity at.

This incredible occasion at Hampden was summed up by a staggering 46,000+ Rangers fans travelling to Mount Florida in what was quite simply a home match for the Govan giants, setting the scene of saturated red, white, and blue throughout the stands.

4-0 at full time including a Goal of the Season contender by James Tavernier when the right back produced a quite mesmerising volley off Kenny Miller’s flick assist to rocket the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

In other words, another memorable, glorious day for the Rangers which sealed Mark Warburton’s second career managerial trophy in five days following the Championship triumph on Tuesday.


This is all the main two newspaper outlets in Scotland were interested in – using Warburton’s justified concerns about the pitch as a negative; instead of focusing on a truly outstanding success for Rangers, once again the usual suspects twisted the afternoon’s achievements and used Rangers to sell papers.

It defies belief, and begs the question of why any Rangers fan would support either publication in any way. Their club splashed all over the front cover in a completely negative fashion on the day after its first cup trophy in years.

There is little more requiring said. Make up your own minds.

Does Warburton need to change tactic for the Old Firm?

 By Richard Fillingham

Following yesterday's excellent Petrofac Cup success at Hampden, I must confess that while part of me thinks it would be terrific to watch our exciting, carefree attacking style of play ripping Celtic’s poor defence apart, if I am being 100% honest, that might be a bit naive when you remember what happened when we played that way against St Johnstone at Ibrox earlier in the season. We were the ones who were ripped apart three times after we gave the ball carelessly away in the middle of the park. It was a new experience for this XI because we played a Scottish Premiership organised team, who were a step up from the normal Championship sides we were playing every week at the time.

Michael O’Halloran ran riot that night and looked a great player to have in your team, but what has happened to him since he signed for us? I’ll tell you what has happened: teams play much more defensively against us, to deny Rangers the space over the top that Michael loves to run into.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Rangers star ruled out of Old Firm semi

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has today confirmed via his press conference that star striker Martyn Waghorn is officially ruled out of next Sunday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi final clash.

The striker picked up the injury at Rugby Park and has been on a regimented program of recovery and rehabilitation, and had been reported as being ahead of schedule in his recuperation, but the Celtic clash has come too soon and the former Leicester and Wigan striker will not make Hampden for the first Old Firm clash since February 2015.

The final piece of the journey

 By Greg Roots

This Sunday at Hampden, our great club has the unique opportunity of becoming the first Scottish club to win every single available domestic honour.

Despite the fact that competing in this competition is less than desirable, and that we have failed in the last season to win it, Mark Warburton’s men still have it within their grasp to clinch the Petrofac Cup and make it at least 2 trophies being added to The Blue Room this season.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Why Rangers won't miss McGregor on Sunday

He has been voted, rightly, Rangers’ player of the year. The fact that this rather sums up how the Club’s standards have plummeted is neither here nor there, but Darren McGregor has definitely been the most consistent overall performer for Rangers this season, particularly against the bread and butter of the Championship.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

It's the Old Firm, whether you like it or not

Whatever side you are on, tension is starting to mount for this Sunday’s Old Firm encounter at Hampden. It has been three years since Rangers met Celtic, and it is pretty safe no previous Old Firm encounter has ever had the baggage and sub-plot level this one does.

When Rangers and Celtic were drawn in the first Old Firm encounter for around 36 months last year, attention globally went into fever pitch. Fans of both Rangers and Celtic often underestimate the span their clubs have around the world in a kind of ‘inferiority’ complex, and forget just how big the Old Firm actually is – it is the most significant football rivalry in the world today. The only ones to compete are the Clasico and England v Scotland.