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Another dour Monday after another heavy defeat from Celtic. Yes, it wasn't 1-5 this time but although we defended quite well, the gulf in quality between the teams was arguably just as big as the corresponding fixture last month. With that in mind, it was disconcerting to hear the manager and key players say any gap was minimal when, quite clearly, we struggled to compete for 90mins in both games. I'm all for optimism and positivity but I sincerely hope there's a more realistic appraisal at Auchenhowie today.
It's been almost six weeks already since Celtic trounced us 5-1 at Parkhead in September. No defeat is easy to take but we were hammered that day with several players struggling to match the pace and desire of the home side. Strangely enough we started reasonably well and were largely comfortable defensively until the opener after 33mins. However, it's safe to say we then made it far too easy for Celtic with silly red cards and gifted goals ruining every bear's afternoon. Injury and crucial missed chances also combined to ensure we all went home disappointed.
Not had a book competition for a while so for the build up to Sunday's Old Firm match, we're giving away a copy of Glasgow Rangers: The Journey (By Willie Vass and Jeff Holmes).
In the summer of 2001 Juventus broke the world transfer record for a goalkeeper, acquiring the services of Parma's Gianluigi Buffon for a cool €53 million. The 23-year-old Buffon had just won the Serie A Goalkeeper-of-the-Year the previous year and would be replacing Edwin van der Sar in the Bianconeri goals. The record fee still stands to this day. The fact that this fee hasn't been bettered suggests teams tend to overlook the position: as long as Goalkeepers made a few saves in a game then knocked the ball as far from their goals as possible, then that was enough. However, over the last few months there has been renewed interest in this position as England Number One Joe Hart is unceremoniously dropped by his club, for what many pundits see as an inferior 'keeper with an overly risky style -- the British pride themselves on producing quality shot-stoppers, if not much else. At Rangers we've had this debate before.
Let’s be honest from the outset. In the same way Rangers deserved to beat Celtic earlier in the competition, Hibernian dominated us in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final. For the majority of the game they were a yard quicker, they worked incredibly hard and, unlike the previous five games this season, were the better team by a fair distance. Ergo, as I cautioned in my match preview on Friday, there was no shock here in an exciting final that mirrored the free-scoring games between the clubs already this season. In the same way we were emotional in April, generations of Hibs fans must be beyond delighted and, after almost 115 years of disappointment, no-one can deny them in their moment of glory.
- 26 October 2016
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
- [SPFL] KO 7.45pm - Live on RangersTV
Ibrox Stadium is a football stadium located on the south side of the River Clyde, on Edmiston Drive in the Ibrox district of Glasgow. It is the home ground of Scottish Premier League club Rangers and has an all-seated capacity of 51,082. Ibrox is presently the third largest football stadium in Scotland and tenth largest stadium in the United Kingdom. You can view a full gallery of stadium images below this article.
Two tragic events in Rangers history will remain defining moments for every Rangers supporter. They stand as a guage of football's real importance while reminding every football fan of just how safety and organisation are a huge necessity at our stadia.