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After my last match preview ahead of the first Aberdeen clash Rangers have not only gone unbeaten in the intervening four games but won them all - including two matches against the perceived second best team in the country and a fine defensive win on Wednesday against a Hibs outfit that we hadn't beaten for two years. In that preview I compared this period for the club to events in early 2009 and doubted this team could do what that squad did and go on a ten match unbeaten run to challenge Celtic and ultimately win the title. Reverse psychology aside, I still doubt the latter part is possible but we all have to be delighted to the team's response to recent defeats.
Rangers continue their recent winning streak with a hard fought win away to Hibs in Edinburgh.
Being brought up in Edinburgh meant the first places I saw Rangers were at Tynecastle and Easter Road. The predominate result seemed to be 1-1 but on the plus side, I saw Parlane score four goals against Hearts in '74 and Colin Stein score the goal that won us the League Championship the following year. Even the negative (a Hibs win) had a plus, seeing George Best play.
On Sunday I caught up with former Rangers central midfielder Alex Rae, a boyhood Rangers fan and academy player who made his Rangers debut aged 34. He only scored once for the bears but played over 30 times across two seasons at Ibrox between 2004 and 2006 under Alex McLeish.
Unless you've been stuck on the moon over the last few days, you won't have failed to note another EBT hullabaloo has formed after leaked communications between Celtic and the SFA. To cut to the chase and avoid you falling asleep, Celtic, aided and abetted by the SPFL it seems, are demanding (another) independent investigation into governance of Scottish football in and around the period Rangers utilised certain tax schemes - recently declared ineffective by the Supreme Court. In other words, although their cheerleaders in the media will deny it, they want further punishment for Rangers, most probably in the form of honour stripping. Indeed, it's this cheer-leading that is of primary interest to yours truly.
- 16 December 2017
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
- KO 3pm - 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.