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When you only shower five minutes before hitting the sofa for a 1:30pm kick-off, and the bran flakes you’re trying to force over as the players come down the tunnel taste like Sellotaped cardboard, you know you’re a bit hungover (I know it’s “live from the Fair City of Perth!”, Eilidh, so please stop shouting into that mic).
But then, as we go one-nil down to a punt up the park before you’ve even attempted a slurp of flaccid Tetley’s, you think, nope – that is a hangover. That right there; that big Croatian bloke I recently thought was the new Beckenbauer has just collapsed under the weight of some Tayside winter sunshine and let the son of an ex-Ranger walk it into the box and past Greegs.
I might not have crossed the door since falling over it last night but I’m more fresh, focussed and ready for this game than big Niko Katic. His isn’t an alcoholic hangover. Nor is it a European hangover. He, like most of his team-mates, is suffering from a clear and ongoing case of 'The Dubai Hangover (Season 2)'. And I want to know what the hell’s caused it and when in the name of Goram it’s going to end.
This article came from a discussion on our current condition and whether we could realistically be any further ahead. It’s a recap on our rehabilitation and rebuild, a pause to think about progress and any missteps. And ultimately, are we where we expect to be and can we draw any lessons and apply them going forward?
Last summer we launched our Gersnet Podcast and we've been delighted with the response across the community with thousands of views and subscribers already across the various platforms. As promised the pod will be available on a regular basis so today we're very happy to bring you our next live episode of season 2019/20.
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It's been a long, hard six months for Rangers players. Yes, they might not work the kind of gruelling shifts many of our fans do and they all earn a lot more than most of us can even dream about but the best part of 40 games in less than six months is still a big physical and mental test. After Saturday's game we will have played 38 matches - the same as our whole domestic league season. That cannot be downplayed.
There’s a basic rule of thumb that wherever competition exists then you have to put effort in to just stand still, to keep your place. To stay ahead you have to adapt, react and put the work in, put more and better work in than those you’re competing against. As soon as you ease off then others will step up and take your place - especially when that place is at the top of the pile.
- 26 February 2020
- Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga
- KO 5pm
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.
From every corner of the world have come visitors to Ibrox Stadium, eager to see the home of The Rangers Football Club. Every week during the season you will find a constant stream of people from every walk of life on the weekly pilgrimage. And when their tour of inspection is over, you will, I have no doubt, hear them say: "It is truly a wonderful stadium - and wasn't the Trophy Room just terrific."