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Report MALAY April 25, 2022 3:48 PM BST
magnificent stuff stewarty  in getting to the semif final  I dont think I've said otherwise.
I remember nearly missing a flight cheering penalties on for walter's team to make final in Prestwick.

So 100% respect from myself, no arguments here, I can assure you of that
Report akabula April 25, 2022 3:50 PM BST
Agree Sonta.
After the OF game Celtics last 3 games are Hearts (H) - Dun Utd (A) - Motherwell (H)
Even if Rangers win the OF game I can't see Celtic dropping 4 points in those 3 games.

Rangers last 3 games are Dun Utd (H) - Ross Co (H) - Hearts (A)
Report MALAY April 25, 2022 4:07 PM BST
Celtic will win next week, they will be odds on too I think.
Report akabula April 25, 2022 4:12 PM BST
Really tough tie though Stew.
Leipzig currently in 4th place in the Bundesliga 21 points behind Bayern.
And 11 points behind 2nd placed Borussia Dortmund who we easily beat earlier in the competition.

However the annual table (2022 only) shows Leipzig on top on GD.
So 2nd half of the season obviously so much better than the first half.
However they did lose 2-1 to 6th placed Union Berlin at the weekend.
Coincidently they beat Union Berlin 2-1 at home in the cup 4 days earlier.
I would imagine with the league well over they rested a few players though.
Report stewarty b April 25, 2022 4:21 PM BST
The missing players are going to be our Achilles heel Aka.
Report akabula April 25, 2022 4:25 PM BST
Current odds on the OF match:
6/5 Celtic - 12/5 Draw - 29/10 Rangers.

I'll wait til after the Leipzig game before predicting the result.
Report akabula April 25, 2022 4:37 PM BST
Balogun will be suspended for the Celtic game.
So we better hope there are no injuries to the back 4 on Thursday.

On reflection, as I don't think we'll be doing a lot of attacking on Thursday, Roofe will be that much of a miss.
Sakala or Wright with their speed, whilst not as good as Roofe, could be better options as we'll be playing on the break.

Always remember Sunday the 22nd of May 2005 Stew. Anything is possible.
Report CLYDEBANK29 April 25, 2022 4:48 PM BST
They rested players for both games.  I backed Leipzig at 20/1 ew after the home draw against Sociedad, so have been following them.  They've regularly been smashed in the betting.  Into 1.46 against Frankfurt for example iirc.  Based on that any odds against outright is very good value, but last 3 games they've looked a bit jaded.  They're success has led to a jam packed schedule so Rangers playing them at a good time.  Still there's a gulf in class between the two sides with Leipzig 2 goals better over 2 legs, and I fully expect a full strength Leipzig for this match.
Report MALAY April 25, 2022 5:15 PM BST
massive price celtic i make them a 4/6 chance, and i didnt fancy them in semi final at evens on neutral ground, very strange betting IMO as nothing has changed.

fill yer boots lads
Report akabula April 25, 2022 6:37 PM BST
Should GVB take a chance on  Amad Diallo to lead the line in Germany. A chance to finally shine?
I think sometimes we concentrate more on the opposition than our own record in Europe.
Getting more confident by the hour.Happy

I also see that we've reopened contract talks with Alex Lowry who's been a standout for the B team this season.
Report akabula April 25, 2022 6:56 PM BST

Rangers Players Player of the Year - James Tavernier
No surprise with that.
Report akabula April 25, 2022 6:58 PM BST
Young player of the year - Calvin Bassey.
Academy player of the year - Charlie McCann.
B team player of the year Cole McKinnon.
Report stewarty b April 25, 2022 8:56 PM BST
We should forget about the league. It's only Europe that counts now unless you count the Scottish Cup. Personally I would give Hearts the trophy now if it meant we got into the final. Wishful thinking I know but we can do it.

MALAY, no problems I may add, I know you weren't having a pop and if it goes bad for us both I have plenty of relatives/friends in Hamilton that can get us season tickets for the Accies.Wink
Report stewarty b April 25, 2022 11:32 PM BST
Report MALAY April 26, 2022 5:34 PM BST
stewarty b, ta but i've never been in the new  stadium, i loved the old douglas park, even went to wtach clyde occasionally there, i suppose it's all progression but not for myself.
I'm rarely in Scotland anyway and particularly not Hamilton.

Europe massive for you, as was for Walter, Ally and underrated lad mcdowall in coaching when you reached final against zenith, and MON when he got to seville, did Celtic win anything that season ? not sure they did.

Enjoy the occasion as said previously great work to get there, without a doubt.
Report akabula April 28, 2022 1:37 PM BST
Congratulations to the Rangers Youth team on winning the Scottish Youth Cup.
They beat Hearts 2-1 at Hampden last night in a game that was televised live on the BBC.
Good game to watch with both teams committed to attack.
Report MALAY April 30, 2022 2:31 PM BST
State man up in class stewartyb at punchestown last night  and very impressive, don't say you werent told, this is real horse.
Report akabula May 2, 2022 6:56 PM BST
Today on twitter

· 1h
The UEFA Executive Committee has today declared the bid submitted by the Football Union of Russia to host UEFA EURO 2028 or UEFA EURO 2032 as ineligible.
This is one of several decisions relating to the on-going suspension of Russian teams and clubs from UEFA competitions.

[i]Scotland’s Coefficient
Report akabula May 2, 2022 6:57 PM BST
League winner now guaranteed #UCL group stage
Runner up now into #UCL Q3
Hearts stay in #UEL PO
4th and 5th stay in #UECL Q3 and Q2 respectively
Report akabula May 2, 2022 6:59 PM BST
I hope thats correct.
Gives us another route to the group stages.
Report akabula May 2, 2022 7:08 PM BST
Report akabula May 2, 2022 7:09 PM BST
Report akabula May 2, 2022 7:18 PM BST
Won't let me post this cut n paste .
But Rangers released these figure today.

Alashkert - £1.2m
Lyon -      £1.9m
Brondbe -   £1.9m
Sparta -    £
Dortmund -  £2.1m
Red Star -  £2.2m
Braga -     £2.4m

Total -    £13.7M
Report akabula May 2, 2022 7:35 PM BST
Add to that the £9.5m in prize money and Thursdays ticket sales and thats a gross income of £25.8m.
Certainly been a fruitful run both on the park and off it.
Report akabula May 2, 2022 7:52 PM BST
OOPS missed out the £2.8m semi final payment and the near £1m 10 year co-efficiency bonus. 
Takes the prize money to £13.2m and the gross income to £29.5m.
Report akabula May 3, 2022 2:39 PM BST
Leipzig played a league game last night and lost 3-1 away to Borussia Munchengladbach.
In 5th place and chasing a top 4 finish to guarantee a CL group place they seemingly played their first team.
Seems astonishing so close to the Ibrox tie.
Report akabula May 3, 2022 2:47 PM BST
Just read that Jimmy Bell, our kit man, has died aged 57.
A bit of a character by all accounts and popular with everyone at Ibrox including the fans.
Report akabula May 3, 2022 8:49 PM BST
Just noticed my mistake.
Jimmy was 69. Was at Ibrox doing his job until very recently.
A true legend.
Report akabula May 4, 2022 4:47 PM BST

The same again tomorrow night would be fantastic.
One game away from a European final, some achievement no matter what the result.
Report MALAY May 4, 2022 5:58 PM BST
long term employees are the heart and soul of all clubs, players, managers will always come and go for money. Even more so the committee guys at junior clubs who didn't get paid a penny were the real club.
Does Junior football exist anymore in scotland though or is all lowland league ?
Report akabula May 6, 2022 2:51 PM BST
Europa League Final on Wednesday the 18th of this month followed by the Scottish Cup Final 3 days later.
We have 3 league games prior to that with both Dundee Utd and Ross County at Ibrox followed by Hearts away.
The leagues gone and 2nd place guaranteed so I'm sure GVB will play a lot of fringe players in these 3 games.
And Roofe back to full fitness will be a bonus for the team.
Report G Hall May 6, 2022 3:39 PM BST
Congrats Aka, a great result for rangers last night, to be honest I didn't see it coming, but it was well deserved on the night.

Will you be able to make the final, sure to be a great occassion, and having beaten two better German teams, there should be nothing to fear.
Report akabula May 6, 2022 4:04 PM BST
Cheers GH. Despite my score prediction I thought it a tough ask given the Leipzig were the form team in the Bundesliga this year.
I'll be watching on the tv wishing I was there but my travelling days are over.

We've only played them once before in Europe and that was way back in 1960 in the semi final of the EC (They hammered us 6-1 and 6-3)
Funnily enough we hammered another German team Borussia Munchengladback the following season (3-0 and 8-0)  on our way to the CWC final.
Report akabula May 9, 2022 8:55 PM BST
Close to half-time in the Glasgow Cup Final
Rangers 1 - 1 Queens Park
Devine and McCann back with their academy team mates after starring in their SPL debuts yesterday against Dundee Utd at Ibrox.
Report akabula May 10, 2022 1:57 PM BST
Rangers won 3-1 with Charlie McCann netting the third from the spot.
Well done to the youngsters, always good to win a trophy at any level.
Report akabula May 11, 2022 6:53 PM BST
A nothing game tonight against Ross County at Ibrox and expect Rangers to field a few B team players again.
Still no team news but expect Leon King to start and maybe even Alex Lowry.
Not sure about Adam Devine or Charlie McCann who both played for the B team in Monday nights Glasgow Cup Final so might be a chance for others.
Report akabula May 11, 2022 7:30 PM BST
Team news:

RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Bassey, Lundstram, Goldson, Kent, Aribo, Kamara, Wright, Barisic, Lowry.

SUBS: McLaughlin, Amad, Davis, Ramsey, Sands, Balogun, Sakala, Arfield, King
Report akabula May 11, 2022 8:02 PM BST
1-0 Scott Wright in the 13th minute.
Report akabula May 11, 2022 8:16 PM BST
2-0 James Tavernier in the 29th min from the penalty spot.
Report akabula May 12, 2022 2:09 PM BST
4-1 it ended up last night but no sign of Kemar Roofe.
In a race to get fit for Sevilla but must be a gig doubt to make.
Ryan Jack though will be fit according to GBV.
Report akabula May 12, 2022 6:32 PM BST
Did you get a ticket for Sevilla Stew?
Report SontaranStratagem May 12, 2022 8:49 PM BST
Congrats to Celtic they were massively imoroved under their current manager

But win the EL and itsll be great for scottish football

Plus it shows what can happen with a team buolt in hard work and tactics
Report stewarty b May 13, 2022 3:36 AM BST
No Aka. I spoke to friends and family in mostly Lanarkshire and the Glasgow area and between them all they possessed 4 guaranteed tickets.

My only chance would be travelling to Seville with a deep wad of Euros in my pocket hoping to get the right tout and pay a small fortune.

I'm not prepared to take that risk. I couldn't bear to be in Seville and not in the stadium and to be honest there are Rangers far more deserving

than me to be in the stadium.

Do you know what tv channel is showing it?
Report stewarty b May 13, 2022 3:40 AM BST
*far =fans. = fans far!
Report G Hall May 13, 2022 10:07 AM BST
Do you ever sleep stewarty?

I will always regard you as the man that stopped the 10 in a row, with that damn letter you sent to stevie g.
Report stewarty b May 13, 2022 3:03 PM BST
My sleeping patterns vary G Hall. When I last posted I was also going through the cards.

PS It was several letters.....all polite and just giving him the heads up that at that time we could not afford to drop valuable points against Hibs

and Livingston. Plus some tactical suggestions.
Report akabula May 13, 2022 4:13 PM BST
Would have been 11 in a row but for Stews intervention.
Move over john Greig, we need yer plinth.
Report sevey May 14, 2022 5:14 AM BST
BT Sport's Stewart
Report stewarty b May 14, 2022 11:37 AM BST
Thanks sevey. Looks like the pub for me but it's a case of which one. I've a pal who lives half a mile away so will probably follow him in albeit still not comfortable with the covid situation. I can't believe I pay BBC the licence fee and the best they can offer is woman's football and rugby.
Report stewarty b May 14, 2022 11:40 AM BST
PS It was several letters.....all polite and just giving him the heads up that at that time we could not afford to drop valuable points against Hibs

and Livingston. Plus some tactical suggestions.

Gladly stand corrected but since that episode we won every league game since? Or was it unbeaten?
Report stewarty b May 14, 2022 11:50 AM BST
I haven't got time now but some good write ups in the back of the Daily Mail for Gers fans including one from Dave Smith who played in the European Cup Winner's Cup Final in 72. I'll stick them up later as the racing will be kicking off soon.
Report sevey May 14, 2022 11:55 AM BST
Hugh MacDonald Wright's Some Good Stuff
Report akabula May 14, 2022 3:52 PM BST
GBV had Wednesdays events very much in mind with todays line up.
Of todays starting eleven none, apart from possibly Ramsey, will start on Wednesday.
We played the last 20 minutes with 4 fringe players and 7 B team players one of whom, Alex Lowry, was MotM.
Hearts played a weakened team as well but did still have a few first team regulars.
To come back from a goal down to win 3-1 was a decent achievement.
Report SontaranStratagem May 14, 2022 9:10 PM BST
Its a bit strange the europa final being before the scottish cup final

And that will need to be factored in because if you win on wednesday theres no way theyll be sober for the cup final on saturday Laugh
Report akabula May 18, 2022 12:49 PM BST
In 2008 Sonta was the same set-up and after the defeat by Zenit we beat Qeen of the South 3-2 after a mighty struggle.
Although unlike this year when we could rest players we were still involved in the league race and because of a fixtures pile up had to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the week before the European final.
Report badjoe May 19, 2022 2:58 PM BST
Fair play to sevco, they got to the final, put up a good display on the night and there doesn't seem to have been any significant crowd trouble out of 100,000 of them, a decent advert for the Scottish game, so well done, a pat on the head and a wee doggy biscuit for little sevco and chums Happy
Report akabula May 19, 2022 3:01 PM BST
Did you enjoy the title 'celebrations' at Glasgow cross joeybhoy? Blush
Report akabula May 19, 2022 3:08 PM BST
Hopefully we can have a Seville wall where people can buy a brick and get their name inscribed on it.
We could also have a Seville Suite in Hospitality.
And maybe commission a play about the The Road to Seville.
All great ideas, I wonder where I get them from. Grin
Report akabula May 19, 2022 4:24 PM BST
Heres hoping we can add to our world record haul of major trophies on Saturday.

Report akabula May 19, 2022 5:36 PM BST
Rangers Final #UEL Prize Money.

Group Stage: €5,474,348
2nd in Group: €500k
KO Stage: €500k
R of 16: €1.2m
Q-Finals: €1.6m
Semi Finals: €2.8m
Finalist: €4.6m
10 Year CO bonus: €924,000
Report akabula May 19, 2022 5:37 PM BST
Rangers #UEL Ticketing Income:
Alashkert - £1,194,172
Lyon - £1,841,146
Brøndby - £1,920,522
Sparta Prague - £1,983,170
Dortmund - £2,146,905
Red Star - £2,186,505
Braga - £2,444,700
Leipzig - £2,469,850
Total income (Final): £16,186,970*
Report akabula May 19, 2022 5:46 PM BST
Total prize money = £17,598,848
Added to the ticket sales £16,186, 970
add in the gate money from the Malmo game and we have an income of:
£36 million
This excludes any sponsorship deal and the tv rights bonus.
Pity we couldn't win the trophy but all round not bad for the club.
Report SontaranStratagem May 19, 2022 5:55 PM BST
The fans were fantastic even applauding the frankfurt team

All the fear mongering about trouble never happened and Rangers were well represented by the fans by the sounds of it

Unlucky last night but you did yourselves proud
Report akabula May 19, 2022 6:20 PM BST
Celtic lost in Seville in 2003 Sonta but their fans still celebrate getting there.
I'm sure once the disappointment dies down we'll do the same.
Was a fantastic achievement just getting there.
Report SontaranStratagem May 19, 2022 6:31 PM BST

You look at the budgets clubs like Tottenham get and to outperform them is a great achievement

I dint care what anyone says you give Rangers and Celtic the prem money theyd be competing for the top honours no doubt about it
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 1:04 AM BST
Fantastic?  Exciting maybe but fantastic?
Lose to Malmo, get lucky against Brondby, twice.  Beat that giant Alashkert, and that monster Braga?
Report MALAY May 20, 2022 8:30 AM BST
it was a very poor match in quality for a European final, Germans deserved their victory but were not that impressive either. Good to see all the fans enjoyed their trip and no trouble.
Report lfc1971 May 20, 2022 10:02 AM BST
It was a fantastic tournament Aka
I remember saying on a thread about Steve Gerrard when he became manager that winning the league wouldn’t be enough
And that he had to win a European trophy to be really successful . Was only partly serious but it shows it could be done
That’s still the target Happy
Report akabula May 20, 2022 2:17 PM BST
Honcho still hurting badly.
It's going to take him a long time to get over this fantastic achievement by Rangers.
Report DOUBLED May 20, 2022 3:25 PM BST
but you lost LaughLaugh
Report akabula May 20, 2022 3:43 PM BST
Hard to be down though doubled when there are clowns like you to amuse us. LaughLaugh
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 6:18 PM BST
Why would I be hurting? Laugh  Laugh  Laugh   I couldn;t care less about Rangers. Win or lose. Mediocre or average.  Average or fantastic.  Rangers or Sevco. 
For their good natured fans, and I have several friends who are fans,  I have sympathy.  For their arrogant, bigotted, pompous fans with overblown egos and little to say of an intelligent nature, like you, I just laugh.
Fantastic?!  You;ve got to be joking.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 6:22 PM BST
He's definitely not hurting. Thats why he cant stay away.Laugh
Report akabula May 20, 2022 6:23 PM BST
Good luck to Tribys Saints tonight up in Inverness.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 6:26 PM BST
I have several friends w

Aye so you have. LaughLaughLaugh
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 6:32 PM BST
You are just a very stupid man aka.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 7:01 PM BST
Better than being a stupid manchild I suppose. Laugh
PS Told you he can't keep away.
Report DOUBLED May 20, 2022 7:10 PM BST
Will you be parading the losers trophy anytime soon ?
Report akabula May 20, 2022 7:22 PM BST
Fantastic to see that Rangers' players  Calin Bassey, Ryan Kent & James Tavernier all made it into the Europa League team of the year.
Report DOUBLED May 20, 2022 7:45 PM BST
fab Laugh
Report akabula May 20, 2022 7:59 PM BST
Congratulations once again to James Tavernier who was this seasons Europa League top scorer with 7 goals.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 8:02 PM BST
Only 11c minutes on the clock up in Inverness but its been mainly one way.
Saints with 3 shots, 2 on target, doing all the attacking.
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 8:04 PM BST
Can't keep away from the 46K man.   Laugh
Report akabula May 20, 2022 8:07 PM BST
Ex ICT player Shaun Rooney puts St Johnstone ahead with a header in the 16th minute.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 8:11 PM BST
The Mayor of Seville praising the behaviour of the 100,000 plus  Rangers fans.
Says they are the best fans he's ever encountered.
Report akabula May 20, 2022 8:13 PM BST
2-0 for the Saints now.
Hallberg in 24 minutes.
Trilby will be in full voice now.
Report DOUBLED May 20, 2022 8:13 PM BST
exceptionally good LOSERS ?
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 8:31 PM BST
Where's Kerrydale?
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 8:41 PM BST
At long, long last Rangers fans actually behave themselves away and abroad and treat the city they visit with respect and old aka wants a Blue Peter badge!    Laugh
Report akabula May 20, 2022 8:50 PM BST
GVB says no fresh injuries and the squad are raring to go again against the wee Rangers tomorrow.
I think there is a good documentary on channel 4 for the Celtic fans tomorrow at 3.00pm - The History of Amsterdam Trams.
Report SontaranStratagem May 20, 2022 9:16 PM BST
Fans get slaughtered when misbehaving so they deserve praise when its the other way
Report LoyalHoncho May 20, 2022 9:42 PM BST
Rangers are the wee Rangers and have been since Sevco.
'mon the Jambos.
Take them to penalties ans hope that Ramsay takes all five!   Laugh.
Report sevey May 23, 2022 12:35 PM BST
Horse for you Aka Number 1 in the 17.50 at Huntington
Report akabula May 23, 2022 12:53 PM BST
Cheers sevey will have a small wager on that.
A much loved legend at Ibrox.
Report akabula May 24, 2022 2:41 PM BST
Report DOUBLED May 24, 2022 3:03 PM BST
Mickey Mouse league Laugh
Report scissors May 24, 2022 3:25 PM BST
Cost me my 11 team Acca last weekend Cry Sad
Report akabula May 24, 2022 3:55 PM BST
Mickey Mouse league

Baloo. We dont give a Donald Duck what you say, you Disney count so please Gopher a walk Goofy.
Report DOUBLED May 24, 2022 4:07 PM BST
In 20 years time i would guess that Celtic/Rangers could get another 40 trophies between them LaughLaugh Hey Mickey Crazy
Report stewarty b May 24, 2022 9:38 PM BST
How's it going Aka? I just cannot get over Seville. My good lady told me to give my heed a shake. I have nothing to offer but blood,sweat and tears.

It was like putting a good few quid on a horse and getting beat a nose. I've had many phone calls from fellow bears but it looks like I've took it the worst. Speak later to the top Rangers man on here.
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