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PLGLENJULY 19, 2016 at 21:29I have no idea why he …

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PLGLENJULY 19, 2016 at 21:29I have no idea why he didn’t say anything – he certainly should have – my son is a Hibbee and I congratulated him.
But your post, if you don’t mind me saying, is just another in a long line of posts of why a manager cannot express his opinion on anything because he either did or didn’t say something previously. My apologies if I have picked you up wrong.
The fact that the MSM seem to take their pick of what he says does not mean that everything he says is rubbish – as appears to be the default position on this website.

Of course everything Warburton says is not rubbish. To say so would be wrong, as he seems a very decent and intelligent man. The only question I have is what has he achieved in football for his opinion to be so respected? 

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It is always worth periodically reminding ourselves of just what the rest of Scottish football was up against in David Murray’s heyday. Below is an article from the Glasgow Herald written in 2000 by the late Ken Gallacher.

Just as promised, Rangers are moving on to another level from the rest of Scottish football, as chairman David Murray announced a new investment of #53m for the Ibrox club, with a further massive cash boost soon to follow.
The eventual cash injection could soar as high as #80m as Murray guides the club into what he believes will be a new, golden era for the Scottish champions.
The money involved, the biggest financial boost for any Scottish football club, will enable them to move into Europe’s elite over the next few years.
Yesterday, however, Murray maintained, as always, that he will not turn his back on Scottish football to play in any other league, and that while he remains in charge of the club, he will retain a responsibility to the domestic game.
It is clear from this latest move, however, that the Glasgow giants are setting an agenda that no other Scottish club can match – and that appears to include their Old Firm rivals, Celtic, who are trailing by 15 points in the Premier League championship and are now looking at a financial gap which the Parkhead club might not be able to bridge.
There have been hints around Glasgow that Celtic could be ready to attempt a share flotation of their own, but it would seem unlikely they would be able to match the financial clout that Murray has put together.
The Ibrox chairman promised his shareholders good news and a more prudent financial strategy at the last annual meeting of the club.
He has now delivered this by taking on board several very heavy financial hitters, South African-based David King is worth around #300m – #20m of which he is investing in the club he followed as a young man in Glasgow.
Trevor Hemmings is worth even more – around #500m – and he is also on board. Tom Hunter, also worth several hundred millions, is liable to join up soon and Murray himself is investing in excess of #9m, which is more than he spent when he took control of the club.
Back then, Murray paid #6m to assume ownership and has seen the value of the club rise to #200m with a further hike in the estimate sure to come.
The Ibrox chairman has spent several months and many sleepless nights piecing together the plans which will eliminate Rangers’ debt, currently sitting at around #40m, provide finance for the new training centre and the soccer academy which will be housed there, and still allow cash to invest in new players.
Yesterday, as he saw the months of delicate negotiation culminate in the announcement of a one-for-three rights issue of more than 15m shares being valued at #3.45p and the further news that he and King, as well as Alastair Johnston, a senior vice-president with IMG, the giant sports’ management group, also taking up a number of shares, Murray was ready to talk about the new future for the club and his dreams for European success.
He said: ”I want to make it clear from the outset that while our small shareholders, our supporters who have an interest in the club, will have the opportunity to invest again if they want, there is no pressure on them to do so.
”The bulk of the rights issue is being taken up by myself and David King and some other smaller investors, including Alastair Johnston, who is a long-time Rangers’ supporter.
”We also have Trevor Hemmings coming in as an investor and Tom Hunter will join us some time in the future.
”Essentially, the investment we require is in place and we also have a major media deal in the pipeline which is very exciting and will bring in further serious investment to the club.
”I told you earlier this week that I had run the club up to now on a high-risk strategy which has involved carrying large debt.
”These days are over. The whole method of running the club is going to change, because we are in a situation right now where we do not need to take the risks we have had to take in the past.
”We don’t have to spend the same money on players, for example, as we have had to do over the past two years when we were restructuring the team after the arrival of Dick Advocaat.
”At the moment, we have two new players set for next season, Allan Johnston and Fernando Ricksen, and Dick is looking for another quality striker. He is working hard on that right now.
”Dick and myself know what we are aiming for. We want to be in the Champions League every season. This is what we want for the club and this is what we have been working towards.
”However, we shall not be going on any wild spending sprees in the transfer market.
”We have a player or two to add to the squad – a top-class international front player, as I said, but we don’t need to buy Numan, van Bronckhorst, Mols, Reyna, or McCann – because we have these lads in place already.
”Believe me when I tell you that we are going for it this time – we want to be successful in Europe, and the money we are raising now will take us there.
”This is the last part of the jigsaw for me, but we shall always be a part of Scottish football and we will take our domestic responsibilities seriously.
”We respect the other teams in the Premier League and we know this news will make them try even harder against us. But, so be it.
”Barcelona don’t win every week. Bayern Munich don’t win every week. Manchester United don’t win every week. Yet, our supporters expect us to do so and we shall always try to do that.
”What we do know is that to be in the Champions League, we have to win the Scottish title, and that is our aim every season.
”We shall always be here with our roots.”
However, the mega-deals Murray has been working on are sure to carry Rangers out of the reach of their rivals here at home and unless Celtic can somehow find the means to strengthen their own financial standing even the age-old rivalry between the Glasgow giants will be threatened as the Ibrox men grow ever stronger.

.. and they wonder why nobody buys papers
JOHN CLARKJULY 23, 2016 at 22:41 Thank you for posting that piece by ‘The Clumpany’, which includes the Tweet from Jackson which condemns him out of his own mouth  as a guttersnipe hack who would print anything as long it made money.

I notice a frequently aired Daily Record TV advert excitedly stating ‘the O*d F*rm are back’.  As a follow on to what I said a few days back I have STILL to speak to a single Celtic fan who missed Rangers these past four years.  When newspapers have to tell people what they think despite people actually knowing they think differently it is surely only further evidence of their decline.

I wonder if anyone in the newspaper industry or wider media has ever thought what positive impact on sales there might have been since 2012 if they had just told the truth.

.. and they wonder why nobody buys papers
BOGS DOLLOXJULY 22, 2016 at 22:44 
In the meantime short of a plan for improvement our national teams and clubs continue to get battered in Europe. There must be a way out of this. Please, someone tell me there is.

The ‘way out’ that seems to be hoped for is a return to the days when a Rangers team win the league almost every season. It seems to be the only way the world is at one.  There were no complaints about overall standards when that was previously the case.

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 2, 2018 at 11:07

Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?


A bit puzzled at the thumbs down myself A.J, but there’s nowt queerer than folk as they say!

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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. 

We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.

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CLUSTER ONEJANUARY 1, 2018 at 19:27

“If they move out of Hampden, the SFA are in danger of leaving themselves hostages to Rangers and Celtic,” said Queen’s Park president Alan Hutchison.


I am a Celtic shareholder and if it was up to me (which it is not), I would tell the SFA here and now that Celtic Park is unavailable for any future fixture.  However I know that will not happen, but I doubt there is anything they could do to force Celtic to allow them use of the stadium.  

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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 1, 2018 at 12:18

I see, too, that PMGB is issuing challenges, in two posts, to the Ibrox based boards to issue denials of what he is telling us.


I see it is alleged £800k is owed to suppliers. In my view unless any of it is due to a financial behemoth such as one of the big six energy suppliers, then we are unlikely to see any winding up requests heading towards court. It simply wouldn’t be worth the risk for any small supplier in Scotland to do that. Having said that I find it remarkable anyone is willing to extend them any sort of credit at all, or are they worried about the bully boys on that score as well?

I’m sure the SFA will want to satisfy themselves all is well though. I am also sure a herd of pink elephants takes off from Glasgow Airport at 20:00hrs tonight with the moon as their destination.

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Phil McG alleging a surveyor has recently visited Rangers training ground to attain a valuation, and that King has also approached a non-Uk Finance House. As Phil says this may well be King raising funds to make a share offer, but IMO it could be to raise working capital too. 

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