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Old 24-03-2004, 06:01   #1
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This is the official Rangers thread, if you don't care about Rangers then why bother to complain, instead you could just ignore the thread, however if you do care about them then talk about it here.

Tusday 23rd of March
Rangers 4-1 Dunfermline At Ibrox
Hutton opens the scoring from a corner within the first minute.

Lovenkrands then scored with a beutiful volley after a lay-off from Gavin Rae.

21' in, Andy Todd scores a header at the back post in Dunfermline's first attack.

Ronald de Boer then scored almost straight away as Rangers gained a second wind.

2' later Michael Mols scored from a low shot after turning the defender with his trademark style. 4-1 to Rangers and the game wrapped up after just 28'.

38' in to the game, The Dunfermline scorer was subbed off for Craig Brewster

Ronald de Boer was subbed off at half time to allow Steven Thompson a run out. Dunfermline replaced Aaron Labonte with Richie Bryne.

Rangers didn't really make too much effort in the second half and why should they.

Lovenkrands was taken off for Chris Burke, who received a standing ovation on the 62' mark.

Youngster Barjjam Fetai came on for the last 15'

Klos 6/10
Alan Hutton 8/10
Khizanishvilli 7/10
F. de Boer 8/10
Ball 7/10
Rae 8/10
Malcolm 8/10
Hughes 8/10
Lovenkrands 9/10
Mols 8/10
R. de Boer 7/10
SUBS.
Thompson 5/10
Burke 7/10
Fetai 6/10
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Old 25-03-2004, 03:54   #2
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The Dutch midfielder, Said Boutahar, has emerged as a potential replacement for the outgoing playmaker Mikel Arteta.

Reports from Holland suggest that the 22-year-old, who will leave Eredivisie strugglers RKC Waalwijk in the summer, has been recommended to Alex McLeish by Jan Wouters, the first team coach at Ibrox.

Boutahar was a product of the Feyenoord youth development system and graduated at the same time as his close friend and international midfielder, Robin van Persie.

He was unable to hold down a first team place in Rotterdam but has flourished under the former West Brom and Feyenoord favourite, Martin Jol, at RKC and regards Rangers as the ideal platform to showcase his talents to the Dutch national coach, Dick Advocaat.

Last night, the RKC technical director, Marcel Brands, admitted he was powerless to prevent Boutahar's departure but predicted a bright future for him in the Premierleague, despite drawing comparisons between the son of Moroccan parents and the Celtic misfit, Bobby Petta.

“He is small but very technical and likes to play behind the front two," said Brands. “He is a classic No.10. In terms of style the closest comparison I can think of is Bobby Petta.

“If he goes to Rangers, it will be a good move for him because they are a much bigger club than us and I know how much he wants to play for the Dutch national team.”

Arteta has already expressed his desire to return home to Spain and will be allowed to leave Rangers for around £3m. Boutahar would cost nothing and earn a fraction of Arteta's £25,000-per-week.

It would represent a sound piece of business for a club attempting to reduce its £68m debt, with wages the main contributory factor, but Brands insists Boutahar will not prove a cheap imitation.

Anyone heard much of this player? Is he any good?
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Old 27-03-2004, 04:37   #3
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So what will the team be for the big OF game at Ibrox on Sunday. Mcleish has said that Hutton will play, and F. de Boer has an outside chance.

.............................. ..Klos........................ ......
.......Hutton...............Mo ore...............Ball........ .
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.......Burke................Ma lcolm.......Lovenkrands...
.............................. ..Rae......................... .....
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.............................R . de Boer.........................
...............Thompson....... .......Mols...................

Klos is a cert.

Hutton also looks a cert with Mcleish already giving him his backing.
Moore will play obviously.
Ball will definately play because Vanoli is not good enough to take his place.

Burke has to play, he has been our best player against Celtic all season.
Malcolm has been brilliant and will most likely be given a role of picking up Petrov from attacking midfield.
Lovenkrands is our only left sided winger who has ability. He is on top form right now and will be looking to improve on his 13 goals this season.
Rae is a good box to box midfielder who is linking up well with R. de Boer and Lovenkrands lately.

R. de Boer could never be left out of the squad, we will be relying on him to put the passes through the Celtic defence and to pick up the ball and take it from midfield.
Mols will hope for a ball to feet where he can turn the defenders and get in for a shot.
Thompson is a tall striker and we hope he can get on to any of Burke's and Lovenkrands' crosses.
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Old 27-03-2004, 07:57   #4
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there are no doubts that rangers' are on the rise after that barren spell earlier in the season. sunday's old firm can either confirm celtic as champions(not numerically, but psychologically) or be rangers' last attempt at ressurecting the season. we welcome the challenge, however. i think this seasons, domestically, has been boring. its not as good. last season, while we lost and it was gutting, was so exciting and amazing. the fact that it was only two goals or something between the teams was amazing. best of luck gers.
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Old 27-03-2004, 08:01   #5
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Hopefully next season we will be challenging again. With Arteta being bought by the Royal Ballet association for £3m and Ricksen can fuck off and explore the continent, Hutton is much better anyway, he better play on Sunday. Surely a new striker in and Boumsong, a French internationalist and a powerhouse in defence, something we don't currently.
I personally think that unless Celtic find another Larsson and Rangers buy the right players within 2 years we will be clear champions. Sorry. :p
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Old 27-03-2004, 16:49   #6
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I totally agree. We are definately on the up and we've started playing more Scottish players-coincidence? I think not.
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Rangers target Livingston pair?

RANGERS are lining up a double swoop on cash-strapped Livingston, with wing back David McNamee and centre-half Marvin Andrews the targets as manager Alex McLeish begins his rebuilding programme at the club.

Assistant manager Andy Watson was at Almondvale on Wednesday to watch McNamee score in the 3-2 defeat by Dundee United while first-team coach Jan Wouters ran the rule over the pair in Livingston’s Scottish Cup win over Aberdeen the previous Thursday.

McNamee made history earlier in the week by becoming the first Livvy player to be named in a Scotland squad when Berti Vogts selected the wingback for Wednesday’s friendly against Romania at Hampden.

The 23 year-old has been a major success in the SPL since returning from Blackburn Rovers and was a key member of the side that won the CIS Cup earlier this season.

While young full back Alan Hutton has impressed, McNamee is deemed a more attractive prospect.

Andrews, the 29 year-old Trinidad and Tobago stopper, would almost certainly be released without a transfer fee.

Ewing Grahame – Daily Mirror
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Old 29-03-2004, 03:34   #8
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Hopefully next season we will be challenging again. With Arteta being bought by the Royal Ballet association for £3m and Ricksen can fuck off and explore the continent, Hutton is much better anyway, he better play on Sunday. Surely a new striker in and Boumsong, a French internationalist and a powerhouse in defence, something we don't currently.
I personally think that unless Celtic find another Larsson and Rangers buy the right players within 2 years we will be clear champions. Sorry. :p
this season larsson hasnt been our best player. granted we will need another striker to fill the void, but with physical guys like sutton and hartson i dont see us slipping up until at least sutton leaves (which will be in a few years as he is getting on) but hartson, despite his size and aged looks, is actually younger than thompson. and if craig beattie can be well developed he can really become something. maybe not even a striker, as he has the pace(but not the distribution) to be a right winger. also, we have found what we've been missing for many many years, a quality keeper. David Marshall should be playing for scotland right now, who cares if he's only 19.

im not denying, however, that the current rangers team is much better than the team we played even in january. that was some game today (sunday). boumsong should be good, but will he recover completely from his skull fracture? surely that might mean he'll be a little bit moe cautious going up for headers. and he'll be facing big chris and big bad john.
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boumsong should be good, but will he recover completely from his skull fracture? surely that might mean he'll be a little bit moe cautious going up for headers.
That's a good point, but I doubt that he will be to bothered by that.

You're right, Larsson has not been your best player this year but he is still irreplaceable, or is he? We'll see whether O'neill improves on his already very inpressive record of signing people. To think, Celtic were so close to signing Emerson.
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Rangers 1-2 Celtic

A good performance from Rangers which would have been enough against any other team in the spl, but not Celtic.
Rangers had most of the possesion throughout the game but failed to make much of an impact until Burke and Thompson came on in the second half.
Larsson opened the scoring in the first half from a freekick when he cunningly slipped away from Michael Ball and headed the ball into the net.
Alan Thompson then scored early in the second half when Klos could only blocked Larsson's shot which fell to Thompson's feet for him to knock it in.
Rangers made 2 important changes within the next 10 minutes. First Chris Burke was brought on then Steven Thompson was brought on.
Rangers pulled one back in the last ten minutes when Chris Burke's corner was met by the head of sub Steven Thompson.
Rangers pushed Celtic back for the last minutes, but never really looked like equalising

Klos 5/10
Ball 4/10
Moore 5/10
Khizanishvilli 5/10
Hutton 4/10
Lovenkrands 5/10
Hughes 4/10
Malcolm 5/10
Rae 5/10
Mols 5/10
R. de Boer 4/10
Burke 8/10
Thompson 7/10
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That's a good point, but I doubt that he will be to bothered by that.

You're right, Larsson has not been your best player this year but he is still irreplaceable, or is he? We'll see whether O'neill improves on his already very inpressive record of signing people. To think, Celtic were so close to signing Emerson.
larsson is irreplaceable, he's one of our only players who can drift totally out of a match and still produce the goods. and that's a good point on the old Emerson deal, what a mistake it would've been. Frankly, when I saw Rangers were signing him, i felt so close to feeling sorry for them.
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Danny Mills targeted

RANGERS boss Alex McLeish has targeted Leeds hardman Danny Mills for a cut-price swoop this summer.
The England full-back is on loan at Middlesbrough until the end of the season and the Elland Road club are desperate to slash the wage bill.
McLeish feels the combative Mills would be the ideal player to fire up a dressing room which has been lacking in passion this season.
Leeds’ new board will listen to offers for Mills and would be prepared to sell the defender for as little as £1million. With Fernando Ricksen stalling over a new deal, the Ibrox club have targeted the player, despite the emergence of rookie Alan Hutton.
Middlesbrough have first option, but Leeds are not sure if the Carling Cup winners will make Mills move permanent and this has alerted McLeish.
Rangers had an enquiry for Mills, who is due to play against Sweden tonight, rejected by Leeds two years ago, but they have renewed their interest.
Gers' financial problems, though, could be a stumbling block with 26 year-old Mills having four years left on his lucrative £30,000-a-week contract.
Birmingham are also long-term admirers of Mills and Blues boss Steve Bruce has failed with two bids for him.
Mills was previously reluctant to uproot his young family from their north Yorkshire home, but the lure of European football should tempt the right-back into a switch.

David Anderson, Daily Mirror
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Glamour tournament planned

RANGERS could be facing glamour sides Feyenoord, Sporting Lisbon and Newcastle United in a prestigious pre-season tournament at St James's Park before the start of next season.
The Club has confirmed that discussions have taken place about taking part in the four-team tournament which would be held on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 but a contract has not yet been signed.
It would be a tremendous warm-up for the new campaign, especially as the SPL starts on Saturday. August 7 and the Champions League qualifiers fall on August 11 and 25.
Former Newcastle boss Ruud Gullit is taking over at Feyenoord in the summer so his return to the north-east could be interesting and Sir Bobby Robson used to manage Sporting, taking them to the Portguese title.
Rangers have sour memories of their most recent clashes with Feyenoord as the Dutch side knocked the Light Blues out en route to the UEFA Cup in 2002.
We will bring you confirmation of all of the details as soon as we have them.
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Thats good. Celtic always play the big teams in friendlys and we've always played pure crappy teams with the exception of Arsenal and Everton.
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Gers strike deal with Chinese club

Rangers Football Club is pleased to announce a three-year agreement with China Super League side Shenzhen Jianlibao.

The two clubs will co-operate in a number of areas including:

· Youth player development
· Coaching techniques and best practice
· Sports science, injury prevention and treatment
· Exhibition matches, tours and tournaments
· Franchising, sponsorship and merchandising rights
· Development of commercial revenue streams

The objectives of the agreement are to:

· Foster friendship between the two football clubs, their supporters and the cities of Glasgow and Shenzhen

· Work together to exploit mutually beneficial commercial opportunities

· Exchange knowledge in commercial and football matters

Welcoming the agreement at a Press Conference held today in Shenzhen, Rangers Chairman John McClelland explained why the Scottish giants had decided to invest their experience and expertise in Chinese football and why they had asked Shenzhen Jianlibao to be their partner.

He said: “China and Shenzhen in particular has tremendous potential. I have worked in this area of China for around 15 years and believe that SJFC characterises the tremendous energy of the area.

"Rangers has ambitions to extend its brand worldwide and we hope our partnership with SJFC can help us tap into this energy and raise our profile in China.”

Retail Director Nick Peel said: “SJFC has shown an interest in developing the commercial side of their football club and, given that this is a particular strength of Rangers, we are assisting them to this end.

"I will be hosting a commercial seminar in Shenzhen on this trip and will continue to offer assistance and support to the commercial staff at SJFC in the future.

"We will also be working together to exploit mutually beneficial commercial opportunities arising out of the relationship.”

From a football perspective George Adams, Head of Rangers Youth Development, outlined the potential that has prompted Rangers to commit to the partnership.

He said: “I have been very impressed with the progress made by the Chinese national team in recent years and have followed the progress of Sun Jihai and Li Tie in the EPL recently with interest.

"SJFC place a strong emphasis on youth development and now have 7 homegrown players in the full national team.

"I hope to be able to assist them in future development and having a ‘hands-on’ role in the development of young players at SJFC will enable Rangers to keep an eye on some of the best young talent in China.”

Shenzhen Jianlibao General Manager Zhang Jian expressed his delight at the deal.

He said: “First of all, we warmly welcome Mr John McClelland, Mr Nick Peel and Mr George Adams from Rangers FC, as well as Mr Dan Fletcher from FMMI, to visit Shenzhen.

“As a representative of Scottish football, Rangers FC has a history of more than 100 years of sustained success during which they have achieved very great titles and honours in Scotland’s Premier League as well as in European competition.

"Rangers FC also has made excellent achievements in the areas of market development, commercial exploitation and supporter services through a well-established management system.

“Through the introduction of FMMI, and after nearly one year’s pre-discussion and preparatory works, Jianlibao FC and Rangers FC will carry out full-scale co-operation concerning the coaching of young players, commercial development, brand construction and intelligence communication.

"During their visit to Shenzhen, the officials of Rangers FC will hold specific discussions and offer their experiences to the staff of Jianlibao FC. Later, they will visit our training camp in Sanshui, see our young players training and hold discussions with the coaches.

“We wish Rangers FC a very successful visit to Shenzhen, and look forward to the successful co-operation between the two clubs in the future, and thanks again for the great assistance from FMMI!”

FMMInternational is the sole and exclusive agent responsible for managing and marketing all aspects of the agreement between Shenzhen Jianlibao and Rangers.

FMMI Director of Global Operations, Dan Fletcher stated: “Rangers have won more trophies than any other club in the world.

"In terms of their commercial capability few clubs can equal them. Jianlibao will benefit enormously from having access to this level of expertise and experience.

“Equally, Jianlibao are one of the foremost clubs in China, with a long tradition of success, huge ambition and a deep commitment to building a strong youth development programme.

"Rangers stands to gain through this and from Jianlibao’s knowledge and understanding of the Chinese market. This partnership has the potential to substantially benefit both football clubs and FMMI is delighted to be working with them on this exciting project.”
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