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  1. Final Standings With the regular season done and dusted, Cove Rangers and Berwick Rangers finished top and bottom of their respective divisions; Cove Rangers won the Highland League for the second year running, this time around clinching a 8 point gap over second placed Brora - in 17/18, the Aberdeen-based side finished 11 points ahead of Formartine, showing that these particular Rangers seem to be a bigger fish than the size of their pond lets on. Incredibly, 100 goals were scored across 34 matches, with the Cove goalie conceding just 12(!). This strong form continued into the first round of the promotion play-offs, with a scrappy 1-2 win at East Kilbride's K-Park being followed up with a comprehensive 3-0 rout of the Lowland champions at Balmoral Stadium - a 5-1 aggregate is nothing to scoff at. On the other side of the trapdoor, Berwick Rangers' bottom completely fell out - 19 lonesome points being three worse than Cowdenbeath's tally in 17/18 and 13(!) less than East Stirlingshire's record during the season in which they were relegated. Since the introduction of the then-Third Division back in 1994/1995, only three sides scored fewer points than this season's Dream Team; Albion Rovers in 94/95 and East Stirlingshire in 02/03 and 04/05. Things could have been different, for this season's Albion Rovers are the second worst 9th placed team - behind the 03/04 Elgin City side (25 points) - but Berwick failed to capitalize on Rovers' insanely week start to the season under John 'Let's sign Alloa's development squad and call it a day' Brogan. Cove Rangers Back in 2017/2018, the Cove Rangers thread down in the Highland League section of Pie & Bovril was titled 'Cove on the Move' - a play on words that may well have proven to be prophetic were it not for scrappy Cowdenbeath barring the Highland League champions entry to League 2 in the play-offs. Another season of battering the other Highland sides later and the 7-times champions are eager to succesfully operate the Trapdoor this time around - this time with a scintillating form to their name seeing as the last time Cove dropped points was way back on the 23rd of March, when Brora held the blue-clad Aberdeen squad to a 1-1 draw. For comparison, the last time Berwick picked up any points was the 19th of March..... Since the Brora bump in the road, Cove played and won 5 league games - Fort William, Wick Academy, Keith, Forres Mechanics, and Clachnacuddin were all beaten - scoring 15 times and conceding just once. The last time a team put more than a single goal past Cove was on the 6th of March (Rothes scored twice but shipped 6 goals themselves) and the last time a team actually beat them was on December 1st 2018 when Fraserburgh secured a 1-0 win at home. Cove's team features a smattering of SFL experience, including the likes of Martin Scott (ex-Livi, Hibs, Ross County, Arbroath, Stenny, Raith, and Salgaocar - wait, who?), Jamie Masson (Aberdeen, Elgin, Brechin), Jordon Brown (Aberdeen, Forfar, and about 180 matches for Peterhead), and Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen, Arbroath, Brechin, Alloa, Dumbarton, and Brechin). Blair Yule of Arbroath fame is another prominent member of the squad, as is Ryan Strachan - another former Peterhead stalwart. Berwick Rangers Click the spoiler for a season recap Berwick Rangers haven't won a game - or indeed picked up points - since the 19th of March when league leaders Peterhead were beaten 2 to 0. Since, 6 matches under Johnny Harvey resulted in 0 goals forward and 20 against, while the single match under John Browlie and Ian Little was a merciful 2-0 loss at the hands of Elgin. A team that has been built, refurbished, and demolished by Robbie Horn and Johnny Harvey this season, Berwick's hopes are pinned on key players Dougie Brydon and Jordan Orru, both returning from a couple of weeks of injury, and Ousman 'Ouzy' See, who has been out of the game for about 8 months following a broken leg incurred at Montrose (back when they were still in League 2). Promotion/Relegation Play-Off; Leg 1 of the Trapdoor Having mentioned Montrose we can safely say that there is a life after the Trapdoor - with the Angus side having impressively secured a second season in League 1. Of course, the Gable Endies never actually fell down to the Highland/Lowland League. Conversely, League 2 strugglers of old East Stirlingshire are into their theird season in the Lowland League, with crowds averaging 180 odd fans having witnessed a sixth place finish this season. The other SFL team to have experienced the perils of the Trapdoor - Cowdenbeath - have steered clear of immediate danger by ending 6th in League 2 this season. Whichever example Berwick Rangers will follow - survival and great/limited success or relegation and a new reality - the Dream Team have one final shot to save their skin and membership of the SFL due to the relatively closed-off nature of the pyramid, which is more than most teams in their position in other European countries can say. Even then, should relegation occur, Berwick will receive parachute payments (possibly in the form of Ladbrokes sponsorship like East Stirlingshire received) and continued access to the Challenge and League Cups for 2019/2020. Still, with East Kilbride continuing their stint in the Lowland League, the Wee 'Gers will be in serious trouble if they want to bounce back at the first time of asking. As for Cove, promotion to League 2 will have never been easier to achieve than this season given the league performance of Club 42, and the Aberdeen-side will be hungrier than ever following their controversial (their words, not mine) defeat at the hands of Cowdenbeath last season. They seem to have outgrown the Highland League and have shown willingness to be promoted - and should they reach their goal they will undoubtedly make a fist of their first season in the SFL, which should worry the current members. May 11th will be the first leg of this play-off between two very different teams, both with their own ambitions; Cove will look to turn their home advantage into a convincing win to make the return a dead rubber, whilst Berwick will be pleased to keep the tie alive ahead of their home match on the 18th of May. If you are in the area, consider making the trip to Balmoral Stadium and see for yourself how exciting football at this level and stage of the season can be. Cove play in all-blue adidas teamwear at home; considering the fact that Berwick's away shirt is light blue with navy shorts and hooped socks, expect the Black and Gold to turn out in, well, black and gold. I don't have a graphic for Cove's kit so please accept my substituting it with the 2010/2011 Peterborough United home shirt.
  2. Just came across this in the DR. Not surprised tbh but there you go. What a charming man! LINK for those who want to read the article in the DR: Ian Durrant says "f**k the Pope" at football dinner The text below is for those who won't grace the DR with their presence or their money: Ex-Rangers star Ian Durrant is at the centre of a bigotry storm after footage of him emerged saying “F*** the Pope”. The 51-year-old made the outburst into a microphone during a packed football legends dinner, which was also attended by former Ibrox players Barry Ferguson and Lee McCulloch. The trio were entertaining fans at an event in Bothwell Bridge Hotel, Lanarkshire, earlier this month. Nine-in-a-row hero Durrant also mentioned former Celtic chairman John Reid just before the slur. Anti-sectarian campaigners yesterday condemned the former midfielder who is considered a legend by Light Blues fans. Nil by Mouth director David Scott said: “This is crass behaviour and reflects extremely poorly on the person involved and in 2018 there is no excuse for it. “That this is someone who is currently in a management position at an SPFL football club also reminds us that sectarianism still blights the game here.” The dinner was held on October 12 and was organised by Glasgow firm FSG Promotions and Blackpool-based Goldstar Promotions. Former captain Ferguson, McCulloch and Durrant sat at the top table and talked about their glittering Ibrox careers. Durrant’s sectarian remark came while Lee McCulloch was talking about Rangers’ run to the 2008 UEFA Cup final in Manchester. Seconds later Ferguson said “F*** the SFA” sparking a huge cheer from supporters in the room. The SFA refused to move fixtures to help Rangers prepare for the final against Zenit St Petersburg which resulted in the team playing five games in 11 days. Rangers lost the final 2-0. Last month former SFA president George Peat revealed he was contacted by the chairman of a rival club and urged not to assist Rangers in thier fixtrure backlog. Durrant was assistant manager of Scottish League One side Dumbarton before taking over the team last week following the sacking of manager Steve Aitken. He lost his first match in charge 3-1 away to Abroath on Saturday. Durrant left the club yesterday after the appointment of Jim Duffy as boss. In a 13-year career at Ibrox, Durrant won six league titles, four league cups and three Scottish cups. In October 1988 Durrant, then 21 was seriously injured in a challenge by Aberdeen player Neil Simpson which tore the cruciate ligaments in his right knee. Durrant did not play competitive football for almost three years. Despite injury problems he played a total of 346 competitive games for the club, scoring 45 goals, He spent four years at Kimarnock before retiring and also won 20 caps for Scotland. In 2005, he returned to Rangers as a coach and worked under Rangers first team under Walter Smith and Ally McCoist before leaving in June 2016. No one from the Bothwell Bridge Hotel was available for comment FSG or Goldstar could not be contacted for comment.
  3. £6M for Gerrard

    Been reading today that the news announcement from King is that he is to issue a share option for fans. He has also promised Gerrard £6M for a transfer kitty. Is this enough to bridge the gap, a small one if Rangers fans are to be believed.
  4. Pick It Out Episode 3- 'Cut that Bit out!' This time on Pick it Out I'm joined by Martin Melly from the Celtic podcast '20 Minute ****'. Martin and I talk Celtic in Europe so far this season, Betfred cup semi finals, how good Louis Moult is and look back at players to play for both Rangers and Celtic. Shall post links to Itunes, Acast, Soundcloud and Mixcloud here P.S Apologies for the comically bad editing at the end of the episode was doing it last night because I did't think I would have time the rest of the week https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/pick-it-out-podcast/id1295679025?mt=2&i=1000393967208 https://www.mixcloud.com/harveya95/cut-that-bit-out/ https://www.acast.com/pickitout/cut-that-bit-out
  5. What's your best football jokes?
  6. Doing a wee bit of research for something, Rangers and Celtic fans can you name me some cult heroes? Guys that made their name with the fans because of the Old Firm matches. Thinking Erik Bo Andersen, rather than Jorg Albertz. Players who didn't do all that much else in their Rangers and Celtic careers but are synonymous with this match.
  7. Hey I often surf this forum for ideas and intrigue when it comes to the Scottish game, though I've never signed up or posted. First time for everything I guess. I am a Rangers fan - cue head-bursting frustration from other supporters reading this - and following a conversation with a few Celtic fan friends after the game last night I just wanted to find out a bit more. Sometimes, this forum moves away from baiting and point scoring and tosses up some fairly decent discussion. Anyway, what amazes me about this Celtic Green Brigade Palestine Flag self-righteousness is not that it happened, but that some fans actually believe they were driven by a selfless and unwavering passion to help free the Arab state. Do Celtic fans genuinely believe that they're the footballing equivalent of Che Guervara riding a big massive green and white horse, shielding the entire world from the evils of corruption and battling the pork sword of the Establishment one unjust regime at a time? Or, are they more like George Galloway riding a worn out mule on Blackpool beach, clawing and grasping for his 15 minutes of fame to be restored and that anti-establishment rhetoric recognised, as his agents and owners sell tickets to fans of Celebrity Big Brother to raise money for their plush villas in the Maldives and passers-by cringe and wonder if they should phone someone for help? I think it comes down to two things. Celtic did this for Palestine - or they did it for themselves. I don't think it's two ways, and from my early research and Celtic supporting friends, I believe they couldn't give a toss about Palestine. Like they have not one single iota of interest in freeing the Arab state, but are more interested in attaching the club to something again considered anti-establishment. Most of my friends agreed. This is not a stab at Celtic fans as a whole, but half the Green Brigade in particular couldn't even spell Palestine let alone sculpt anything resembling an argument about the politics of the Middle East. Prove me wrong.
  8. Hello to all the die hard footie fans out there. I am currently looking for anyone who considers themselves an avid twitter user and football fan to take a moment and fill out this extremely quick survey questionnaire. Currently, I am undergoing a research project which is looking to evaluate twitter's impact and role amongst Scottish football and the more participants, the better. So if you have a spare moment, I would be greatly appreciative if you could spend a minute filling out this survey. http://kwiksurveys.com/s/Z6BfLVoT All the best, Paul
  9. To me it looks almost certain that Rangers will be playing in the Premier League next season; either through winning the Championship or through the play off. I work with two Rangers followers; followers because between them they have managed 1 game (between them) in the 6 years I have known them and that was the recent Falkirk game. They are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of playing in the premier next season believing that they are going to easily compete with Celtic for the title - everyone else has been dismissed as not good enough already. This is being based on the two recent games where we knocked them out of the cup and Aberdeen's win in the league last night. They also believed that they were the only team capable of stopping Celtics treble this season, until the mighty stags stepped up. I had a bit of a debate with them as I feel they are getting their hopes up a little and could end up disappointing themselves. I by no means think that Rangers will struggle however I did say that for me it is impossible to tell from the level they are playing in at the moment how next season will go and until they are there playing who knows. However as things stand there are 3 teams straight away that I feel Rangers would struggle against - everyone else they would probably compete with - winning and suffering the odd defeat (like everyone else) but probably ending up in 4th / 5th spot. Celtic have slipped under Deila, think most Celtic fans can see that?, but I don't think he will be there next season and Celtic will find someone who is able to make them into a stronger unit again (Stubbs?), they will also outspend every other team including Rangers. Mcinnes has created a good team at Aberdeen, they will be just as strong if not stronger next season if they can keep what they have and add a couple more players to their squad - lack a bit of depth for me. Hugely impressed by Hearts and they way they have done things and at the moment they look like only growing stronger also. 1.5m for Sow - wow. My reasoning was not taken on board, I do not see much wrong with it and I struggle to take the opinion of people who barely go to watch their team that seriously - what do Rangers fans on here that do watch their team week in / week out think. Am I doing you a great disrespect or am I being overly generous. No trolling, just genuinely interested in how things may shape up next season.
  10. Rangers youth team will be playing Celtics youth team in the 2014/15 Scottish Youth Cup final on the 21st of May, does anyone know where, if announced yet this final will be being held? Also will fans be allowed to attend or will it like the Glasgow Cup final be behind closed doors?
  11. http://wandywatsonfooty.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/football-season-201415-blog-9/ Apologies for a fair bit of Hearts.
  12. THE BIG LIE

    Anybody read this yet? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clash-Agnivores-Big-Lie-Consequences/dp/1499747799/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402747108&sr=1-1&keywords=clash+of+the+agnivores
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