Rangers Board showing signs of desperation

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So Charles Green’s role as consultant has been ‘terminated’ by the Rangers Board due to huge pressure from many shareholders and fans over his ‘return’. In an explosive 2 1/2 weeks, the blunt Yorkshireman saw a disgruntled manager call him an 'embarrassment’, the resignation of chairman Walter smith, the recognition that the 22 million pounds of IPO money has gone, and a group of opposing shareholders making a move for control.

Mark Runnacles/Getty ImagesNo matter the role, Charles Green always seems to be in middle of the ongoing tempest at Rangers.

Whatever else can be said about Charles Green, he has never been boring and no one should be fooled that the removal of Green as a ‘consultant’ will mean he will not speak out to receive the highest selling price for his shareholding. Continue Reading...

Glimpses of McCoist's team at Stranraer

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AP PhotoAndy Little celebrates his goal for Rangers, who had three in the first haf in Saturday's win at Stranraer.

The Rangers' 3-0 victory over Stranraer at Stair Park on Saturday could rightfully fall into the old cliche of a game of two halves. The Light Blues started strongly in the first and scored all their goals from Andy Little, Lewis Macleod and Lee McCulloch. In the second half they lowered the tempo, much to manager Ally McCoist's disgust.

After the match he expressed what many Rangers fans felt: "If I was playing today, I would have looked on that as an opportunity to batter a few goals in to get the goal tally up. Continue Reading...

If Charles Green stays, will Craig Mather honourably resign?

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Rangers chief executive Craig Mather has finally confirmed that he and his fellow directors will discuss Charles Green's position as a consultant next Tuesday.

Mark Runnacles/Getty ImagesNo matter the role, Charles Green always seems to be in middle of the ongoing tempest at Rangers.

In a statement on the club website, Mather said he would "convene a Board meeting within seven days to discuss Charles Green's recent public statements. . . . It was necessary and vitally important that I spend time in London this week meeting institutional investors along with Finance Director Brian Stockbridge.

"Because of that and the unavailability of other directors, the Board meeting cannot be held until next week. Continue Reading...

Rangers and England players

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Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty ImagesEngland legend Paul Gascoigne spent nearly three years at Rangers.

With the 'Auld Enemy' clash between Scotland and England renewed this week, it might be a good time to look at some English players who have worn the Royal Blue jersey at Ibrox over the years. This is my own personal choice, and so it is not comprehensive.

- Brewin: A rivalry renewed

Mark Hateley

Big Mark deserves to go first since he is probably the one player who has remained a real fan, even after retiring. A big powerful centre-forward, he struck up a remarkable partnership with the current Rangers boss, Ally McCoist, and together they both terrorised defences. Continue Reading...

Rangers' performance proves McCoist needs more time

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AP Photo/Danny LawsonChris Hegarty scored one of Rangers' four goals in their win over Brechin City at Ibrox.

A strange thing happened at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon. Instead of worrying over balance sheets or football politics, an entertaining game of football broke out on the pitch. A 4-1 win over Brechin City, with goals from Chris Hegarty, Nicky Law, Ian Black and Dean Shiels, kick-started 'stage 2 of the journey' back to the top.

- Match report: Rangers 4-1 Brechin City

With the transfer registration ban still in effect until the 1st of September, the Light Blues could only field two of the new signings as trialists. Continue Reading...

Craig Mather needs to silence Charles Green

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Regardless what has happened in the past, and whether you want a new board of directors or the status quo, Rangers chief executive Craig Mather should stop Charles Green from speaking to the media about the club.

Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesRangers manager Ally McCoist can't be blamed for the worried look he had during Tuesday's friendly with Newcastle given 'consultant' Charles Green's recent comments.

As a private shareholder and individual, Green has every right to say what he wants about any Light Blues subject -- but not while Rangers FC are paying him.

In only one week, the return of the Yorkshireman as a 'consultant' has resulted in an upset manager and team, Walter Smith resigning as chairman and a divided fanbase. Continue Reading...

Rangers fans support Walter Smith and want changes at Ibrox

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Julian Finney/Getty ImagesLegendary former manager Walter Smith has stepped down as Rangers Chairman.

Walter Smith has stepped down as Rangers Chairman in a show of disgust at the direction the club is being taken. There is little doubt Smith has been concerned with the return of Charles Green, and other board decisions, and felt his position was untenable.

In a statement to explain his resignation, he said the current board "could rarely find consensus and agreement [and] has created a highly-dysfunctional environment which has not been good for the Club." Among other things, he is "now imploring everyone to back these proposed changes so that much-needed stability and a level of integrity can be restored to the Ibrox Boardroom. Continue Reading...

Loss to Forfar, Green comments equal big trouble for McCoist

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Getty ImagesIt was an unpleasant day on and off the pitch for Rangers manager Ally McCoist.

Rangers' 2-1 loss to Forfar in the first round of the League Cup on Saturday is another horrendous result that seems to regularly sneak up on Ally McCoist's teams and there is not much more the fans can take.

It doesn’t matter if there are board room troubles. It's largely irrelevant if the transfer registration ban means new signings can't play -- the team on the park should still be good enough to beat Forfar over 120 minutes.

It has put serious pressure on McCoist before a ball is kicked in the Second Division and he now can’t afford another bad result. Continue Reading...

The Lee McCulloch conundrum

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Lee McCulloch RangersPA PhotosIt will be tough to squeeze Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch into the team.

With the transfer registration ban still in effect until the end of August, Ally McCoist cannot play his full squad, so judging how well they play individually or as part of a team is an issue. Keeping fit is also a problem so it was a wise decision to fix up a few friendlies in between league and cup matches.

The 1-1 draw with Dundee on Wednesday evening was one of them, and it was the Honduran international Arnold Peralta who came off best for Rangers with a good performance and fantastic goal from a 20-yard free-kick. Continue Reading...

Rangers set down the Law

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Rangers’ 4-0 win over Albion Rovers Sunday in the Ramsdens Cup delivered something rarely seen from supporters of the Light Blues in the last 12 months -- entertaining football. There is no reason to get carried away, but the team formation and new signings seem a lot more positive than in 2012.

With the transfer registration ban still in place until Sept. 1, there was only a choice of two new signings available as ‘trialists’, and as expected it was Jon Daly and Nicky Law. Continue Reading...

'Trialist' issue means Gers still not at full strength

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AP Photo/Danny Lawson/Press AssociationFrom left, Jon Daly, Steven Smith, Cammy Bell, Richard Foster, Nicky Law and Nicky Clark, shown modeling Rangers' new kits last month, will not be on the pitch at once in Sunday's Ramsdens Cup match.

At last, the phony war ends as the season starts for real this weekend. Rangers play Albion Rovers on Sunday at Livingston’s Almondvale stadium for the first round of the Ramsdens Cup. The Coatbridge side finished bottom of the Second Division last season, and should not hold many problems for the Govan side.

Of course, with the transfer registration ban, the Light Blues can only field two 'trialists' from Cammy Bell, Nicky Law, Nicky Clark and Jon Daly as Arnold Peralta, Bilel Mohsni, Steven Smith, and Richard Foster cannot start until Sept. Continue Reading...

Has McCoist learned anything from pre-season?

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AP PhotoRangers boss Ally McCoist still has some work to do in order to shore up his team's defense.

Now that Rangers have finished pre-season, what have we learned about the team? These matches can only tell you so much because the games are never completely serious, and the main point is to build fitness. It's even more difficult to assess the Light Blues this year because Ally McCoist has the task of getting every player in his squad fit, yet he can't play who he wants until the 1st of September when the transfer registration ban ends. With those caveats in mind, there are still a few areas that can be discussed. Continue Reading...