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Artur, Fraser, Craig and Wee Woodsy

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I watched Fraser Forster (29) deny Liverpool on Sunday with a series of impressive saves, one of which from the penalty spot. The big keeper improved enormously in his four years at Celtic. Another FA Premier League ‘keeper, Artur Boruc (37), spent five years at Celtic, a period which was marked with some vagaries in form.

Boruc arrived as the best keeper we had seen in decades, but two seasons in a mooted moved to Bayern Munich (who travelled to Glasgow to see him) were off the agenda. Boruc’s form had dived and he was no longer considered in the elite category.

Craig Gordon (34) was an excellent keeper under Ronny Deila but when Brendan Rodgers arrived a weakness became evident in Craig’s game: he wasn’t comfortable with Brendan’s passing game, which required keepers to be good with their feet.

Craig was dropped and didn’t make the start of the Champions League campaign, but eight months on he looks like he was born to play this way. The transformation in form has been remarkable.

Stevie Woods worked with all three keepers. He was the formative influence on Fraser, he rescued Artur from ignominious decline and with Craig Gordon he took a senior keeper and transformed his game.

We’ll talk later about Brendan Rodger’s striking ability to improve players, but there can scarcely be a goalkeeper coach in Britain with a more impressive track record in this regard than “Wee Woodsy”.

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  1. Margaret McGill on

    So all we need is a tape excerpt where Murray says to Whyte to get a loan from Ticketus and we’re done?

  2. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Email says Lloyds worried about this becoming public as could lead to bad publicity,

     

     

    (even louder uh-oh!! and somebody turn off all the fans right NOW)

  3. O.G.Rafferty on

    We don’t do walking away.

     

    Better to exit stage left under cover of darkness

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2m2 minutes ago

     

     

    McGill confirms agreement​ between Lloyds and Murray over metals business pre-dated Craig Whyte bid

  4. An Tearmann on

    MiT

     

     

    Re McGill

     

    His position in mih is pivotal here mike.

     

    Mc Gill was trusted conduit to sdm whilst suppressing/holding the leash of the rest o mih(mcgill) type chaps pack of Rottweilers.

     

    He is saying plenty :-)

  5. McGills confirmation of the date 17th March 2011….Does that contradict what Murray previously stated in Court ?

     

    does it prove that they lied to SFA….or SFA REGAN lied at later date ?

     

     

    Help !

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BABASONICOS 71

     

     

    I was delighted when Stubbs signed,I thought the world of him.

     

     

    Aye,really. I’d watched him down in England-the same way I’d watched Pallaister ten years earlier-and saw the same thing.

     

     

    He didn’t let me down,although I was disappointed he didn’t sign a new contract.

     

     

    And for scoring that last minute header v the huns,while I celebrated in a rather pleasant establishment in Kilwinning with my Dad,sorry,Rieper just gets nosed out(!)

  7. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Oops!

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman · 36s37 seconds ago

     

    Donald Findlay QC asks McGill if demerger of Murray metals was “connected with the sale of Rangers Football Club?”

     

    Reply “yes”

     

     

    What happened to “no benefit for Murray”?

     

     

     

    KTF

  8. BABASONICOS71 on

    BMCUWP…

     

    Agree,Stubbs over Rieper.But i’d have Virgil,Paul Elliot and Bobo before the two of them.With Johan only pushed out because he could play in midfield as well as defence.

     

    Dream partnership…Van Dyke and Elliot.

     

     

    HH

  9. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    BIG JIMMY:

     

     

    The actual date that RFC became aware that the tax bill became enforceable was not actually categorically stated, but it was before the 17th. Aulheid would confirm which date the licence to play in Europe was granted by Reagan’s SFA. Academic though, because RFC within the rules which as a member club they had signed up to, had an ethical obligation to inform the SFA of the change of status, and if they did, if they did… why did the SFA not act upon the revised information?

  10. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    VFR:

     

     

    The bank sold the Metals Group back to Murray for a pound. That came out in previous testimony.

  11. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Setting Free the Bears , my condolences to you and your family following you mum passing away.

     

     

    With regard to players called Dominic who have have played for us. We had a youth team player in the mid eighties called Dom Schiavone .

  12. O.G.Rafferty on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 4m4 minutes ago

     

     

    Says “club has a sustainable business plan to retain its competitiveness”

     

    Findlay “is this true”

     

    McGill “You could debate competitiveness”

     

     

    McGill “Is a marketing document as much as anything else.”

     

     

    Document goes on to say Rangers not “reliant on Champions League revenue”

     

    Findlay “Hmm”

  13. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    I think Rangers were granted the European licence on 19 April 2011, at least four weeks after the tax obligation ‘crystallized’.

     

     

    Auldheid please confirm.

  14. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Scotland under 17’s v France under 17’s on eurosport the now.

     

     

    Some our young bhoys playing , Aitchison, McInroy , Church and Welsh .

     

     

    No scoring so far.

  15. BABASONICOS71 on

    What about the famous hun Dominic,King Dom Of Fife.Believed to be the one who will lead the hordes from Fife to the promised land of Iborcs.Sometimes referred to as the Moses of Methil,it is said he will build great hotels and other stuff and that. ;)

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    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 3:18 pm

     

     

    Yes it did; but after that it was clearly stated that the sale of Rangers would not benefit Murray; from what I understand here, Murray knew before the sale of Rangers that it would benefit him, so calls into question the veracity of his evidence to the court.

     

     

     

    KTF

  17. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Letter from Bank of Scotland to Rangers from 2009, mentions £34m credit facility agreed in 2004.

     

     

    BOOM

  18. O.G.Rafferty on

    Duped I tell you! Duped!

     

     

    Continues “no capital spending required”

     

    McGill repeats is a “marketing document”

     

     

    Findlay “What is the point of putting something in a document that isn’t true”

     

    McGill “It’s a marketing document”

     

     

    Findlay “That’s like saying the house needs an extension but you’ll get it without spending money”

  19. Bateen Bhoy on

    not got any legal background ( criminal, a wee bit, but on the right side of the fence, if you know what i mean ) but could charges of Perjury be brought as a result of Murray’s ‘obfuscation’ last week ?

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    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 3:28 pm

     

     

    I agree; all of the posts are mo won opinion of course and not the views of the management or anyone else on the blog! :>)

     

     

     

    KTF

  21. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    In 1995 the BOS would only extend to us a loan facility of £2.5 million fully secured….

  22. Surely the overriding principle of ‘caveat emptor’ applies and the buyer is the one doing the ‘due diligence’.

     

     

    Unless of course willful deception on behalf of the seller was involved – this seems to be Findlay’s approach.

     

     

    Nest of vipers would seem to describe the characters involved.

     

     

    Will Billy G go the same way as our Islam Furez?

  23. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Our intrepid leaders told them to shove it and the rest is history.

  24. Why any young player (wonderkid or otherwise) would wish to enter the Chelsea loan factory is beyond me.

     

     

    Oh yeah, the money…

     

     

    Billy is obviously not too bothered about having a long-term career though.

  25. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 4m

     

     

    McGill replies: “”Given that the useless twits dont have the funds it appears somewhat academic”

     

    Findlay “Murray was determined to sell Rangers”

     

    McGill “no”

     

    Findlay “You sold the club to useless twits with no funds”

  26. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman · 6m6 minutes ago

     

    McGill replies: “”Given that the useless twits dont have the funds it appears somewhat academic”

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman · 4m4 minutes ago

     

    Findlay “Murray was determined to sell Rangers”

     

    McGill “no”

     

    Findlay “You sold the club to useless twits with no funds”

     

    Ends

     

     

    That’s got to hurt!

     

     

     

    KTF