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The Belgian league put the cat amongst the waffles yesterday by declaring the Jupiler League over and Bruges champions.  They sorted out their TV and other commercial arrangements and can start next season as soon as it is safe to do so.

There are very few calls to cut seasons short.  Tight leagues, such as in Italy and Spain, would forever  have questions hanging over them, while those assured of winning the title, as in Scotland and England, want to do so on the field, not at a league meeting.  Still, it was nice to see panic among the Null and Voiders, who would rather everyone lost than anyone (Celtic) won.

The Belgians have been pragmatic but premature, football is finished for the season, their champions are assured without controversy and they will accommodate those threatened with relegation.  The rest of Europe still clings to the hope that competition can start behind closed doors in the summer.  It will next month before we know if this is possible, there is no reason to make decisions before then.

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  1. This is a blog, n’est ce password? Is there a requirement to answer any given question?

     

     

    My short answer: probably the Little Englanders, not many others.

     

     

    HH

  2. BLANTYRETIM IS PRAYING FOR THE KNOX FAMILY on 5TH APRIL 2020 4:37 PM

     

    Lost another friend to Coronavirus today

     

    RIP Tam McQuade

     

    God bless

     

    Devastated

     

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    God Bless your friend Tam, thoughts and prayers with him, his family and friends.

     

    Also with yourself S, take care.

  3. Before I say anything I can assure you I have my tickets booked for Coventry!!!!!

     

    No doubt you’ll consider this bad taste, but here goes. How many hun players over the years have you had a sneaking admiration for, note I did not say liked!!!!!

     

    Mine are Ian McMillan, Jim Baxter, Bobby Russell, Sandy Jardine and Gio Van Bronckhurst.

     

     

    Pelters expected obviously.

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  4. glendalystonsils on

    My 12th birthday No 1 was ‘Peppermint twist’ by some guy I’ve never heard of . And to think that if I’d held on for another couple of days I could have had ‘Duke of Earl’! Dammit!

  5. KINGLUBO,

     

     

    Ian McMillan, Jim Baxter, Eric Caldow, Willie Henderson, Ralph Brand

  6. King Lubo

     

    Sammy Baird; John Greig; Kenny Millar;Alfredo Morelos and Andy Goram.

  7. Kinglubo, agree on van Bronkhurst. And although he’s before my time, Willie Henderson

  8. BT – so sad about your friend Tam

     

     

    May God look after his soul, his family and friends at this, their hour of need.

     

     

    D. :(

  9. SAINT STIVS on 5TH APRIL 2020 5:26 PM

     

    neil mccann and maurice johnston

     

     

    Two pseudo Tims??? tainted goods mate chase them .hh

  10. all those poor players poorly advised about their ebt’s

     

     

    i am just a fitballer, i left that to my agent

  11. For all the arguments out there, on here and over there, the last stanza knocks.

     

     

    The Mower

     

    BY PHILIP LARKIN

     

    The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found

     

    A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,

     

    Killed. It had been in the long grass.

     

     

    I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.

     

    Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world

     

    Unmendably. Burial was no help:

     

     

    Next morning I got up and it did not.

     

    The first day after a death, the new absence

     

    Is always the same; we should be careful

     

     

    Of each other, we should be kind

     

    While there is still time.

  12. TIM MALONE WILL TELL on 5TH APRIL 2020 3:53 PM

     

    Wasn’t ‘Death of a Clown’ written by Dave Davies?

     

     

    Very good nonetheless.

     

    ____

     

    Actually, yes it was Dave and not Ray. Of course, we all pronounced their name as Davis. Can’t remember why, offhand.

  13. South Of Tunis on

    Covid 19- Italy @6pm- 5 4 20.

     

    Cases -128,948

     

    Dead-15,887

     

    525 people died in the 24 hr period between 6pm yesterday and 6pm today.

     

     

    Off oot to sit on a bench under some olive trees and wait for a pair of little owls to leave their roost and start hunting.

  14. so something i find pathetic today.

     

     

    BBC Scotland has a “preview” of the 2002 scottish cup final.

     

     

    Celtic won the league by 18 points and we should have won the cup final as well.

     

     

    However, not a mention of the EBTers, not a jot.

     

     

    Shortie interviewed McCann, about his memories of the game, wtf.

     

     

    Cheating rat monkey huns.

  15. Phil hoy

     

    Apologies missed your Anniversary earlier

     

    Huge Congrats to your good Wife and yourself

     

    👏👏👏

  16. January & Pilot

     

    When I was 12

     

     

    BT, sorry to hear your very sad news

     

    May your 2 Friends Rest In Peace

     

    And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon them

  17. SoT

     

    Your final sentence could have been a part of Philip Larkin`s poem posted by Aipple !

     

     

    Off oot to sit on a bench

     

    under some olive trees

     

    and wait

     

    for a pair of little owls to leave their roost

     

    and start hunting.

  18. Alan Hutton, £364,000: Made debut in 2002 and played 94 games, before £9million move to Spurs.

     

     

    Alex McLeish, £1.7million: Managed Rangers from 2001-06.

     

     

    Alex Rae, £569,000: Midfielder arrived at Ibrox in 2004 and spent two years there. Played 34 games.

     

     

    Andrei Kanchelskis, £145,000: Russian winger arrived from Fiorentina in 1998 for £5.5million.

     

     

    Andrew Dickson, £33,000: Head of football administration since 2003. Previously financial controller at Ibrox.

     

     

    Arthur Numan, £510,000: Dutch full-back arrived at Rangers from PSV Eindhoven in 1998 for £4.5million. Played 118 times.

     

     

    Barry Ferguson, £2.5million: Former youth player who became Rangers captain. Played at Ibrox from 1996-2003 and 2005-09.

     

     

    Bert Konterman, £300,000: Dutch defender signed by Dick Advocaat for £4.5million in 2000.

     

     

    Bert Van Lingen, £65,000: Assistant manager under Dick Advocaat from 1998 to 2002.

     

     

    Billy Dodds, £190,000: Arrived in a £1.5million deal from Dundee United in 1999.

     

     

    Bob Malcolm, £125,000: Central defender started his career with Rangers in 1997. Played 88 games. Left for Derby County in 2006.

     

     

    Carlos Cuellar, £448,255: Spanish centre-half arrived from Osasuna in £2.37million deal in 2007. Moved to Aston Villa in 2008.

     

     

    Chris Burke, £55,000: Started career at Rangers, playing 96 games from 2002 to 2009. Left for Cardiff City.

     

     

    Christian Nerlinger, £1.8million: German midfielder signed from Borrusia Dortmund in 2001 and left in 2004.

     

     

    Claudio Caniggia, £1million: Argentinian signed from Dundee for £1million in 2001.

     

     

    Craig Moore, £1.1million: Australian centre-half played more than 90 games from 1994-98. Returned in 1999 and stayed until 2005.

     

     

    Dado Prso, £1.9million: Croatian striker was free transfer in 2004. Left for Dinamo Zagreb in 2007.

     

     

    Dan Eggen, £68,000: Norwegian central defender signed in 2003 from Spanish club Alaves.

     

     

    Sir David Murray, £6.3million: Owned club from 1988-2011, during which Rangers lifted 15 titles and 26 cups. Sold shares to Craig Whyte for £1.

     

     

    Dick Advocaat, £1.5million: Rangers manager from 1998-2002. Spent almost £74million to win five trophies, including two titles.

     

     

    Douglas Odam, £119,000: Finance director for 15 years. Left in 2003 to take up a role within 
Sir David Murray’s business empire.

     

     

    Egil Ostenstad, £370,000: Norwegian forward signed from Blackburn on free transfer in 2003.

     

     

    Fernando Ricksen, £684,225: Dutch right-back signed in 2000 from AZ Alkmaar for £3.75million.

     

     

    Federico Nieto, £24,500: Argentine striker joined on loan deal in 2005 from Almagro. Scored once in three matches.

     

     

    Gavin Rae, £376,000: Midfielder signed from Dundee in 2004 for a fee of £250,000. Moved to Cardiff in 2007.

     

     

    George Adams, £30,000: Head of youth development between 2003-05.

     

     

    Graeme Souness, £30,000: Player-manager from 1986-91.

     

     

    Gregory Vignal, £173,000: French defender joined on loan from Liverpool in 2004. Moved to Portsmouth in 2005.

     

     

    Ian McGuinness, £25,400: Club doctor sacked after Paul Le Guen left.

     

     

    Ian Murray, £95,000: Midfielder was free transfer from Hibernian in 2006. Left in 2007.

     

     

    Jan Wouters, £285,000: Former Dutch midfielder joined as a coach under Dick Advocaat, then Alex McLeish. Left in 2006.

     

     

    Jean-Alain Boumsong, £630,000: French centre-half joined in 2004 on free transfer. Moved to for Newcastle for £8million.

     

     

    Jerome Bonnissel, £48,000: French left-back arrived in 2003 from Bordeaux.

     

     

     

    Jesper Christiansen, £320,000: Danish goalkeeper signed in 2000 as injury cover.

     

     

    Joel Le Hir, £28,275: Paul Le Guen-appointed physiotherapist from 2006 to 2007.

     

     

    John Greig £40,000: Played for club from 1961-78. Managed Rangers from 1978 to 1983. Later became a director.

     

     

    John McClelland, £225,000: Appointed a director in 2000. Chairman from 2002 to 2004. Resigned last year.

     

     

    Julien Rodriguez, £638,000: French centre-half signed from Monaco in 2005 for £1million. Left for Marseille in 2007.

     

     

    Kevin Muscat, £1million: Australian defender joined from Wolves in 2002 on free transfer. Joined Millwall in 2003.

     

     

    Kris Boyd, £215,000: Signed from Kilmarnock in 2006 for £500,000. Left in 2010.

     

     

    Libor Sionko, £178,000: Czech midfielder signed from Austria Vienna in 2006. Played 18 matches before signing Copenhagen in 2007.

     

     

    Lorenzo Amoruso, £639,000: Italian defender signed from Fiorentina for £4million in 1997. Moved to Blackburn Rovers for £1.4million in 2003.

     

     

    Martin Bain, £249,000: Chief executive of Rangers from 2005 to 2011. Resigned after Murray sold club to Whyte.

     

     

    Marvin Andrews, £316,025: Centre-half from Trinidad and Tobago joined from Livingston in 2004.

     

     

    Maurice Ross, £120,000: Played 78 games for Rangers from 2000 to 2005, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday.

     

     

    Michael Ball, £1.4million: Left-back signed from Everton in 2001 for £6.5million. Moved to PSV Eindhoven in 2005.

     

     

    Michael Mols, £260,000: Dutch striker joined Rangers under Dick Advocaat. He arrived in 1999 and spent five years at Ibrox.

     

     

    Mikel Arteta, £674,603: Spanish midfielder joined in 2002 and played 50 matches, scoring 12 goals. Moved to Everton.

     

     

    Nacho Novo, £1.2million: Spanish striker joined in 2004 from Dundee for £450,000.

     

     

    Neil McCann, £500,000: Winger joined from Hearts in 1998 for £2million.

     

     

    Nuno Capucho, £970,000: Portuguese winger who arrived in 2003 for £700,000.

     

     

    Olivier Bernard, £224,000: French defender arrived on a free transfer in 2005.

     

     

    Paolo Vanoli, £592,000: Italian left-back joined from Bologna in 2003 and played in 28 matches.

     

     

    Paul Le Guen, £201,250: French manager replaced Alex McLeish in 2006. Left in January 2007 after a string of poor results.

     

     

    Pedro Mendes, £1million: Portuguese midfielder joined in 2008 for £3million. Joined Vituria Guimares in 2010.

     

     

    Peter Lovenkrands, £902,000: Danish winger arrived in 2000 from Akademisk Boldklub for £1.3million.

     

     

    Ronald De Boer, £1.2million: Dutch midfielder joined in 2000 under Advocaat.

     

     

    Ronald Waterreus, £510,000: Dutch goalkeeper joined Rangers in 2004 from Manchester City.

     

     

    Sasa Papac, £319,000: Bosnian left-back arrived in 2006 from Austria Vienna for £450,000.

     

     

    Sotirios Kyrgiakos £532,200: Greek centre-half signed from Panathinaikos in 2005.

     

     

    Stefan Klos, £2million: German international keeper signed in 1999 for £800,000. Join Bayer Leverkusen in 2007.

     

     

    Stephane Wiertelak, £28,275: French fitness-physiotherapy coach joined Rangers in 2006 under Le Guen.

     

     

    Steven Davis, £600,000: Northern Ireland midfielder. Left for Southampton in the summer.

     

     

    Steven Smith, £7500: Defender came through youth ranks and made debut in 2004.

     

     

    Steven Thompson, £485,000: Joined from Dundee United in 2003 for £200,000. Went to Cardiff City in 2006.

     

     

    Tero Penttila, £140,000: Finnish defender joined in 1999 for £300,000 from Haka Valkeakoski. Left in 2002 to join HJK Helsinki.

     

     

    Thomas Buffel, £1.2million: Belgian midfielder joined in 2005 for £2.3million from Feyenoord.

     

     

    Tore Andre Flo, £1.3million: Norwegian striker joined from Chelsea in 2000 for £12million. Sold for £6.75million to Sunderland in 2002.

     

     

    Yves Colleau, £106,200: Former French midfielder served as assistant to Le Guen at Rennes, Lyon and Rangers from 2006 to 2007.

     

     

    Zurab Khizanishvili, £405,000: Georgian defender joined on a free transfer from Dundee in 2003. Moved to Blackburn Rovers in 2005.

  19. Favourite Uncle

     

    I had considered Bobby Shearer and Harold Davis is certainly a worthy candidate.

  20. Lest they forget

     

     

    that orioginal huns “winning” team –

     

     

    Klos ebt, Ross ebt , Moore ebt, Amoruso ebt, Numan ebt , Ricksen ebt , de Boer ebt , Ferguson ebt , Lovenkrands ebt , McCann ebt , Caniggia ebt

     

     

    manager ebt

     

    owner ebt

     

    greatest ever ranger ebt

     

    former managers ebt’s

     

    chairman ebt

     

     

     

    i dont think i am over it yet

  21. BT

     

     

    Sorry to hear about your friend Tam, may perpetual light shine upon him.

  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    BT,

     

    Thoughts and prayers,with your friends families and loved ones, shocking news.

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