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Half the battle when it comes to PR is not to score an own goal, which Neil Lennon managed to do in his pre-match press conference today when asked about the local ‘tradition’ of ritualistic animal slaughter before the game.  “You have to respect the traditions in Kazakhstan, they have a different culture.  We have our traditions.

“Our scouts watched Shakhter’s game against Astana on Friday.  We know the played a weakened team.

“We arrived early to adapt to the weather condition.  The journey went well.

“Tomorrow we play against a strong team.  It’s important to get a good result in the first game to increase our chances of reaching the Champions League group stage.”

Really looking forward to this one now.
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  1. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black has been issued with a notice of complaint which includes an allegation of “betting on three matches on his then registered club not to win”, the Scottish Football Association announced today.

  2. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Steinreignedsupreme

     

     

     

    17:07 on 19 August, 2013

     

     

     

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black has been issued with a notice of complaint which includes an allegation of “betting on three matches on his then registered club not to win”, the Scottish Football Association announced today.

     

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    how do they know/prove that?

  3. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    the wee man from lurgan is way too fly to get involved with loaded questions now.

  4. OSCAR KNOX SUPPORTERS CLUB on

    Press on Press action –

     

     

    good read though.

     

     

    Greesdale in the Gradiun.

     

     

    Stivs

     

     

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    Daily Record engages in revisionism over its coverage of RangersShare 3

     

    inShare.0Email Today’s Daily Record carries a magnificent piece of polemic by sports writer Keith Jackson about its coverage of the continuing crisis facing Rangers football club.

     

     

    In fact, once put into historical context, it turns out to be a self-serving piece of revisionism. It makes no reference to the paper’s 180 degree turn.

     

     

    The Record’s record in its coverage of the lengthy financial shenanigans at Rangers shows that it has nothing to shout about.

     

     

    According to Jackson’s account, the paper has been at the forefront of exposing dodgy dealings down the years.

     

     

    In January 2011, he writes, the Record “revealed the truth” about the “ruinous financial chicanery” of the then chairman, Craig Whyte.

     

     

    I think he meant January 2012. But that’s a mere slip. The point is that Jackson, the supposed exposer of Whyte, had previously portrayed him as the club’s great saviour.

     

     

    In November 2010, for example, Jackson described Whyte as the “financial whizzkid from Motherwell”, a “high roller” who had become “Scotland’s youngest self-made millionaire.”

     

     

    In a breathless piece of puffery, Jackson told of the venture capitalist’s exploits that made him “millions from playing the markets” and able to control “a vast business empire”.

     

     

    Whyte’s wealth was “off the radar”, wrote Jackson, and enabled him to acquire a castle in Grantown-on-Spey, “one of the most historic buildings in Scotland.”

     

     

    Jackson and his then boss, Jim Traynor, depicted Whyte as a man of considerable wealth and thereby gave confidence to the club’s fans that he was a good bet to become its owner.

     

     

    At that time, and afterwards when Whyte acquired the club, the Record (in company with other newspapers) failed to investigate whether the fanciful claims about his riches stood up to scrutiny.

     

     

    As Channel 4’s reporter, Alex Thomson, revealed, in July 2011, Traynor even went to so far as to submit an article about Whyte for Whyte’s approval prior to publication.

     

     

    In February 2012, Whyte was forced to put Rangers into administration. And a month later Whyte was deemed “not a fit and proper person” to own a football club following an inquiry on behalf of the Scottish Football Association. He was also fined £200,000.

     

     

    But this sad saga runs on and on. Traynor quit the Record in December last year in order to become PR of Rangers, having been appointed by Whyte’s successor, Charles Green.

     

     

    Four months later, the board of the reconstituted Rangers entity (Rangers International Football Club) issued a statement saying Green and the club’s commercial director, Imran Ahmad, were to be the subject of an inquiry following allegations about their management of the club.

     

     

    And Green, now a “consultant” with Rangers, could possibly be ejected from that position too, a claim reported by the Record now that it has cast off its Ibrox cheerleading role. Or is it secretly cheerleading for a group within the club? Is it just not possible for it to be entirely impartial?

     

     

    Anyway, one single, simple fact emerges from all this – Rangers football club got into trouble a long time ago and the mainstream media, whether by commission or omission, failed to do its job. Rather than hold the people in charge to account, it acted as a spin-doctor.

     

     

    Belatedly, the Record shows signs of realising the error of its ways (without apologising to its readers for those errors). Jackson wrote today that Rangers is “a club which continues to self-harm spectacularly.”

     

     

    If only he had written that three years or more ago. Then again, Traynor was his boss at the time. It’s no wonder, perhaps, that the former journalistic colleagues have fallen out of late.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    I thought it was a signing when I saw the new article.. o)

  6. match fixing?

     

     

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black has been accused

     

    of betting against his own club on three

     

    occasions by the Scottish Football

     

    Association.

     

    The former Inverness CT and Hearts man is

     

    accused of putting money on his team to not

     

    win matches between March 4, 2006 and July

     

    28, 2013.

  7. OSCAR KNOX SUPPORTERS CLUB on

    Rumour mill ,

     

     

     

    Black has an accumalator that Second Rangers wont win a cup before they go into administration.

     

     

    Safe bet, and no conflict of interest surely.

  8. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    still don’t know how they would find out that black was putting these bets on.unless he was daft enough to place them himself…..Mmmmmm?

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    3’s

     

    Received message back from celts well. They have the game on tomorrow. .

  10. Guess who will be getting their lucrative contract cancelled. The Chuckles back stabbing and cull begins…

  11. Paul67 et al

     

     

    At least Neil managed to avoid any jokes about goats! Well no more new players, least for now, but we seem to have most of our players fit for this tie, which is a bonus in itself. We have fair bit of European experience in our squad now, and we have done quite well away from home under Neil. A bit more of that will do.

  12. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    ASonOfDan

     

     

    so you eckon black is the 1st out the door.

  13. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    Hope there’s no whitewash over this Ian Black affair?!

     

     

    T4tumbleweedCSC

  14. from Roy Greenslade in the Guardian:

     

     

     

     

    Daily Record engages in revisionism over its coverage of Rangers

     

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    Email

     

     

     

     

     

    Today’s Daily Record carries a magnificent piece of polemic by sports writer Keith Jackson about its coverage of the continuing crisis facing Rangers football club.

     

     

    In fact, once put into historical context, it turns out to be a self-serving piece of revisionism. It makes no reference to the paper’s 180 degree turn.

     

     

    The Record’s record in its coverage of the lengthy financial shenanigans at Rangers shows that it has nothing to shout about.

     

     

    According to Jackson’s account, the paper has been at the forefront of exposing dodgy dealings down the years.

     

     

    In January 2011, he writes, the Record “revealed the truth” about the “ruinous financial chicanery” of the then chairman, Craig Whyte.

     

     

    I think he meant January 2012. But that’s a mere slip. The point is that Jackson, the supposed exposer of Whyte, had previously portrayed him as the club’s great saviour.

     

     

    In November 2010, for example, Jackson described Whyte as the “financial whizzkid from Motherwell”, a “high roller” who had become “Scotland’s youngest self-made millionaire.”

     

     

    In a breathless piece of puffery, Jackson told of the venture capitalist’s exploits that made him “millions from playing the markets” and able to control “a vast business empire”.

     

     

    Whyte’s wealth was “off the radar”, wrote Jackson, and enabled him to acquire a castle in Grantown-on-Spey, “one of the most historic buildings in Scotland.”

     

     

    Jackson and his then boss, Jim Traynor, depicted Whyte as a man of considerable wealth and thereby gave confidence to the club’s fans that he was a good bet to become its owner.

     

     

    At that time, and afterwards when Whyte acquired the club, the Record (in company with other newspapers) failed to investigate whether the fanciful claims about his riches stood up to scrutiny.

     

     

    As Channel 4’s reporter, Alex Thomson, revealed, in July 2011, Traynor even went to so far as to submit an article about Whyte for Whyte’s approval prior to publication.

     

     

    In February 2012, Whyte was forced to put Rangers into administration. And a month later Whyte was deemed “not a fit and proper person” to own a football club following an inquiry on behalf of the Scottish Football Association. He was also fined £200,000.

     

     

    But this sad saga runs on and on. Traynor quit the Record in December last year in order to become PR of Rangers, having been appointed by Whyte’s successor, Charles Green.

     

     

    Four months later, the board of the reconstituted Rangers entity (Rangers International Football Club) issued a statement saying Green and the club’s commercial director, Imran Ahmad, were to be the subject of an inquiry following allegations about their management of the club.

     

     

    And Green, now a “consultant” with Rangers, could possibly be ejected from that position too, a claim reported by the Record now that it has cast off its Ibrox cheerleading role. Or is it secretly cheerleading for a group within the club? Is it just not possible for it to be entirely impartial?

     

     

    Anyway, one single, simple fact emerges from all this – Rangers football club got into trouble a long time ago and the mainstream media, whether by commission or omission, failed to do its job. Rather than hold the people in charge to account, it acted as a spin-doctor.

     

     

    Belatedly, the Record shows signs of realising the error of its ways (without apologising to its readers for those errors). Jackson wrote today that Rangers is “a club which continues to self-harm spectacularly.”

     

     

    If only he had written that three years or more ago. Then again, Traynor was his boss at the time. It’s no wonder, perhaps, that the former journalistic colleagues have fallen out of late.

  15. iPaddy McCourt Supports Wee Oscar on

    I’m a bit twitchy about the game tomorrow. We were gash against Elfsborg in the away leg and could barely string three passes together. If Samaras plays, he must be deployed wide left, not as a lone striker.

     

     

    Forster

     

    Lustig Van Dijk Myokolo Izaguirre

     

    Forrest Commons Brown Ledley Samaras

     

    Balde

  16. They must look at games he was involved in,how many times did he get red carded last season?

     

    Easy one for Challs to bag him a la Sandaza

  17. Kojo

     

     

     

    17:13 on 19 August, 2013

     

     

     

    Original Sadies Bhoy

     

     

    Hiya, Teach?

     

     

    Pleased tae Meetya, wance Mair.

     

     

    You hiv made an excellent Point,pal. .aboot Jamesie being .. Berefted, of several Games, during last Season

     

     

    You Pinpointed a Good Point.. wish Ah hid Thought o’ it..

     

     

    Jamesie,naturally, because of his Missed outings, during the Season gone..

     

     

    Is .. well.. Rusty.

     

     

    His Confidence ,is doon , as well.. This is.. tae be expected.

     

     

    Jamesie,is a Brammer.

     

     

    That , Sums up ..Whit Ah think of the Laddie.

     

     

    He needs games… and His Confidence wull only Grow as he gets ‘em.

     

     

    Nice Chatting,Pal.

     

     

    Kojo

     

    Still, Laughin’

  18. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    praecepta

     

     

     

    17:21 on 19 August, 2013

     

     

     

    ASonOfDan

     

     

    match fixing?

     

     

    He may have painted himself into a corner!

     

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    maybe he was overcome with emulsion??

  19. I could well be shot down here but is sammi the best ever celt at the role he’s given in euro away games (tentatively clicks ‘post’, drinks rest of wine (£4.99 from Tesco) and gets big bottle of Tuborg from fridge, tells wife to keep an eye on him as things could get messy here)

  20. tommytwiststommyturns supporting Wee Oscar on

    praecepta/masty – I’m sure Super Ally will just gloss over it…! :-(

     

     

    T4

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