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20 Jun 2016 22:19:16
When Joey Barton signed I was very disappointed because I think Rangers players; past, present and future need to have personal and professional standards that are high and I felt - and still feel - that his historical behaviour did not belong at Ibrox.

Having watched his press conference in full, again, I have to say that - whilst I still have reservations - if he performs on the pitch as he does at in front of the media he could be a great player for us. I just hope he keeps his head and plays his game on the pitch. He doesn't need to prove how much he loves Rangers by getting sent off against Celtic.


1.) 20 Jun 2016 23:41:12
Good post OP. I really hope he's not just here to be in the media spotlight at a huge club and promote himself as a loudmouthed media figure.

2.) 20 Jun 2016 22:43:51
What about when gazza signed, did you feel the same or did u put that to the back of your mind because of his abilities. you don't always get the perfect footballer on and off the pitch mate. there's always things that people don't like about people, nobody is perfect.

I'm really glad we signed Barton. whatever his past, he's grown up and moved on. the fact he got in the championship team of the year says it all. that's one of the hardest leagues to play in. I'm not saying the best, but hardest. he's quality and will bring a lot to our team on the field and off it especially with the media. he won't back down from no. 1 especially the other side getting sent off doesn't prove nothing to me in an old firm game.

I'd rather we won the game as winning is the single most important thing we win trophies we win cups. I believe he's here for the right reasons, I just hope he proves it when he pulls the jersey on his back winning against Dundee is just as important. we want to win every game. he's got more passion in his big toe than broonys got in his whole body. can't wait till the beginning of a great season.

3.) 21 Jun 2016 09:58:17
Bruised Bear. Good post. This has always been my take on the Barton transfer. Good player - yes, no doubt about it (though nowhere near Gazza imo) , but I think the media circus up here along with the haters will constantly try to mess with his head, hoping for a reaction. If he does react, especially in an OF match, the baw would be well and truly burst. He really needs to shut his trap and do his talking on the pitch. Only then will he gain the respect of our support and it will show the rest that their tactics will not work. Would love to see him make his mark for the right reasons, though I have serious doubts as to whether or not he is capable of a little restraint from time to time.

4.) 21 Jun 2016 12:01:19
Barton is the catalyst for all these other players joining, he has put us back on the Footballing map. As for his quality, he will be the best player in the league by a country mile, of that I have no doubt. The English Championship is full of expensive signings and yet he was the man there last year. We also have the squad to fill in for him should he find himself suspended/ injured at any point although I honestly think that side of him has mellowed.

5.) 21 Jun 2016 13:53:35
Humey, when Gazza signed for Rangers it was 1995 and I was under 30. At that point I cared less about honour and integrity and the true meaning to me of Rangers. I'm older now, these aspects are more important to me and I want Rangers to be exemplary off and on the pitch.

I accept no-one is perfect but there are degrees of imperfection. Additionally, Gazza was world class, Barton isn't; Gazza was a bit of an idiot, Barton is/ was a thug. An intelligent and articulate one though.

In 1995, it wasn't common knowledge that Gazza hit his wife so I couldn't be morally outraged by what I didn't know.

On a similar topic, I don't understand those who wholeheartedly accept Barton's signing but slate those who reckon Jason Cummings should sign, just because he's done some silly stuff. Whatever Jason Cummings has done - it doesn't come close to Barton's misdemeanours.



09 Jun 2016 22:09:36
Stokes would be an interesting appointment. He tore us to shreds in cup final, probably hates us with a passion and has questionable temperament. Apart from the cup final bit, sounds like Mo. Other than the fact that Mo was good, of course. Anyway, he's free and good.


1.) 10 Jun 2016 08:17:16
You're having a bloody laugh aren't you?

2.) 10 Jun 2016 08:52:16
Bruisedbear. You awryt mate? Because that's absolute nonsense yer talkin there.

3.) 10 Jun 2016 10:17:02
bruisedbear have u been involved in an accident recently and taken a blow to the head.
I have a few numbers that I could give u for a claim!

ive heard a lot of bad rumours on this site but that one takes the biscuit.

4.) 10 Jun 2016 11:29:59
Had to be one of the worst posts on this site however it's probably a wind up but not a good one at that. Maybe we could also high jack Lennon's appointment at Hibs and he can replace Durrant.

5.) 10 Jun 2016 11:33:35
maybe we could get him and his dad to organise a few functions for us in their homeland, raise our profile in Southern Ireland. Sorry but this is ridiculous.

6.) 10 Jun 2016 11:52:30
Absolute cracker Biffo!



28 May 2016 22:04:59
That Ramos looks like a prospect. Possible back up for Wilson?


1.) 28 May 2016 23:42:48
Felt really sorry for athletico in it, a hell of a lot of play acting aswell but that number 7 for real could end up a player aswell get the magic hat on it.

2.) 29 May 2016 00:12:08
nah, I reckon that illusionist that won BGT would be better at concealing goals.

3.) 28 May 2016 22:59:04

4.) 29 May 2016 14:48:30
Better team lost.

Bonus for me was betting on Ramos for first scorer at 33/ 1 . What were bookies thinking.



22 May 2016 16:59:02
I have steadfastly tried to avoid all forms of media and communication with anyone since 4.45pm yesterday. I sat through a gig after the game with my family in abject mysery but got through the night without resorting to violence - although managed not to communicate without either. 6 swift pints of San Miguel whilst watching the game has not - unfortunately - enabled me to forget what I witnessed. What I have to post may already have been posted but it'll prove carthartic for me even if behind the curve for others. Apologies in advance.

Firstly - big congratulations to Hibs. They clearly wanted it more than us and fully deserved their victory. No need to elaborate further on this.

Secondly - the most disappointing aspect for me was the manner of the defeat, as per above. I thought we were dreadful. Slow, 2nd to first ball, 2nd to second ball, consistently harried out of possession, inert in attack, etc. Really not enjoyable to watch a Rangers team perform like that in a Cup Final. Yet another reality check, as if we've not had enough in last few weeks.

Thirdly - I've defended the defenders this season but can't defend the indefensible any more?! They were awful - especially Tavernier. How many goals have we lost in last 10 games and how many in last minute of matches - Falkirk, QoS, Raith Rovers, Hibs. Too brittle, too much panic, too weak, lacking experience. Even if we are 3 up with 10 mins to I would not be confident. This has to change.

Fourthly - what on earth was that all about at the end? I have little interest in what the Hibs fans did but why were there Rangers' fans on the pitch? I'd be interested to hear ANY defence or attempted justification of these actions by our own supporters.

Finally - now I've got that off my chest, what a good season. Mission accomplished and preparations for next season well under way. It'll be very interesting indeed and I look forward to the highs and highs again when it all starts.


1.) 22 May 2016 20:27:59
Good God - I'm replying to my own post. Our own club has attempted to justify our own fans on the pitch yesterday. Help!



14 May 2016 15:52:29
J Barton?

I'm sorry, he may have significant experience and may add some steel to our midfield. But he is also a self-promoting liability - affray, assault, criminal damage, violent conduct, a disciplinary record as long as John Holmes tool, criticising his team mates publicly. Oh, and didn't he stub out a cigar in someone's face? And the list goes on.

What a class act!


1.) 14 May 2016 16:04:17
There's no taking away he's done wrong mate but he Seems to have settled down in the last few years maybe becoming a dad helped who knows! he's just been player of the year with burnley as they won the league and made championship team of the year he could give us 2 good seasons no problem.

2.) 14 May 2016 16:18:27
He may well have and I accept he could be a player but I prefer Rangers players who have a bit of class off the pitch as well as on it. Gazza was an exception because he was world class despite mental health issues, or maybe because of them. JB is not world class.

There must be other experienced options with dig, steel and character.

3.) 14 May 2016 16:35:19
well he has went through the last couple of seasons without any series trouble warburton and mcparland are pals with sean diche harry redpath told the hat if he could get him go for it because he would revel in the ibrox atmosphere.

4.) 14 May 2016 16:49:06
joey barton is as about world class in terms of signings that we are going to make, we could never sign a player of the year in the english premiership now we have a chance to sign a promoted team's player of the year for free and there are complaints? come on now give him a chance, (aston villa newcastle norwich we couldn't realistically afford there best player)

5.) 14 May 2016 18:30:39
I'm sorry but Joey Barton is a signing that will improve our team massively I for one hope he signs.

6.) 14 May 2016 20:00:44
The life and crimes of Joey Barton - The Telegraph. Enough said.

7.) 14 May 2016 20:34:09
Brown has been classed as a "Thug". Barton has proved many times he's a Liability, Thug, Bully, (Also a closet cfc fan). Diouf was a choir boy compared to Mr Barton.

8.) 14 May 2016 22:19:13
Pud. I think it is irrelevant what team he pretends to support. But I agree he's a nutter and shouldn't be entertained at Ibrox, even if he entertains at Ibrox.




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04 Jul 2017 19:34:08
The Seeker. Based on this viewing I agree.




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14 Feb 2017 22:56:19
It's within your rights, yes. And it's within others rights to disassociate themselves from you for utilising your right of expression.

To think that someone would be happy for a Scottish footballing institution to go into administration and subject it's thousands of supporters to the kind of mystery that we have endured for the last few years is absurd. It's not their fault that their Chairman is a tool and their club is, perhaps, in jeopardy.

No wonder some people can't stand Rangers' fans when attitudes like that are displayed. We're not out the woods yet and need all the help we can get - from whatever quarter.




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14 Feb 2017 19:08:50
I wouldn't wish that upon any team given the mess we have been in, are in and will continue to be in for the foreseeable.




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25 Dec 2016 07:14:59
I think Warburton has shown both imagination (Nico) and ambition (Joey) . He's scraping around for deals and some will be better than others. I'd like to see some of his signings move on for a mark up and reinvested in the team. And some of the others recover from injury and show us why he bought them.




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24 Dec 2016 06:20:50
Caw1. Not sure what connection is, apart from Hearts?





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14 Aug 2017 20:42:00
TJBB. I don't agree with some of what you've written and I can't agree with our new found paranoia - but the image you've put in my head re Sutton and Broxi made me laugh out loud.




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07 Aug 2017 21:45:00
At least Garner won headers. I saw Herrera win one header yesterday and that was a defensive one. Here's hoping he comes good but I saw absolutely nothing to suggest he'll score goals.




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01 Apr 2017 17:21:56
Rafbob. I usually go to family stand with my son but have struggled recently so de-camped to club deck. Great view if you can still see after getting up the stairs.




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31 Mar 2017 16:54:51
Wee-ecky. I'm sure he played against them once. Maybe.




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30 Mar 2017 20:20:19
Walter Smith - Dundee Utd
Ally McCoist - St Johnstone
Tommy McLean - Kilmarnock
Ian Ferguson - St Mirren
Claudio Cannigia - Dundee
Kris Boyd - Kilmarnock
Kenny Miller - Hibs
Jock Wallace - Berwick
Jim Baxter - East Fife
Davie Cooper - Clydebank
Kevin Drinkell - Norwich

Got to start somewhere. Doesn't matter where they come from if they're good enough