Rangers’ unwanted record and ‘a difficult learning curve’

Oh Ranger!

Ibrox is steeped in history. One only has to look at the intricate red brick facade of Bill Struth’s main stand to see that this place is full of these things. For God’s sake, the first game was played there in 1899 – which makes it older than TikTok, kids. Since then, fans have seen over 100 national trophies parade through the site, and some may even be lucky enough to see Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel’s rich patchwork of major events on the great Old Course of the 1990s. Everyone loves a bit of history. Unless it’s something bad.

Which brings us to Tuesday night, when swarms of around 50,000 tenacious men thronged to see their team play in the Big Cup group stage for the sixth time in a row (well, they’ve only lost 2 at Anfield). -0, but we started the current path and got stuck with it). 3-1 loss to Ajax proves Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are the worst of the worst In the history of the Big Cup group stage. Yes, even worse than Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96 – and they struggled most of the time. Rangers results were: 0-4, 0-3, 0-2, 1-7, 0-3, 1-3. That’s 22 goals! Thirteen is home! Three games! They conceded 13 home and away goals in 38 league games in 2020-21 – with defensive guru Steven Gerrard in charge at the time.

It illustrates the state of the Scottish Premier League. It’s hard to expect Rangers to rise after coming up against – sorry, St Mirren – who face Napoli next week and will handle it well. It also made their Big Vase run last season look like a wild dream. Few of the remaining 50,000 at Ibrox were able to witness the final whistle for that spot on the record books. Most of them scoffed as they fell from the steep bleachers before heading home. Had Antonio Colak shot from a Ronny Rosenthal-style crossbar instead of into the empty net as they beat PSV in the playoffs in August, they might have been able to avoid the notoriety of getting married six times in a row . “It’s been a tough learning curve for us,” midfielder Steven Davis sighed slightly. “But we have to try to learn from it and improve, but also stop and focus on our national game now.”

If Rangers fans want a quick refresher, they can first watch Celtic (P5 W0 D2 L3 F3 A10) play Real Madrid at the Bernabeu later. Madrid are yet to win the group stage, so they’re eager to get the job done. The last time Celtic played there (March 1980), Madrid won 3-0. The Celtics can accept that because they played well and lost by the same score at home in August. Whatever happens, however, Celtic will be bottom of the pack and Scottish football will continue to wear the Big Cup like an oversized jacket in which it remains tangled.


Ronnie Radford’s thunderous goal for Hereford in the Edgar Street quagmire against Newcastle remains one of the FA Cup’s greatest moments, Died at 79. The televised footage of Radford’s 2-1 third round draw in February 1972 became one of the game’s key moments Most valuable and repeated scenes“We were devastated to learn of Ronnie’s passing and wish to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time,” a statement from Hereford said. “Ronnie was not just part of Hereford United folklore, he is part of footballing history and he has kept Hereford on the footballing map since 1972.”

Ronnie Radford was wanted by hundreds of young fans after team-mate Ricky George helped shock Newcastle with his legendary goal. Photo: AP Photos/AP Archives
Hereford United's Ronnie Radford (left) and Rich George shock Newcastle with dressing room goals.
Radford (left) and George in the dressing room after scoring in the game. Photo: AP Photos/AP Archives

quote of the day

“We now realize that a link can be made between this publicity and the appalling working conditions in Qatar, which was never our intention. We deeply regret this and sincerely apologize” – Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo ended up giving up a penny, and the company canceled a tone-deaf TV ad linked to the Human Rights World Cup, which included scenes of people dancing on scaffolding at a construction site. .in case they need another reminder.

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At 8:00 p.m. GMT, Daniel Harris will play all of the Big Cup matches of the night, and Scott Murray will also be in attendance. Real Madrid 4-0 Celtic MBM updates from 5:45 p.m.

five letters

“I have admiration and respect for all of you journalists ready to boycott the HR World Cup (five letters passim). But I must also admit that as a registered reader of Fiver, I am an old man boring, lazy and half-hearted (ask my long-suffering boss.) So the idea that I’ll have enough principles to ignore wall-to-wall football in dirty winters when the cost of living pushes me into poverty is utter nonsense. If you don’t pay, do my best and I’ll tip my hat to the most motivated members of our community” – Colin Reid.

“Given all the attention Fiver readers and other concerned members of society have devoted to watching HRWC, here is a suggestion for us to watch a great game, relieve some guilt and support a good cause. Keep track of how many matches you watch during the match, and for each match you watch, donate an amount you deem appropriate to a human rights charity (suggestions are the For example, if you watch 10 matches and decide to invest €5/$5/GBP5 per match (or choose your local currency), you will end up giving more to the charity of your choice” – Jason Loeb.

“Re: ‘Who threw the focaccia?’ (check yesterday in relation to the bun fight, on the full version of the mail) It seems that tossing bread isn’t uncommon, Roberto Marotti’s mini focaccia Le lob isn’t so weird either. you quoted Battle of the Buffeteven though this Although its title is grossly misleading, it’s also about throwing bread. Maybe a bread-filling campaign, and we’re all deliberately ignoring the upcoming yeast-funded tournament. – Rod Delaire.

“The long night is coming, our Fisher-Price VAR system is now in place and both Big Cup representatives have been appropriately humiliated by our talented friends on the continent. Can Fiver assure us in Scotland that there will be regionalization? What got us through the winter? Maybe you can ask Pat Nevin to talk LP, or go back to old episodes of Scotch & Wry” – Johnny Connery.

send your letter to [email protected]. You can still tweet about The Fiver @guardian_sport. Today’s recipient of our non-attribution letter is… Jason Loeb.

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