"To be a Ranger is to sense the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football. They must be true in their conception of what the Ibrox tradition seeks from them. No true Ranger has ever failed in the tradition set him." - William Struth  

All I Want For Christmas Is... My Rangers Back

Written by: Thiepvalwood
Saturday, 13th December 2014

As Mariah Carey (almost) once sang, “All I want for Christmas is...my Rangers back”.

Well, she didn’t really, but I tell you now, that’s all most of us have been singing every year since it became apparent approximately half way through David Murray’s reign, that our club was going nowhere, sure we had a rather exciting 2008 – that night in Florence was the 2nd best day of my life, only superseded by a certain evening in May 1999.

During this time though, all around us, the infrastructure of the club (Stadium, facilities, assets, shops) was being taken apart. Our club was being left to rot, our standards both on field and off field were slipping.

Then we came to 2012 which took our “difficulties” to a whole new level.

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A Big Bad Proddy Made Me Do It And Ran Away

Written by: WeMustBeBolder
Friday, 21st November 2014

A big bad Proddy made me do it and ran away…

…Or so many a commentator, journalist or blogger would have you think. It has been a strange week, we have had the conclusion of two planned international events to take place at Celtic Park.

No one needs reminding of them both. The Commonwealth games was a truly international event with participants across the globe proud of their own identity and proud to be associated, albeit loosely in some cases nowadays, with the UK and the colonial past of Great Britain. The national anthem of the UK when it arrived that night was belted out with all the passion you would expect to mark such an occasion and kick start the games.

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The Shankill Bombing Victims Remembered

Written by: Admin
Monday, 3rd November 2014

Following on from our Poppy Cross memorial at the site of the "Shankill Road bombing" of Frizzell's Fish Shop, and with the help of the local community and the Progressive Unionist Party, Vanguard Bears undertook a project that has saw a cross and an engraved plaque at ALL the bomb sites along the road in memory of those murdered by Sinn-Fein-IRA assassination gangs.

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson posted the following tweet last week.

The memorials can be viewed below:

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Rangers, Chomsky and the Propaganda Model: What The Scottish Sports Media Won't Tell You (Part Two)

Written by: NathanRobert86
Wednesday, 15th October 2014

In the first part of this article, I introduced the 'Propaganda Model' and its five filters – that is, the criteria for determining whether a particular media set-up or institution qualifies as propaganda.

I then declared that Scottish football media meets the criteria in question with regards to Rangers football club: negative articles are continually produced, and ostensibly commenters and pundits do their best to omit relevant facts which don't fit an anti-Rangers agenda.

In this second part, I will continue my analysis of the propaganda filters, and use evidence to demonstrate that Scottish football media meets filter (4) and (5). I will conclude by arguing that the media in Scotland operates in a manner analogous to a massive propaganda feedback loop.

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Rangers, Chomsky and the Propaganda Model: What The Scottish Sports Media Won't Tell You (Part One)

Written by: NathanRobert86
Tuesday, 14th October 2014

What is the role of the so-called "investigative journalist"? In theory, it is to unearth facts or events which have been covered up or supressed by parties interested in keeping them out of the public eye. In practise, however, many Scottish investigative journalists don't seem to be particularity interested in fact when discussing Rangers.

Why is this? In my opinion, it is because much of what passes as Scottish sports journalism is actually something closer to propaganda, at least where Rangers are concerned.

More specifically, the Scottish media forms a massive "propaganda feedback loop" in which negative stories about Rangers are continually produced, and subsequently reinforced through the selective representation of current events. My goal here is to tie Scottish sports journalism to propaganda using American linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky's theory of media 'filtering'.

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