"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  

Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

Written by: John McCrae
Friday, 21st August 2015

Marvin Lee Aday, who took the stage name Meat Loaf, released a track from his 1977 album "Bat Out Of Hell", called "Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad". The single did reasonably well, reaching number 11 in the UK charts. The album fared much better, selling an estimated 43 million copies worldwide and staying in the UK album charts for an incredible 485 weeks.

As a rule of thumb in life, the title would do for most folk, try three things, get two of them is a decent batting average. To take the concept to football, most clubs would settle for a 66% winning average. The top clubs, of course, demand more.

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Knock Em Down

Written by: 1972
Monday, 17th August 2015

It’s often been said that there is a tendency in this country to build ‘em up just to knock ‘em down again.
When it comes to Rangers, it’s simply knock ‘em down for many who don’t support the club.

Given that Rangers are the biggest ticket in Scottish football by a country mile, it’s natural that everything our club does is big news.

One wonders though, how long it will take to sink in with the club’s detractors that all the negativity that our enemies generate about our every move, simply envelopes our whole game.

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And They Did

Written by: D'Artagnan
Sunday, 9th August 2015

“Ray. People will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you look around", you'll say, "It's only $20 per person". They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh...people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”

(James Earl Jones – Field of Dreams)

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They Are Not Taking It Too Well

Written by: 1972
Wednesday, 5th August 2015

As Rangers look to be on a genuine road to recovery after a number of tumultuous years, there is a swarm of hatred winging its way towards Ibrox.
Of course, seasoned Rangers fans have seen it all before, but it is most certainly on the rise again, with the club taking steps to challenge the anti-Rangers culture in Scotland’s press, by banning two of the most active agitators against the club.

In banning Graham Spiers and Chris McLaughlin, the new board are issuing a message to the assorted media in Scotland that they will no longer accept “journalists” actively seeking to damage the club’s brand and reputation. With Graham Spiers, the former prominent sports columnist now working as a freelancer filing substandard match reports, Scotland’s journalistic output will barely notice him being absent from Ibrox. The only surprise will be if he doesn’t file a match report after watching Sportscene.

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Groundhog Day - Rangers and BBC Scotland

Written by: BB
Monday, 3rd August 2015

Most of us will be familiar with the comedy film Groundhog Day, where funny man Bill Murray’s character relives the same day over and over again in some backwater town by the name of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. We recall poor Bill as he was losing the will to live each morning as the radio came on to Sonny and Cher droning on ad infinitum.

Unfortunately, Rangers fans have our own perpetual cycle of irritancy to endure - that each season various characters impersonating journalists at BBC Scotland repeatedly single out our club and fans for special treatment. The upshot being of course is the public perception that Rangers is the root of all evil. By foraging tenaciously for any nugget of negativity concerning the club, no matter how small, and consistently overlooking the sins of others, no matter how glaring, it is a self fulfilling prophesy these partisans seem desperate to engineer.

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