When watching Rangers Lite make their UEFA debut against Progres Niderkorn, I had the uneasy feeling that Charles Green’s basket of assets would struggle against a good juniors outfit. One could go further and suggest that Caixinha’s motley crew of second tier journeymen, his Gypsey Kings, would struggle against Port Glasgow Juniors FC at Parklea. Having played against them in my callow youth I have nothing but praise for The Undertakers who current ply their trade in the second division of The West of Scotland League Central Division. I would back Port Juniors against Progres on any given Sunday.
It was a lacklustre performance by a team that appears to have thrown the baby out with the bath water. Barrie Mackay, who has been told to find a new club, could not make head nor tail of Caixinha’s tactics at the tail end of the season. Word has it that he was one of many incumbent pros who thought Pedro had lost the plot. One would like to believe that rumours of a senior pro uprising, a coup D’Etat if you will, did not besmirch the ears of directors. There is more Harmony in the serial adulterer’s dating platform than in the dressing room. One might go as far as to suggest that Pedro’s tactics are lost in translation. Rangers Lite’s Holding Group Chairman won’t take this lying down:
The career criminal could not help himself. He had to come on to the park to milk the applause for his part in guiding Lite to their first ever UEFA competition. Their coefficient did not lie. Continuation is for the birds, bookies and broadcasters, not necessarily in that order.
King urged the fans to live up to the reputation of Rangers. Was he referring to the bad losers, followers of the former club, who engaged in full scale riots in Barcelona and Manchester, with minor skirmishes in every European Capital? Or was it the anti-Catholic sentiments expressed in the medium of song at The Sectarian Speakeasy? One can but hope that Lite make easier work of the second leg. If the highly improbable occurred the mother of all riots would ensue as the Lite supporters upheld the traditions of the former club.
The UEFA misadventures of Salary McCoist is causing some concern at Hampden. Stewart – Liar Liar Your Crystallised Arse is on Fire – Regan, having been caught out in a lie by evidence presented at the Craig Whyte trial, is rumoured to be looking for a scapegoat. Is he preparing to throw Ali Russel and Andrew Dickson under a bus? Will Regan revert to Sir Bribe & Lie’s mantra by asserting that he was duped?
Which leads to some delicious irony. If the SFA believe that Rangers continue, surely he will engage in disciplinary proceedings against the club? A cynic might suggest that Continuation might melt away like snow on a dyke in Spring.
Word reaches me that a CQN podcast featuring SFA Chairman Alan McRae is in the offing. It should be revealing.