My Auchenhowie mole has provided an exclusive insight into why Wallace & Miller may have kicked their last ball for Rangers Lite. Matron Murty spoke of high emotions and frustration but he failed to mention that Lee Wallace threw the tactics board at him. To exacerbate matters Kenny Miller pointedly called Murty ‘a fraudster and a cheat’ while going nose to nose with his manager. An involuntary flinch by Murty would have almost certainly led to a head butt.
One might well be less than enamoured with Murty’s tactics, but crowning him with the tactics board takes the club orange. Miller is on £4,000 per week. A package is being cobbled together to pay off what’s left on his contract which expires on 31st May. A non-disclosure agreement will be included in his severance deal. He could make more by refusing Robertson’s offer and taking the exploits of Caixinha and Murty to the tabloids.
Wallace’s contract expires on 31.5.2019. He is an asset worth £1m+. His future will probably be decided by Murty’s successor. If it’s Jimmy Nicholl, the ‘grass’ will be on his way to pastures new.
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I digress. Halloween Houston, who campaigned relentlessly for King, has penned the following:
“The silver things in the photo below are called trophies. Gone are the days that we expect to win them all every season but we certainly deserve a team capable of competing for them. I’ve met fans who’ve travelled from the four corners of the globe to be at today’s game and I passed coaches from all parts of the United Kingdom as I made my way back to my own local bus. I was down and dejected as I made my way home but felt even worse for others who’s sacrifices are greater to follow our club but who witnessed one of the most lacklustre and unimaginative Rangers performances I’ve ever seen in decades. I met the son of true Rangers royalty at the game and his father would have been spinning at what we watched this afternoon. His opinion was this is the Rangers team with least fight he’d seen in 50 years. It’s hard to disagree with him.
We witnessed a team void of any spirit or fight and apart from maybe Docherty, they looked like they didn’t want a game. We had zero game plan and seen no evidence of any pre planned ideas of how we could get any leverage out of an average celtic defence. One of the strangest parts of the game was seeing a manager who normally takes too much time in his substitutions take off Halliday on the 42nd minute with 3-4 mins left of the half. If his performance or a change of tactics required this substitution then fine, do it at half time and give yourself the chance to properly plan the changes during the break but we hung him out to dry. He wasn’t sparkling but wasn’t that bad that he had to face the indignity of being hooked in the first half. I believe Halliday reacted in the technical area. Can you blame him?
All we have left of this season is to cement as high a league position as possible in the last 5 league games. I have no hope left in a group of players who are better than the majority of teams they’ve dropped points to this season but game after game they fail to deliver. Our tactics and formations are failing the players, the club and the fans. I’ll say it again, our fans deserve better.
Failing to stay above Aberdeen and Hibs could see the nightmare scenario should Motherwell win the cup. From the quoted £30m that the board said was required when they took over the club, £17-22m (depending on where you look) has already been put in. I think a blind man with a passion for rugby could tell you that more, and much more, is required. It’s obvious that a new manager is required and an even bigger recruitment drive than we’ve seen in the last two years will be needed to put our club anywhere near where we deserve to be.
The feeling on the street is the honeymoon is over for the board with more fans each day losing patience with the product they are seeing. Today’s game seems to be one shocking performance too much for many. Fans can deal far better with a defeat if they feel the team has been set up with a chance and the players gave 100%. Neither has been evident far too often recently. The board can’t risk another gamble for a manager and the fans know fine well that millions was blown unsuccessfully by the previous two but more is needed if the fans are to get a team they deserve who will have a chance of competing for the big silver things below.”
Halloween is not the sharpest tool in the box. Grammar to Houston is a foreign field in a foreign land. I chose not to correct the many howlers from a published author, adding bold text on only one occasion. His piece on the Sons of Strewth Facebook page was accompanied by a photograph of trophies.
Caixinha was tasked with being a solid second to Celtic and a cup win. The 5-1 thrashing at home to Celtic, the humiliating exit to Progres and a captain and senior pro who referred to him as ‘Fuck off’ (Wallace & Miller) brought an abrupt end to his tenure. Robert Grieve of the Scottish Sun, when breaking his half-arsed account of the melee in the dressing room, referred to Wallace & Miller as model professionals prior to losing the plot at Hampden. Caixinha might well hold a different view.
Rangers Lite don’t deserve to be anywhere. They continue to pass themselves off as a former club and retain trophies that neither belong to them nor were fairly won. The former club stiffed creditors for £100m++. Their supporters engage in the most vile of anti-Catholic chants. The odious Orange Order are a constant presence at Ibrox. However unlike their marches which cost circa £500,000 to police, paid for by local tax-payers, Lite picks up the £17,000 per game charge to provide them with an opportunity to wade in Fenian blood through the medium of song.
Rangers in any form are despised in Scottish Football. They will never be back where they belong as their only tradition is playing in SFL II. They will never achieve the bent trophies of the former club as no bank will offer them an overdraft. They will probably never play in the Champions League in the lifetime of my readers. Celtic, who toyed with Lite on Sunday, will not stand still. Celtic will improve. Lite will never be able to catch up.
Lite have won 4 from nine games against Aberdeen, Hibs and Kilmarnock. Three of these were against the former. With the players fighting each other like feral cats and attacking the manager, would anyone bet on Lite taking 9 points from these post-split fixtures? The nightmare scenario is not finishing fourth with a Motherwell cup win. The real nightmare is finishing fifth. Hearts who have nothing to play for will capitulate at Ibrox. After that the wheels might well come off. Which to the unsuspecting denizens of Europe would be a blessing. The travelling support of Lite, drawn from the criminal classes, will riot at the drop of a bowler hat.
Not to be outdone by Halloween and Temazapem Chugg , the so-called Union Bears have released the following statement:
“We would like to make our position clear regarding the club in its current form. Issues at the club, at all levels, need addressed urgently and we will do everything in our power to ensure this happens. We will take action and protest in various ways in the coming weeks, months or however long required. We will not stand idly by as our club is being so obviously mismanaged at the highest level. We do not expect instant success, but we do expect progress, something which this board has failed to deliver in every aspect since taking power, despite promising the world. We will be attending this weekend’s match against Hearts, however we will not have a vocal presence. This is part of a long line of planned protests that we have organised. The club have taken us, the Rangers support for granted for too long and have left us with no choice but to take action. The Union Bears seek to support Rangers in a positive, colourful and vocal manner. However, the obvious lack of desire, fight and leadership on the pitch on Sunday is a clear sign of a much more deep rooted problem within the club.This decision was not taken lightly, as to support the team is our ultimate aim, however the long term security and success of our club is vital.
“We deserve better.”
A silent protest? I guess it’s better than punching a female steward’s teeth out or attacking an O.A.P. but how would 200 less individuals singing The Billy Boys make any appreciable difference? They have not thought this through. As is the case with Halloween the individual who penned this piece is not a critical thought leader.
This backdrop is not conducive to season ticket sales. The smoke & mirrors to induce sales will have to be spectacular. The lifeblood of this new club are in a militant mood.
So where is the captain when the ship needs steadied? South of the Limpopo avoiding a summons. It’s what he does best.
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