"In 1888, he founded The Celtic Football Club as a means of raising funds for the poor and deprived in the east end of Glasgow. "
Doesnt say it was catholics or irish only
Celtic were formed in Glasgow's east end in 1888 by Brother Walfrid, a Marist monk, to raise money for the city's impoverished Catholic community, and also keep the youths away from the Protestant soup kitchens. As the club of the Catholics, Celtic's early glories prompted a form of indignation in Scottish society, as the country was resolutely, defiantly even, Protestant. Rangers were established in 1873 with no religious ties, but the club's size, success and location in the city's south side saw it become the club that the Protestant majority gathered behind to stand up to Celtic.
Read a wee snippet about Barry McKay and his move to N F. He said after Pedro came he he felt he wasn't being treated the way any human being should be treated. What a pampered, whinging wee cunt......tell that to the homeless, to those that have to depend on foodbanks, to those caught up at Grenfell Tower, to those affected by terrorist atrocities Barry and then have a wee think.....is your life THAT bad? He was dropped from the starting eleven ffs and he wasn't being treated like any human should be? My initial reaction when he left Rangers was I hope does well dan sarf....now I couldn't give a fuck.
Boy obviously knows nothing about what it's like to be a real human being. Football players and reality seldom mix
Trav, tbh I don't give a fuck if he had to start at whatever o'clock or if he was made to feel unwelcome but being treated unfairly, under such circumstances, does NOT in the imagination of the most imaginative person who has ever lived 'constitute' being treated like no human being should be treated. Cunt wants to try and understand he is a very privileged laddie who won't have to worry about his next mortgage payment or paying the leccy & gas bill!
Here is the quote where you had a wee go at McKay and why i thought it was you and Cam Jiffy was referring to but as the above shows he actually agreed with you on McKay
BEHIND the scenes at Rangers, Director of Football Mark Allen has been hard at work creating a brand new scouting department to ensure the Light Blues recruit the best talent to return them to the top of Scottish football.
Allen has deliberately kept a low profile since his appointment until such times as his new setup was finalised – and he has made a number of appointments to his new team to assist him in improving the club’s recruitment process.
First, Allen has appointed the experienced Andy Scoulding as his Head of Scouting.
Attracting someone of Scoulding’s calibre was vital to him, and he explained: “If you look at Andy’s track record, he has been involved in forming high-level scouting networks and has over 15 years of footballing experience. He comes with a track record of working in high-performance arenas.
“He is multi-disciplined. He has worked in England at Fulham and Liverpool and he worked with the England National Team where he was responsible for putting together their scouting network which looked at potential England players. More recently, he has worked in Spain with Valencia.
“Andy was the candidate who stood out as he had a clear understanding of what this club is and the opportunity to take it to the next level. I think that is a very attractive proposition in itself, coupled with the ability to start with a clean sheet of paper.
‘’The real positive is you get a chance to put your stamp on it and put your team in place. You don’t often get that opportunity of a blank canvas and I think that was very much a positive in terms of Andy looking at this role.”
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Since his arrival, both Scoulding and Allen have been working out the best path forward for Rangers and have looked at a number of different areas in terms of recruiting players for the club.
Allen continued: “In the modern game, as it stands now, I think you need a strategy for how you are going to recruit, where you are going to recruit and why you are going to recruit.
“I think Andy brings experience in all of those areas in addition to my own background previous to Rangers.
‘’In today’s game you need strategy, intelligence and eyes. You need to know how to build databases, how to build dossiers on players and be looking at what they are doing on and off the pitch etc. The final and most critical part is you need the eyes to be able to go out and watch games live to confirm what the intelligence and video scouting is telling you.’’
As part of the ‘eyes’ aspect discussed by Allen, he and Scoulding have made three appointments to search for the best talent for Rangers.
First, they have recruited club icon John Brown and Allen believes bringing him on board was a no-brainer. He pointed out: “When you go back and look at some of those characteristics I mentioned in terms of the player profile, John is well-known to have had that history with Rangers Football Club and will know what a Rangers player looks like. He will be able to identify those sorts of characteristics.
“He has a track record in scouting previously and he was an easy choice for me and one I wanted to make almost immediately.
“John will head up the domestic side of things and look at Scotland and the rest of the UK. However, the great thing about this department is it is inter-dependent.
“John was an easy choice for me in that respect. He knows what it is like to play for this football club and he knows the types of players who will succeed at this football club in terms of characteristics and he is also able to ascertain and know whether a player can cope with the intensity.”
Dave Swanick is a name which will be less well-known to Rangers supporters, but Allen believes he will add plenty to the club.
Allen said: “I know Dave from his previous role at Aston Villa where he was European scouting manager. He will drive the European element of this, and we have got to be prepared in terms of looking far and wide for the right players for Rangers Football Club.
“Dave has a very good knowledge of all the markets in European football and has worked extensively throughout Europe. The intelligence might point you to certain leagues where players would have the correct profile and characteristics to play for Rangers Football Club.’’
Finally, Billy McLaren, who has headed up the club’s Academy scouting system for a number of years, now comes under Scoulding and Allen’s control.
“Billy provides experience and continuity,” explained Allen. “Billy has worked in the Academy arena for many years, and the Academy transition is very important. Identifying young, up and coming players is very important in terms of the overall philosophy of the football club. Billy has all the domestic knowledge and he has the link with the Academy.
“Dave Stevenson, who will replace Billy in the Academy setup, will join us from the SFA and Rob Clarkson, who is going to come in late November from Manchester City, will take the responsibility of coordinating all the planning activities around the scouts. He will make sure they are going to the right games, identifying those games and following upon player reports for those games as well as scouting himself.
“So there will be six or seven pairs of eyes – myself and Andy included – that will be out there at different times making sure we are scouting potential Rangers footballers for the future and making sure we work together window by window, season by season.”
In addition to those positions, Katy Lamont, the club’s Player Liason Officer, will have a major role in the department in terms of logistics and looking after any new arrivals.
Player scouting, as Allen alluded to, doesn’t just involve going and watching an individual in person – it can take the form of watching them and their specific attributes on video here at the Rangers Training Centre.
Allen explained: “Again, a lot of analysis comes in in terms of recruitment and, as I say, you can’t just take one discipline in isolation In my opinion, you can’t have a department which is just full of eyes if you like.
“You need the technical skills behind it to make sure we are cutting the right clips on players so that when we are presented with potential players we can see what players are like in possession, out of possession and all of those things I have spoken about.
“The analysis guys can pull the clips together, they can cut them and we can present them as part of a review prior to recruiting the player That is a vital part in terms of your intelligence gathering and building of your database.”
Not sure if that's relevant to the search for a manager, although those are two fine hostelries which back in the day were well known for an abundance of totty.
On my last visit home I boarded at the Houston Inn for two weeks but these days, apart from windows shopping, I don't have the same interest in totty.
McCoist was a regular in the Fox and Hounds but can now be found in Amaretto in Bridge Of Weir which is the old Railway Tavern. The Fox actually shut for a short while and is now very much second fiddle to 'The Inn'
Point i was making is big Thompson is quite close to McInnes and he will know what McInnes thoughts are. If he says he would jump at the chance then you can take it he will