Thursday, March 15, 2007

No running with the bulls for Smith and Gers

Let's be honest - there's very little competition for the Old Firm in the Scottish Premier League, and Rangers have suffered a pretty disappointing season, sitting 16 points behind Celtic in second place. With the exception of a rich foreign owner buying some of the other clubs (ala Hearts), most teams up north haven't had much success breaking up the dominance of the two, and even then, your newly-minted savior could turn out to be a raging tyrant (ala Hearts).

Since the inception of the Scottish Premier League in 1998 through last season, Celtic and Hearts have won 226 and 208 games out of 300, respectively. That's a points average of nearly 2.4 between the two of them. The nearest challenger is Hearts, who've won 126, with a points average of 1.5. So, there goes disparity in it's pleated, bagpipe-bleating, pie-eating Scottish best, summarizing why some fans hope to see the Old Firm play in the EPL instead.

Unfortunately, though still in second place, Gers have had a hard time of it this year, and it got worse last night, when they were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Osasuna 1-0 (2-1 agg). To make matters worse, the Spanish club did very little to ensure Rangers fans were confined to away fan areas of the Estadio Reyna de Navarro, and ultimately some of Glasgow's finest fans were allowed to mix with the home fans. Throw in some Pamplonian riot police, and we've got ourselves a mess, and for Rangers, an ugly end to their European campaign.

Rangers slam police over Spanish stadium violence [Glasgow Evening Times]

UEFA await match report from Osasuna [The Scotsman]


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