4LadsHadADream: The Podcast with Gavin Rae (E20)

 

 

  • Acast: https://www.acast.com/gersnet (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/gersnet-podcast/id1367486387
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjonaQVRhZNv1jN4SSz8bsw
  • Castbox: https://castbox.fm/channel/fa2e801c39a9dfac69c6f7f28316b4be1be2b863 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Google Play (USA only for now): Listen on Google Play Music
  • TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Football/Gersnet-Podcast-p1117723/
  • Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=180590&refid=stpr (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)
  • Podbean: Coming soon
  • Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HnkutCKJDp0ce8BzsIuy5 (also compatible with Alexa Skills – use your Echo to enjoy the pod!)

Alexa Skills!

Another cool feature of Acast, Castbox, Stitcher and TuneIn is that you can add Skills to your Alexa smart devices in order to listen to the pod through your Echo or TV.

Just open your Amazon Alexa app and search for the relevant Skill to add it, then try the following example commands to get started:

“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play the latest episode of the Gersnet Podcast”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play my Favorites playlist”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Front Page”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn what are my playlists?”
“Alexa, Ask Acast/Stitcher/CastBox/TuneIn to play Listen Later”

Obviously the Skills support various other relevant commands which you can have fun exploring!

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Big Interview: Ian McMillan

You signed for Rangers when you were 27 as a somewhat experienced player, what was going through your mind when you signed?

IM: “Well, there was a big difference between playing for Airdrie and a club like Rangers.

“There was a slight dispute though that made me go to Rangers, because every five years the clubs were supposed to give you benefits.

“I was getting married the following year after the fifth year and when it came to the end of the 10th year I was asking for my benefit and they said, ‘No, you won’t get it until after your 11th year.’

“I thought it was a bit off after I’d served them for 10 good years, and although I enjoyed my football there I felt they weren’t playing fair so I didn’t sign for them.

“Alan Morton was a director at Rangers and he had seen that thing weren’t working out for me at Airdrie because I hadn’t been playing and he instigated the move to Ibrox.”

Did Airdrie’s reluctance to give you the bonus make your mind up for you?

IM: “Yes it did, and when I signed that night I was just happy because I knew I’d be getting a game of football.

“But on the way home I was saying to myself, ‘Am I good enough after playing at Airdrie to fit in at Ibrox when there are so many good players?’ There was joy and apprehension at the same time.

“I probably thought I was going to stay at Airdrie for the whole of my career but when I looked back on it I had six good years at Rangers, played in Europe and played in Russia instead of touring the Highlands with Airdrie. So I think that was quite a transformation.”

Did you settle in right away considering the big difference?

IM: “Well, I couldn’t train properly for a month-and-a-half so I wasn’t ready to go straight into the first team. I played two reserve games before my first game and that was against Raith Rovers.

“The whole XI were very helpful, even going into the dressing room and meeting them for the first time because I hadn’t trained through the week and only saw them on a Saturday. They really made me feel at home.”

And how was Scot Symon to meet for the first time? How was he as a manager?

IM: “He wasn’t like a modern day manager but he knew how to knit the team together, it is all about getting the jigsaw right and getting each position the way he wanted it.

“I think he achieved that with our Rangers team because it was really an outstanding team.

“He didn’t tell us very much about how to actually play, that was left to the individual players, but I think he commanded respect because he had been through it and had been a good player himself.

“My father used to tell me about him, he was an outstanding player and he was one of those who could pass the ball from one wing to the other and it never rose above the grass.”

The thing that is so interesting about you is that you were a part-time player, you trained on a Tuesday and Thursday night and played on a Saturday but you were also a quantity surveyor. Did you never think about playing for Rangers on a full-time basis?

IM: “When I went to sign for Rangers I thought they might have said, ‘If you are going to sign for us then we want you full-time.’ But that never came into the equation and I was quite happy because I was 27 and wasn’t young anymore.

“I trained three nights a week at Airdrie and came to Ibrox and was only training twice a week but was playing in Europe – unbelievable!

“The only consideration was that John Lawrence wanted me to work for his firm and in order to get away for European games I worked for him. Willie Telfer and Alex Scott were also part-time so we were the three who trained with the young boys during the week.”

Do you think that held you back at all?

IM: “In retrospect I feel I could have been a better player if I’d gone full-time. There is no doubt that if you’re training five days a week then you’re going to be fitter to play on the Saturday.

“I did miss out on some antics because when you heard what Baxter had been up to in the week, it was a miracle he wasn’t in the jail by the Friday night!”

It must have been odd working while you were playing top-level football?

IM: “I was always asked for autographs at work, at Lawrence’s about five of us went for lunch every day and people always stopped you which was nice.”

Your nickname was the ‘Wee Prime Minister’, how did that come about?

IM: “The Prime Minister at the time was Harold McMillan and because they said I was the general of the middle of the park and distributing the ball about, that’s how it came about.

“I was quite happy to be called that and I’ve had no regrets about it over the years.”

You got off to a great start at Rangers with a 4-4 draw against Raith Rovers and you got the opening goal that day, do you remember much about it?

IM: “Not really no, I can’t remember my goal either!

“I was just glad to get to get it over with because I was quite apprehensive, I was happy I’d played reasonably well and scoring was a big boost too.”

Rangers were going through a bad patch when you came in but after you signed they went 23 games unbeaten until the end of the season. You were credited with the turn around, did you think that was fair?

IM: “No, one man doesn’t make a difference, you can’t account for changing the whole complex of the game with one player.

“It just so happened that it worked well for us, football is all about the ups and downs and in that case things just knitted together.

“Once you win one or two it’s a confidence boost and then we just settled in together and sailed along quite well.”

You went on that season to win the league, was that the first trophy of your career?

IM: “At Airdrie I’d won a championship medal in the lower division so that was the only one I had.

“We lost the final two games of the season so it was a bit of an anti-climax [in 1958/59 with Rangers]; you don’t have much to strive for once you’ve won it so we slackened a bit.”

The following season you finished third which was a bit of a disappointment but you won the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock, was that a good day?

IM: “I can’t remember too much because it was a long time ago but it was my first Scottish Cup so it was a memorable one for me.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and what I liked about playing for Rangers at Ibrox and Hampden was the big open spaces.

“When you played at Broomfield it was so tight and I didn’t know about that until I went with Rangers back to Airdrie.

“I liked it better when I had room to manoeuvre because the more room ball players get the better it is for them.”

You scored 20 goals that season too in 1959/60, not bad for a midfielder?

IM: “I was quite delighted to do that because I wouldn’t normally say scoring was one of my main assets.

“I think it goes back to the good team you’re playing with; they’re working the ball about in open space so you’re coming into open space.

“I just had to touch it in really so it really came down to playing with such quality.”

The 1960/61 season was unbelievable for Rangers, winning the league and League Cup and going all the way to the Cup Winners’ Cup Final. Some year wasn’t it?

IM: “It was a tremendous season with so many achievements in it and there were two games that stood out for me; the first one was against Wolves down at Molineux.

“It was a very wet and muddy night and they had outstanding players in that team.

“I remember distinctly playing against Ron Flowers who was an England international and during the course of the game he had a tremendous shot and I have never seen such a wonderful stop as Billy Ritchie produced.

“I think that save turned the game for us because we drew there and I felt that was an outstanding achievement, especially away from home.

“The other interesting game was the Borussia Monchengladbach second-leg at Ibrox and again it was a mucky field, and the muckier the better as far as I was concerned!

“You could dribble the ball and these fellas were sliding all about you. We had an outstanding victory of 8-0 at Ibrox which is unusual in European football – they were the champions of Germany at that time.”

You won the league by a single point that season, how important was that success?

IM: “It was a nail-biting one and to be true champions you have to go to the last game or winning it by one point, it’s a sense of being a true champion in that you can achieve that.

“To maintain the league form and play in Europe at the same time is quite an achievement.”

How disappointing was it to lose in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final to Fiorentina after such a good run?

IM: “It really was. The first game we could have done a little better because we missed a penalty and I think if we’d scored it would have made an awful difference.

“Again they were a good side and they had foreign players playing for them, it wasn’t just Italians.

“When we went to Florence for the final it was very warm there and that took the stuffing out of us considering we’d played a whole season and then our last game was in tremendous heat.

“It was annoying to get that far and not win it, looking back that is the only disappointment I have about being at Ibrox – that we didn’t win anything European in the time I was there.

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Rangers told to hand Goldson new deal or lose him to English giants

Alan Hutton suggests that Rangers may “cash in” on Connor Goldson if the right transfer offer comes in this summer.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes Steven Gerrard will find it difficult to hold onto the 27-year-old if clubs come calling.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers set a £6million price tag on Goldson but their valuation has since been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the likes of West Ham, Leeds United and West Brom in the hunt for his capture, it is understood the Gers may need to tie him to a new contract to keep him long term.

Despite the former Brighton man establishing himself as a mainstay under Steven Gerrard, Hutton believes he could be sold this summer if the price is right.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s going to be difficult if some of the bigger teams come calling but I think maybe it’s time that Rangers look to offer him a new contract, maybe hold him down if you like.

“He’s 27 now, he’s obviously getting to the peak, he’ll probably be looking to tie himself down for the next few years so hopefully it is Rangers because he has done excellently well.

“However, I think if the price is right then maybe it’s one Rangers will look to cash in on.”

Goldson has sat out just two games across all competitions this season, with 51 appearances to his name.

He played every single minute of the club’s Premiership campaign and netted three goals, all of which came in the club’s opening eight fixtures.

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Knew Rangers Would Have To Sustain Form – Owen Coyle On Expecting Celtic Bounce Back

Owen Coyle has admitted he was expecting a thrilling second half of the Scottish Premiership season if Rangers could maintain their form as he was sure Celtic would pick up.

Rangers were giving the Bhoys a run for their money in this season’s Scottish Premiership after the Gers beat Celtic at Parkhead, cutting their lead down to two points in the end of December, while they also had a game in hand.

However, Celtic came back from the winter break in phenomenal form and Rangers could not live with the Bhoys’ consistency, as their own form collapsed.

Coyle feels the Hoops know how to bounce back after a tough time and was expecting them to hit the ground running in the new year..

He admits he was looking forward to a thrilling title battle, but knew it would be down to Rangers to maintain their form for that to happen.

“They [Celtic] know how when they’ve had a bad day – as they had in that game just before New Year [against Rangers] – when you’ve had that punch in the nose, they know how to bounce back”, Coyle was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

“They know they’ve got that character within the dressing room; they know how to get themselves back up to the level they were again.

“And that’s why I thought ‘the second half season is going to be great, if Rangers can sustain it’, because Celtic are going to ramp it up as they always do in those last months of the season.

“Two defeats and two draws – that shows you in terms of the level of consistency they’ve had. It’s incredible.”

Celtic have now picked up nine top flight titles in a row and the onus will be on Rangers to stop their rivals next season.

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Noel Whelan raves as Rangers agree terms with Ianis Hagi

Noel Whelan has applauded Rangers for tying down Ianis Hagi to a permanent deal in advance of the summer transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker insists the Glasgow giants have done the right thing in getting his future at Ibrox secured after his half-season loan.

The Gers confirmed on Wednesday that they had secured the permanent signing of the 21-year-old after renegotiating the terms of their optional purchase clause with Genk.

The versatile winger initially joined the Gers late on in the January window, going on to play 12 times for the club this season.

With the deal done early, Whelan insists the Light Blues have done the right thing in giving both the player and manager Steven Gerrard security heading into the summer.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s really well done by Rangers because this is planning time – you’re planning back in January for the start of next season.

“To get this done, he’s had a little taste of Ibrox, he’s been living in Glasgow for a little bit of time, now it gives the security to the player, security to Steven Gerrard who believes he’s a very good midfield player – and he is – that he’s got him on a long-term contract.

“This is part of the jigsaw that Steven’s got in place for next season, the rebuilding is starting right now because that season is finished, Celtic are champions, they’ve got to start rebuilding another team and another army to try and combat this Celtic surge that’s been going on for nine years.” 

Hagi has netted three times, including a brace at home to Braga in the Europa League, and contributed a further two assists for Gerrard’s men across all competitions.

He is also an established member of the Romania national team, with 10 caps under his belt to date.

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Alex Rae On Which Ex-Ger Ianis Hagi Is Like

Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has revealed Gers’ recent acquisition Ianis Hagi reminds him of his former team-mate Thomas Buffel, having the same eye for a pass as the Belgian.

Hagi joined Rangers on a six-month loan deal in January from Belgian side Genk, with the Gers exercising their option to sign the Romanian on a permanent deal recently.

The youngster, like Rae’s former team-mate Buffel, prefers to play in the number 10 position, with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard also slotting the Romanian in on the right flank on occasion.

Rae has admitted Hagi reminds him of his previous team-mate Buffel, as he stressed the Belgian had an eye for a killer pass and the brain to last at the highest level even after losing his pace.

The ex-Rangers player believes the manager needs to build the team around Hagi, with pace to provide the 21-year old with options, which he feels will give him the opportunity to unlock defences.

“In terms of the physical he might have to bulk up a little bit”, Rae said on the Lee Rigby Memorial Cup Facebook page.

Who he reminds me of from my time at Rangers is Thomas Buffel.

“Wee Buffel was not the strongest, but he was brilliant at picking a pass.

“I worked with Thomas later on in his career when I was at Genk with Alex McLeish and he had lost that pace, but he still had that brain that allowed him to navigate about the pitch.

“And he was a brilliant wee player for Rangers, so I see a lot of similarities with him and I see Hagi in that mould.

“We’re going to have to get some powerhouses around him, real pace middle to front, and try and open up defences; and Hagi comes into that reckoning.”

Hagi has made 12 appearances for Rangers since making the move to Ibrox, scoring three goals and racking up two assists.

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Webinar: MyGers

RANGERS’ Supporters Liaison Officer Greg Marshall and Senior Commercial and Marketing Executive Natalie Nairn have today taken part in a Webinar to provide an update and field questions on MyGers.

You can either watch it now in the link above, or click to listen to it here as a podcast either here or through your preferred podcast app.

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MyGers allows fans to show their loyalty to Rangers, like never before.

Now, fans can be closer to our beloved club and access benefits such as a welcome gift, ticketing priority, access to Club discounts and access to exclusive competitions and experiences.

With MyGers we can be Always Rangers, Always Rewarded.

More information on the options and benefits available with MyGers can be found below.

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Experiences, competitions, discounts and ticketing priority is available to everyone who joins MyGers so no matter where you are in the world, you can feel part of the blue sea of Ibrox.

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Alex Rae Makes Prediction About Ianis Hagi

Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has made a prediction about new permanent arrival Ianis Hagi for the upcoming season.

Hagi has just completed a permanent move to Rangers from Belgian side Genk after initially linking up with the Gers in January on loan.

The Romanian attacking midfielder made 12 appearances this season for the club, which included three goals and two assists in a light blue shirt.

Hagi scored a goal in the Scottish Premiership and two goals in the Europa League after his arrival at Ibrox, which were enough for the Gers to take up the option to buy following the end of his six-month loan deal.

Former Rangers midfielder Rae has predicted that the youngster will settle in well at Ibrox over the course of the upcoming season and further added that double figures in terms of goals can be expected from the attacking midfielder.

Rae said on the Lee Rigby Memorial Cup Facebook page: “He’s still young. I think there were periods last year when you saw glimpses of his ability.

“I’m going to go out on a limb here – I think he will get in double figures comfortable next year.

“He can shoot with both feet, he’s technically very good.

“I’ll be interested to see where Steven [Gerrard] plays him, whether he plays him as a number 10, because he can play across the three, right, central [and left].”

Gerrard is tipped to add further to his squad over the course of the summer as he looks to form a side capable of stopping Celtic from winning another Scottish Premiership next term.

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He’d Be Happy To Stay If Offer Doesn’t Come – Jonatan Johansson On Alfredo Morelos

Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson believes Gers star Alfredo Morelos will be happy to continue his stay at Ibrox if he does not seal a switch away in the summer.

Morelos has consistently been linked with clubs outside Scotland on the basis of his impressive form in a Rangers shirt.

Before the football landscape was changed it had been assumed clubs would knock on Rangers’ door for the Colombia international in the summer transfer window.

Johansson feels Rangers will be obligated to let the striker go if the right kind of bid does come in for Morelos and knows the hitman is ambitious.

However, Johansson insisted the 23-year old loves to play Ibrox in front of the home fans and if a bid does not come in for him this summer, Morelos will be happy to continue his stay at the club.

“I think Alfredo is ambitious and any player has a price. Rangers will have a value for Alfredo and if that’s met, I’m sure Rangers would be happy to wish him well”, Johansson told BBC Sportsound.

“But the one thing I do know is that he loves to play for Rangers, he loves the fans and playing at Ibrox really excites him.

“So, if that bid doesn’t come then I think he would be happy to continue playing for Rangers in the coming season.”

Morelos has scored 77 goals and registered 29 assists in his 137 appearances for the club in all competitions.

This article was originally posted here

Kevin Phillips suggests Sunderland moving to sign Jordan Rossiter

Kevin Phillips suggests Sunderland should consider a move for Jordan Rossiter and expects the club to shop exclusively for free agents this summer.

The former Stadium of Light striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted clubs will have to “wheel and deal” in the upcoming transfer window as League One feels the financial bite of the coronavirus.

Rangers released an official statement last week that announced Rossiter, 23, would depart Ibrox upon the expiration of his contract on 31 May.

Football Insider understands the £10,000-a-week ace is keen on a return to England on a permanent basis having spent the season on loan at Fleetwood Town.

The midfielder made 19 appearances for Joey Barton’s side but after a promising start, he suffered a knee injury that would rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

When asked by Football Insider if Phil Parkinson should be considering an approach for the free agent, Phillips said: “That is the sort of business that a lot of clubs are going to have to result to.

“They will be looking at players that have been released at other clubs but have got the experience in League One and get them in on a contract that suits both parties. It is the sign of the times for the foreseeable future.

“Clubs are going to have to wheel and deal. Unfortunately, that is the window they will be shopping in.

“Rossiter had a big reputation before he moved to Rangers.”

The Black Cats will need to recruit this summer despite the difficult economic circumstances.

Jon McLaughlin, Duncan Watmore, Kyle Lafferty, Chris Maguire, Tommy Smith, Alim Ozturk, Tom Flannagan and Luke O’Nien are all out of contract this summer.

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