Rangers second team would beat Celtic to Scottish Premiership – Tam McManus

Tam McManus has insisted that Rangers second team would beat Celtic to the Scottish Premiership this season.

Steven Gerrard rotated his squad already for the first game of the season against Livingston, but they still cruised to a 3-0 win.

McManus believes that those who didn’t play could come together and lift the title themselves, as they are miles ahead of Celtic.


Speaking on PLZ Soccer as shared on their official Twitter account, McManus made the major claim on the Old Firm.

“I just don’t see them (Celtic) doing anything this season,” he said.

“I looked at Rangers at the weekend, the two teams they can put out, I think their second team could win the league.

“That’s the team that never played on Saturday against Livingston, so I think Celtic are miles behind Rangers.”


Easy.

Looking at those who didn’t start against Livingston, and McManus surely has a point looking at our embarrassing rivals at Hearts later that day.

Allan McGregor would start in net, behind a back four of Nathan Patterson, Filip Helander, Jack Simpson and Borna Barisic.

The midfield would include new signing John Lundstram, Ryan Jack and Scott Wright behind the front three of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.

Compare that to Celtic, and they would helpless.

Gerrard isn’t here for claims like this though, and is pushing his players to the very limit to make sure they take every game as if it is their last.

That mentality is shining through, and it is time to start our period of domination and make up for the torment of the past 10 years.

This is just the beginning.

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Potential Blow For Rangers In Interest In Danilho Doekhi

Rangers have suffered a blow in their chase for 23-year-old central defender Danilho Doekhi as he has been named as Vitesse’s captain for the 2021/22 season, in an indication they are planning to keep him.

Having entered the final year of his contract with Vitesse, Doekhi has been heavily linked with a move away from the Dutch club during the ongoing transfer window.

With the 23-year-old’s contractual situation putting suitors on alert, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Atalanta have been named among the clubs interested in him.

Scottish Premiership champions Rangers have also been credited with an interest in acquiring the services of the centre-back from Vitesse this summer.

However, the Gers’ hopes of landing Doekhi appear to have suffered a blow, with Vitesse appointing the Dutchman as their captain for the 2021/22 season.

The former Ajax youth star wore the armband for the Dutch outfit throughout pre-season and now Vitesse coach Thomas Letsch has confirmed that he will lead the side next season.

Vitesse handing Doekhi the armband despite him entering the final year of his contract with the club could suggest that he is staying at the club beyond the summer.

It remains to be seen if Rangers will look to sign the centre-back on a free transfer next year should he end up staying at Vitesse this summer, or lodge a bid before the window closes this summer.

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Malmo Will Be Fitter Than Us Warns Rangers Legend

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson is of the view that Malmo will have a fitter team than Steven Gerrard’s side due to the number of games they have already played this season.

Gerrard’s side have travelled to Sweden to take on Malmo in the first leg of their Champions League third-round qualifier this evening.

Rangers started their league campaign with a win over Livingston over the weekend, but Malmo are well into their season and have already played 14 games.

Ferguson stressed that it is going to be a tough challenge for Rangers as Malmo have more than decent players in their squad this season.

He insisted that Malmo will also have a leg up in terms of fitness over Rangers because they have already played many games this season while the Gers are just starting out.

The Rangers legend said on the Go Radio Football Show: “[Malmo are going to be] very tough.

“They have got some decent players, I think you will hear the manager Steven Gerrard speak about that.

“They have got some standout players and plus they are 14 games into their season.

“Getting games is so important so they will be ahead of Rangers in terms of fitness.”

Gerrard believes that reaching the Champions League group stage would be a massive achievement for his side this season.

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Ally McCoist: Rangers have perfect chance to complete their journey

Ally McCoist has insisted that if Rangers get into the Champions League group stages, then the “good times” will definitely be back at Ibrox.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the former Gers striker revealed that he had been in “tears” when Steven Gerrard led his side to the title, and that should Rangers win against Malmo and then one of Olympiacos or Ludogorets then the return to the top will be complete.

The Gers face Malmo tonight in Sweden before playing them at Ibrox next Tuesday in front of potentially a very large crowd, and it is clear that McCoist is excited about the prospect of Rangers playing in the group stages of the Champions League [the Daily Record].


He said: “It would mean everything (to get back to the group stage).

“To see the club back in the group stages of the Champions League, well, that would be it for me. We are 99 per cent back. All Rangers fans were greetin’ last year when we won the title.

“Let’s not kid ourselves; we were all in tears. It was an amazing experience, I had a wee chat with Walter Smith, and it meant so much to us all.

“But get us back into the Champions League, and the good times will definitely be back. Of that, there is no doubt, and for me, that would complete the journey.

“I would be so pleased and proud to see the club back in the Champions League.”

McCoist is bang on the money!

It is very clear that McCoist is dreaming of returning to the Champions League and the Gers are not far away from achieving that.

Under Gerrard, they have had some brilliant runs in the Europa League, reaching the last-16 in the 2019/20 season and the 2020/21 season.


Now it is time for them to go one step further and try and reach the group stages of UEFA’s premier competition, where the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid all potentially await.

Malmo won’t be an easy tie, and neither will either Olympiacos or Ludogorets but the Gers have performed on the European stage under Gerrard before, and it would be fantastic to see them back in the Champions League.

McCoist is clearly excited by what his former club could achieve, and we are as well.

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Crisis talks in Scotland after Rangers refuse to display sponsor, top-flight CEO reacts

Crisis talks have taken place between important SPFL figures and their sponsor cinch after a stand-off involving Rangers, according to Record Sport.

The Gers refused to display the car company’s branding on their shirts or around Ibrox during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Livingston, with the club believing “certain loopholes in the partnership with cinch mean they are under no obligation to promote the English based firm”.

However, there are major fears emanating in Scotland as top-flight clubs grown concerned about a threat to the £8million sponsorship package which could be withdrawn.


Record Sport carried quotes from “an anxious top-flight chief executive” in their exclusive story. They said: “Cinch have committed a lot of money to have their name attached to the league. If the Premiership champions are not prepared to promote their logo then obviously they will feel as if they are not getting value for money.

“It’s a hugely embarrassing situation and it has to be resolved before they decide to terminate the agreement.”


Another battle ahead?

Rangers have had their fair share of blows with fellow Scottish clubs and the bigwigs at the SPFL, and there could be another showdown brewing.

Essentially, this all boils down to the topic of money once again.

The SPFL clearly wants to keep their major sponsor happy to ensure they distribute the promised funds around the league, and they won’t be impressed to see the leading club in the division refusing to display them.

However, it seems the powerbrokers at Rangers believe there are clauses in the contract that allow them to circumvent their obligations.

Ultimately, if the club has been clever enough to trump the SPFL, and the league has ensured they are protected, that’s not on Rangers to worry about.

Of course, there are other clubs in the league to think about, but does everyone have Rangers in mind all of the time?

This could be an issue that is set to rumble on for some time.

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