Rangers are cash machines and Celtic bores are about to lose their favorite insult – Hotline – Sports Hotline


Steve Clarke reckons Scotland can look forward with optimism after the final international break of the season.

The national coach saw his team follow up their 1-1 Hampden draw with Poland with a 2-2 draw against Austria in Vienna.

Scotland’s sights are now set on competitive matches again in June and most of the punters who contacted the Hotline are satisfied with what they are seeing.

Robert McCallumRatho said: “It was a bit disappointing to be leading both of the games and then not winning any of the two, but, overall, it was fine.

“They were just friendlies and there were impressive aspects to take from both.”

Alan McCafferty, Aberdeen, added: “Scotland have lots to be excited about and I am convinced we are going to make it to the World Cup at the end of the year.

“That’s eight games unbeaten. I don’t care what country you are, that’s a good record and our young players are growing.”

However, you can’t please everyone and Mick ReidGretna said: “That was sloppy from Scotland to chuck away a two-goal lead against a team who were saying goodbye to their manager and probably weren’t that bothered about the result.

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“If it wasn’t for Craig Gordon’s saves, we would have lost. I’m not sure where all the positivity is coming from.”

In club matters, Sunday sees Rangers and Celtic go head-to-head at Ibrox in a top-of-the-table showdown in the Premiership.

Joe Hart will have a big role to play for the visitors and Eddie Easson Ballingry says the Englishman has proved old boss Nuno Espirito Santo to be well off the mark in saying he was finished at the top level.

He said: “So big Joe is too old, too slow and not strong enough according to NES.

“Don’t worry Joe, some said that about the Celtic team and defense the proof of the pudding is Celtic are top of the league with the best defense by a mile. Also you are going to work each day while Nuno is waiting for another chance.”

Strangely, the chance to go level at the top of the table did not see a lot of contact from their supporters to the Hotline.

John Bruce did get in touch about the old chestnut of the teams meeting in Australia at the end of the year in the proposed Sydney Sports Cup.

He said: “Whilst £3 million for a game in Australia would be a nice little earner, one point seems to have been lost in the clamor to justify the game from some of the Rangers fans on here, especially those who claim that we need the money.

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“And that is the not so insignificant matter of up to £20 million that the club has already banked for the team’s amazing Europa League run. When the TV money and income from sell-out home games is factored in, this figure will be much higher if Rangers go further in the competition.

“So the club is far from desperate for the money and the fans are far from desperate for it to go ahead. £3 million or not.”

Elsewhere, Alan McPhersonCullen spoke up for Buckie Thistle and said: “In reply to Dougie Lawrence, I couldn’t agree more with his comment regarding Thistle’s record breaking Highland league against Deveronvale.

“As my beloved Aberdeen didn’t have a game, my mate and I attended the game. We were treated to a great game, beautiful weather, lovely half time pie and bovril at a fraction of the cost at top league grounds add to this a delicious ice cream after.

“Last but not least the admission price of £5. Altogether a great day and a great advert for the Highland League.”


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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