Cup game not live in Hong Kong this weekend

It’s been quite a week considering we sold Jelavic to Everton on the final day of the transfer window. There is no doubt that it is a blow, as up front is one area we are severely lacking in depth, especially with Naismith out for the season and Lafferty for another 2-3 weeks. That heaps a lot of pressure on David Healy, but it gives him a chance to become a hero to the Rangers legions.
Reflecting on the  last few days, to me Jelavic’s mind had already gone a few weeks ago and he hadn’t exactly performed for us recently. In fact you could argue the 2 better home performances we’ve had this season have been against Hibs last week and Motherwell before that……both games Jelavic missed.
And lets not forget the quality we have elsewhere in the team. McGregor in goals is still one of Britain’s top stoppers. Our Defence is very strong – the centre-back pairing of both Bocanegra & Gioan has been a seamless replacement to both Weir and Bougherra. Papac is the Papac and Wallace just gets better each week.
Our midfield has really started ticking too. Edu has been a stand-out performer in the last 3-4 games and Davis looks close to being back to his best. Aluko has been a revelation I would say though and as his match sharpness improves further he should only get better and better. We also have the prospect of Mervan Celik to come. Although we’ve yet to see him, the word is that this young lad is a very exciting prospect.
All in all it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes, it would have been nice to get another striker to add some depth, but we’ve been here before having sold both Boyd & Miller in the two previous winter transfer windows.
So it’s backs to the wall once again as we fight for our fourth successive title. Certainly don’t rule us out, that’s for sure.
Of course there have been plenty of other off-field antics this week too, and we could be here all week trying to second guess what is exactly going on. The truth is no one will really know what is going to happen until the HMRC case result has come out in the coming 3-4 weeks, and even then there is the prospect of either side appealing. What I will say though is i’ve been mighty impressed with the way that Whyte has conducted his business so far. Changes have happened in many areas of the Club that needed improvement, such as having a much better PR team than before. Commercially they seem to exploring new markets, improvements to the stadium have been made, a bigger and better family section, the scoreboards have been finally replaced, the new Rangers website is great, social media is very active, etc. All of this shows that they at least have a commercial brain that the last board never seemed to embrace.

Getting onto the game it’s not good news this weekend as we go into the Scottish Cup tie against Dundee Utd at home. For whatever reason the agreement in place with the SFA does not allow Rangers to stream the game online, so like the last round against Arbroath, we will once again face a black-out. So as you would expect nothing will be shown in Amici.
The game is being screened live in the UK on the BBC, so I’m sure there will be some sites available that will have a very dodgy feed.
Finally, with regards to the Amoruso & Goram race day at Shatin, we are now up to 24 places, so 16 places are still available if you would like to come along.
It will no doubt be a terrific day.

Posted February 3, 2012 by hongkongranger in Uncategorized

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