Celtic out of Europe before December

November 25th, 2008 4 Comments »

Celtic crashed out of Europe early again after taking the lead against the mighty Aalborg Boldspilklub of Denmark. Ex-Dundee United player Barry Robson put the green and grey hoops ahead but Aalborg fought back with a long range strike by Caca and an own goal by ex-Hibs player Gary “Calamity” Caldwell. Celtic are out of the Champions League and fail to go through to the UEFA cup with that place now taken by Aalborg.

It really makes me wonder whether there really is much of a difference between the Old Firm and the rest of the Scottish Premier League. Surely with a settled team, good manager and a bit of luck it should be possible to at least split them. I have a horrible feeling that other teams are intimidated by the Old Firm and the edge they have is as much psychological as anything else. Whilst they obviously have bigger squads and happily take their pick of the best players from other Scottish teams, they still have to play some very average / shite players, even in Europe.

Granted there is still a gulf between the Old Firm and the rest but if, say, three teams all started to take points off them regularly and at least one of those had a good run in the league who’s to say what could happen?

Financially things don’t look to good for Rangers. There could come a point where they can’t take their pick of other team’s players so easily – then their team would look very average indeed.

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Rangers Players on BNP members list?

November 18th, 2008 12 Comments »

Rumours are mounting that that there are players, ex-players or officials from Rangers Football Club on the recently leaked BNP members list. The list can easily be found on Google. A prize for the person who spots the first Hun on the list.

Edit: Unable to find any rangers players and think it’s probably just a rumour. I don’t think the rumours of it being two Scottish footballers are true either. Bob Malcolm’s name is definitely not there.

Edit 2: 930 visits from people typing things like “rangers players bnp” or “rangers bnp list” into search engines. I think it’s safe to say there was a strong rumour ;-)

Jonatan Johansson signs pre-contract with Hibs

November 13th, 2008 1 Comment »

Hibs announced the signing of Finnish player Jonatan Johansson on a pre-contract agreement.  He signs from Malmö FF in Sweden and will officially join Hibs on 1st of January 2009.  Presumably we’ll be selling Steven Fletcher sometime in the 4 weeks after that.  If not, we’ll surely have too many strikers.  Even playing 3-4 a week which we have been doing unsuccessfully for a while now, there would surely be too many unhappy forwards.

Jonatan Johansson is an experienced international (91 caps for Finland) and a good mate of the Gaffer, Mixu Paatelainen.  He’s also an ex-Hun but let’s not talk about that.  He comes with a decent reputation but the statistics show he hasn’t exactly scored for fun (see below) and at 33 he’s surely in the twilight of his career.

That said, perhaps a big, mature centre forward to partner Derek Riordan is just what we need?

Years Club App (Gls)*
1995–1997
1997
1997–2000
2000–2006
2005–2006
2006–2008
TPS
FC Flora
Rangers
Charlton Athletic
→ Norwich City (loan)
Malmö FF
032 0(6)
009 0(9)
047 (14)
148 (27)
012 0(3)
046 (20)

Here’s a YouChoob compilation of Jonatan Johansson’s best bits: