Scotland should be proud of Old Firm games

Scotland should be proud, not ashamed, of Old Firm clashes, according to Rangers chief operating officer Ali Russell.

Games between Rangers and Celtic have been steeped in controversy lately and the Scottish Cup replay which took place in March resulted in a government summit on the matter.

That game saw three players sent off and a touchline argument between the two management teams and the ultimate result of the ill-tempered game was the creation of an action group to look at what impact the Old Firm clashes have on wider social problems in Scotland.

RANGERS SUFFER KILLIE BLOW

Rangers could not extend their lead at the top of the table as they crashed to a defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock. The 1-0 defeat infused some new life into the title challenge, which would have melted away had it not been for this defeat.

NAISMITH RULED OUT

Rangers have been dealt a hammer-blow to their title campaign with the news that defender Steven Naismith will be out for the rest of the season.

Fans thought it was serious on Saturday afternoon when Naismith was stretchered off the park after an innoculous looking challeneg on Aberdeen’s Robert Milsom, and have had their worst fears confirmed. Naismith has a cruciate injury.

“This is devastating news for Steven and our thoughts are with him,” manager Ally McCoist told the club’s website.

RANGERS CONFIRM CUELLAR OFFER

Rangers have confirmed that they have made an offer for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar. The Aston Villa defender spent time at Ibrox a few years back and now manager...

RANGERS BELIEVE IN BEING VICTIMISED UEFA

Rangers have said that they are the victims of UEFA’s campaign after being hit with new disciplinary charges in justeight days.

The club last night confirmed the governing body had opened a case against them over alleged sectarian chanting among their fans at the Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven on March 17. Debt-hit Rangers have been told they face a heavy fine and a two-match ban on home supporters in European competition next season.

LEDLEY RULED OUT

Celtic will be without keeper Fraser Forster and Joe Ledley for the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Rangers. Lukasz Zaluska will take over in goal, while Beram Kayal returns from...

RANGERS SIGN HEALY

Rangers have signed David Healy on loan till the end of the season. He is not the name that Rangers fans would have been hoping for. Nor, indeed, is he the man that Walter Smith had anywhere near the top of his wish-list, but he is as good as they are going to get considering their powder-puff clout in the transfer

RANGERS BEAT KILMARNOCK

Rangers defeated Kilmarnock in a very thrilling encounter at the Ibrox. Manager Walter Smith had rebuked those who had lambasted his team in the wake of the 2-0 SPL defeat to Celtic over a week ago, with 40-year-old skipper David Weir having come in for some fierce criticism.

Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone had made his feelings known following the derby loss and he was in a VIP seat at Ibrox to witness first hand Weir helping to shut out 15-goal Killie striker Conor Sammon.

RANGERS LOOKING FOR BOOST

Celtic and Rangers are looking to get some Old Firm boost in a bid to win the title. Celtic are at home for the fifth successive game as they host Motherwell on Wednesday while rivals Rangers face their third straight away match when they take on St Johnstone.

Both sides racked up wins on Sunday as Celtic remained two points behind Walter Smith’s league leaders.

Neil Lennon’s men left it late in their match against St Johnstone, needing goals from Cha Du Ri and Ki Sung-Yueng in stoppage time to claim all three points.

RANGERS GAME CALLED OFF

The Rangers game with Dundee United has been called off due to heavy snow the region. The match, scheduled to take place at Tannadice at noon, was subject to an...