jueves, 31 de marzo de 2011

Season over for Bartley

 

Kyle Bartley last night confirmed his season IS over - as he bid an emotional farewell to Rangers.The on-loan Arsenal kid suffered a ruptured medial ligament against PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League last 16 meeting. It heartbreakingly cost the defender a chance to be part of Rangers' League Cup Final win over Celtic three days later.

Bartley - whose Ibrox deal was until the summer - told: "Everyone at Rangers has been brilliant and I can only say a massive thank you."It was hard to sit in the stand for the League Cup Final and think about what might've been."But I was thrilled for the management and the players that we beat Celtic. It was well deserved."I have also greatly appreciated the messages of support from the fans.

"I couldn't have wished for a better club for a loan spell."I've been told I've got a grade three medial ligament tear and I'm looking at three months out."As things stand I've played my last game for Rangers. I wasn't there too long but I've still got plenty of good memories."Who knows what next season will bring. Once I'm fit again I'll find out what Arsenal have planned for me."

Crocked: Bartley lies injured against Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven

lunes, 28 de marzo de 2011

Rangers1 Hibernian 0. Scottish Youth Cup Semi-Final



Chris Hegarty llevó al Rangers a su quinta final de la Scottish Youth Cup después de un partido que podría haber ganado con mayor comodidad. Los Hibs amenazaron en alguna ocasión, pero Rangers tuvo las mejores oportunidades con Kal Naismith. El defensor de Irlanda del Norte Hegarty  estuvo presente siempre esta temporada en el equipo sub-19 y admitió que sus compañeros tienen en mente la liga y la copa. Los jóvenes de Ibrox ganaron el trofeo en 2007 y 2008 con victorias contra el Celtic en las dos finales. Rangers hizo lo suficiente para jugar la final en Hampden contra el Celtic.



Chris Hegarty sent Rangers into their fifth Scottish Youth Cup final after a game they could have won more comfortably. Hibs threatened on occasion but Rangers had the better chances with Kal Naismith. The Northern Irish defender, Hegarty, is the under-19 team’s only ever-present this season and admitted that his mates have a league and cup double on their minds. Rangers won the trophy in 2007 and 2008 with victories of Celtic in both finals. Rangers did enough to set up a Hampden final against Celtic.


Rangers1 Hibernian 0

Rangers: Wayne Drummond; Kyle McAusland, Chris Hegarty (Andy Mitchell 77mins), Darren Cole, Steven Hetherington; Gordon Dick, Kamil Wiktorski, Rhys McCabe, Dylan McGeough (Robbie Crawford 69mins); Christiano Kisuka (Ewan McNeil 68mins), Kal Naismith.
 Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Adam Hunter

Hibernian: Callum Artell; Callum Burns, Jordan Forster, Jack Verth, Scott Smith; David Crawford, Lewis Horner (David Gold 88mins), Harry Monaghan (Mark Lancaster 87mins), Danny Handling, Dean Horrobine; Ross Caldwell (Phil Addison 64mins).
Not Used:- Paul Grant (GK), Jamie Doris




lunes, 21 de marzo de 2011

Rangers 2-1 Celtic. CIS Cup Final



Rangers conquistó su vigésimo séptimo título de la Copa de la Liga de Escocia tras superar, en la prórroga, al Celtic (1-2), gracias a un tanto de Nikica Jelavic en la final disputada en el estadio de Hampden Park. El vigente campeón del torneo, encarriló el triunfo a los veinticinco minutos por medio de Steven Davis. Pero el Celtic reaccionó y pasada la media hora igualó el galés Joseph Ledley.
Tres reclamos de penal -dos para Rangers- fueron ignorado por el arbitro Craig Thomson antes que Jelavic marcara en siete minutos del extra-time. En los últimos segundos, el lateral izquierdo de Celtic Emilio Izaguirre recibió una roja directa por denegar al recientemente ingresado Vladimir Weiss una clara oportunidad de gol pero el partido será recordado por otras razones.
Para este partido, Walter Smith hizo dos cambios sustituyendo a dos lesionados Ricky Foster y Kyle Bartley con Nikia Jelavic y Steven Naismith con los que Rangers creó más chances, con los dos jugando en la delantera.
La final comenzó como la mayoría de los partidos Old Firm, a toda velocidad, con los dos lados jugando a un ritmo frenético, ya que parecían tener ambos derechos, al mismo tiempo, a reclamar el primer trofeo de la temporada.

Nikica Jelavic's extra-time winner gave Rangers victory over Celtic in a dramatic Co-operative Insurance Cup final at Hampden.In a pulsating match played in the right spirit, Steve Davis gave the Ibrox side the lead in the 23rd minute before Joe Ledley levelled on the half-hour mark.
Three penalty claims - two for Rangers - were ignored by referee Craig Thomson before Jelavic struck seven minutes in to extra-time. In the dying seconds, Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre was shown a straight red for denying Ibrox substitute Vladimir Weiss a clear goalscoring opportunity but the game will be remembered for the right reasons.
Walter Smith made two changes as he replaced the injured pair of Ricky Foster and Kyle Bartley with Nikica Jelavic and Steven Naismith as Rangers looked to create more chances, with the two coming in playing up front for the Ibrox men.
The final started off as the majority of Old Firm games do, at full speed, with both sides playing at a frantic pace as they looked to gain bragging rights while also hoping to claim the first silverware of the season.


 

 


Nikica Jelavic 18

Nikica Jelavic 18

We Are Not Neil Lennon!

We Are Not Neil Lennon!

Spot The Difference

Spot The Difference