Well, well, well, the title race switches back to ON again after the latest merry-go-round of SPL fixtures. The Easter weekend proved to be another resurrection for the Bears and another crack in the egg of the Tims.
The Edinburgh prods started us off with a well deserved point at Tynecastle as they could have and maybe should have claimed the other two. They started badly with a sucker punch goal in the first minute but thereafter controlled good spells of the game and equalised with a fantastic free kick.
This was all the incentive that was needed to buck our boys up as they took the field at Ibrox and it definitely looked to have the desired effect as Rangers bulldozed the first ten minutes of the game with first Velicka and then Boyd smashing home early goals to knock Motherwell out of the game.
This wouldn’t be Rangers mind, if they didn’t try and make life difficult for themselves and when Sutton struck a lucky toe-poke from 25 yards with his eyes closed, it looked once more that an uncomfortable afternoon could be had.
Kris Boyd had other ideas though and with one of his best performances of the season, he rounded off the game with a typically adept penalty that Mendes had won after a late run into the box. At 3-1 the game was dead and buried and the three point gap was back to just one.
Smith was well buoyed by Boyd’s show:
"I think Kris has been playing like that for a number of weeks now. I felt he was excellent today but he has been playing really well or the team. He went a few weeks there where he wasn't scoring but we know he will always come back and get a goal. He scored a smashing second goal for us today and we are pleased with his overall contribution."
In contrast, the reserves and youth teams both had bad weeks as Motherwell took all three points off both.
"It's the first time this season that I can say to the lads that it hasn't been about missed chances or bad deliveries, we just didn't do enough today.
"But the two goals we gave away were poor and I didn't think there was anything between us before the penalty. Over the piece though we only had one shot on goal and I thought Motherwell were well worth their win in the end."
Chris Brunt, the West Brom Attacking midfielder could be making a £1 million pound move.
Warren Feeney is in with a chance of being released from the last year of his contract with Cardiff to be able to make a move to Ibrox.
Tomas Cerny, the young Czech keeper at Hamilton is having an excellent season and has grabbed the interest of both halves of the old firm. Could this spell the end for McGregor...?
The Injury Front
Wow, that’s a pretty big list of casualties and with it being that big, you just wonder how the manager will be placed in the McGregor, Ferguson saga. Will his arm be forced in bringing them back into the fold after their two week punishment ends? Interesting...
There is no positive word from Ibrox on the return of any of the others although Papac could well be back in time for the weekend.
The next problem we run into is suspensions and Bougherra will miss the first game after the split. This seems to have worked in favourably though as the CeltIc game looks to be second on the agenda.
He said; “After the St Mirren game I did not know how many yellow cards I had but after the match I was concerned. I do not know why it takes two weeks for a suspension to kick in but when I found out it could be against Celtic I could not believe it.
"I went to my house and said to my family that I could miss Celtic and they could not believe it either. Missing the Co-operative Insurance Cup Final last month was a big blow for me. I waited for this final for a long time but, unfortunately, being injured is part of football.
"I was in the stadium with my family and it was the second time they have come to see me play against Celtic and I haven't played. When I saw the team after the game I was so disappointed I could not have helped them."
"Scoring 100 goals is a terrific milestone in a career—never mind for one club. So for Kris to be on the brink of this after only three years or so with Rangers is a great effort. Records are there to be broken and I have no qualms about him becoming the first man to score 100 since me. Fair play to him, especially as he will do it in fewer games than I did."
Boyd himself said: "There is no doubt I want to reach the hundred goals mark and I have managed to get closer to it in the last seven days. It would be nice to do it next week against Hibs...”
We wouldn’t think worse of you Boydy, if you left it till the Tims came to town!!
Finally, the magnificent and awe inspiring Travis Trek—the Legends Trek 2009 came to its conclusion on Saturday as the weary travellers marched gallantly to Ibrox signalling the end to an arduous week (and thats just the nightly wind down couple of beers!).
Brave Scott Cunningham and his guide dog Travis made their way accompanied by Royal Marine Commando's, several Rangers legends and some committed walkers, all raising a fantastic sum of around £20,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The trek was not without incident, unfortunately with Travis getting injured very early in the week. The group soldiered on and
We hope to have the full story of the trek for you to read soon, so keep your eyes peeled...
There are some more announcements coming up regarding RangersMedia's first Sportsmans Dinner this May 8th so again keep your eyes peeled. Already we can proudly announce that we the night will be entirely for charity, with all funds raised going to the very worthy cause of Moni Malawi. Funds will be raised by a charity auction and a raffle
Already in preparation is a charity auction with some fantastic items up for grabs, the list of items thus far is enough to get every bluenose reaching for their wallets.
Already confirmed is a signed red poppy shirt (framed), an original John Fleck modern art painting that will hopefully be signed by young John and a one of the original Rangers share certificates from 1899 (framed).
Again, keep your eyes open for more information about what will be a brilliant night ahead.