Friday, 11 April 2008

Flying the flag


This is hurting me to write, having grown up as a Celtic fan, visiting Celtic Park with my Celtic-daft uncle and holding a general loathing for the blue side of Glasgow. But here goes:

Well done Rangers.

Ouch. As lucky as they have been and, at times, incredibly boring (4-5-1 at home for goodness sake!) their advance to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup has improved the standing of Scottish football in Europe (as indeed, did Celtic making the last 16 of the Champions League and Aberdeen advancing past the Group Stage of the UEFA Cup). So, while on one level they are bitter rivals, and there's part of me that won't let that go, I'm almost happy they've gotten to where they are. I don't know if I'll ever get to the stage where I'd support them in Europe, but quietly, the advance of Scottish football is something to be happy about.

That actually did hurt a wee bit.

4 comments:

Jeff 11 April 2008 at 11:16  

I'm more of a Celtic fan too so I feel your pain Malc.

Just concentrate on the co-efficient and what good Rangers are doing to it and you'll find yourself cheering on Barry, Lee and Kris in no time...

Ideas of Civilisation 11 April 2008 at 12:27  

I'm definitely going to disagree with you on this.

The coefficient - f ... orget it!

In any case, I've always been a big fan of Fiorentina. Well, certainly since about 2140 last night.

Malc 11 April 2008 at 12:33  

We could always demand an inquiry into how such a shoddy team playing such unattractive football has made it this far...

Ideas of Civilisation 11 April 2008 at 12:37  

Well, given that I think there is a genuine mystery and public interest in finding that out, I would back it.

Of course (going back to the idea that there's sometimes no point in having an inquiry) we might not need it when all Rangers end up winning is the CIS Cup!

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