Kilmarnock

23 Feb 19
My Little Underground

This week saw Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke rightfully despair about the sectarian abuse that comes from some Rangers fans, as well as the wider problem of religious bigotry in the West of Scotland. This prompted not the widespread soul searching one would hope, but instead people started digging in, including sadly Steven Gerrard who decided […]

23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
GLEN KAMARA’S already proved he’s Rangers quality after only two appearances, according to boss Steven Gerrard. The Ibrox manager took the midfielder from Dundee last month for £100,000. Gerrard says Kamara can be a top midfielder And he’s been delighted with the Finland ace’s displays in his opening two games against St Johnstone and Kilmarnock. He said: “Glen was one of the few who stood out against St Johnstone and he went about his business really well and it was a strong debut. “But it was lost in such a poor performance around him. “But I told him in the dressing room I was pleased with his debut and that he looked very comfortable and looked like a Rangers player despite us drawing the game. Gerrard hailed Kamara’s opening two performances “He looked like a Rangers player and he took that performance into the Kilmarnock game and went up a level again. “He’s a terrific footballer in possession, always playing with his head up and looking to connect defence and attack. ‘HOW I SEE IT’ Rangers legend Nacho Novo makes astonishing ‘Celtic mafia’ claim about SFA  “But what pleased me most is what I spoke about when we signed him in terms of how he’ll be out of possession. “Will he hunt the ball back, be aggressive, work hard for the team and be a MONSTER in the middle of the park? “He showed signs of that against Kilmarnock and potentially he can become a top midfielder.” [article-rail-curated title=”related stories ” selected_posts=”3916199,3916239,3915807,3915622,3914474,3913738″ /] Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005214673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers fan tells talkSPORT’s Jim White it’s acceptable to be sectarian during 90-minute football match “]
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
RANGERS communications chief Jim Traynor says the BBC and Sportscene are OBSESSED with Alfredo Morelos. The Gers striker – the Scottish Premiership’s top marksman – has grabbed the headlines for his goalscoring exploits and his indiscipline this season Morelos scored four times against Kilmarnock in midweek Scottish Cup replay His most recent dismissal came against Aberdeen earlier this month for a stamp on Scott McKenna, also sent off for booting El Buffalo in the face. In a YouTube interview with Club 1872, Traynor said: “They have an unhealthy obsession with Alfredo Morelos and they are sitting as judge and jury and they’re condemning him. “They don’t do it with any other players to the same degree or the same intensity, unless of course it’s Allan McGregor.” The Ibrox No1 was hit with a retrospective two-game ban earlier this month for a wild tackle on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson. [article-rail-section title=”Most Read” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Traynor accused the Beeb of letting its Sportsound debate on the incident be ‘led’ by Ferguson’s former Rangers star dad Derek. He said: “That debate was led largely by Lewis Ferguson’s dad Derek. BEEB BLAST Rangers PR chief Jim Traynor slams BBC Scotland over news interview “Where’s the objectivity in that? There is none. “It’s not objective – that’s objectionable, but they did it anyway.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary [bc_video video_id=”6005923637001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stricken Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen has fans in stitches at fundraiser event for MND charity”]
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
NACHO NOVO has made the astonishing claim that a ‘Celtic mafia’ is controlling the SFA. Rangers No1 Allan McGregor was handed a two-game retrospective ban after losing his appeal for a studs up challenge on Aberdeen starlet Lewis Ferguson earlier this month. Novo made astonishing claim during an interview Referee Bobby Madden didn’t punish the Ibrox goalie for the incident during Gers’ 4-2 win at Pittodrie. And in an outburst over Scottish football’s disciplinary process, Novo claims Scott Brown’s challenge on Daniel Candeias during December’s Old Firm showdown was WORSE. SunSport has asked the SFA and Celtic for comment. He told Rangers News: “For me personally, there is mafia in the SFA, in terms of they are run by Celtic. “The newspapers are exactly the same and that’s obvious. You can see it from a mile away. McGregor was handed a retrospective ban for this challenge on Ferguson “That’s how I see it. Look at Allan McGregor’s tackle on Lewis Ferguson. Now if you look at Scott Brown’s challenge on Daniel Candeias, that’s worse. “It’s a straight red, yet Brown doesn’t even get a booking. If he was took to a panel they would still say no. “It’s just stupid things. If it’s one rule for one team, then that should be the rule for others as well. You can’t keep Celtic directors or Rangers directors on the SFA panel. “If people aren’t going to stop them, we aren’t going to go forward, we’ll be going backwards. It will affect the young players.” HOME TRUTHS Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke says he told ‘small lies’ to deny Rangers interest Both Kris Boyd and Steve Clarke have been hit by sickening sectarian abuse in the last week. The Kilmarnock boss was targeted by Rangers fans, just days after Kris Boyd was subjected to taunts by Celtic supporters. Novo highlighted Brown’s Old Firm tackle during his interview The dark topic has become the talking point in Scottish football this week. And former Rangers star Novo spoke about up his own experiences and says he has grown used to being targeted by Celtic fans. But he reckons the problem is NEVER going to change. [article-rail-curated title=”related stories ” selected_posts=”3914474,3913970,3915819,3915622,3913738,3914170″ /] He added: “It’s just never going to change. Even when I left Rangers I was still getting abuse, I had people telling me to die in my sleep. “It’s just so stupid. With Celtic fans it was more than just a few, but in all I just don’t get it. “I’m just not going to listen. To me I’m used to it now, it’s never going to change. BEEB BLAST Rangers PR chief Jim Traynor slams BBC Scotland over news interview “It’s coming from here and there. I never found it too important to go to the press and say look at what the Celtic fans did to me. “I’m just quiet, in one ear out the other.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005214673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers fan tells talkSPORT’s Jim White it’s acceptable to be sectarian during 90-minute football match “]  
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
THE Scottish Premiership takes centre stage this afternoon and we have THREE matches on offer. Aberdeen will be looking to put pressure on Rangers ahead of their game on Sunday when they visit St Johnstone. Derek McInnes’ men can move to within two points of second spot with victory at McDiarmid Park. Bottom club St Mirren will be desperate to get points on the board at Hearts, while Kilmarnock will be looking to bounce back from their Scottish Cup exit at Livingston. St Johnstone vs Aberdeen FOLLOW THE ACTION Hearts vs St Mirren FOLLOW THE ACTION Livingston vs Kilmarnock FOLLOW THE ACTION [article-rail-section title=”Most read in football” posts_category=”3″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005214673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers fan tells talkSPORT’s Jim White it’s acceptable to be sectarian during 90-minute football match “]
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
LIVINGSTON will hope to get back to winning ways when they take on Kilmarnock. Gary Holt’s men have not won in the league since December but Steve Clarke will be determined to put the past few days behind him with a Killie victory. [opta opta_widget=”matchday_live” opta_template=”normal” opta_competition=”14″ opta_season=”2018″ opta_match_id=”988134″ show_widget_title=”hide” /] [opta opta_widget=”commentary” opta_template=”normal” opta_competition=”14″ opta_season=”2018″ opta_match_id=”988134″ show_widget_title=”hide” /] Team News Livingston XI: Kelly, Gallagher, Halkett, Lithgow, Lamie, Lawson, Pittman, Sibbald, Jacobs, Lawless, Erskine Subs: Stewart, Wylde, Odoffin, Brown, Robinson, Tiffoney, Hardie Kilmarnock XI: Bachmann, Millen, S. Boyd, Findlay, Waters, McKenzie, Tsihbola, Mulumbu, Jones, K. Boyd, Brophy Subs: MacDonald, O’Donnell, Dicker, Ndjoli, Millar, Frizzell, Burke Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary   
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
AFTER an action-packed Aberdeen v Rangers game a few weeks ago — all the fun was sucked out of it the very next morning with a full-blown post-mortem. Totally fed-up with appeals, compliance, retrospective disciplinary action, and all that tiresome nonsense, I wished we could stop re- refereeing games, and just try to enjoy the fitba’. Neil Doncaster has held talks with government officials and those at the SFA about Strict Liability In fact, forget ‘petty & ill-informed’ — our new motto on Off The Ball (and it’s a phrase we all had drummed into us as kids) is Play To The Whistle. No harm to Clare Whyte but the referee’s decision (hopefully aided sooner rather than later by VAR) is final. Sounds great, eh? And starting on today’s programme — in a valiant effort to give us a welcome break from tit-for-tat tedium — we’re also banning the W-word . . . WHATABOUTERY. Both Killie manager Steve Clarke and striker Kris Boyd have been targeted by bigots this week This week we had two well-documented events — Kris Boyd being struck with a coin and called a “sad orange b*****d” by Celtic fans before his Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke was given the “sad Fenian b*****d” treatment by the crowd at Ibrox. This presents us with the perfect opportunity to put this tosh to bed. Whataboutery? Nope, there’s no need to dredge up ancient history and go over the same old ground, thanks very much. Let’s just act on the two unsavoury episodes that occurred in the past six days. And (deep breath) let’s have a bash at Strict Liability. Dave King released a strongly worded statement to condemn the Gers fans who sang about Steve Clarke Yep, I know the very notion of our clubs being directly responsible for their fans’ behaviour was booted out in 2013. And in terms of turkeys voting for Christmas, I doubt Peter Lawwell and Dave King would sign up for Strict Liability. Quite frankly, there’s more chance of the Old Firm chiefs signing up for Strictly Come Dancing. However, at the end of a hellish few days, please tell me Kilmarnock will be happy to bring it back to the table? To be honest, I don’t know what Rangers and Celtic have to fear. Both clubs continually insist the sectarian stuff comes from a “tiny minority” of their support (no giggling at the back, please). Peter Lawell is the Celtic Chief Executive With Strict Liability in place — and a wee bit of self-policing — surely the “vast majority” won’t stand back and allow their club to be heavily fined or docked points? And you know what? With a few teething problems guaranteed, I’d even allow a “three strikes and you’re out” approach. Surely the decent fans on both sides of the Old Firm divide want to emerge from the “dark ages” as Clarke called it? If we humour the fantasists who insist the Glasgow derby is the biggest fixture on Planet Football (for the last time, stop giggling at the back!) you can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks of both clubs this week. Kris Boyd was also struck by a coin from a Celtic fan last Sunday It all came to a head on Wednesday night when we SHOULD have been waxing lyrical about Alfredo Morelos’ incredible four-goal haul against Killie. The wee Colombian gets a hard time for his moody demeanour — but he was entitled to be as crabbit as hell when the spotlight switched to the silly stuff. Rangers made all the right noises the following morning about not tolerating unacceptable behaviour at Ibrox and doing everything to eradicate this kind of behaviour. But we’ve heard it all before, from both sides of the Old Firm, and that could have been a statement from 30 years ago. Fair play to Dave King and Steven Gerrard for making their own feelings crystal clear, but we need action — NOW — starting with an immediate ban on the “cheer up” song that’s caused so much grief. The headlines should’ve been about Alfredo Morelos on Wednesday night not sectarianism If it’s not stopped on sectarian/bigotry grounds, then perhaps — and I’m now clutching at straws — as a mark of respect to Peter Tork of The Monkees who sadly passed away this week. Also, if the clubs are serious about weeding out the eejits who shame their name, surely that’s an easy process in the era of all-ticket matches and CCTV? Intervention. SFA chief Ian Maxwell and his SPFL counterpart Neil Doncaster apparently had recent talks with the Cabinet Secretary and the Sports Minister, but the time for chit-chat is over. I think political intervention will only work if the Scottish Government INSISTS on Strict Liability. And then we can all just get back to talking about the football. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES ” selected_posts=”3914332,3915622,3914398,3913738,3914474,3915603″ /] Or do you think I’m just a Daydream Believer . . . ? PS Don’t know about you, but I still can’t make my mind up on the Eamonn Brophy penalty claim for Kilmarnock or goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann’s red card. So, if there’s one other thing to take out of the game at Ibrox it’s that we must introduce VAR. And here’s a crazy idea. Let’s finance the expensive new technology with all the fines from Strict Liability. PPS I read yesterday that a lion who was called MoJo had died after being attacked at a safari park in Merseyside. MoJo? Please tell me this wasn’t another sectarian attack! A NINE-MONTH gap in his playing career for Scott McDonald, who hung up his boots at Dundee United in May 2018 and returned to goalscoring form with Partick Thistle last Saturday. But here’s one for my fellow SunSport columnist Jim Duffy. Neil emailed to say: “I was at Duff’s testimonial when he retired through injury in 1988. Two years later, he was back playing. I never did get my cash back . . . ” IN recent years at Parkhead, I must admit that Motherwell have been rogered more often than a policeman’s walkie-talkie. And it’s foolish to even think about getting a result tomorrow when you consider the HUGE financial gap between the clubs. But after making it six league wins on the bounce against Hearts last Sunday — thanks to headline-grabbing displays from Jake Hastie, David Turnbull and Jambos’ goalie Colin Doyle (a hideous, late blunder in The Cammy Bell End) — I fancy our chances. In fact, with one eye on the visit to Rugby Park in midweek, I’m going to stick my neck out and predict we’ll do Eight-in-a-Row before Celtic . . . What an amazing achievement that would be! Memo to Well boss Stevie Robinson: Do you realise we still have one remaining stand at Fir Park not named after anyone? WALK ON Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he had to hide from Orange walk a week after moving to Glasgow BEST debut I’ve ever witnessed from a footballer? Ex-Motherwell keeper Craig McLean’s performance when he trod the boards for the very first time this week at A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. A number of players have dabbled in the acting profession — Jordan Jones, Scott Sinclair, Jermain Defoe — but I reckon young Craig will make a career of it after his dazzling display in A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity. It ends in Glasgow today before enjoying a run at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen from Tuesday and I urge you to give it a bash. NO losers in Valencia this week. Celtic returned home with their pride intact after a very decent performance, the fans got a bit of sun on their backs and plenty of beer in their bellies . . . and the club even got a wee financial bonus. Yep, with the travelling support having nothing to celebrate, no bill for any broken seats! PS. As the culture vultures in the large travelling support will know, Valencia lays claim to being the home of the chalice that JC used to serve wine to his disciples at The Last Supper. According to legend, the Big Man stood up and said: “I shall now turn the water into wine . . . ” And a voice at the back shouted: “Haw! Get your fiver in the kitty like everybody else!” COURTESY of regular readers Ian Taylor and John Bookless, here’s a few more sitcoms starring footballers . . . Rangers and Celtic — Love Thy Neighbour. Stevie May — Whatever Happened To The Likely Lad? Scott McDonald and Kenny Miller — Still Game. The Rangers’ forward line when Morelos is suspended — The Thin Blue Line. VAR — You Are Being Swerved. Also, not really a sitcom, but Alex Peddie says: “Don’t forget Jamie Carragher and Spitting Image . . . ” And finally CHELSEA have been banned from bringing in any new players until next summer. A bit harsh, but I’m sure they’ll get by with the 584 players who are already on their books, eh? Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005214673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers fan tells talkSPORT’s Jim White it’s acceptable to be sectarian during 90-minute football match “]
23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
BRIAN RICE threw Scott Arfield in at the deep end and watched him rise to the top. Now he reckons he’s the man Hamilton have to sink at the Hope CBD Stadium tomorrow. Scott Arfield has been a key man for Steven Gerrard so far this season Accies boss Rice was assistant to John Hughes at Falkirk when Rangers midfielder Arfield was a kid there. Rice said: “We brought Scott through and had him training with the first team at 16. “I always find that’s the best way with kids — get them up to speed by throwing them in with the first team. “But don’t throw them in and take them back out. Keep them in there because it takes them a bit of time to get used to it. Brian Rice coached with the Bairns under John Hughes “He’s a great kid and a quick learner. “I think he’s a main player for them. His runs forward create space for other people. “Watch when Rangers score. Who’s first to congratulate the scorer? It’s Arfield. “He’s always wanting to score and he puts a shift in going back the way too. “He’s improved as he’s got older. His game intelligence has got better. He deserves everything he gets.” Arfield made over 100 appearances for Falkirk It’s over 80 years since Accies last beat Gers at home in the league, but that dire record doesn’t faze upbeat Rice going into the sides’ latest clash. He said: “I don’t bother about history. “It’s not about the game. It’s about us as a team having that belief to express yourselves. “If you make a mistake, so what? We all make them. “Work hard and enjoy it. If you enjoy it, you’ll work hard. Rice is hopeful that Arffield doesn’t hurt Accies tomorrow “I want us to go out thinking we can win. “I don’t want to spend too much time on Rangers. I’m more concentrating on what we can do. How can we win this match, not how do we contain Rangers.” Hamilton skipper Darian MacKinnon penned a deal until 2020 earlier this week. Rice said: “That was a bonus. He’s a player you like to have about the place. He leads from the front. “I’ve watched him for many years and he does some brilliant things and he does some stupid things. JERMAIN ATTRACTION Rangers ace Jermain Defoe loving life in Scotland despite refereeing madness, plastic pitches and terrace abuse “Can we get more brilliant things and less stupid things? If I get that, I’ll get a medal! “He can play. I’m trying to educate him on his positional play, rather than running about all over the place and blowing up.” Scottish football has been blighted by fans’ trouble this season, with Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke hitting out at the Gers support for their sectarian abuse in midweek. Rice added: “I’ve been going to football for 50 years and it’s never changed. “Clubs do everything they can, I don’t doubt that for one minute. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES ” selected_posts=”3915622,3914474,3913738,3913970,3915784,3914668″ /] “First and foremost it’s not acceptable in life, never mind in football. “It’s a disease that’s spreading and it has been spreading for all these years, long before we were born. “But Steve was very brave in doing what he did and I think it had to be done.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005923637001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stricken Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen has fans in stitches at fundraiser event for MND charity”]
23 Feb 19
Colonial Beach News

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23 Feb 19
Nachrichten Welt

Die Glasgow Rangers von Steven Gerrard siegten in Ibrox gegen Kilmarnock, Alfredo Morelos erzielte vier Tore. Alfredo Morelos von Rangers Die Rangers kehrten am Mittwochabend mit Nachdruck zu den Siegern zurück, als Steven Gerrards Mannschaft in Ibrox in der fünften Runde des schottischen Pokals den schottischen Premiership-Rivalen Kilmarnock besiegte. Alfredo Morelos war der Star der […]

23 Feb 19
Kilmarnock

Chapter Nine : The New World Josef crouched beside the room window, watching as the rain streamed down. Beyond the rain he could see yellow smudges from gas lamps on the street and from ships in the harbour. If he peered hard enough, he could make out the grey outline of buildings, nothing else. People […]

23 Feb 19
Aberdeen Bugle

via https://ift.tt/2IyzLjG Kilmarnock have successfully overturned the red card given to goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann in the 5-0 Scottish Cup hammering by Rangers. https://ift.tt/eA8V8J