Rangers Lose Again As Thousands Protest Before The Game

Rangers were well beaten by Hibs last night 2-0 at Ibrox and the Edinburgh club went above them in the Scottish Championship into second position.

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Haris Vuckic – played 77 minutes last night

And there was only one Newcastle player playing – Haris Vuckic – and he was replaced after 77 minutes.

The other Newcastle players on loan north of the border  are suffering from what has been a  malaise at Newcastle this season – injuries – and Remie Streete, Kevin Mbabu, Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana are all out injured at the moment.

Goals from Robertson after 19 minutes and Stevenson after 82 minutes were enough to give Hibernian their third win over Rangers this season.

And there were protests before the game against the Rangers Board, as thousands of fans amassed at the front doors, and they want rid of Sandy and James Easdale and also the controversial Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

The protests continued inside the ground when the game started, with chants of “sack the board” .

The Rangers fans want to get rid of the Board who have accepted controversial loans from Mike Ashley to keep them financially afloat through the end of the season.

But the conditions of the loans reached with the English Billionaire are such that Ashley has taken full control of the club, even though he owns less than 9% of the shares.

Proof of Ashley’s control was seen lately when he shipped five Newcastle youngsters north of the border on loan on the last day of the January transfer window, and told the Rangers manager Kenny McDowall he must play them.

There is an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th, and there will be a vote of the shareholders at that to determine the club’s future – and the fans want different people in charge of the iconic club’s future.

Rangers are now 3rd in the league with 41 points from 21 games, and they need to finish in  the top four to qualify for the play-offs.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed clubs in the Championship participate in a play-off that includes the second bottom team in the Scottish Premier League, to decide which club goes into the top division in Scotland.

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128 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1


    Pardew’s won more cup ties (albeit two) in his six weeks at Crystal Palace than he did over the four years with us.

    What a damning indictment of Ashley’s ambition for Newcastle United!


    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Rangers is a mess has been for sometime Ashley will sort it out but he will suck the soul out of the club, is that a trade off they can accept? Personally not bothered tbh just hope our lads play often enough to improve

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    3one fine day // Feb 14, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Sing in the corner
    Agree it’s time to let it go with pards .
    I think now that first game ,seeing him in the other dugout is out the way we can all move on.
    It’s like seeing your ex again with a new lad and thinking she looks good n happy and for a minute you forget she was a miserable cow and was equally as miserable after lights out.
    Ok at the moment we are hooked up with a lass we found on the night bus but things will always look better in the summer when we get into some euros@@@tch(to quote Sid the sexist) I’ve heard them Europeans are up for anything and after a few weeks with them the silver haired one will be a distant memory .august cannot come quickly enough:)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Are we affiliate with Rangers or what’s going on this blog?

    …there are so many articles devoted to either Rangers, the Fat one’s other activities or even ex-players;

    …beginning to be a bit of a sad read coming on here!

  • beermonkey

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5


    not exactly anything going on with the club so not a lot to write about

    its fa cup weekend we would rather our players had a week off and some warm weather training than take part in it don’t know why the club even bother to enter

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    As sad as it seems some of what is happening up there is relevant due to our salad dodging supremo being the common denominator.
    So far the rangers fans are indeed having the approach we should have had 7 years ago .
    Granted ,unlike us they do have a heads up now of his true goals

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7


    I was in bed last night when you replied.

    Your right it does seem where about to lose a lot of senior or expirienced players, quite a few in last year of contract and a few who want away. The start of next season isn’t something I’m anticipating with excitement, scared if anything.

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    one fine day

    you make a good point, it’s true 7 years ago we had no idea the fat ones true intentions, we we’re promised the arsenal model and then got relegated and rest you know

  • beermonkey

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9


    no worries I went to bed just after I replied

    I cant see the club buying enough players as it seems we can only spend after we have sold

    so were going to looking at the reserves again to fill in the holes left defence is in a dire state at the moment and we need to get good and or satka on the pitch sooner rather than later
    both have played full back so need to get a bit sub time in those positions as there easier to sub then central def

    does any1 know if the training ground and academy improvements have started yet

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Midweek weekend,
    Hide sight is a wonderful thing .
    A shame he chose us as his first victim.
    The fact the deals were being done with shepherd in a hospital bed should have set alarm bells ringing

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    and that’s another thing in them 7 years we haven’t achieved nothing, seeing pardew progress in the cups with palace tells us that newcastle united goal is,

    1. midtable prem survival at all costs
    2. absolutely no priority on cup competitions if they threaten point 1
    3. and this one is the most baffling don’t finish too high in the league and qualify for European football, which will threaten point one
    4. any and all players bought, have been bought in the hope they can be sold for a silly profit
    5. lie to the fans about all the above points and pretend we are a normal ambitious football club.

    i’ve probably missed some points out but it’s quite depressing in 7 years mike ashley has taken us nowhere, give him another 7 years we’ll still be 10th at best, i know it’s careful what you wish for and all that but our only salvation is a billionaire coming and saving us which is highly unlikely anyway.

    it’s grim we’ve gone nowhere and we’re going nowhere just what is the point.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12


  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    You do realise you have listed, in points one to five, the full KPI as featured in the coaches contract?

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Problem is every time we see anew mammoth. Deal with TV rights announced it reduces the possibility of fatty doing one

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 14, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15


    I live quite close and go past a couple of times a week, I haven’t noticed any construction equipment or workers around yet. No site signs either.

    It’s not looking good, we lost 13 last year with kids making up most of the gaps, I’m not sure the squad could cope with a repeat of that this year.

  • midweek weekend

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah real shame this whole tv deal business, i bet fatty is just rubbing his hands together, but then again he wants rangers, but doesn’t look like they will go up this season so might delay everything by atleast one year.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17


    while I don’t think Ashley is going anywhere

    it is odd that the work has not been started as it was part of the deal that got us the cat1 status on the academy
    the cash is there to build it and the planning granted

    if he holds of building it and profit already in the club there must be the best part of 50 mill floating this years will bring another 50-60 maybe more as we have some more commercial deals

    that’s most of his loans paid back then sell the club for 300mll but I think its wishfull thinking and dreaming

    stitching the new owner with thread bare squad and no manager and 20mill worth of improvements that have to be done

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Wasn’t getting the academy upgraded meant to be funded by wonga as the sweetener to us getting into bed with loan sharks ?
    Funny .. Every time I type wonga it auto corrects to wrong ,how profound

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Same thoughts beer

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    What makes zero sense to me is why he wants rangers
    Even if. He got control and they got into the spl and then into the C.L. The revenues. gained would still be less than that what a tenth placed team in the premier league would make and C.L stadium advertising would prevent him putting sports defect on everything for those games.
    If he want shirt advertising why did he not just stick it on our shirts for free in the same way he has done with every other part of the stadium .

  • beermonkey

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #21

    one fine day

    1.5mill from Wonga was for the academy I think they mentioned an academy player a season as well I think but not sure

  • lesh

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #22


    We enter the FA Cup because we’re obliged to.


    Given that Ashley’s got the finances in order, we don’t necessarily need a billionaire to buy the Club.

    Yes, we need someone (an individual, a consortium or a company) with the resources to lay out the cash to buy Ashley out but after that, we need a top-drawer business brain with the ambition to run the Club successfully and turn in a profit to maintain the self-sufficiency model. That person would exploit all avenues to maximise revenue including commercial revenue such as advertising and sponsorship rather than relying on a turnover of players sold to finance new players.

    It’s not rocket science but a love of football plus business nous would be a good starter for any buyer.

    On another note – given the greatly inflated revenues from broadcasting, spectators at televised matches would be extras (as in films). Would that mean that those attending matches should be paid the going rate for doing so?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    one fine day …I think the problem I have here is that I cannot see one bit how what he is doing up there affects us?

    …maybe you could elaborate on that?

    beer…I know the news are running slow and even those news that are here are not very inspiring but still…

  • Bri

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #24

    If i were the likes of Carr i would bugger off from Newcastle. How anyone can work for this regime is beyond me, it must be demoralizing.

  • geordie157

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    On the centre back subject, with little to play for I don’t see why we can’t just start Satka alongside Colo.

    McNair was thrown in for Man Utd, yes he made mistakes but he learnt quickly from them.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #26


    apart from the odd player coming back from injury I cant see any good news for a while

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #27

    beer…it’s going to be a quiet springtime…probably summer as well!

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 14, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #28

    The way I see things is eventually the EPL will go pop, the tv deals can’t be sustained and people are already questioning the current deals.

    It happened in Italy the richest league in the world at the time went pop no money and they’ve suffered ever since.

    The only way I see Ashley leaving is if he’s taken this into account and realises the tv deal may be very short lived, he’s maybe thinking about lining his pockets and jumping ship before the EPL sinks.

    Just a thought and the only explanation that fits what’s going down at our club ATM IMO, as I can’t see him leaving if profit margins are as big as they are ATM.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #29

    We currently have 5 players up there which we are more than likely funding 100%
    We have to assume that if Ashley gets full control of rangers then it will clearly affect his plans for us and as we support a club who speak to the press less that North Korea then it’s all assumptions at this stage.
    I look at it in a corporate sense in that we are now simply a branch of sports direct (how the f@@k did we get here?) as are rangers .
    As a new branch rangers maybe need capital in ejected to get them up and running and back into profit.
    To do this sometimes cuts are made at other branches to allow this .
    You see where I’ m going ?
    Uefa have stated that until we are competing in same comp ,most likely Europa league then no rules are broken in their view .
    And Brown ideye has just notched for west brom ,weren’t we
    “tracking “him?

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Op I think you are spot on.

    It’ll come to a point where the value will disappear and as foreign leagues get stronger, the power of epl abroad will decline.

    In the short term it will inflate prices so newcastle will be no richer than currently when you think about purchasing power.

    Transfer fees will rise astronomically and wages will too.

    Soon clubs will be stuck paying over the odds to players that will not want to move on and take massive pay cuts.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Agree on that I remember Dover decent British player going to Italy be four it went to shit over there.
    I think that why most of us on here at least want a coach brought in who will over see a good academy first and foremost ala ajax .
    As I think unlike those running things have zero vision.
    It makes our next coach choice the most important in our history as what he does can lay the foundations for us for when the cash cow of premier league inevertibley runs dry .
    Hopefully as a sel sufficient club with a great youth set up we will be well placed without the need for Russians or Arabs
    All it takes is abramovich to get bored and sell up to another Ashley or hedge fund and watch chelsea return to their rightful place

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #32

    one fine day…Ashely owns Newcastle and wants us to be self-sufficient (we are and we have the money to spend…why he doesn’t want to spend I am not sure off).

    What ever happens up there doesn’t affect our finances, it doesn’t affect our PL status or our ability to compete in Europe (unless Rangers suddenly qualify for Europe).

    Non of these scenarios are likely any time soon. So we have five players up there – I suppose if Ed wants to keep us updated on them that’s it fine, but I think Ed’s in a grey area here with all his posting about non Newcastle related stuff.

    Hence my earlier post (I know this will invite certain comment from certain posters…)

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Dover… Every

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #34

    *sure of

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #35

    watched the AZ-PSV game last night and was surprised to see an advert for sports direct claiming to be official supplier eredvise looks like ashley will pay the dutch but not newcastle,luuk de jong scored a hat trick

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    When you have a bully in the schoolyard you hope he one day picks on the wrong kid?
    We’ll in rangers he has definitely done that and my hope is he gets a good twatting in front of everyone.
    Trust me messing with people in that city is like owning a nice cream van in Palermo .
    Rangers fans I think makes at our nastiest seem like Mary poppins:)

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #37

    We are/ will be self sufficient under ash. But not for the reasons we wish for.
    We want it to progress and compete
    Ash wants us self sufficient so he has to put nothing in and yet produce a steady stream of talent to sell on and enhance other teams
    There lies the difference in thinking in what we want and the portly one sees as our/ his future

  • toon kk

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Watching WBA vs WHU,WBA 2-0 up there in a different league to us, you don’t realise just how poor we are.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes WBA are playing some nice stuff on the deck too under….. Pullis too noble having a mare

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    one fine day…All I was fed up with was all this reporting on Rangers (on a NUFC blog), Ashley’s other activities (which I don’t care about – I don’t even care about him to be honest) and all these ex-players I have to read about on here…

    …it just makes it a bit hard at times coming on here!


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