Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic, on loan at Rangers made their debuts today but did have a good start to their loan, as Rangers were surprisingly beaten by Raith Rovers 2-1 in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox.
Gael Bigirimana picked up a hamstring injury in training yesterday and wasn’t available.
Haris Vuckic after scoring equalizer
It was Raith Rovers first win at Ibrox since way back in November, 1959 – 56 years ago.
Mike Ashley may be saving Rangers financially with his loans, but his very involvement is causing concern and disruption at the club, and especially with the fans.
Remie Streete had to leave the game in the first half just before half time with another injury – this time it looks like a groin strain.
It was 0-0 at the half, and then Ryan Conroy put Rovers ahead after 54 minutes, before Haris Vuckic equalized 7 minutes later, but then the winner was scored by Christian Nade with 15 minutes to go, when he took advantage of a terrible defensive mix up.
Christian Nade scores winner after 75 minutes
Bear in mind that in the two league games they have played this season, Rangers have beaten Raith 4-0 and 6-1, so this defeat is a shocker – although maybe it’s Mike Ashley plan.
The Newcastle owner puts very low priority at Newcastle on cup ties, and we went out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle in Jnauary for the fourth time in five years.
Derek Llambias, James Easdale, Barry Leach and David Somers did not attend the game today and neither was Board Chairman Sandy Easdale at the game, and that was explained by a club statement after the game:
“It is regrettable that the Board of Rangers Football Club were not in attendance at today’s important Scottish Cup tie against Raith Rovers.”
“Given the events over the past few days and after advice from the club, the decision was made not to attend the game.”
“The board has a duty of care to the fans, staff and stewards to ensure safety at the ground at all times and they believe this was the correct decision.”
Newcastle managed to get a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke today, with caretaker manager John Carver in charge, but we should have won the game 1-0, but Peter Crouch equalized in the last minute.
But considering we have been short of a striker and a center-back all season, we didn’t do too badly, although we threw 2 points away.
But once again Newcastle are getting by on what we have for the rest of the season, much like we did last season after Ashley sold Yohan Cabaye for £20M to PSG in January, and didn’t bother to replace him.
The only ambition Ashley has for Newcastle is to keep us in the big money of the Premier League, and since we were in 10th place at the end of the year – why spend money when you don’t have to?
That seems to be Mike Ashley’s mantra – keep Newcastle in the Premier League and spend as little money as possible in doing that.
It’s not good that he’s now involved with Rangers – well not for Rangers supporters anyway – or the iconic football club for that matter.
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