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Rangers, league winners of the Scottish Premiership for the first time in ten years after a tumultuous ride through liquidation, re-establishment, and promotion from the fourth tier of Scottish football, are back in the UEFA Champions League for the 2021/2022 season. Steven Gerrard’s men thoroughly deserve to be where they are. Their domestic exploits over the last couple of seasons have shown they are difficult to beat and productive going forward. However, unlike Celtic in recent years, they have displayed an effectiveness in their continental efforts too: achieving back-to-back quarter-final appearances in the Europa League, losing to Bayer Leverkusen in 2019/2020 and then to Slavia Prague. The Gers are a hardworking, underdog team. They can win ugly and win well. Everything the club have done to build a squad for Gerrard to coach and maximise the performances of has led to this chance to make it to the UEFA Champions League proper. What are their chances?
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In recent weeks, we’ve seen the demonisation of Rangers supporters - barely caveated with ‘a small sections of’ - by prominent politicians. Anti-Catholic and Anti-Irish bigotry. It seems like a fool’s errand to try and bring logic to a situation like this, because we live in an era of culture wars across the Western world where rationality is no longer the common ground. It is entirely about power. I won’t waste your time giving you a history of the academic roots of this - it stems from claims that don’t have zero merit, but do not stand up to scrutiny. The point for us is that Scotland is not immensely diverse. The intersectional activism that we see here happens at the juncture of Catholicism and Palestine. The analogies drawn between anti-Catholicism and racism by our prominent leaders are prima facie ridiculous. You don’t die in the culture you were born. Sometimes your culture is something you have to overcome. Religion is a choice, not an arbitrary characteristic like skin pigment. Every choice a person makes is one for which they can be realistically held responsible, and it’s acceptable in any free democratic society to disagree with the choices people make. And let’s be honest here - as people more eloquent than me argued, like Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens in the IQ Squared debate - that Catholicism is not a nice religion.
There’s a basic rule of thumb that wherever competition exists then you have to put effort in to just stand still, to keep your place. To stay ahead you have to adapt, react and put the work in, put more and better work in than those you’re competing against. As soon as you ease off then others will step up and take your place - especially when that place is at the top of the pile.
- 31 July 2021
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Ibrox Stadium is a football stadium located on the south side of the River Clyde, on Edmiston Drive in the Ibrox district of Glasgow. It is the home ground of Scottish Premier League club Rangers and has an all-seated capacity of 51,082. Ibrox is presently the third largest football stadium in Scotland and tenth largest stadium in the United Kingdom. You can view a full gallery of stadium images below this article.
From every corner of the world have come visitors to Ibrox Stadium, eager to see the home of The Rangers Football Club. Every week during the season you will find a constant stream of people from every walk of life on the weekly pilgrimage. And when their tour of inspection is over, you will, I have no doubt, hear them say: "It is truly a wonderful stadium - and wasn't the Trophy Room just terrific."