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James Smith

26-year-old football enthusiast and staunch advocate of all things gambling. Bluenose, for my sins. I have a passion for writing about football - particularly Rangers. My time is spent in London and Glasgow.

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Rangers FC: Share issue announcement not indicative of Steven Gerrard's budget
14:00 Wednesday 9th May 2018

Rangers chairman Dave King declared his intention to raise £6 million via a share issue over the coming weeks. That figure was then construed as the club’s entire summer transfer budget by some sections of the media. Paul Murray…

Glasgow Rangers: a club suffering perpetual adversity?
13:00 Wednesday 18th April 2018

It’s been suggested for weeks but now there can be no doubt - Glasgow Rangers are a club in crisis. Forget the Old Firm drubbing at the weekend. Sadly for Gers fans, that’s almost par for the course these days. Each of Rangers’…

Why is opinion so split on Rangers' Josh Windass?
09:00 Tuesday 3rd April 2018

As we leave Easter behind, no player in the Scottish Premier League has been directly involved in more goals than Rangers' Josh Windass. He has scored 12 and assisted on six in league play.  Windass joined Rangers to begin the 2016/17…

Could Steve Clarke be the man to turn the tide at Ibrox?
10:00 Monday 26th March 2018

When the curtain comes down on another Scottish Premiership season in May, expectation is Rangers and Graeme Murty will part ways. The 43-year-old has done his best in testing circumstances but a brief revival between New Year and…

Why can't Joey Barton just admit he failed at Rangers?
09:00 Tuesday 20th March 2018

When Joey Barton signed for Rangers on a two-year deal in 2016, it’s fair to say the vast majority of supporters were anticipating big things. Newly promoted and transformed under then-gaffer Mark Warburton, Barton's acquisition signalled…

Is Graeme Murty the right man to take Rangers forward?
09:00 Monday 19th March 2018

The question has been pondered for the campaign's duration following Pedro Caixinha’s dismissal. Ebbs and flows in results sway the argument one way then the other. Rangers’ latest defeat at home to Kilmarnock…

Alfredo Morelos: an enigma, or simply underrated?
17:00 Tuesday 13th March 2018

The second highest scorer in the SPL, the subject of a mega-money bid from China and one of the key lynchpins in a drastically improved Rangers side. Yet despite the above, there appears to be a disproportionately large amount of criticism…

Could next week’s Old Firm be a turning point for Rangers?
20:00 Monday 5th March 2018

With the exception of the Scottish FA Cup semi-final in 2016, Rangers fans haven’t had much to shout about as far as their recent fixtures against Celtic are concerned. A battling scoreless draw just before the New Year represented a…

Has Ernesto Valverde gotten the credit he deserves?
21:00 Wednesday 28th February 2018

Sitting top of La Liga after 25 games having safely secured their passage into the Copa del Rey final, there is little doubt that Barcelona have had a fantastic season thus far. Nothing new there, some might say. The Catalan giants also go…

Can Harry Kane really be deemed world-class?
10:00 Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Used with growing frequency, the true meaning of world-class is being diluted with each and every careless reference. OED defines the phrase as "a person, thing or activity of or among the best in the world." In that context, how compelling…

Is the criticism of Pedro Caixinha justified?
13:00 Wednesday 17th May 2017

When Rangers boss Mark Warburton departed Ibrox in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in February, speculation about who would be the potential replacement was rife. Various names were mooted, including former Rangers favourites Alex McLeish…

Will Kenny Miller become the first casualty of Caixinha’s Ibrox reign?
13:30 Tuesday 25th April 2017

Having endured a bitterly disappointing return to the Scottish top flight following a four-year absence, there is little doubt that things need to change at Glasgow Rangers – not least some of the personnel. The departure of various players…

Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish ‘had doubts’ about returning in March
13:00 Wednesday 19th April 2017

When Mark Warburton left Rangers under somewhat strange circumstances in February, the Glasgow club was left to scour for a suitable replacement. Several names appeared on the subsequent shortlist, including the man who guided Rangers to seven…

Is Rangers prodigy Barrie McKay set to depart Ibrox?
12:00 Tuesday 18th April 2017

What a difference a year can make – particularly in football. Just twelve months ago, a 21-year-old Barrie McKay helped Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park. The diminutive winger lashed home a screamer before…

Could Celtic really cement a top six place in the English Premier League?
18:00 Wednesday 5th April 2017

Having witnessed his team emphatically seal the Scottish Premiership title at Tynecastle last weekend, Celtic gaffer Brendan Rodgers was quick to suggest the Hoops would cause ripples in the English top flight if the opportunity presented itself. The…