The Champions League is beginning to get exciting after last night’s 2-0 first leg win for the Rossoneri over the mighty Barcelona in Milan.
AC Milan were unfancied in the tie but will take a decent lead to the Camp Nou and, with Barcelona’s indifferent form in the Champions League this season, you would have to expect the Italian giants to complete the job in Spain.
Barcelona were undone after an uneventful first half by two goals from former Portsmouth players Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.
The Catalans looked shell-shocked after conceding the second and frantically tried to grab an away goal but to no avail. Messi was frustrated in his attempts to spark Barcelona as the Italians gave their guests a classic lesson in defending.
The defending of AC Milan was praised by the pundits, though I do remember that Rangers were labelled as being anti football for deploying the same tactics.
The other tie played last night between Galatasaray and Schalke ended 1-1 but was memorable for a fantastic goal by Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz.
It’s good to think that there are several teams in this year’s competition who can win it – although the one team expected to might be out at this stage after the second legs are played.
David Leggat has an interesting piece today on the boardroom struggle at Ibrox.
Keith Jackson gets both barrels from Leggo for his part in the Daily Record’s ongoing anti-Rangers agenda.
My own view on the matter is that the Malcolm Murray/Charles Green saga is starting to be a PR nightmare for Rangers.
While I have no doubt that the media are agitating the situation, there is a real danger of this type of story affecting the share price and both investor and sponsor confidence. It is something that the club needs to sort out – and fast.
On the matter of investors and sponsors, I see that certain Rangers fans decided to send a message out to Mike Ashley the other night – not one I am sure the sports gear mogul will want to hear although I am sure it won’t be the first time he has heard it.
It is this type of activity that is in real danger of undermining the progress that Rangers are making after last year’s torments.
Like any big club, Rangers have a section of their support that fiercely opposes change and would drag Rangers back into the 19th century, let alone the 20th.
If the club is to develop into a formidable fighting force once more, it will need to adopt 21st century marketing policies as well as PR that combines robustly defending the club while winning friends and influencing people.
And the Rangers board must engage with the fans to have everyone singing from the same hymn sheet.
It is safe to say that Charles Green and his consortium are coming to the end of their honeymoon with the Rangers support. Many fans want more than soundbites when the club is assailed from all sides in the media.
The news that the board is divided is not comforting, even if it is a molehill made into a mountain by a hostile press.
Perception is reality in Scotland these days and, as has been proved too often, the perception does not have to have any substance in fact to do damage.
I enjoyed the Twitter feed from St Johnstone confirming the club will not be sending any DVDs to any football authority after having refereeing decisions go against them in the 1-1 draw with Celtic.
This kind of banter is good for the game.
Maybe Neil Lennon should read the Tweets from the Perth side and see how silly it makes his own antics appear.
Although it may prompt him to fire off another DVD to the SPL asking for clarification on the St Johnstone Twitter account…