For the fourth time in az many weeks we crossed 'Hadrians breeze blocks' and heeded ower the England/Scotland border, this time for west Glasgow!
Yet again 'super sub Shola' saved the day for 'The Toon' who sported their usual black n white shirts and black shorts, but strangely wore aall blue socks? against "The Billy Boys of Glasgey"
Aroond aboot 1,500 Toon fans filled 'The Govan Stand Corner' bit, with wot looked like 30,000 or so Rangers fans in the rest of the groond.
The Scottish 2nd Division side (just renamed Division 1?) took the lead in the 5th minute when a very dodgy penalty waz awarded against 'Fab' Coloccini who waz adjudged to have upended Nicky Clark in the box and Lee McCulloch stepped up to take it, beatin' Tim Krul in the Toon goal!
'The Toon', with a full strength team pressed for the equaliser at 'The Copeland Road End', but were unable to break doon the home sides defence and we went in 'one doon' at the interval.
The 2nd half waz dire from wor point of view with 'The Billy Boys' gannin close on several occasions to double their lead.
It wasn't until the desperate introduction of Shola Ameobi in the 73rd minute , replacin' an ineffective Cisse that things changed.
Aall of a sudden a string of corners came wor way and then deep into injury time with the Rangers fans singin': "Premier League---your havin' a laff!", up stepped 'wor saviour' for the fourth time in pre season to stab the baall home from a through pass from hiz bruvva Sammy (who waz anothaa 'super sub'!) to save wor blushes! < (and silence 'The Billy Boys'!)
Most worryin' of aall waz the fact that (az mentioned) we had a full strength team at the start, while lowly Rangers had several trialists in their side!
'The Grand Tour of Scotland' waz ower---for this season at least!
Anothaa lang hard season looks on the cards for certain! < ("Pass the heedache tablets, pleeeze!")
Toon team: Krul (Elliot 46), Santon (Dummett 63), Coloccini (Yanga 73), Steve Taylor , Sissoko (Marveaux 63), Tiote (Anita 73), Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 80), Cabaye (Gosling 80), Cisse (Shola Ameobi 73), Ben Arfa (Gouffran 46)
Attendance: 30,000 plus (1,500 Toon fans)
|"THE PRE MATCH 'GARGELS' BAR!"|
(A 'CELTIC BAR' NOT FAR FROM IBROX,
WHICH WAZ THREE QWAATAAZ EMPTY!)