Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Trauma counselling in Europe

Normally, I'd be backing whoever the Old Firm are up against in the SPL or Cup competitions. But the rules change a bit for a European night, so I hope Rangers can get a win against Bursaspor of Turkey in the Champions League this evening... though I might draw the line at cheering them, especially as I will be watching the game in a pub in Edinburgh, since STV are showing Valencia -v- Manchester United.

In theory this ought to be winnable, but that might mean coming out of defending mode (which the 'Gers did very well against United), and this has undoubtedly been the Blues' undoing: they haven't won any of their last six European home games. They've scored just twice, and have not tasted victory for 13 games.

As Roddy Forsyth put it in the Telegraph this morning: "There will, of course, be team talks before tonight's Champions League meeting of Rangers and Bursaspor, but there is a case for trauma counselling, too."

No Turkish side has ever won in Scotland, though Bursaspor will be giving it a real crack, I'm sure. And Rangers are the team "who conceded four goals in successive group stage matches last season against Sevilla and Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox and who finished with the worst home record of any side in the group stage with three defeats and 10 goals against."

Could be painful viewing, whichever way it goes. 'Mon you coefficient!

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