Date:Friday August 7 2009
Pompey will test a stern test tomorrow against one of the 2 giants of Scottish football.
Rangers have been in a similar position as Pompey this transfer window, although they have been able to hang onto players, they haven't made a worthwhile signing since last summer when Pedro Mendes made the trip North of the border.
Rangers clinched the Scottish championship last term after a period of Celtic dominance, and the blue side of Glasgow will be looking to build on last years success.
Pompey have had another week of turmoil, first was the 'leaked' e-mail reply, then Pompey issuing a statement, quickly replied by one from Al Fahim. This was all compounded by the thrashing by Benfica after Guimares exposed Pompey's frailties.
At the end of the day though, Pompey are back where they found themselves, rudderless and in limbo, hemorrhaging players and trying out trialists.
Still the football season waits for no man, and 7 days before the big kick-off we will see what shape our side is in, and in doing so welcome back Pedro Mendes to Fratton, he will now stand testament to what we once had at Fratton, the team may crumble away like an old Aztec empire, but still we will come.
Pompey may well give at least 45 minutes to new signing Antti Niemi, once of course of Rangers, and once of course of a team from up the road, but we will forgive that misdiscretion for now!
of our trialists, M'Bami has been released along with Moutaouakil, while Bopp and Pancrate are kept on for further observation.
Nugent looks to have used up the last of his nine lives as a Pompey player and has probably been seen in the blue of Pompey for the last time, while new man Piquionne will be out to show that his time at Lyon was a blip, and hopefully shove the currant bun's words down their throat as well.
Unknown quantity as far as us fans are aware, I'm expecting a 'Benjani' type of player, hopefully the one we sold and not the cow's arse with a banjo one we thought we had signed originally!
One thing Piquionne will learn though, if he puts in a shift the fans will love him.
Rangers have had a busier pre-season than ourselves, playing both Arsenal and Man city of late, they have won one and lost one against Premierhip opposition so far, and next up is Pompey, the bookies supposed whipping boys next year!
One man absent will be Nacho Novo who has damaged a shoulder in training.
Walter Smith has indicated a few first teamers will be rested, but will still want to field a competitive side.
Not aware of any previous between us, seem to recall a defeat a few years back against Celtic in a pre-season game in what may of been our promotion season.
Mad Jack McMad
I can't predict who will play, let alone the score!!
Fulham in the proper stuff
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Date:Friday August 7 2009
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