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Pompey vs. Glasgow Rangers

Fratton

8/8/09

15:00

Pompey face Rangers

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.

Vital Quotes:

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 Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Piquionne

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.

Glasgow Rangers Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Mendes

Who else?

Match Facts & Stats

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.

Ref Watch:

Mad Jack McMad

Match Prediction:

I can't predict who will play, let alone the score!!

Next Fixtures:

Fulham in the proper stuff




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Date:Friday August 7 2009

Time: 9:32PM

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May just be the indication of far we have to go (fallen)
paultsmouth
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07/08/2009 21:34:00

I've written a letter to the Premier League and suggested that it is the best interests to take a leaf out of the Argentine League's book and suspend the start of the PL, due to the shambolic debt of the Premier league clubs. I do really think that they will take notice of my note, so this could well be the only game at Fratton for a while, so lets enjoys the spectical...And in a moment I will wake up
pentonpompey
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07/08/2009 21:44:00

pompey offering free pensions for aged footballers........................headline in tomorrows Sun................
woweepompey
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07/08/2009 22:07:00

Did you write it on the back of 20 B&H penton?
PompeyFrippy
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08/08/2009 02:20:00

Ah Paultsmouth Match Previews make it feel like the football season is upon us and a new theme for the referees too .. I'm gonna enjoy this season for that if nothing else.. Just a couple of things though Paul.. For info Pompey and Rangers have never met ever.. and who is this Pedro Mendes fella everybody is talking about .. Did he play for us once upon a time .. ?
Chix
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08/08/2009 07:56:00

he cant afford b&h he wrote it on the back of golden virgina packet. everyone excited at getting their first glimses of the new signings then. thats worth the ommission fee alone.
pompeyhussler
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08/08/2009 09:40:00

 

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