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GLASGOW, Scotland 24/06/04 -- RANGERS to relocate.

Officials of Rangers FC report plans to move the club to the Isle of Bute. More to follow...

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GLASGOW, Scotland 24/06/04 -- RANGERS to relocate.

Officials of Rangers FC report plans to move the club to the Isle of Bute. More to follow...

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ROTHESAY, Scotland 24/06/04 -- 18.06 -- RANGERS relocation approved by SPL.

Scottish Premier League sources confirm that Rangers FC have been given permission to move to a new ground at Rothesay, Isle of Bute.

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ROTHESAY, Scotland 24/06/04 -- 18.04 -- CONSTRUCTION work commences.

Ground was broken today on a new ground for Rangers FC, who are rumoured to be rebranding as Rothesay Rangers, at Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Reports suggest that £100,000,000.00 has been provided by the Chairman, David Murray, to ensure the project, a 43,000 all-seater venue, is in place for the start of the season in August. News of the proposed capacity at that time is unclear, though it is belived only one stand will be available for some time.

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Daily Record Exclusive, 30th June, 2004

...Sources at the relocated club suggest that creditors are not pleased with the move and with Chairman David Murray demanding that his £100,000,000.00 investment be repaid within two years, the financial position facing new boss Rob Scarlett is not one many would envy.

The bottom line is that players on high wages or with any kind of sale value are likely to be shopped around almost immediately, and Scarlett will be left with the dregs of a staff to make his impact. All the staff at the club were asked to resign, though many refused and will now be paid whilst on effectual gardening leave. The club is in a poor state and needs to make an impact on the pitch if respectablility is to be restored.

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Rothesay Rangers v HJK Helsinki

UEFA Champions League, 2nd Qualifying Round

With a number of high profile departures prior to the first competitive test of the season and most of the arrivals, low key as they were, ineligible the Champions League qualifier looked set to provide a stiff test for Scarlett and his boys.

Jari Tuominen opened the scoring for the visitors after about twenty minutes, but new signing, player/coach Emmanuel Petit levelled matters before the interval.

The second half saw Rothesay in the ascendency, but new boy David Clarkson, a £500,000 capture from Motherwell, spurned a couple of good chances and Hamed Namouchi was narrowly over from twenty yards. Ross McCormack, a substitute for the exhausted Clarkson, fired over from 30 yards as time seemed set to run out, but the tale of the game was the goalkeeping performance of Aki Tuominen for HJK.

That it took a near flawless performance in goals to deny Rothesay a first leg advantage was encouraging for Scarlett, but it would be for nothing if progress could not be secured when he took his side to Finland for the return leg.

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Celtic Shocker as Superstar Joins Rangers

It was hard to keep the grin from Rothesay Rangers' boss Rob Scarlett at a press conference yesterday as he announced the £3,500,000 capture of youngster Aiden McGeady from rivals Celtic.

Scarlett was in high spirits as he explained to the confused media analysts that the deal was funded by a number of high profile sales and was "well within our budget for this year".

It is thought that Rangers have just 24 months to repay almost £150,000,000 to various creditors, primarily the Chairman, David Murray. Many will question Scarlett's reasoning, but it was hard not to spare a smile for a man who will doubtless have harder days to come before too long.

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HJK Helsinki v Rothesay Rangers

UEFA Champions League, 2nd Qualifying Round[/b]

Twenty minutes into this all important game and Rob Scarlett would've been pulling his hair out, if he had any. Marko Kalenga, for all his inexperience, made an unforgivable challenge and the resulting red card looked set to send Rangers crashing out of the competition.

With eight minutes of the game remaining the Finns scored a goal, against the emphatic run of play, that meant a Rangers strike would provide only extra time, not victory, but as effort after effort failed to find the net it mattered little.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on another game dominated by goalkeepers, and brought the curtain down on a major potential source of income for Rothesay. Scarlett was not so jovial after the match, and it is no wonder with his players letting him down on the big stage. Marko Kalenga will have a much lighter pay packet this week and it will be well deserved.

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The Outs

Fernando Ricksen (£1,500,000 - Besiktas)

Stephen Hughes (£925,000 - West Brom)

Zurab Khizanishvili (£1,100,000 - Osasuna)

Alex Rae (£40,000 - West Brom)

Robert Malcolm (£220,000 - Aston Villa)

Jean-Alain Boumsong (£2,000,000 - Nantes)

Maurice Ross (£190,000 - Reading)

Stefan Klos (£2,100,000 - KR)

Craig Moore (£600,000 - West Brom)

Paolo Vanoli (Free - Dundee)

Steven Thompson (£925,000 - Sunderland)

Marvin Andrews (Free - Osasuna)

Michael Ball (£100,000 - Bolton)

Dragan Mladenovic (£500,000 - Bordeaux)

Nacho Novo (£1,000,000 - Córdoba)

Dado Prso (£500,000 - St. Etienne)

Also Available

Gavin Rae

Peter Løvenkrands

Shota Arveladze

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The Ins

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Emmanuel Petit Unattached, Free

Chris Templeman Brechin, £8000

Bojan Djordjic Man Utd, £500,000

Derek Soutar Dundee, £35,000

John Stark Morton, £1000

Garry O'Connor Hibs, £500,000

Craig Conway Ayr, £2000

Stewart Devine Stirling, £2000

Richie Hart Inverness, £7000

Derek Riordan Hibs, £500,000

Stewart Kean Ayr, £10,000

William Kinniburgh Motherwell, £250,000

David Clarkson Motherwell, £500,000

Stewart Greacen Morton, £24,000

Barry Smith Dundee, £75,000

Peter Weatherson Morton, £10,000

Mark Brown Inverness, £130,000

Andy Lawrie Falkirk, £14,000

Aiden McGeady Celtic, £3,500,000

Barry Sellars Forfar, £9000

Kris Boyd Kilmarnock, £275,000

Robbie Neilson Hearts, £9000

Also Targetted

Craig Nelson St Johnstone - Transfer arranged for 1/1/05

Kevin Byers Brechin

Gary Caldwell Hibs

Andy Webster & Craig Gordon Hearts

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August

With the unfortunate Champions League exit in his back pocket, Scarlett really could have done without an apalling start to his league campaign that saw two points dropped at home to Motherwell and all three in the second league game to be held at Rothesay Park against Dundee as a pair of penalties handed the visitors a 2-1 win.

A trip to Inverness should've yielded the first three-point haul of the season, but the home team were determined and took a deserved nineteenth minute lead. It was a lead that held till full time and now Rothesay Rangers were on the rocks.

The panic addition of Alexander Mostovoi on a big, short-term, deal was a major gamble, but on his debut at Livingston the veteran Russian midfielder was impressive. A dominant Rangers performance ensued, but wayward shooting from Riordan and ultimately Clarkson led to a 0-0 draw. Winless from four and this was not the start the doctor ordered.

7 August 2004 Rothesay 1-1 Motherwell

15 August 2004 Rothesay 1-2 Dundee

21 August 2004 Inverness 1-0 Rothesay

28 August 2004 Livingston 0-0 Rothesay

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September

More cash was invested in Cote D'Ivoire international Guy Demel of Dortmund and Brechin's Kevin Byers as the transfer deadline arrived, though the outstanding performances of Barry Sellars maybe made directing funds to the midfield a little unnecessary.

Hibs travelled to the island to open September with most pundits anticipating Scarlett's side would break their duck at long last. They didn't as the game ended 0-0, but back to back clean sheets was promising. Perhaps.

As illness swept the squad Scarlett tried desperately to rally his troops. Chris Templeman was called in for his debut up front, with former Forfar duo Kevin Byers and Barry Sellars starting in the heart of the midfield at Tannadice. The home side took advantage early on with Andy McLaren ending the long run without losing a goal, but the even longer run without scoring also ended as goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld put the ball in his own net before the interval. The 1-1 tie though postponed for another week the inevitable first victory for the relocated side.

Peter Weatherson was next to get the nod in attack as Dunfermline travelled to Bute off the back of a win over Celtic. Guy Demel opened his Rothesay account after 23 minutes as the first lead of the season was finally established in the ninth match. Only an offside flag denied Weatherson in the second period, but he wasn't to be denied and made it 2-0 with twenty minutes to play. The victory moved Rothesay up to eighth place and that was the direction they hoped to keep moving.

11 September 2004 Rothesay 0-0 Hibs

18 September 2004 Dundee United 1-1 Rothesay

25 September 2004 Rothesay 2-0 Dunfermline

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October

A trip to Rugby Park isn't the ideal choice when you're looking to build on a victory, but Scarlett had no choice in the matter, so he set to work preparing his team for the fixture. A goalless first 80 minutes saw former Killie star Kris Boyd introduced, but he couldn't find the net and the game ended 0-0.

Three games in six days offered a chance to end the month on a high. First up was the Old Firm match, the first ever to be staged on the Isle of Bute. Celtic sat 12 points ahead of Rangers at kick off, having played a game more, so victory for Scarlett's boys would see the gap potentially reduced to six.

A missed Sutton penalty after 13 minutes was a huge break for Rangers, but early int he second half some poor defending allowed Didier Agathe to score, before an horrendous back pass handed Henri Camara the easiest goal of his career two minutes later. Even the most optimistic Rangers fan could not honestly predict title glory this season. On the positive side it had been a close game, but close wasn't good enough for anyone involved with this club.

Hearts away is never an easy fixture, and now less than ever. Neil Janczyk rejected a contract offer from Rangers in the week before the game and opened the scoring once the players took to the field. Two second half penalties from Pressley sealed the points and some deep thinking awaited Scarlett now. A 1-1 draw at Aberdeen provided no relief.

2 October 2004 Kilmarnock 0-0 Rothesay

24 October 2004 Rothesay 0-2 Celtic

27 October 2004 Hearts 3-0 Rothesay

30 October 2004 Aberdeen 1-1 Rothesay

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November

Another trip to Kilmarnock, this time on League Cup duty, and another early defecit, a Gary Wales penalty separating the sides at the interval. David Clarkson tied things up after the break though and it looked like Rangers were the stronger side as the match wore on. Mostovoi in midfield was pulling all the strings, but extra time beckoned. Killie scored with the last kick of the match and the League Cup run was over.

Alexander Mostovoi was raging in the week and hit back the following match day at Dundee. The Russian hit six in a sensational display as a switch of tactics seemed to work wonders for Scarlett, deploying two strikers for the first time this season. Derek Riordan helped himself to a double and David Clarkson also scored in a nine goal rout.

The visit of Inverness saw Riordan and Mostovoi continue their fine form, opening a three goal lead which a Greacen header made four by the interval. With Boyd and McGeady replacing Riordan and Mostovoi the second half was somewhat tamer, with no further scoring. The brief rally had lifted Rangers into the top 6 though and Scarlett was again his gregarious self in the post-match press conferences.

The month ended with a trip to Motherwell and Scarlett was keen to build on the impressive recent run. Alexander Mostovoi again opened the scoring, spotting Gordon Marshall off his line and lofting the ball home from closer to halfway than the box, before Riordan remarkably repeated the trick. The Russian completed his hat-trick before the break as Scarlett reflected on money well invested. Motherwell pulled one back after the break but the result was never in doubt.

3 November 2004 Kilmarnock 2-1 Rothesay aet

7 November 2004 Dundee 0-9 Rothesay

20 November 2004 Rothesay 4-0 Inverness

27 November 2004 Motherwell 1-4 Rothesay

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December

Initial scans suggested a back strain picked up by Alexander Mostovoi getting out of his car would keep him out for three months, but he has responded well to some intensive physio treatment and he's expected back within the month.

First game of Advent comes at home to Livingston and it was marked by Hamed Namouchi's first league goal of the season. The second half almost brought his second but for a wonderful Colin Meldrum save. He lost his hero status minutes later though as he spilled a through ball at the feet of Derek Riordan who scored with ease. An injury to David Clarkson was a concern as was a knock picked up by McGeady, but the match was won.

Dundee United caught the 11.45 from Wemyss Bay and were in town in plenty of time for kick off as we got back to action. Twenty three seconds into the game they must've wished they hadn't as David Clarkson scored from inside the box. Derek Riordan added a second midway through the first period and the loss of Mostovoi and McGeady wasn't being felt quite so keenly. The game ended 2-0 with the only sour note a concussion picked up by Chris Templeman as time expired.

Sitting in third place was no mean feat given the start to the season, but it was still two places lower than was acceptable. Visits to Hibs and Dunfermline remained and both were winnable.

Edinburgh was fairly welcoming as December days go, no precipitation, not too cold and Derek Riordan took advantage to hand Rothesay a one goal lead over his former side. David Clarkson nodded a second at the near post midway through the opening stanza and the game seemed won. Each striker helped himself to a second before the break as Hibs were left reeling. Boyd, O'Connor and McGeady replaced Clarkson, Riordan and Namouchi early in the second half, but it was Hibs who struck next, Scott Brown on target before Fletcher cut the defecit to two. Garry O'Connor though sealed the win over his old team with a late strike and only a late injury to Boyd soured the afternoon.

Dunfermline were the first side to lose to Rothesay and with Mostovoi back Rangers were out to double their misery. Riordan and the Russian got their double act back on track with first half goals, though Scarlett withdrew Mostovoi at the break to rest his injured back. Riordan wasn't done though, completing his hattrick with two second half strikes, four nothing the final.

4 December 2004 Rothesay 2-0 Livingston

11 December 2004 Rothesay 2-0 Dundee United

18 December 2004 Hibs 2-5 Rothesay

26 December 2004 Dunfermline 0-4 Rothesay

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SPL Table 31 December 2004

<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre"> P W D L F A Gd Pts

1 Celtic 18 12 4 2 37 17 +20 40

2 Hearts 18 11 3 4 32 16 +16 36

3 Rothesay 18 8 6 4 36 14 +22 30

4 Aberdeen 18 6 8 4 26 22 +4 26

5 Hibs 18 7 4 7 28 27 +1 25

6 Dundee U 18 6 6 6 20 20 0 24

7 Dunfermline 18 7 2 9 21 27 -6 23

8 Motherwell 18 4 10 4 23 27 -4 22

9 Kilmarnock 18 6 4 8 21 26 -5 22

10 Dundee 18 5 5 8 20 34 -14 20

11 Inverness 18 3 5 10 13 24 -11 14

12 Livingston 18 4 1 13 7 30 -23 13</pre>

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Administrators called in as Rangers' debt spirals out of control

Administrators KPMG were this week called in to Rothesay Rangers as debt and loan repayments threatened to take hold of the resurgent club.

The level of debt is estimated at over £20,000,000 and with almost £2,000,000 going to loan repayments per month it is clear that something had to be done.

The administrators moved quickly, sacking midfielder Alexander Mostovoi, releasing a statement which read:

"Rothesay's administrators have terminated the contract of Alexander Mostovoi with immediate effect.

The club's board have indicated their regret at this action but added that cutting the weekly wage bill is vital if the club is to stay afloat."

Manager Rob Scarlett is reported to be furious, but it is unclear whether he is considering leaving the club at this time or if he is prepared to stick out the bumpy road through administration.

There is talk of a points penalty coming into effect if the club cannot resolve the situation and few would doubt that the SPL will enforce that particular rule.

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January

The administration announcement on January 2nd came days after a 6-1 demolition of Kilmarnock and just before the first Rangers game in Glasgow of the season. This game was a thriller and that was for certain. First Derek Riordan fired the visitors ahead, but goals from Juninho and Petrov handed the advantage to the home team. Riordan levelled matters before the interval, but ultimately it was a Chris Sutton strike in the second half that sealed the points for Celtic, and probably the title.

Kilmarnock suffered the backlash in a 5-0 Scottish Cup pasting, before home games against Aberdeen and Hearts yielded six more points, the first a 4-2 win, the latter a key 3-0 triumph over one of the two sides with more points to this stage of the season.

The results leave Rangers on thirty nine points, three ahead of Dundee Utd in fourth place and four behind Hearts in second. Celtic sit first with forty seven.

1 January 2005 Rothesay 6-1 Kilmarnock

9 January 2005 Celtic 3-2 Rothesay

15 January 2005 Rothesay 5-0 Kilmarnock Scottish Cup R3

23 January 2005 Rothesay 4-2 Aberdeen

29 January 2005 Rothesay 3-0 Hearts

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by displaced_seagull:

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Can administrators actually do that on FM then, or was it just for the stories' benefit?

If they can, then I'm now transfer listing a few players icon_redface.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The "statement" was a quote from the game. That actually happened. icon_frown.gif

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Could've done with him against Celtic!

We can only offer £750 pw now and he was on £12,000 pw!

Next highest paid is Demel on about £10,000 then Riordan and O'Connor on £3500 or so...

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February

Dundee were the month's first visitors, keen to avoid another nine-goal humiliation. This seemed almost certain after a goalless first half and so it proved, Derek Riordan's 76th and 84th minute strikes proving the only difference.

Days later the PFA announce that a player-signing embargo was being enforced on the club after a number of players were not paid their wages in full this week. The board were defensive, but these are troubling times indeed. The entire first team squad was made available for transfer on the Friday afternoon, and on Saturday they hosted Aberdeen in the cup.

Derek Riordan's fine form continued with a first half goal, but a torturous match followed with chances at a premium and no further goals. Motherwell and Inverness were each subjected to 2-0 defeats, but the good winning run was halted in a 1-1 draw at Livingston. A good month wasted.

5 February 2005 Rothesay 2-0 Dundee

12 February 2005 Rothesay 1-0 Aberdeen Scottish Cup R4

19 February 2005 Rothesay 2-0 Motherwell

23 February 2005 Inverness 0-2 Rothesay

26 February 2005 Livingston 1-1 Rothesay

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