Having watched most of the Uefa Cup first leg last night between Rangers and Fiorentina ? a boring game, I thought ? it did make me feel very sick at what might have been. The game, as you probably know, ended up 0 - 0. Rangers did nothing but defend using the excuse of a team depleted by injury and Fiorentina where there for the taking... and now, of course, have the advantage of a home game. On last night's showing we could have beaten either of them. Ah well, there's always next year ? provided we make 5th. COYB
Patty Beesley, Posted 25/04/2008 at 11:22:25
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1 Posted 25/04/2008 at 15:18:42
Unless our recent form is solely because of the PK shoot-out then our current form wouldn?t have helped us advance had we won the shootout.
That said, I have often wondered what might have been had we beat Fiorentina.........I wouldn?t be unduly worried taking on Rangers so, yes, a final it could have been!
Oh, well.....there?s always next year (WHEN WE HOPEFULLY WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER, NEVILLE-LESS MIDFIELD)!
2 Posted 25/04/2008 at 15:40:35
3 Posted 25/04/2008 at 15:41:26
4 Posted 25/04/2008 at 16:06:52
5 Posted 25/04/2008 at 16:37:28
If the latter can maintain their excellent away record thus far in Europe then I don’t see any reason why they can’t grab a score draw in Italy and represent a Scottish team in the final of the competition since Dundee United way back in 1987.
I’m not exactly a fancier of the Glasgow side, far from it, but they do have Everton connections, and maybe even Duncan himself will be cheering on the dark blues in the second leg wherever he may be.
6 Posted 25/04/2008 at 16:49:18
Patty, incidentally we couldn’t have beaten Fiorentina over two legs - in case it escaped you, they knocked us out!
We probably would have gone out against PSV in any case.
I’m rooting for Zenit - the best team we’ve played in the UEFA this season. Although we won at home (against 10 men!) we would probably have been taken apart away.
7 Posted 25/04/2008 at 17:03:36
I got a bit of strop from some posters when I suggested, at the start of the season, that the Uefa Cup is a crap competition to give the also rans and Champs League Wannabees something to do in the winter.
Five games in a section and then three of five teams qualify..... is somebody taking the piss here ?
We look across the park and see the best club sides in the world cowering at the prospect of playing our Red neighbours in the Champions League so tell me ?how hard is it to get excited? about Brann Bergen and a range of sub-standard opposition rolling into Goodison?
I couldn?t care less about the Uefa Cup ? this year or next year ? so if it all goes pear-shaped against the much improved Aston Villa, good luck to them next season and we can concentrate on building a better side for the Premier League challangw.
Would this still be a good season if qualification for the InterToto followed and we had a good run in that prestigious competition?
You just couldn?t make this stuff up!
8 Posted 25/04/2008 at 19:10:45
All the we could have should have is meaningless now as our chance was wasted. All we can do now is fight for our chance to appear in Europe again next season, surrender to Villa on Sunday and the season will have been wasted.
9 Posted 25/04/2008 at 21:09:42
10 Posted 25/04/2008 at 23:55:25
11 Posted 26/04/2008 at 00:07:49
12 Posted 26/04/2008 at 10:19:59
All very well us saying we would have beaten Rnagers. On our current form I'm sure Rangers would rather be playing us than Fiorentina.
13 Posted 26/04/2008 at 11:58:03
14 Posted 26/04/2008 at 12:27:18