Scotland: Rangers comfortably win 53rd title
Glasgow Rangers have secured yet another Scottish Premier League (SPL) title taking their record to an amazing fifty three championships. For Rangers coach Walter Smith it is the 9th league title that he has won in two separate spells at the Ibrox club but his future is now uncertain, especially as he has been working without a contract since January due to the club’s financial worries.
Their neighbours Glasgow Celtic had won earlier in the day away at Dundee United. Diomansy Kamara and Robbie Keane gave the Bhoys a 2-0 victory in a bad tempered match which, at least, gave Celtic the satisfaction of knowing that their arch rivals still had a bit of work to do before they could be crowned champions. Rangers had to win their away match at Hibernian to seal the title today otherwise the trip to Tannadice Park on May 1st against Dundee United would’ve been their next opportunity. Nonetheless the destination of the SPL has been on the cards for some time and it is credit to Walter Smith for having steered his troops comfortably to the trophy in a season when he has had no money to bring in new players.
The only goal of the game was scored by Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty whose 17th minute strike proved enough to give Rangers all three points. Sadly for Rangers only 1,500 of their supporters were allowed into Easter Road to watch the game due to the construction work that is taking place on the stadium at the moment. Despite this the club’s players and staff began the party in earnest as soon as the final whistle sounded amongst whom was David Weir, the club captain who is just a couple of weeks off his 40th birthday and has played in every match for Rangers in their successful league campaign this season.
The triumph completes a successful season for the Gers who also won the Scottish League Cup against St Mirren in late March although their ambitions for a treble were thwarted by Dundee United in the Scottish Cup three days after their Hampden Park success. Nonetheless it will be interesting to see what comes about throughout the post season period as Rangers’ thoughts now surely must turn towards winning three-in-a-row next season.