RANGERS fans will have had something to cheer about last week following the club’s victory over the taxman, but to be fair it was very much as case of too little, too late.
The “Gers” remain in the Third Division of the Scottish League; the club has been liquidated and Rangers are barred from taking part in the lucrative European competition for the next four seasons.
But that’s the situation for the “new” Rangers while last week’s tax battle concerned the “old” club. That said, the victory was still very important to the club’s supporters as there had been no shortage of media talk about removing the league titles won over the last three years.
Whether one supporters Rangers or not, it’s only but fair to recognise that the Ibrox club have been found not guilty of the massive tax fraud which had been highlighted by the international media.
Meanwhile, Celtic failed to reproduce the form which saw Neil Lennon’s men defeat Barcelona in their trip to Portugal to face Benfica last week.
The Portuguese were superior in all departments and, in the end, were deserving of their victory. In fact, their fast flowing and fluent football was clearly affected by the weather conditions, otherwise Celtic could have been beaten by a much greater margin than the 2-1 scoreline.
Having said that, Celtic fans will settle for one more Group Stage victory when playing Spartak Moscow in Celtic Park in the final game.
Qualification for the latter stages of the competition remains in Celtic’s hands and a decent performance should see them progress against what has been a fairly poor Russian side.