Bonjourno, welcome back to Scotland where Nathan is waiting with his upside down leagues. Without giving too much away, Rangers aren’t finding Division 2 particularly difficult…
Morning All. It’s a glorious day as we set off back to Glasgow in this crazy parallel universe where all the leagues have been turned upside down. We got promoted to Division 2 last season and we are looking for back to back promotions all the way back to the Premier League. So let’s see how we get on here.
First game of this update is the Scottish league challenge cup 2nd round. This is for all the teams outside the Premier League. I play the second string as we have no interest in this competition at all. Both defences and keepers play a blinder to be fair with plenty of shots blocked or saved. We go all the way to penalties and score all 4 with Livingston blasting one over and Goram making a reflex save to see us through to the next round.
A nice away win here. We are explosive in the first half and score 2 of our goals in the same minute. Firstly Laudrup bangs in Negri’s parried shot before he nicks the ball straight from kick off and slips in Van Vossen who slides it past Brodie. 10 Minutes later Negri gets his goal with a lovely curling effort. We look good for a clean sheet until Wright goes for a punch and gets it wrong allowing Middleton to tap it into the empty net.
We ease through to the Scottish Coca-Cola Cup Semi Final. 2 goals in the first 10 minutes send us on our way. Cavaco chips a ball forward which Laudrup brings down and fires into the top corner. His second comes from a mistake at the back from Dunfermline and Laudrup goes one on one and megs Lemaijc. In the second half Negri manages to slide in to divert a deflected shot into the net.
Marco Negri is sensational here. He absolutely pulverises the Dundee defence. He grabs 2 in the first half and completes his hattrick in the 55th minute. His next shot is blocked but Van Vossen is on hand to tap it home. Negri grabs a 4th late on to cap his incredible performance.
Back in the League Challenge Cup now and the second string get us through to the Semi Final. It takes a while to get going but Fitzy lights it up and hits a thunderbolt which crashes off the post but McCoist is on hand to nod home from close range. Raith Rovers then equalise with a stunning passing move which cuts right through us and ends with Millar easing his shot past Goram. Fitzy wins it for us though with a powerful close range bullet which nearly breaks the net. On we go.
Crazy game here. It starts off normally with Negri scoring the opener then setting up Cavaco. Negri grabs a 2nd and our third then Worthington grabs his first goal for Stirling. Albertz then makes it 4-1 but Worthington grabs another to make it 4-2. Moore and Laudrup grab 2 goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to finally put this one beyond doubt.
It’s a nip and tuck game in the League Challenge Cup Semi Final against Kilmarnock but we just about edge it. The winner comes in the 70th minute from a long ball which McCoist flicks on and Fitzy brings it down, breaks clear & and slides it past the outstretched arm of Lekovic and into the back of the net.
Another high scoring league game. Marco Negri grabs another superb hattrick all in the first half. He gives an assist to Van Vossen first though, nodding down a cross for Van Vossen to power home. He then grabs two goals in 5 minutes before Ian McLaughlin grabs one back for Partick. Negri makes it 4-1 in the second half before David Farrell makes it 4-2. Johansson’s goal finally takes the fight out of Partick to give us a 5-2 win.
We lose our first game of the season and it’s a big result for Morton who have been up there with us from the start. We start well but get shellshocked when Marc Powers slips through and fires his low shot past Wright. In the second half Bjorklund makes a mistake which Powers jumps on and slides in his second. Van Vossen gets one back but we can’t find an equaliser.
We get into our first cup final by strolling past Inverness in the Coca-Cola cup semi final. Van Vossen gets us off to a flyer, opening the scoring after 7 minutes. Van Vossen then tees up Laudrup on the edge of the area who curls it into the top corner. Two goals in the first two minutes of the second half from Johansson and Van Vossen again seal our place in the final.
Another ridiculous game here. We take a 4 goal lead before St Mirren get one back. Negri grabs a second before St Mirren hit back with 2 goals to make it 5-3. Van Vossen gets 2 in 2 minutes to make it 7-3 but there is just enough time for Campbell to finish off the scoring at 7-4.
It takes 2 minutes for Negri to open the scoring here. Just before half time he adds an assist to his goal by setting up Van Vossen. In the second half Cavaco seals the win with a scrappy goal. They all count I suppose.
We win our first silverware of the save and it’s the second string who deliver it in the Challenge Cup final. In truth i feel sorry for Ayr because they deserved to win. They battered us for much of the game (losing McCoist early didn’t help) but couldn’t score. It meant that in the 87th minute Charlie Miller finds a pinpoint pass to Fitzy who fires in a cracker to win the game and the cup for us. Fantastic effort from the youngsters.
That seems like a good place to leave it for this update. Let’s check out the league table and the rest of the world.
We are once again charging away with the league. Having no European distraction is helping a lot.
The top 5 look to have broken away in the Scottish Prem.
Hearts and old foes Dundee United looking to follow us and Celtic into Division 2.
Bit of a shock to see Man Utd struggling however they do have a lot of games in hand over everyone around them.
Leeds fighting hard to get out of Division 3 with Chelsea and Everton chasing.
Preston still leading the charge in the Prem. Holders Hartlepool in 6th.
Juventus asserting their power in Serie A. Inter struggling though.
The top 3 trying to make a break in Serie B. Surprised Fiorentina and Roma outside the top 4.
Join me next time to see if we can cement our place at the top and try and add another trophy to cabinet. Until then Bottom’s Up!