In every major football league in Europe, I have a favourite club.
In England, it’s the Arsenal; in France, I’d go for Paris Saint-Germain (and that was long before the Qatar Investment Authority stepped in and inflated the club’s finances); in the Netherlands, I support PSV Eindhoven; in Spain, that’d be Valencia CF; in Germany, it has to be Bayer Leverkusen; and in Italy, it’s Inter Milan.
When it comes to Scotland, who could forget the awesome cosmopolitan team assembled by Dick Advocaat in the 1999-2001 seasons with Arthur Numan, Stefan Klos, Jörg Albertz, Michael Mols, Barry Ferguson, Lorenzo Amoruso, Tore Andre Flo, Ronald de Boer, Fernando Ricksen, Bert Konterman, Kenny Miller, Tony Vidmar, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Claudio Reyna, Neil McCann, Tugay Kerimoğlu, Rod Wallace and Andrei Kanchelskis. I do watch Rangers FC games live in Malaysia (especially the Old Firm derbies) and was particularly disappointed when Rangers lost 2-0 to Celtic on 30 September 2001.
Admittedly, I followed Numan’s career after he left PSV Eindhoven and have since chosen to embrace his new club as one of my favourites over the green side of Glasgow. It’s true that I’m not a Gers supporter for very long (about 12 years or so), but for me, the biggest club in Scotland would always be Rangers FC. The news of the club entering administration was hard to take – after all the heydays of the early 2000s, it did not escape me that the club was slowly heading to trouble. In the past few years, not many notable signings have been made for the club. When key player Nikica Jelavić was sold to Everton in this January’s transfer window, I did have the hunch that Rangers is in serious financial trouble.
However, as Ally McCoist declared today: ‘This is my club, the same as it is for thousands and thousands of Rangers supporters, and we don’t do walking away.’ Rangers will survive – it has done so for the past 139 years and I can’t see why it won’t now.
Entering administration is not good news at all but once something has reached the bottom, there’s no other way but up.
From Malaysia, I affirm my support for the greatest team ever in Scotland.