Rangers Dumped Out Of Champions League, Whittaker Dismissed For Hurling Ball At Opponent’s Head (Videos)

Chris Wright

4th, August 2011


By Chris Wright

Rangers dive-bombed out of the Champions League at the first hurdle last night, drawing 1-1 against Malmo at the Swedbank Arena, thus failing to reverse the 1-0 home defeat inflicted upon them by the Swedes at Ibrox last week.

The ill-tempered affair saw Gers end the game with nine men after having both Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra pick up straight reds for ‘hoying the ball around willy-nilly’ and ‘planting elbows in craniums’ respectively. Indeed, his dismissal in Sweden may prove to be Bougherra’s final act as a Rangers player with a £1.7 million move to Qatar side Lekhwiya now thought to be verging on completion. Bye!

It’s perhaps also worth pointing out that Malmo also did their bit in terms of  contributing to the rampant ill discipline, with Ferreira Ricardinho receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence 20 minutes from time.

Despite the ‘crass stupidity’ on display (the Scottish Daily Record’s words, not mine), thanks to Nikola Jelavic’s 23rd-minute opener, Rangers actually came within 10 minutes of taking the tie to extra-time, until Jiloan Hamad restored Malmo’s aggregate lead by cracking one home from the edge of the area.

Rangers will now drop down into Europa League fourth round play-offs.

Whittaker’s red…


Bougherra’s red…


Hamad’s ‘winning’ goal…


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  1. Jay says:

    Despite the ‘crass stupidity’ on display (the Scottish Daily Record’s words, not mine), thanks to Nikola Jelavic’s 23rd-minute opener, Rangers actually came within 10 minutes of going TO EXTRA TIME!

  2. :) says:

    yet the player still dives!!! it didn’t hit him in the head!

  3. Chris says:

    @Jay: Having a ‘mare this morning! Duly amended.

  4. Jay says:

    @Chris, happens to the best of us lol!

  5. Tinez says:

    With the greatest of respect to the most decorated team in Europe, this is thoroughly amusing.

  6. Tinez says:

    Massive dive and grab of the head from the player hit with the ball. Disgrace.

  7. Dusty says:

    Hahahaha Rangers European qualifiers are always hilarious. Malmo, just like Kaunas before them, true Hunskelpers.

    Ally “The Fat Paul Le Guen” McCoist is utterly clueless. Long may he manage ‘Ra Rangers’!

    No mention of the fact that Rangers fans were banned from the stadium last night for being despicable, backwards, bigotted morons?

  8. Hasselhof says:

    Regardless of if the ball actually hit the player in the face, what exactly would you expect to the be the reaction from the ref? ‘Crass stupidity’ is certainly correct, emphasis on stupidity.

  9. nicko says:

    ball to the face and he is holding his face like that, what a bitch

  10. mike says:

    It doesn’t matter if the ball hit him in the face throwing the ball at another player like that is a red card, Rangers disgraced themselves again on the European stage.

    The red cards given out in this game shows what happens when Rangers take their disgustingly dirty style of play out of Scotland and play with refs who aren’t cheats

  11. wolfinho says:

    neither of them should get a red card, both should have gotten yellows.

    good for whittaker to show that clipping, whiny little bitch what he thinks of him.

  12. murry1975 says:

    Bougherra claims that his card was harsh , laughable excuse the player was flicking the ball on Bougherra jumped with his head lower than his arm with his elbow the closest part to the player the any other part , sick challenge . A three match ban each for violent conduct , not that Bougherra would care as off he goes to the middle east .
    Both straight reds there , huntastic reds , as usual the huns bringing the Scottish game into disrapute .

  13. McGOO says:

    If it is the Gers fans who are bigoted then why are the only hostile, backward, bigoted views those of what I presume to be Celtic Fans. Just the usual Smear tactics from those who have a real chip on their shoulder.

  14. murry1975 says:

    Whose fans were not allowed attend the game during the week ?
    Whose fans have been cited as singing offensive songs from impartial body ?
    Whose fans have Spanish and Manchester police describe as hooligans ?
    Why is it stating FACTS is bigoted ?
    I will give you a hint the first 3 answers are all the same .

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