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on 13 September 2010
This is a hidden gem for any Rangers fan. I only discovered this book after several hours hunting in vain for another Rangers book on Amazon. I had no idea it had ever been released, but i am so glad i came across it and gave it a chance, buying it blind. Its turned out to be one of the best books about football I own.
The book is seperated into several sections and the idea of the book is to just let the fans talk unprompted about different subjects related to following Rangers, which are....
Rangers fans and religion
Rangers fans and politics
Rangers fans and Scotland
Money in the game
The SPL and the future
Rangers fans and the Media
Memories are made of this...
the fans are not interviewed as such, its all just left as well-edited monologue. All contributions are kept fairly brief so there is no waffle or chance of getting bored. There is a broad range and cross section of Rangers fans represented, with many differing views on the subjects from all kinds of people. I found it really fascinating, funny, sad, enlightening and most of all highly entertaining.
It can easily be read in a single day. I would really recommend this to any Rangers fan, student of the Old Firm, or footy fan in general as a great insight into how Rangers fans feel about their club and the Scottish game in general. Rangers (and Celtic for that matter) is a unique football club unequalled anywhere else in the world for their political and religious aspects amongst the support. Its this which is explained through the eyes of the fan's in fine style throughout this excellent book from Ronnie Esplin. Snap it up second hand while you still can as its unlikely to get a second print run now (it was released in 2000). A great wee book.