Rangers chief: Celts have only won TWO in a row

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with ( Pressley, Craig Gor­don and Paul Hart­ley pro­vided a Scot­tish core to the side), op­er­at­ing un­der a de­cent man­ager.

“You put it all to­gether and it just worked. We won our first eight games in a row – a se­quence which in­cluded a 1- 0 vic­tory over the reign­ing cham­pi­ons, Rangers – and went top of the league.

“At that point, you were see­ing a lot of peo­ple – who had pre­dicted things would blow up in our faces – talk­ing in terms of us win­ning the ti­tle.

“Of course, it wasn’t to be. Af­ter just two more matches – draws against Falkirk and Celtic – Ge­orge was shown the door.

“That was the one change we def­i­nitely didn’t need. Things were never re­ally the same af­ter it.”


Ju s t ove r a ye ar la t e r, in un­prece­dented scenes, Pressley, Gor­don and Hart­ley held the in­fa­mous “Ric­car­ton Three” press con­fer­ence, in which they spoke out about the “im­pos­si­ble task” faced by play­ers in deal­ing with owner Ro­manov.

It had orig­i­nally been sched­uled to be the un­veil­ing of Ed­uard Malofeev as the fourth Hearts man­ager since Bur­ley.

The fall out was con­sid­er­able, with Pressley – viewed as the leader of the trio – hav­ing his co n t ra ct te rm i n a t e d by th e Ed­in­burgh club.

If for­mer sub­mariner Ro­manov thought the sanc­tion would sink the de­fender’s play­ing ca­reer, he was wrong.

Pressley went on to have spells with Celtic, Dan­ish club Ran­ders and Falkirk be­fore tak­ing his first steps into coach­ing with the Bairns.

“Man­age­ment gives you dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences, and I com­pletely un­der­stand what it is like to be in the sit­u­a­tion Pe­dro Caix­inha is in just now,” he con­tin­ued.

“When I took over at Coven­try City, I found my­self al­most im­me­di­ately hav­ing to os­tracise seven se­nior play­ers, and it was a tremen­dously hard thing to do on a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional level.

“That is seven guys who are more em­bed­ded in the en­vi­ron­ment than you are, and who will all po­ten­tially want to put the knife in if things don’t go well for you.

“The fact was, though, that if

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