Scintillating Rangers are 20 points clear of Celtic as Parkhead washes through the merchant

David McCarthy answers the phones while Ibrox-Diehards are convinced a season of dominance is on the way. (Author: Gardener)

CelticRangers fans were delighted with their team's performance against West Ham but also queued up to hear Hotline regular Gordon Ashley praise Celtic in their 2-2 draw with Blackburn at the weekend. John Wilson wrote via email: "Gordon Ashley needs to lie down in this heat - he gushes that Saturday's game against Blackburn was a center half away from a team. I assume he missed Siegrist's saves and Celtic couldn't get a win. Rangers are beating a near-full-strength West Ham who are unbeaten in 10 games, but somehow Gordon will no doubt paint this as pre-season rubbish. "He'd better hope Maeda is on defense because CCV need to attack Matondo in rugby who's going to tear that static defense apart." Gary Stevenson, Newtonhill, wrote via email: "Ashley's best Celtic side ever succeeds thus a 2-2 draw against struggling English Championship side Blackburn Rovers, while Rangers defeated high-flying English Premiership West Ham 3-1. I know it's only friendlies and don't worry Blackburn are getting better." Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, added: "Ashley seemed impressed with his club's performance against Blackburn and claims it was the best performance his beloved side had has ever shown. Rangers just got three past a side that has qualified for European football, a club that has spent more than £40m in the transfer window and is in a higher league than Blackburn. “I just wonder how much Mr Ashley admires Rangers, after all he comments more on Rangers than on his own club. May I remind Gordon that achievements don't matter if you don't win? It was really a pleasure and a good laugh to read Gordon's comments but if VAR is around what can he possibly write about as VAR should make the bad decisions wrong and perpetuate the good ones. Roll on VAR - a 20-point lead for Rangers over Celtic if last season's decisions are anything. John Bruce wrote in an email: "Rangers beat the team that finished seventh in the EPL last season 3-1 after a brilliant second-half performance. West Ham just couldn't handle the speed or movement of the Rangers team and were blown away within 20 minutes. Souttar looked comfortable in the middle. So Rangers fans can look forward to this exciting new look team.” And Ian Mckendrick emailed: “Can I remind Mr Ashley that the Rangers signings have not signed for Celtic as they have not taken a step back wanted to do." George Wilson, West Sussex, said: "I'm still waiting to hear from Gordon Ashley on his prediction of a maximum of £8m Rangers would get for Calvin Bassey. "Honestly, I had never heard of Tillman before this week, and I'm sure neither had Ashley. Just another example of his obsession with everything Rangers and his need to take care of them at every opportunity. David Manson, Williamwood, wrote via email: "It's great to read that all Celtic fans are focused on Rangers as their own club isn't much to talk about. David Speirs, Coalhall, said: “I would like to advise Celtic fans on the hotline over the past few days that it still looks like it's all about Rangers. Rangers haven't been competitive in 7 of the last 10 years and they're only in the Champions League thanks to Rangers' efforts in Europe. Eddie Easson, Ballingry, Fife said: “As I have said every season, nothing is won now. One thing is for sure, the heads in the sand trio of Hotline regulars Wilson, Lowe and Bruce don't understand or grasp that the Rangers' debt doesn't go away at the end of the season. But Stefan Lomako, Whithorn, emailed: "I've seen enough of Celtic and Rangers friendlies to suggest we have some good things to look forward to. I don't think Rangers will have much trouble getting through to the Champions League group stage and I'm also looking forward to putting Ange and Gio's plans into action."


Rangers and BBC Scotland finally bury the hatchet after years of bickering

BBC Scotland and Rangers have buried the hatchet after a long-running dispute with a club's media partner who has made a major claim for press credentials. (Author: Gardener)

ScotlandBBC Scotland and Rangers have finally buried the hatchet to end a long-running dispute that stretches back almost a decade. The BBC released a statement confirming the two parties had tried to "settle the dispute", with Rangers confirming BBC Scotland will return to Ibrox reporting duties this season. It should end years of frustrating and acrimonious coverage of Rangers within BBC Scotland and finally eradicate a negative reporting culture that has tarnished the game north of the border. "A disagreement between BBC Scotland and Rangers FC has restricted the BBC's ability to cover Ibrox Stadium for a long period of time," BBC Scotland said in a statement. "The BBC and Rangers FC have now agreed that it is in the best interests of the BBC audience and Rangers supporters everywhere that the BBC and the club settle the dispute and provide the widest possible coverage of all Rangers games. "The BBC is committed to providing full and fair coverage of the Scottish Premiership across all clubs. “The BBC acknowledges that there have been instances where parts of Rangers FC coverage have not met their editorial standards. The rangers would respond with a brief explanation of their own. "We acknowledge the acknowledgment of previous errors and the apology from BBC Scotland, as well as the recent apology from Michael Stewart," the Rangers statement said. For Rangers fans who have been confused by the entire saga, here's a quick recap of what got things to this point. BBC Scotland, in particular, stopped sending reporters to Ibrox in 2015 when Rangers stripped leading Beeb journalist Chris McLaughlin of the press rights. This was in response to what Rangers saw as unfair reporting following the club's 6-2 win over Hibs in Mark Warburton's first game in charge, in which McLaughlin is accused of being unfairly focused on arrests and unfairly negative be. BBC Scotland would have expressed solidarity with the journalist and have since refused to cover Rangers games until McLaughlin's press rights were restored. According to Follow, Follow editor Mark Dingwall, whose platform was media partner at Ibrox last season, McLaughlin will continue to be unwelcome at the stadium. This after saying "except for one" when asked if all BBC journalists would be welcome back at Ibrox. This would indicate that Chris McLaughlin will not return to Ibrox. The McLaughlin situation was the tip of the iceberg and came amid a series of clashes between the Ibrox club and the national broadcaster. Rangers withdrew from working with the BBC shortly afterwards due to "repeated difficulties". Chief sportswriter Tom English has been snubbed by Rangers officials for suggesting fans were fabricating reports of a crush at Rugby Park in the first game of the 19/20 season. Outspoken pundit Michael Stewart was also suspended over comments he made on a leading BBC radio show about ex-Rangers PR chief Jim Traynor, accusing him of fabricating stories of racism allegedly aimed at Gers striker Alfredo Morelos were. Rangers shareholders' Club 1872 has openly criticized what they see as "anti-Rangers culture" within BBC Scotland. The broadcaster even had to apologize once after it shared a picture of Rangers player Ryan Jack's severed head in 2018. Rangers fans can now look forward to unbiased and balanced coverage of the Ibrox side and every other SPFL club heading into next season for the first time in a long time. Meanwhile, a former Rangers manager was back at Ibrox this week as part of the club's preparations for the season.


Three things we learned as Rangers beat West Ham and signings lay claim to the season opener

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team beat the English Premier League team 3-1 at Ibrox. After a goalless first half, the Ibrox men struck three times in quick succession to end the game. (Author: Gardener)

seasonTom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo both had a goal and an assist range as Rangers beat West Ham at Ibrox. David Moyes brought his Hammers north of the border as both clubs continue to build their fitness and playing minutes ahead of new league campaigns in Scotland and England. The duo will both be back in European football soon, with the Light Blues in Champions League qualifiers and last night's opponents in the Europa Conference League. For Rangers, the new Premiership season is just over a week and a half away as they look to reclaim the league crown they lost to Celtic last season with a tricky opening game at the Tony Macaroni Arena against Livingston. Another game against Tottenham is coming this weekend and a full week of training as fitness levels and intensity rise yet again ahead of that matchday one clash. But what did we learn about Rangers last night ahead of a very busy and important time early in the season for the Ibrox men? READ MORE: Rangers complete Ben Davies transfer as Liverpool man signs Calvin Bassey to verify Jon McLaughlin was handed the gloves and played the full 90 minutes of the Ibrox win last night. Allan McGregor and Robby McCrorie were both unused substitutes and it could be an indicator that the former Hearts man could start the season as No. McGregor may get the full game against Tottenham this weekend but it's something to keep in mind. Key figures Ryan Kent, Glen Kamara and Borna Barisic played 75 minutes to set up crucial minutes before the league opener. Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo made an immediate impression after climbing off the bench for the second half. Winger Matondo showed his pace and composure to give his international colleague the opener just three minutes after the duo took the field. Former Derby man Lawrence then got ready for Ryan Kent before Matondo clinched Rangers' third place with an emphatic finish. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the Ibrox loyalists and signal the new boss with huge games on the horizon. It looks like playing from behind will become a key feature of Rangers' play next season. West Ham put pressure on the home side as the Light Blues played out. There were moments that scared Ibrox support a little, but didn't stop players from consistently sticking to the game plan. - Rangers transfer exit option for Robby McCrorie as two Premiership clubs 'eyes' move - Malik Tillman Rangers transfer complete as Bayern Munich arrival comes to Ibrox with 'exclusive' option - Best Blackpool v Rangers photos , while Light Blues create a pyro show by the sea and discovers Tillmann


Rangers family ties invite Union Saint Gilloise emotional clash as boss reveals immediate Champions League reaction

The Belgian champions are hoping to write another chapter in their wondrous rags-to-riches story by sending Rangers home. (Author: Gardener)

Union Saint GilloiseSystematically felling giants of Belgian football in a rustic old relic of a stadium cloaked in a forest on the outskirts of Brussels as if preserved for time. No, this isn't even remotely ordinary, phoenix from the ashes, the rebirth of Union Saint Galloise - the living, breathing throwback to a bygone era that now stands between Rangers and the modern sophistication of the Champions League. And why wouldn't he happen to have a family bloodline that ties him directly to the historic, beating heart of the Ibrox club? They now leap through the mirror into the upside down world of life in one of European football's most wondrous second appearances. Sporting director Chris O'Loughlin takes it all with his laid-back Irish stride these days, having been there at the start of Union's unfathomable rise. It's an unlikely story he made all by himself from here to this leafy outpost, still in his forties, via every possible stop from Africa to Australia with a brief stop in Charlton. He says: "I was born in Limerick - my father is from West Belfast - but I grew up in South Africa. I came back to Belfast when I was about 18 and did the usual, got married there and our children were born there. As I said, my father was from West Belfast and my mother's family is from Elgin. “There is actually a family member who has worn the Rangers jersey before, with a certain distinction. It's been a very, very long time — I'm talking about my grandmother's uncle, so let's go back a bit." Despite repeated inquiries, O'Loughlin chooses not to reveal any more family secrets. Either way, he's got plenty to do in there now as Union prepares to take their incredible story beyond their own borders on tour. Casting a spell over all of Belgium was one thing. They did so in their first season back in the top flight, edging wealthy Bruges to the title before ultimately wiping them out only in the season-ending play-offs. But all of Europe will turn heads if they can follow suit, taking on the scalp of a Rangers side just emerging from the cloud of reaching last season's Europa League final. And O'Loughlin has been licking his lips at the prospect since the pair emerged from UEFA's big glass pot together on Monday morning. There were many good historic clubs we could have come across - clubs with national and European pedigree. Of course we're looking forward to the intensity of the games - both here in Belgium and of course at Ibrox. Given that Rangers have written quite a backstory of their own over the past decade, this tie really jumps out of the page. O'Loughlin describes it as one for romantics. In the 1990s, when English clubs were allowed back into European competition, we saw many clashes that really caught the imagination – a Manchester United or Arsenal versus Juventus or Real Madrid. “Because of the history of these clubs, it was something for football romantics. I'm not comparing us to Real Madrid, I'm just saying there's a beautiful football history there - something different - and maybe that makes it a little more interesting." Union's fascinating rise from the flames was meticulously planned from the start, by whom moment when it was taken over by Brighton chairman Tony Bloom. What they have created is a modern, forward-thinking operation, yet steeped in the traditions of its own past. He nods: “It depends on two things – culture and environment. We try our best to create an excellent environment for the guys to grow in a professional context. Culturally, we set behavioral standards for dealing with each other and try to find common goals. “That's important when you take a group of players and try to make them a team rather than a group of individuals. We are looking for both a sporting and a cultural return on players. “If they continue, as long as we get that return on sport and culture, we will be proud to see them play at a higher level. It's important as it allows them to grow as well. After all, I can't think of many living organisms that thrive in poor cultural environments.” O'Loughlin began planning back in January and doesn't expect the Rangers to be caught cold by the loss of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey either. "I know Joe Aribo," he says affectionately. But as good as those players were, we can't expect Rangers to be unsettled by the sales. “We have to be careful because Rangers have a lot of experience navigating each transfer window. They'll be used to the guys moving on and bringing in the right players. I think there's no point in hoping for this or that - we just need to prepare as best we can for the game and deal with what's ahead."


3 topics of conversation as Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo, the Rangers' deadly double, blow West Ham away

Lawrence came off the bench to score with his first touch and then set up two more within 15 minutes of the second half (Author: Gardener)

Tom LawrenceThe stunning Tom Lawrence was the star of the show as Rangers produced a second-half masterclass to sink West Ham. Lawrence, substituted at half-time, combined with fellow newcomer Rabbi Matondo to score with his first touch before hitting Ryan Kent. Lawrence did the same for Matondo, who came on with the first goal to put Gio van Bronckhorst's side out of sight. The Hammers were the first team to have a clear view of goal. Powerhouse striker Michail Antonio was deployed behind the Rangers defense but Jon McLaughlin did well to narrow the angle and save before jumping up to swipe the ball behind for a corner to prevent Antonio from following home nodded. Perhaps predictably on the hottest day of the year, this fell firmly into the 'typical pre-season fare' category. Rangers introduced new boys Lawrence and Matondo at halftime. And it took them less than three minutes to combine to devastating effect. Matondo was smuggled into the right channel and the Welsh winger cocked his head to pick his fellow-comer. In one move, Lawrence swept the ball home for the first time to break the deadlock. Less than two minutes later he had an assist and it was 2-0. James Tavernier pulled up and passed Lawrence, who then yelled. The former Derby County player consciously flicked the ball to Kent at the back post and he smashed it past Lukasz Fabianksi to double the hosts' advantage. Tavernier hit the touchline and flicked the ball back to Lawrence, but he was able to deflect the ball in Matondo's path. Tomas Soucek bundled the consolation goal for the Londoners in the 69th minute. Rangers didn't defend a corner well at all and the Czech managed to get the ball in before stabbing home from close range. After the first 45 minutes there was little meaningful. Fans within Ibrox were keen to get a look at all of their signings after seeing Antonio Colak and John Souttar play from the start. Martondo set up Lawrence to score with his first touch less than three minutes into the restart. Moments later, Lawrence Kent served to bat the second home. It was a role reversal for the third as Lawrence improvised well to give Matindo a chance of his own. The former Schalke took it and continued to extend the lead, with West Ham unaware of what hit them. The defender made his first start for his new club since signing from Hearts. Souttar, who played on the right side of a back three for the Jambos last season, played in royal blue on the left side of the centre-back. Was turned around a couple of times by Jarrod Bowen but looked comfortable on possession and couldn't take much pressure given the calm nature of the first half. The left centre-back is the natural choice to fill this role alongside Goldson. It may be that Souttar was expecting Goldson to move on this summer when he decided to jump out of Tynecastle in January. Souttar was withdrawn for the Croatian at half-time and with John Lundstram falling back to a three point, a regular game is far from guaranteed for the Scotland international. The key takeaways from the broad man's performance will be his goal and assist. More than once he picked up the ball and drove at West Ham from deep. David Moyes' boys are no slobs but they couldn't stay with Matondo as he rushed forward. Fashion Sakala was the standout speedster in last season's squad but the addition of Matondo means another threat needs to be on guard behind opponents.


Rabbi Matondo delighted as West Ham's win shows Rangers are in good shape in and out of the park

During the preseason, there was a palpable sense of renewal and realignment in Rangers' off-field activities. (Author: Gardener)

Rangers© Rangers-Rabbi Matondo (left) celebrates Antonio Colak's 3-0 win in a friendly win over W... Still, the key takeaways from a hugely impressive 3-1 friendly win over West Ham were familiar. With the sale of Calvin Bassey to Ajax - the £19million deal yet to be confirmed - and Joe Aribo to Southampton, the Ibrox club lost two of their key players from the Europa League's latest push last season. It helps on that front that Rabbi Matondo - essentially a replacement for Aribo following the £2.5million move from Schalke's Weshish winger - proved so exhilarating on his Ibrox arc. The 21-year-old's half-time introduction, which immediately saw him tear down the cross and serve up fellow summer player Tom Lawrence with a clean lateral foot in the first set before Matondo smashed in from 10 yards to make it just 3-0 before the hour mark allowed Rangers to do that to do what Rangers did when they won a European trophy on penalties just two months ago. That means they've not only proven resilient when facing a leading team from any of the big five leagues, but also able to put a bloody nose in such an opponent. Even with Alfredo Morelos long absent through injury - as he did in the final stages of the run in Seville - newly added centre-forward Antonio Colak gave the impression he would need time to adjust. The Croatian hasn't, as the first leg of Champions League third-round qualifiers is away at Union Saint-Gilloise in just under two weeks. But Giovanni van Bronckhorst won't be counting on Colak for goals in this tie, as West Ham's filleting shows. Friendlies can be a notoriously unreliable barometer - Celtic were dismembered 6-2 by David Moye's men last summer before winning the Cinch Premiership - but the Rangers manager will settle for the security John Souttar provided alongside Connor Goldson on the day Ben revealed Davies' £4m move from Liverpool has been confirmed. Indeed, the Londoners' consolation counter came in the 70th minute, bundled by Tomas Soucek after Souttar gave way to James Sands. Rangers may be deposed champions, but they've rarely emerged in better form overall. In particular, the smart-looking takeovers of Matondo, Lawrence, Davies and Souttar, but also the deals with Bassey and Aribo are promising. To be able to bring Rangers £34m represents amazing wealth management for two players who have been signed for less than £600,000 combined. And that could be a swoosh, giving the Ibrox club further vital revitalization potential in the rest of the window.


Ashley Graham goes makeup-free, showing off one leg in a bathrobe as she enjoys 'Sunday Vibes'

Ashley Graham showed off leg in a white bathrobe as she moisturized her skin and indulged in a lazy Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

Ashley GrahamAshley Graham has shown that she is all about self-care, especially as a mother of a toddler and twin babies. The plus-size model spent her Sunday treating herself to an eye mask, a facial, healthy meals and most likely an early bedtime while spending time away from her kids at a hotel. She was later shown blow drying her hair and massaging her face while closing her eyes - it looked like she was having the perfect weekend. She then flaunted her bare skin after the facial, went makeup-free and gave followers a glimpse of her facial structure. In the Instagram video, Ashley ate a healthy smoothie bowl and a serving of healthy-looking pasta. She captioned the video "hydrated, well nourished and ready for bed," which garnered over 33,000 likes, including one from actress Kristen Bell. A body positivity advocate, Ashley is clearly about self-care, which she spoke about in an interview with The Cut back in late June. Although Ashley tries to make self-care a priority, she's a mom of 3 under 3 - so her time is most likely very limited. On a typical work day for her, she said, she gets up, makes breakfast for her kids, goes to photo shoots, and doesn't come home until 8 p.m., after her kids are all in bed. She said she decompresses with a glass of wine and feeds her twins at 10pm before bed. Due to such a busy life, she has found ways to manage and manage her stress, including feeding her body healthy foods and keeping her skin toned with an eye mask. Ashley told the publication that if she's really stressed, she'll stay alone for 15 minutes. She said, "If something is really stressing me out, I take 15 minutes to myself, even if it's just in my closet with the doors closed where no one can find me." I've deleted quite a few social media apps, and it feels good not to feel like having to go to the apps to kill time.”


from Tasha's father to Luca's sick sister

The Love Island stars' families all released a joint statement "as a sign of unity and denouncing hatred" - but they've been broadcasting digs and attacking one another (Author: Gardener)

TashaThe Love Island stars' families all released a joint statement "as a sign of unity and a charge against hate" - but they've been sending digs and hitting on one another. Love Island: Luca and Andrew react to Tasha's video. It's not just the Love Island cast who have clashed this year - as their friends and family were also at war. Earlier this week, the admins of most of the islanders remaining in the villa released a joint statement as "a sign of unity and an accusation of hatred." It said: "Love Island is an interactive TV show where opinion, discussion and debate are just as welcome as support, love and kindness some viewers may find it acceptable to throw at our friends, sons, daughters and family members." However, those who run the islanders' social media accounts have been embroiled in a number of altercations throughout the series. Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu's family hit back at Davide Sanclimenti after a brutal dig while loved ones of Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page threw goads at each other. Others have defended their respective islanders after receiving vile abuse, while Luca Bish has actually apologized for his actions. Here's a look at what the Love Island families have been saying on their accounts. Tasha was defended by her family - age and position - but when things go wrong at the mansion, it becomes embarrassing. Speaking to New Magazine, he said: "I think Andrew is a decent guy. However, Tasha's family branded Andrew a "clown" after he started kissing Coco at Casa Amor and then started blowing Tasha. They shared the opinion of a viewer who wrote, "Don't understand the need to trip Tasha while talking to Coco, it's wrong." Tasha's account shared it, along with a clip from Keeping Up With The Kardashians in which Kim says to her sisters Kourtney and Khloe: "So I have to be honest with you guys, you look like freaking clowns." Her father has opened up about her hearing problems and why she was in tears during Friday's edition of Love Island . Taking to Instagram, Tarek posted an adorable snap of Tasha as a child in a cute angel costume. He captioned the photo: "Some people have had more setbacks in their 23 years than many others. Andrew's account shared a post saying he 'deserves it' When he entered the mansion, Andrew's family weren't very interested in Jay. Tasha was picked out by Jay for a date, after which she later gave him permission to pursue her further, saying he made her "heart beat faster," even though she wasn't. I'm not sure if Andrew did the same. Andrew's family shared a post from a fan on Instagram that included a photo of him and the caption, "This man deserves better." His account also shared a meme of a scene in Toy Story 2 where the character Andy disregards it 'Broken' toy Woody, saying, "I don't want to play with you anymore." Comparing it to Love Island, one social media user wrote alongside, "Tasha to Andrew everytime a new boy pulls her up for a chat." Andrew's account added grimacing emojis. Davide's lover s went in to slap for him. At the beginning of the Seroseries, Ekin-Su was upset that the Italian Adonis didn't bring her coffee in the morning. In response to their antics, Davide's loved ones wrote on Instagram: "How about making your own coffee. As Davide said, 'something is wrong' and we really hope he finds out what's really going on and takes action.” They said the big hearted Davide deserves “someone who's real” and then referred to that Moment as she told Jacues, "I'd rather be [in bed] with you." They added wildly, "If you want to be treated like a lady, act like one first." Ekin-Su's brother hinted that we will see "a lot more" of his face.The clashes between Davide and Ekin-Su were mirrored by their families platform, who shared it on their Instagram story alongside a response to the criticism in the statement, which read: "I just wanted to make sure "That we understand the roles in dealing with [accounts]. One person who has been quite vocal is the actress' brother, Arda, who dropped a hint that he could enter the mansion. A few weeks ago, Arda said on Aftersun : "People ask me, 'Is it com ish to see your sister on TV' but I've been expecting this to happen since the day. I think she was born for it, and I'm glad you guys are watching my sister on TV now and you see what she's like." He turned to the camera and added, "And now you see my face on yours Screens and get used to it because you're going to see it a lot more." Luca's family has been supportive throughout the series - but felt the need to apologize for his behavior. The fishmonger's Instagram is run by sister Claudia, who has admitted this will be the last time she will be allowed to post on his account. Claudia has also created some hilarious TikToks, including one in which she asks her grandmothers how they would feel if they saw Luca doing "the act" on TV. "Making love is a private thing," said one during the other admitted she'd be watching as "they have the cover anyway." They've shown lots of love but also been willing to call Luca when he's at fault and posted an apology message on Monday. Angry Luca completely lost his head during movie night after seeing Gemma's harmless interaction with Billy - even though she'd pretty much ended any flirtation. His family apologized on Instagram, claiming Luca would be "embarrassed" if he rewatched the episode. Luca's sister wrote on his Instagram account: "I would like to apologize on behalf of Luca for his insensitive reaction to last night's episode. I know he will be embarrassed and deeply apologetic when he watches the episode." We as his family have no last condolences about his behavior, but we understand he is in an intense environment that is amplifying his actions will. Last night didn't reflect the boy we all know and love at home." They announced they were disabling comments and messages after receiving "death threats and nasty comments" from vile trolls. Luca was heavily criticized for his villa antics, the nasty remarks got worse and heartbroken Claudia had to beg the trolls to stop broadcasting abuse on 'the hardest night of my life'. On her Instagram Story, she posted: "Please please please stop sending the abusive messages. Luca can't even see it... the people who love him the most can. She also has messages of support from other islanders posted, including Casa Amor girls Coco and Jazmine, reminding viewers that we are only seeing a snippet of their time at the villa.Claudia wrote: "His behavior in Sunday's episode was very out of character for Luca. This week we have seen Dami Indiyah asking if her family would welcome him, unaware her mum Dee has already warned him, saying "don't hurt my girl." that Dami is the perfect man for your daughter in my eyes.” And despite her smile, she says she has some words of caution: “Don't hurt my Indi – I'll be watching you!” Dee gave her tentative approval and g It was admitted that she had seen some growth in Dami since The Casa drama. Jacques O'Neill's biggest supporter is undoubtedly his mother, Janet Wight, who has posted frequently on social media. She was convinced that he would remain faithful to Paige at Casa Amor, but when he started kissing Cheyanne was proven wrong. Afterwards, Janet asked the trolls to stop sending her bad news about his son. Janet captioned the post: "People who are sending me angry messages can you please stop it hurts thanks." When Jacques became adamant about the way he was treating and speaking to Paige, they revealed he was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and urged viewers to "be kind". Taking to his Instagram account, Jacques' big sister, who runs his account - which now has over 385,000 followers - said: "Jacques was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old." That's by no means a get-out clause for his actions, but it's to show that he can sometimes struggle with his emotions. She also pointed out that all the hate came at his family and reminded viewers that they don't see each other 24 hours a day. As Jacques left the villa, mum Janet admitted she was feeling "dejected" and shared a snap of a sweet gift of flowers and chocolate that her daughter sent to cheer her up. Jacques and his mum have both been interviewed now that he's back in the UK - with the rugby star saying he feared he would attack Adam and had to get out due to his mental health. Mum Janet told the Sun: "Jacques was so funny for the first two weeks, I think everyone loved him. I started getting horrible private messages on Facebook, people saying they wish my son and I were dead, it was horrible.” I just didn't understand why people had to write such nasty comments. The news really hurt, strangers told me I was a bad mother and a bad parent. Michael hasn't even seen Gemma on Love Island. Not much is known about Gemma Owen's parents and they haven't said a word about the show. Just kidding, Gemma's dad is of course former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen. For someone who doesn't watch Love Island and might be embarrassed to see their daughter being chatted up by a bunch of guys, there's hardly a day that Michael doesn't go by when he doesn't talk about her time on the show. Owen is reportedly "interested" in meeting his Gemma's love interest Luca, but he said he's "hardly seen" the show and wife Louise "keeps him updated". Many viewers were hoping that Michael would be rocking the mansion during the Meet the Parents episode, but sadly, he's put all the rumors to rest. Speaking to Sky Sports At The Races, after watching his horse run, Michael said: "My wife will take on this duty. He added: "I don't know what I'm getting from Box to Box. But I know what I'm getting from my daughter. "I fathered her for 19 years, so I'm pretty sure what I'm going to get from her." Do you have a story to share?


Love Island's Ekin-Su makes dramatic decision about Davide in first look clip

LOVE Island favorite Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has made a dramatic decision to be coupled with Davide Sanclimenti. The reality TV star debated whether to continue with the role... (Author: Gardener)

IslandLOVE Island favorite Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu has made a dramatic decision to be coupled with Davide Sanclimenti. Love Island fans were shocked when Ekin-Su, 27, said she was "done" with Davide, 27, after he interrogated her about their Casa Amor antics. "I'm very confused last night, she didn't say a word," Davide was heard telling the boys in a look at tomorrow night's drama. "She knows that if I don't want to talk, it's better not to speak." Meanwhile, Ekin-Su fumed, "I don't feel any different this morning, I thought I'd sleep on it, and I woke up feeling." 'You know what the fuck'.” Why should I walk up to him like a little puppy when no one is questioning what he did at Casa. Fans were shocked by the scenes as they expected Ekin-Su to DUMP Davide after the dramatic scenes. "Ekin-Su said she was so badly done with Davide that Ekin is BACK," one wrote, while a second added, "PLEASE really be done please." While a third said, "Davide and Ekin-Su was fun for a minute but Ekin has to get up and DUMPP his ass." It comes after Ekin-Su was seen bursting into tears over the Movie Night drama in a first look at tomorrow night's episode. She looked upset and hid her tears with dark sunglasses. She was one of the contestants who previewed a breakdown. She was soon followed by bombshell girl Summer Botwe, who insisted she wasn't "the wrong person" as she cried in the beach shack. Ekin-Su was disappointed when Davide Sanclimenti sat her down to ask what she had been doing at Casa Amor. It comes after Love Island fans asked producers to CANCEL this year's series following the Movie Night betrayal. On game night, the boys and girls compete in a cheeky quiz to give them a chance to win clips of the opposing team's action at Casa Amor. The fan favorite twist saw Luca massively overreact to the shocking news that Gemma Owen had a chat with Billy at Casa Amor. Luca burst into a rage at this, telling the boys: "F****** muggy. I was made like a damn dick. Trust me when I say if she wants to play, I'm gonna fucking explode. Dude, I can't be with someone like that. And Davide and Ekin Su almost rowed at each other over their respective actions. All night proved fans only one thing – that this is Love Island's first series, in which NONE of the contestants deserve to win.


Manchester United fans boo Harry Maguire as pantomime atmosphere takes the shine off victory

Manchester United fans boo Harry Maguire as pantomime atmosphere takes the shine off victory (Author: Gardener)

Harry MaguireWith minutes of the first half remaining, Harry Maguire, in the sort of position you'd normally associate with Harry Kane, received a pass from Anthony Martial and fired a solid shot just a yard or so inside the box. In the first half hour against Crystal Palace here, the Manchester United captain was booed every time he touched the ball. In fact, it had started before kick-off, when Maguire's name was mocked as the teams were read out. Maguire may have the strong early support of Erik ten Hag, who captained him and more or less confirmed that the England defender will start the season as one of his first centre-halves, but there wasn't the same support from the 76,499 strong Australian crowd made up mostly of United fans. The shame was that the scenes, which United sources described as a sort of 'strange pantomime', took some of the luster away from what was a hugely encouraging performance from Ten Hag's side, albeit against a badly weary Palace. All three of United's starting forwards got on the scoresheet as the team once again sneered at Cristiano Ronaldo's continued absence from this tour, but it wasn't just Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho who shone. Bruno Fernandes was superb in midfield and full-backs Diogo Dalot, who made the opener with a beautiful false-footed stealth cross, and new signing Tyrell Malacia made very good forwards. Incidentally, Maguire put on his most confident performance in a United shirt in a while, but for 30 minutes he became a sustained target for a vocal section of the crowd, with the opening exchange being particularly embarrassing. Ten Hag's decision to keep Maguire as captain hasn't gone down well with some fans, who believe he doesn't deserve a regular starting spot, let alone the armband, and that his £80million price tag deserves him after a terrible 12-season past too much protection offered months as his form and confidence plummeted. But it's still hard to see what Maguire or United gain from him being booed in this way, even if such antics prove short-lived and a one-off on a tour halfway across the world. Manchester United player Harry Maguire (C) shoots at Crystal Palace's goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace - AFP He can at least count on the support of Ten Hag, and after a difficult start against Melbourne Victory on Friday when his lack of pace was exposed when United's high line was not selected was a much better performance from Maguire. He defended well and looked decent when the ball played from behind as United Palace overpowered until late on when Joel Ward scored and young United centre-back Will Fish was sent off 20 minutes after coming on. United have been exciting up front, their second and third goals working beautifully on team matters which will have excited Ten Hag. For the second, Martial held a long ball from Victor Lindelof and put the ball on the onrushing Sancho. Martial ran after and Sancho retaliated with the ball, which Martial then poked down the run of Donny van de Beek, whose run on the outside had helped create more space. Van de Beek pulled the ball back and Rashford completed it coolly for his second goal in as many games. Fred, coming from deep in United territory, slammed a pass into Rashford who spun and found Martial. With Sancho rushing forward on his inside, Martial hooked a pass in his teammate's path, who showed real composure to faint a couple of times before coolly smashing into the near side. United had led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Martial and the excellent work of both full-backs. Malacia pinged a pass across the box to Dalot, who cushioned the ball on his chest, sliced ​​into Tyrick Mitchell and then swept the most stunning of stealthy left-footed crosses over the Palace defender to Martial. The French forward tamed the ball on his chest before volleying in for his third goal in as many tour games. With Ronaldo still absent and Ten Hag admitting he's not sure when the Portuguese star will rejoin the squad, Martial is making the most of the 37-year-old's absence. Martial, Rashford and Sancho have offered real pace, energy and momentum going forward and there was a cohesion in the way United pressed and more patience in their build-up play. Another promising pre-season performance from Erik ten Hag's team. No injuries, signs of a more fluid style of play and some nice team goals. Happy for United that every member of their forward line has scored a goal. Palace will be looking forward to getting some of their star names back on their laps on home soil. David De Gea had made a good save to parry an Ademola Ola-Adebomi header but from the resulting corner the United goalkeeper messed up Joel Ward's header as the ball bounced off his knee and snaked inside. Palace blew the resulting free-kick over the bar, meaning their chances of salvaging a result here appear to have vanished. Manchester United are forced into an error in their own half and Will Fish is sent off for bringing down Akinwale. Aaron Wan-Bissaka replaces Dalot at right-back for a few minutes against his former club. Good counterpress from United with Savage providing some energy before Hannibal lifts off with a powerful punch that goes straight to Matthews. Whether it's Palace being energized by their changes or United being weakened by theirs, they're applying some pressure now and looking to the future with optimism. Some flippers in the United box but they climb clear eventually. The ball may have bounced just short of the line, but he'll be disappointed to have let that in. Eight for United, with youngsters like Iqbal and Savage getting some minutes. An hour later, United are 3-0 up thanks to two well-crafted team goals. They look fit, hungry and hot and Palace can't live with them. Rashford got the second, Sancho got the third. Second, Lindelof's long ball was stopped by Martial, who was clearly enjoying himself. His dismissal to Sancho was returned when he made a sharp run behind the Palace defense before nabbing the ball to Van de Beek, who had clipped down the right to create the initial space. From there, Van de Beek pulled the ball back to Rashford to bring the side foot home. Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (C) scores a goal against Crystal Palace during the pre-season football match - AFP Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (C) scores a goal against Crystal Palace during the pre-season football match - AFP Palace turned on the hour mark sliced ​​. Fred, deep in his own half, found Rashford, who turned and played a solid pass into Martial who, noticing Sancho's run, swept the ball into his teammate's pass for the first time. Sancho's finish was top notch, a couple of faints before deflecting the ball past Remi Matthews. Mateta has the ball in the net from the second phase of a corner, but the flag correctly goes offside. United now look very comfortable and confident. The lack of minutes in Palace's legs is showing - the game opens up and they look tense from front to back, never doing well against a team of United's pace. Palace had half a chance at the other end but Mateta fired straight at De Gea before United responded fatally. Rashford put the ball in Martial's feet and he found Sancho's run with a cute first pass. Every member of United's top three now has a goal. More aggro with Ayew catching Fernandes with a really bad tackle which gave offense to the United players. The referee booked Ayew before Fred walked over and engaged in a few punches and shoves with the Palace players. A minor problem in the United half as Malacia slid in on Mateta before the Palace Maguire striker found the foot badly. Fernandes leads another United attack and picks Sancho but his show has been blocked. Fernandes made a good run up front and was selected, but he took the shot on the rebound when he had more time and fired wide. Martial with a dangerous cut back, but Fernandes and Van de Beek tended to get in each other's way. Fernandes ran it but the Dutchman wasn't ready to execute the shot. Fernandes got Martial out with a long ball up front and found Sancho. He waited for his moment to stick a through ball back to Martial, who saved it for Van De Beek while goalkeeper Matthews rushed out. The Dutchman finished for Rashford for the first time. Nice interaction of the attackers from United. We're back on the road and United immediately gained more possession in the Palace half. Martial and Fernandes are a good match again. Mitchell gives the ball away cheaply but wins a throw. United made a change at the break with Van de Beek replacing McTominay, bringing a more adventurous feel to United's midfield. From James Ducker in Melbourne: “Donny van de Beek for McTominay is Ten Hag's only half-time change. He now has a clear idea of ​​his starting XI for Brighton on August 7 and he is working towards that.” An enterprising first period from United who led Palace 1-0. There were just five players in Palace's starting XI against United on the final day of the Premier League last season and manager Patrick Vieira left seven experienced players at home, meaning United will face much tougher tests. But you see signs of the work Ten Hag is doing. The way United press is much more coordinated and they are more patient in the build - not slow but patient and picking their moments. Erik ten Hag, Manchester United head coach, before the football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace - SHUTTERSTOCK The standout moment of the half was undoubtedly the goal, scored fine by Anthony Martial for his third in as many games and expertly created by Diogo Dalot , who celebrated it extensively. Bruno Fernandes is looking good, as is Jadon Sancho. Fred sees a lot of the ball. His touch is sometimes a concern in this position in midfield, but he doesn't shy away from the ball. The boos for Maguire stopped after about half an hour, but it's hard to see how this kind of behavior will benefit the team, let alone the player. Details United's new sporting structure and Ten Hag's place in the hierarchy. We talked about these ideas and agreed on the structures and the way we play football. Jordan Ayew is unhappy with the referee for getting away with an agricultural foul on Phillips so soon after Dalot. Matthews saves Rashford's long-range free-kick and the whistle goes at half-time. United were the dominant side and Ten Hag will be happy with that. Palace look like a side missing some of their best players. At the MCG, three minutes of stoppage time must be played. United wins another corner but doesn't do anything before Fred shoots wide over from long range. Aside from running and shooting earlier, Ebiowei controlled this game. Almost a very skillful attack with Martial putting the ball in Sancho's path but he didn't find the last ball. Would have been a goal to turn on the edge of the field and shoot towards the top corner with the right pin. United threaten a second after Rashford lobbed in a nasty cross from the left but Matthews did well to dive and stop Martial from jabbing it home. Sancho and Martial threaten from the right and win a corner. Dalot was very prominent in another United attack and found Sancho in the box with a really nice back pass. Sancho tried to retaliate with a pullback, but he lagged behind his teammate. Rashford shoots poorly long after Fernandes counterattacks. Short break in the game after Martial goes down holding his head but he looks good and can continue. The striker is back and leading United's high press, which forced Matthews to go long. Mitchell goes forward and lets go of Ayew behind Dalot but his pass is overturned and United have a goal kick. It looks like United are keeping a full-back deep when the other is pushed forward, almost a back three in possession. Nice no-touch spin from Malacia in midfield to pull a foul from Mitchell and run the ball down his body. 1-0 to United and what a goal it was: full back to full back for Anthony Martial for his third goal in as many games. Tyrell Malacia, who started at left back in front of Luke Shaw, picked up the ball on the edge of the box and crossed with a right foot to Diogo Dalot. Dalot tamped the ball on his chest and then sliced ​​into Tyrick Mitchell before whipping a rather impressive left footed cross over the Palace defense where Martial, timing his run perfectly, took the ball to his chest before he went home. Manchester United's Anthony Martial, left, scores his team's first goal during a pre-season game - AP Anthony Martial, left, scores his team's first goal during a pre-season game - AP Martial and Dalot have been two of the success stories on this tour so far and Ten Hag is hoping that he can continue to use this version of the players. Dalot has plenty going forward - the questions relate to his defensive skills - and it's easy to see why he was installed as first pick right ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka could never have seen, let alone be able to execute that pass with a cross for Martial. McTominay knocks down Ayew in midfield after Palace man escapes him Malacia is involved on United's left and Ward concedes an unnecessary corner by heading in from behind Rashford's cross. It was Palace's best moment yet. Ebiowei, the youngster they signed from Derby this summer, puts Fred on the butt with a jinking run from the right flank, forcing De Gea to slide a post shot around the post. Palace keep the pressure up with consecutive corners and Ayew sends a header wide. Martial's race looked over at Old Trafford but with the uncertainty surrounding Ronaldo and the urgent need to strengthen in central midfield, could he get another chance this season? He's always been a cool finisher but tends to disappear during games and throughout the season. That was a nice assist from Dalot, who pinned the ball to the back post with his weaker left foot and Martial did the rest, bringing the ball to his chest and finishing. United are controlling the game at the moment and dominating the territory. Palace look a little toothless when they get the ball without Zaha, Eze or Olise. The last thing Palace needed as they are already short on numbers on this tour. The MCG crowd continues to give Harry Maguire treatment they normally reserve for England outfielders on the Boxing Day border. There has been much debate surrounding Erik ten Hag's decision to keep Harry Maguire as United captain and many fans are unhappy with the decision, but it's still a shock to hear the England defender booed by his own here at the MCG becomes. He was booed when his name was read out at the teams' announcement and was subsequently booed five times in the first six minutes of the game. United creates the first big chance of the game. A nice pass from Fernandes for Martial's run which was played down the side by Clyne, who was too deep at the other end, but Butland stormed out of his goal and made a big save to save. A view from James Ducker, who is with the MCG: "Maguire gets booed loudly every time he touches the ball. Booed when his name was read when the team announced and he was booed four times in the first five minutes of the game.” Maguire leads the ball behind him under some pressure from Jordan Ayew. Fernandes almost finds Martial with a cute pass in the box but it's cut out. Interesting that Maguire plays on the right side of United's pair of centre-backs - is that a preparation for Martinex stepping in alongside him? Malacia has enjoyed some early touches at left-back and has looked decent enough. Just like against Liverpool, Dalot fills some tight positions with Sancho on the far right. Anthony Martial leads the line and has an early sighter that shoots over the bar from long range. McTominay appears to play as a holding player in United's midfield. Palace take possession deep in their own half. United get the game going and play all in white. Early on it looks like Sancho is wide on the right and Rashford is on the left. Early giveaway at the back for Ten Hag's side, Maguire with the loose ball. The results are of course inconsequential but it has to be said that Palace look understaffed compared to United's side. Vieira will be without 12 first-team players on this trip, which is far from ideal. 'He'll bring that motivation to the team.' Manchester United's Harry Maguire (R) warms up before the pre-season friendly - GETTY IMAGES A midfield trio of Fred, McTominay and Fernandes, the area of ​​the pitch remaining until the end of the transfer window could look very different. A forward line of Sancho, Rashford and Martial has nice balance and mobility. Manchester United vs Crystal Palace is a clash that brings back memories of the 1990 and 2016 FA Cup finals, but today the two clubs meet in a pre-season friendly at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. Interest has increased in United's preparation for the season under new manager Erik ten Hag and while the man himself has said he is not too invested in pre-season results, there have been some interesting details. United moved the ball with at least some intention in their win over Liverpool and there were signs that Ten Hag was putting his stamp on things, tucking full-backs into midfield and more defensive pressure coming from up front. Ronaldo has expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford and has missed the tour for family reasons but could be priced out of a move and United are now considering taking up a year-long option to extend his contract. Ten Hag has claimed he wants to keep Ronaldo on target, with strengthening central midfield remaining the priority in what's left of the transfer window. Patrick Vieira's Palace start the Premier League season with a delicious home game against former club Arsenal on August 5, but preparing for the season has been far from easy. Palace have lost Connor Gallagher - who has returned to parent club Chelsea - from the team that finished 12th in the league and reached an FA Cup semi-final. However, Palace continue to sign young and interesting talent, with Lens' Cheick Doucoure arriving for just under £20m. Teams on the road soon.