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How error-ridden Rangers conspired to drop two vital points

Derek Clark runs through all the trends and data as Rangers drew 3-3 with Ross County at Dingwall. (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe RANGERS were masters of their own demise at Dingwall yesterday as they threw away two points to earn a 3-3 draw with Ross County. It all started so well for the champions, with debutants Amad Diallo scoring from close range after four minutes, but the Light Blues were down 1-2 at half-time as the first of two glaring errors from Allan McGregor and another defensive Howler took place. James Tavernier would level matters four minutes into the restart before Connor Goldson led the Ibrox side in the 72nd minute only for another McGregor disaster deep into injury time that allowed Matthew Wright to concede a point for the Staggies rescue. As we can see, Rangers' defensive weaknesses are highlighted in Ross County's cumulative xG of 1.71. All three of the home side's goals have come from unforced errors and that will frustrate and worry van Bronckhorst with the Old Firm derby on the horizon. If we look closely at the goals conceded, we get a real sense of how costly those mistakes by McGregor were. For Jordan White's first-half equaliser, McGregor fumbled a Hungbo cross at his near post, allowing the Staggies forward to tap into an empty net. Calvin Bassey's breath of fresh air allows Regan Charles-Cook to get past McGregor with his 10th goal of the season. It was a costly mistake by Bassey but Charles-Cook still had work to do to beat McGregor but the Grenada international pulled it off with ease. Just as Rangers were on the verge of taking all three points, McGregor somehow kneeled a ball into his six-yard box, right in the path of White, who had the easiest job of jabbing home. As expected, Rangers dominated possession yesterday, although it is evident that Cedric Itten, perhaps a surprise starter, was less involved than the rest of the outfield players. He struggled to assert himself in the game and was replaced by Kemar Roofe, who looked more menacing and was unlucky not to score when he saw a cannon shot off the post. As we can see in the figures below, Rangers' conversion rate compared to Ross County makes for bleak reading. Scoring three goals from six tries where two were put on a plate tells you where the light blues' problems lie. Although van Bronckhorst took charge, errors and oversights have recurred since the team returned from winter break. It is one thing to create opportunities, another to give gifts to the opposition, as we saw yesterday. The only shining light of events at Dingwall was debutant Amad Diallo's performance. If we take a closer look at his commitment we can see what he will bring to this Rangers team. Speaking to Rangers TV after the game, van Bronckhorst was satisfied with the Manchester United man's performance: "You could see his quality, he scored the first goal and was very good in the area at the second post. Amad certainly looks like Rangers' answer to the troubled right wing position and if he is fit he is likely to start back at Parkhead mid-week. The Rangers should have won this match purely because of the chances they created. However, a failure to put opponents ahead and three defensive mistakes have seen the reigning champions lose two valuable points. Wednesday's game will take care of itself but there will be serious concerns about losing more points to clubs like Ross County in the future should they struggle to finish the game. Pittodrie and now Dingwall have highlighted a fragility in the Rangers rearguard that needs to be addressed quickly.

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Fenerbahce spark interest in Rangers forward as Turkey take steps to bolster their punching power

According to media reports in Turkey, Fenerbahce have revived their interest in Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos. (Author: Gardener)

TurkeyAccording to media reports in Turkey, Fenerbahce have revived their interest in Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos. The Istanbul-based Super Lig club are struggling to finish in the top four in their domestic league in a bid to qualify for Europe next season. Caretaker manager Ismail Kartal - who held the reins until the end of the season following the sacking of Vitor Pereira earlier this month - has been given the green light to sign another striker to support main strikers Serdar Dursun and Enner Valencia, with Morelos shortlisted to be Haris Benfica's Seferovic and Olympiakos' Tiquinho Soares. © Ismail Kartal is back at Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce were also exploring the possibility of signing Morelos in the summer and sources in Turkey have told The Scotsman that the Yellow Canaries would be willing to pay £7million for the forward in that window, which closes for Turkish clubs on February 8 . Whether Rangers would accept such a sum for Morelos, who is under contract until the summer of 2023, is up for debate given his importance to Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The 25-year-old has rediscovered his best form since Dutch manager Steven Gerrard replaced in November and is seen as a key part of the team as the Ibrox club look to defend their Premiership title. © Rangers are expected to make another bid for John Souttar of Hearts, who has signed a preliminary contract... Morelos, who joined Rangers in 2017, is currently on international duty for Colombia after qualifying for World Cup qualifying was recalled but didn't even make the squad for Friday night's 1-0 defeat by Peru. Rangers have three other forwards in their roster in Fashion Sakala, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, but Morelos has already emerged as Van Bronckhorst's key man in attack. They are expected to return with another offer in January for Hearts defender John Souttar, who has signed a preliminary contract to join Ibrox in the summer.

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Rangers transfer the score to Souttar, Simpson, Doekhi and Simons

The window isn't quite closed yet as Gio van Bronckhorst puts the finishing touches on his side (Author: Gardener)

SouttarIt's been a quietly productive transfer window for Rangers until the Gio van Bronckhorst era got off to a smooth start. Steven Gerrard's move to Aston Villa in November threatened to uproot things at Ibrox and rumors immediately began circulating that he could return for the likes of Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara in January. They've improved, if anything, with New York City's James Sands and Manchester United winger Amad Diallo on loan. Meanwhile, they also tied keeper Jon McLaughlin to a new contract until 2024. However, there are still a few days to do more business as the deadline is Monday night, and while not expecting too much upheaval, there could still be a few tweaks before the window goes into the cold room until summer . We know Souttar will be a Rangers player next season - the only thing to be seen is if he will leave Hearts before then. Gers is pushing to sign him this month and if Saturday's fortuitous 3-3 draw against Ross County is anything, it's easy to see why. But the Jambos have remained steadfast so far and Record Sport understand they are charging a fee in excess of £500,000 to sign an exit in January. Souttar left injured in Hearts' win over Motherwell, but Hearts boss Robbie Neilson expects he'll face Hibs again later in the week - unless Rangers return to the table. And I assume he'll be available for Tuesday if he's still here. The Edinburgh Evening News report that there had been "no further offer" from Rangers as of Saturday night, although that could change soon. It's been a fun old year at Ibrox for Simpson since moving from Bournemouth last January. The 25-year-old has struggled to make a name for himself and 90 minutes at left-back against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup may not have changed his fortunes. It's believed Rangers will let him go if anyone approaches, but so far a lack of interest has stood in his way. However, QPR was also in the frame and if there is any approach before Monday's deadline Van Bronckhorst is unlikely to get in the way. Gers may have sealed the deal for Souttar but with Connor Goldson looking set to leave in the summer, another centre-back is on the agenda. Doekhi's name has rarely been far from the transfer headlines as the Vitesse skipper is in a similar contract situation to Souttar. Doekhi is out of contract in the summer. He has brushed aside talk of a January exit but recent reports suggest he will decide on his future after the season is over before the window closes. The timing of that is certainly odd and has you wondering if he might just be trying to keep his transfer options open this month after deciding on his next club. The 23-year-old is also a target for Dinamo Zagreb but Napoli's previous interest seems to have waned. Monday night's French Cup clash between PSG and Nice is likely to tell us a lot about Simons' future as the youngster considers his options beyond the end of the season. The 18-year-old is out of contract in the summer and is keen to move away unless his prospects in first-team football improve significantly. Paris Saint-Germain's Xavi Simons has been linked with a Ligue 1 exit. After a couple of Ligue 1 appearances, he was forced to sit on the bench in the 4-0 win over Reims – despite Paris having cruise control on for the last half-hour. If he doesn't play a role on Monday night, the Dutch midfielder could make a late attempt on an away loan.

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Rangers' passivity causes lost points at Dingwall as Abandoned Control underpins mistakes

Ross County benefited from three errors but gained control of the ball with worrying acceptance. (Author: Gardener)

Dingwall as Abandoned ControlNUMEROUS arms were thrown up as Ross County launched a final attack on the away goal yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately for Rangers, they became frustrated when Allan McGregor made the costly decision to throw his stomach on the ball instead. Misinterpreting a shot, the No. 1 succumbed to a premature move and a tame effort meant to be rallied was shoved in Matthew Wright's path instead; For the third time in 90 minutes, the leaders made a mistake that caused both grimaces and groans. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's attitude expressed disbelief, Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson turned their backs and vented their frustrations on the Highland Precipice. McGregor had saved his side at Tynecastle when control was relinquished after building a two-goal lead last month. The 1-1 draw at Pittodrie almost a fortnight ago was yet another warning of the passivity seen away from home under the new leadership when a point gained has been charitable. When the lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership was shattered yet again, Rangers' referees were to blame. Because although Wright's late equalizer was the scene of point losses and frustration, the foundation for such a result was laid once Rangers took the lead. READ MORE: Amad Diallo is one of football's 'most exciting prospects' and could be game-changing transfer. A quick move across the field allowed the Nigerian to run into space and Amad Diallo found a crossed ball to start the goal. Noticing Amad's movement to attack the far post, the manager lived up to expectations built up ahead of his debut, which consisted of the 19-year-old performing a newly composed anthem before the game. Instead of trying to keep the pressure up after Rangers took the lead, they sat low and planned to pick their transition moments. The two errors that turned the game in County's favor could not be explained; After all, that defense is looking far more secure since the arrival of van Bronckhorst, even if they slightly surpassed their xG goal conceded. The visiting coach may have lamented the 'giving away' of goals, but it was his side's approach that squandered space their opponents should have deserved. The first half highlighted the limitations of this tactic, which has now led to mixed results away from home. The emphasis on individualism resulted in a lack of possession patterns to offer paths through midfield, as both centre-backs constantly passed sideways, waiting for a midfield run to break the lines. The team changed form to address the build-up barriers Dundee United and Livingston had both previously erected - blocking Goldson's angles to play diagonals, showing full-backs in infield, standing on Kamara's toes and catching Calvin Bassey , if he ever ventured forward. James Tavernier pushed higher up the field and Borna Barisic pushed up the field to form the 3-1 formation often seen at Ibrox, creating numerical superiority in the front row and better access to attacking zones of the playing field allowed. READ MORE: Rangers player ratings detailed as Amad Diallo and Joe Aribo 'make moments' but league leaders lose points tie, the latter twisting and turning to release a shot the captain was able to convert from his high position The pressure continued as it should have early in the game and Goldson nodded home at the far post to put his side ahead, this time Barisic made sure he had allowed more autonomy to level the pitch. It seemed like Rangers' response would redeem what had happened before, Kemar Roofe clipping the post as a safety goal was chased and van Bronckhorst regularly waved his team up. However, Wright's late reply would have the final say as the visitors paid for their first-half decisions.

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The Rangers win saw Celtic fans smash bottles through my window, but my wife's cancer messages went beyond the rivalry

The German was a cult hero at Ibrox and, in his latest Sunday Mail column, tells how his house was once attacked after a derby win, but admitted he was held in high esteem by the majority of Hoops fans. (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe best game you can ever play as a soccer player. That's how I explain the Old Firm Derby when someone in Germany asks me about my experiences. You can have great European nights at Ibrox and Celtic Park, especially when it comes to the Champions League. But the Old Firm... there's just something special about it. When I came to Rangers it was a bit different because most of my teammates were Scottish. That's how it was at Celtic back then. There were guys who said to me when I arrived: 'I'd rather beat Celtic four times than win the title.' I'd rather lift a trophy at the end of the season because that's what it's all about. Any foreign player who signs with Rangers or Celtic is immediately told how big the game is. But if you see the hype the week before an Old Firm game, you can already feel it. We won 2-0 and I set up both goals for Richard Gough and Paul Gascoigne. Paul Gascoigne celebrates a goal against Celtic while Alan Stubbs watches Ibrox in the tunnel when you hear the noise it's just amazing. To this day it's very difficult to explain to people what it's like or what it means for the players. This game is about history, isn't it? I learned that it's about more than football. But I wasn't interested in religion or anything like that when I came to Rangers. And in an old-firm game, you have to give a little more - 100 percent isn't enough. You realize you have to go over the edge to win this game. That belongs to the old company. Giovanni van Bronckhorst joined when I was there and Henrik Larsson joined Celtic around the same time. They had been best friends at Feyenoord. You just have to win for the club and the fans. When I was at Rangers, the German boy Andreas Thom was at Celtic. I knew him and in the beginning we got together. I didn't want to change and suddenly hate him for playing across town. This is nonsense. Obviously I had a great relationship with Rangers support. It was like a love story from the start. I was lucky to perform well for them and score a lot of goals against Celtic so they loved me for that. But apart from one incident in 1999, I didn't have a problem with the Celtic fans either. Of course I got the usual shouts from them during the games. That is normal. They told me I was a good player at the wrong club. That's fair enough. The only time I felt uncomfortable was that night after accidentally colliding with Paul Lambert on the pitch. Jörg Albertz celebrates scoring in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in 1999. We had won 4-2 and Paul was injured and lost several teeth after challenging me in the penalty area and giving away a penalty. That night I was walking my dog ​​and when I got back to the house I could hear my girlfriend screaming in the kitchen. When I got there no one was there, which was probably a good thing. After that, I didn't have any trouble with Celtic fans at all. As my wife has cancer I have indeed received so many nice messages and emails from Celtic fans. It wasn't pretty, but it shows what this game means to the people of Glasgow and around the world. I don't think there is a comparable game. Footballers naturally want to play in a World Cup final or a Champions League final. But playing in an old firm derby is amazing. And I loved playing at Parkhead even if the atmosphere was against you. As a player, I liked that because it got more out of you. The feeling I had after scoring against Celtic is the best I've had in my career. If you score and win the game then you take the title from the back - well, there's no better feeling than that. During my time at Rangers we won more than we lost. I'm a Rangers through and through, but Scottish football needs both clubs to be strong. And that's how it seems at the moment. This Wednesday night game is huge. I don't think it's a title decider but if Rangers win they will have a massive advantage in the title race. For Celtic it's an opportunity to close the gap. And a draw would be far better for Rangers than Celtic. It's an important game for both clubs because we all know what's at stake this season.

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The Rangers win saw Celtic fans smash bottles through my window, but my wife's cancer messages went beyond the rivalry

The German was a cult hero at Ibrox and, in his latest Sunday Mail column, tells how his house was once attacked after a derby win, but admitted he was held in high esteem by the majority of Hoops fans. (Author: Gardener)

RangersThe best game you can ever play as a soccer player. That's how I explain the Old Firm Derby when someone in Germany asks me about my experiences. You can have great European nights at Ibrox and Celtic Park, especially when it comes to the Champions League. But the Old Firm... there's just something special about it. When I came to Rangers it was a bit different because most of my teammates were Scottish. That's how it was at Celtic back then. There were guys who said to me when I arrived: 'I'd rather beat Celtic four times than win the title.' I'd rather lift a trophy at the end of the season because that's what it's all about. Any foreign player who signs with Rangers or Celtic is immediately told how big the game is. But if you see the hype the week before an Old Firm game, you can already feel it. We won 2-0 and I set up both goals for Richard Gough and Paul Gascoigne. Paul Gascoigne celebrates a goal against Celtic while Alan Stubbs watches Ibrox in the tunnel when you hear the noise it's just amazing. To this day it's very difficult to explain to people what it's like or what it means for the players. This game is about history, isn't it? I learned that it's about more than football. But I wasn't interested in religion or anything like that when I came to Rangers. And in an old-firm game, you have to give a little more - 100 percent isn't enough. You realize you have to go over the edge to win this game. That belongs to the old company. Giovanni van Bronckhorst joined when I was there and Henrik Larsson joined Celtic around the same time. They had been best friends at Feyenoord. You just have to win for the club and the fans. When I was at Rangers, the German boy Andreas Thom was at Celtic. I knew him and in the beginning we got together. I didn't want to change and suddenly hate him for playing across town. This is nonsense. Obviously I had a great relationship with Rangers support. It was like a love story from the start. I was lucky to perform well for them and score a lot of goals against Celtic so they loved me for that. But apart from one incident in 1999, I didn't have a problem with the Celtic fans either. Of course I got the usual shouts from them during the games. That is normal. They told me I was a good player at the wrong club. That's fair enough. The only time I felt uncomfortable was that night after accidentally colliding with Paul Lambert on the pitch. Jörg Albertz celebrates scoring in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in 1999. We had won 4-2 and Paul was injured and lost several teeth after challenging me in the penalty area and giving away a penalty. That night I was walking my dog ​​and when I got back to the house I could hear my girlfriend screaming in the kitchen. When I got there no one was there, which was probably a good thing. After that, I didn't have any trouble with Celtic fans at all. As my wife has cancer I have indeed received so many nice messages and emails from Celtic fans. It wasn't pretty, but it shows what this game means to the people of Glasgow and around the world. I don't think there is a comparable game. Footballers naturally want to play in a World Cup final or a Champions League final. But playing in an old firm derby is amazing. And I loved playing at Parkhead even if the atmosphere was against you. As a player, I liked that because it got more out of you. The feeling I had after scoring against Celtic is the best I've had in my career. If you score and win the game then you take the title from the back - well, there's no better feeling than that. During my time at Rangers we won more than we lost. I'm a Rangers through and through, but Scottish football needs both clubs to be strong. And that's how it seems at the moment. This Wednesday night game is huge. I don't think it's a title decider but if Rangers win they will have a massive advantage in the title race. For Celtic it's an opportunity to close the gap. And a draw would be far better for Rangers than Celtic. It's an important game for both clubs because we all know what's at stake this season.

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Ross County knocks Rangers title off course amid Storm Malik chaos

STORM MALIK wreaked havoc across Scotland. Ross County wreaked havoc in the Rangers box as they pulled the champion's title fight off course at Dingwall. (Author: Gardener)

Ross CountyRoss County wreaked havoc in the Rangers box as they pulled the champion's title fight off course at Dingwall. Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side appeared to have avoided a costly stumble on the eve of the second Old Firm clash of the campaign as they took a late lead from behind. But it was the Staggies who would have the final say on what was to be a remarkable afternoon. When four seasons hit Global Energy Stadium, Rangers couldn't weather the storm. Goals from Amad Diallo, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson - the latter two coming after Jordan White and Regan Charles-Cook netted - should have been enough for Rangers. When Matthew Wright scored in the sixth minute of added time, the visitors had no chance of another thrilling comeback. The final days of the transfer window and this Celtic clash could be crucial for Rangers. The repercussions will, of course, last longer than just the rest of the title race. Diallo's signing mid-week had been warmly welcomed by supporters. Given his pedigree and potential, it will be exciting to see what he can do during a brief stint in Scotland before aiming to make his mark at Old Trafford. The 19-year-old was sung from the stands during the warm-up and in the minutes before kick-off. Rangers had to start up front and try to hold their own in what was always going to be a tricky test, regardless of their respective league positions. Such opportunities are crucial in any title race. When Diallo put the visitors ahead after five minutes, it looked like Rangers were about to get going. The two goals County scored in the first half were defensively weird, disastrous affairs. However, the first half of the afternoon was a good move as Diallo netted at the back post. His outburst forward worried County and he would single out Diallo as he slipped in front of Jake Vokins to open his account. That should have laid the groundwork for Rangers' victory. Instead, everything would collapse within five shambolic minutes as the master fell behind at the break. White was in the right place at the right time. The ball fell out of McGregor's grip and at his feet and White made a close-range substitution to stun Rangers and silence the traveling support. Rangers had done little since their good start. That would come back to haunt them as another defensive disaster allowed Charles-Cook to double County's tally. Goldson made a mess in the middle of the park with a direct clearance and Barisic aimed a tame header at White. Charles-Cook couldn't believe his luck and made Rangers pay. With only McGregor to beat, his low score was clinical as he scored for the tenth time in an impressive season. There was no reaction from the Rangers before the break. They were at least a little more menacing, but the goal they needed was never achieved, and the intent injection came too late. Tavernier was denied by Ash Maynard-Brewer at the near post before a free-kick went just over the bar. The county keeper also saved a drive from Glen Kamara and well blocked a Scott Arfield attempt after combining with the largely ineffective Itten. Rangers ended the first half in promotion. After the break, they picked up where they left off and covered the deficit within four minutes. Diallo caused County's initial problems. His shot from the right flank was saved by Maynard-Brewer and spilled when the ball went loose. When it fell to Tavernier, the captain got the decisive touch as Rangers scored the goal they so desperately needed. County was under pressure and survived a couple of scares before Van Bronckhorst used his bench for the first time and Itten's Kemar Roofe took over through the middle. Just a few minutes later, he had to make another change. Diallo fared worst when a shot was blocked on the edge of the area and he was later treated before being forced off and replaced by Fashion Sakala. The Ivorian nationalist hadn't stolen the show but he had shown enough in a striking and encouraging debut to suggest he could be a real asset to Rangers in the months to come. However, Rangers needed one to show up here first. It was Goldson who thought he'd taken the role as he drove home from close range to complete the comeback and spark boisterous celebrations in the away game. Barisic's cross from the left was not cleared, but Roofe was denied. Maynard-Brewer saved Arfield and the ball flew in the air. He converted from a few yards and was mobbed by a handful of fans pushing into the park as he took the ball from Arfield and tucked it into his shirt. His reaction after the final whistle was very different. He would let out an angry, instinctive roar as Rangers squandered two points and momentum in the title race. A corner was not cleared in the closing seconds and Wright converted from close range. It was one of the most significant in the race for the Premiership title.

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Connor Goldson's celebration could indicate his future lies with Rangers

Rangers star Connor Goldson may have given Ibrox faithful a clue as to where his future lies after his heartfelt celebration. (Author: Gardener)

RangersRangers defender Connor Goldson scored the side's third goal against Ross County in a disappointing 3-3 draw, but it was the Englishman's celebrations that raised questions about his future. As Goldson ran away to celebrate his header and put the Ibrox side ahead in the game, he held up the club crest to the crowd and gave a nod that his future could still remain in Glasgow. Connor Goldson still big at Rangers There's no question that the defender can still play a big role at the club. According to the Scottish Sun, there has recently been interest in the centre-back from both Nottingham Forest and West Brom. There is only so much Rangers can offer him and with the buying power of teams in England, even in the Championship they can make him an offer that is ultimately too good to refuse. With the player turning 30 before the end of the year his next deal could be his last, in hindsight he can't be blamed if he decided to do what was best for him and his family. Regardless of the contract situation, his contributions to the club and his key role in achieving the league title last year will not be forgotten and if he leaves at the end of the current season then I'm sure all the fans wish him the best. Hopefully van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson can make an attractive offer and convince Connor Goldson his future lies in Glasgow.

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Sarah Palin is dating New York Rangers legend Ron Duguay

The couple were spotted eating outside at Elio's on the Upper East Side in New York City on Wednesday night - two days after Palin knew she had tested positive for COVID (Author: Gardener)

Sarah PalinFormer Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to meet with former New York Rangers hockey player Ron Duguay. Palin, 57, and Duguay, 64, have been involved since late last year, sources told Page Six. However, PEOPLE magazine says the pair are "just friends" who "met through hockey," according to a source. The couple were spotted eating outside at Elio's on the Upper East Side in New York City on Wednesday night - two days after Palin knew she had tested positive for COVID. That night, Duguay was extra protective of the former Alaska governor, reportedly bucking reporters and shielding Palin from them. "Hello," said a photographer at Palin's dinner party. "Are any of you concerned that she has tested positive for COVID? Duguay got up from the table and, according to the New York Daily News, approached the photographer and asked, "Are you looking for trouble?" Then he is said to have knocked the camera out of the photographer's hand. Palin has been divorced from her high school sweetheart Todd since 2020. Duguay is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 12 seasons in the NHL from 1977 to 1989. He played for various teams throughout his career but was drafted by the Rangers and played his first six seasons in New York, notorious for his flamboyant behavior and long hair. Duguay was married to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kim Alexis in 1993. He'd briefly dated Charlie's Angels starlet Farrah Fawcett in the 1980s - and claimed paparazzi photos of the couple in Page Six had traded him from Rangers. "Herb Brooks, the coach, he had this conversation with me about 'staying off Page Six, being on the sports side,' and actually I was back on Page Six," Duguay said. Palin was selected by the then Senator. John McCain as his Republican running mate for the 2008 presidential election. Palin served as Alaska governor from 2006 until she resigned in 2009. Shawn McCreesh of New York Magazine tweeted that he approached Palin for an interview outside the restaurant on Wednesday but was turned down. Palin was spotted eating al fresco with a group of friends at Campignola, another Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side, on Tuesday. Palin was tested for COVID in anticipation of her New York Times libel trial because she intended to testify without a mask. She was spotted with Duguay that same night - after being filmed leaving Elios and saying "Ciao! Sources told Page Six that she got too close to other partygoers for comfort and offered them unsolicited selfies with her. I said 'not really' to myself, but 'ok' came out of my mouth," a guest told the outlet. Another told Page Six that "she asked me and I said, 'I don't look good, so no thanks.'" Though morally questionable, Palin didn't break any rules or laws with those meals. Luca Guaitolini, the operations manager at Elio's, defended her visit on Wednesday, telling DailyMail.com she "returned to the restaurant to apologize". He would not confirm whether Palin had told staff that she had tested positive just two days earlier. However, she hooked Elio's for a $1,000 fine by eating inside the previous Saturday. New York City law prohibits people over the age of 12 from eating or drinking in an indoor restaurant unless they are vaccinated. Guaitolini says staff "made a mistake" by letting them dine indoors on Saturday and that he's now looking into what happened. Palin, who has said she would be vaccinated "over her dead body," ate in the restaurant rather than in an outdoor seating area on the occasion. Guaitolini told the New York Times that she "probably strolled over to a table" before the waiters asked her for her vaccination card. It's unclear if Palin was ever asked for proof of vaccination or if she was aware of the law while dining indoors. S. Vice presidential candidate and former Alaskan governor, who previously tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021, said at a US tipping point rally in December that Dr. Anthony Fauci's contradictory comment on natural immunity put her off getting vaccinated. I won't, and they better not touch my kids," she said at the time. City Hall says it will not fine the restaurant over the incident because it was not reported to them when she was there. According to a spokesman for the town hall, they are not investigating past incidents. US District Judge Jed Rakoff - who was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1996 - said court rules would allow Palin to return to court on February 3 even if she still tests positive, as long as she has no symptoms. If she has symptoms, she can be examined by a doctor providing services to the courts on February 2, he said. Palin accused the New York Times and its former editorial page editor James Bennet of damaging their reputation in a March 14 editorial.

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Carl Starfelt tells Rangers Celtic are a different animal now ahead of the Old Firm Crunch

CARL STARFELT believes Celtic are ready to topple Rangers and claim first place in the Scottish Premier League and says they are a very different matter to the team who were defeated at Ibrox in August. (Author: Gardener)

Carl StarfeltCARL STARFELT believes Celtic are ready to topple Rangers and claim first place in the Scottish Premier League and says they are a very different matter to the team who were defeated at Ibrox in August. The Sweden defender was understandably on a high following Celtic's win over Dundee United that narrowed the gap with Rangers to just two points ahead of Wednesday night's Old Firm clash at Celtic Park. And he believes the Ibrox side will face a much tougher test this time against Celtic than when they beat Ange Postecoglou's men by a clean sheet earlier in the campaign. "We've been a better team since the last Rangers game," said Starfelt. “We have come a long way in our football. "I think we're ready for that. It's going to be a good game and we're going to play it like any other game and try our best to win it. Of course we really want to win the game on Wednesday, but we have to focus on every game. "We can't think about other teams or what might happen in the future. We have to be focused and play every game as it comes and win as many as possible. We're focused on playing our own football and at the end of the season , that depends on where you are in the table.” It looked like Celtic wouldn't capitalize on Rangers' earlier slip against Ross County as they struggled to bring down a stubborn Dundee United, but Starfelt did said the players never thought a goal wouldn't come and it duly went through Liel Abada in stoppage time: "We believed in ourselves all the time," he said. "We didn't play our best game, but we certainly created enough to win the game with a few goals."We missed a few chances so it's always going to be difficult, but we stayed calm and ended up scoring a goal. "We kept pushing and d aran believed. We had the attitude that we don't give up or think it's too hard, we'll just keep going, play our football and try to win every game and this time we scored in the end so we're very happy . ”

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