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FORGET a week, a day is a long time on the Hotline as Rangers fans fell over themselves to celebrate signing activity at Ibrox.

Just hours earlier punters had been worried by the lack of any movement following Craig Whyte's takeover and the passing of power to Ally McCoist.

Then Walter Smith's successor convinced Allan McGregor and Steven Whittaker to stay at the club and made his first signing in Spaniard Juan Manuel Ortiz.

Cameron MacDonald, Armadale, said: "What great news for the club. When Neil Alexander signed again I thought it would be the end of McGregor but this is brilliant news because he's one of the best keepers around.

"Whittaker is one of the most under-rated players in this country and he has been the best signing from Hibs by either of the Old Firm clubs. I'm really feeling good about the new season now."

Peter Webster, Forres, said: "I hope this shuts up all the Celtic fans who love to talk about Rangers.

"Wake up and smell the coffee. They should focus on what is going on at their own club and let the big clubs get on with their own business."

Alan Brunher, Belfast, said: "I can't understand people who were slagging off Craig Whyte.

"Who would have saved Rangers had he not come in? He should be given time. All the recent activity at Ibrox shows he's doing things right."

Derek Reid, Dollar, said: "I am fed up with all the Celtic fans having a go at Rangers. They should try winning the league.

"We're doing everything right and will win the title again. McGregor is the best keeper in Scotland and quite possibly Britain - he won us the title last season.

"We are signing decent players and giving great contracts to players who brought us success. If Celtic win the league next season, I'll eat my hat."

Derek was on the wind-up and another man was also looking for a rise from across the city.

Jim Ellis, Armadale, said: "What a great start to my holidays. I woke up to read that McGregor and Whittaker have signed lengthy new deals. And euphoria will really set in if I read that Georgios Samaras has penned a new seven-year deal at Celtic."

Celtic fans saw the funny side and weren't too worried about events on the other side of Glasgow.

Mark Watson, Kirknewton, said: "Is this news supposed to be scary? "I get more frightened watching Coronation Street. We are going to win the title this season and Rangers will be a very poor second."

Old Firm fans are squabbling again and there was even a call on the Hearts fan who attacked Celtic boss Neil Lennon last season.

Derek McDowall, Glasgow, said: "Everybody forgets that Celtic had two security people on the bench that night and they should have done something.

"One looked as though he was falling asleep - shouldn't they have been looking to take action against a thug?" There was someone else happy with something that may have escaped your attention.

Forfar manager Dick Campbell has won his battle with cancer and Isabella Livingstone, Mount Florida, Glasgow, said: "There's so much bad news at the moment so I was really pleased that Dick has got the all-clear."

Andy Murray was still a talking point after Hotline regular William Hill got under the skin of many punters by saying he was ready to bet the Scot wouldn't win a Grand Slam title in his lifetime. Another caller then queried how William intended picking up any winnings on a bet like that.

But Alan Shepherd, Danderhall, said: "William's family will pick up his winnings when he's gone, which hopefully wont be for a long time yet."

The man himself replied to all the stick. William Hill, Newcraighall, said: "This bet will provide a tidy sum. I am waiting for a reply from Hill's head office in Leeds with a price."

William Brisbane, Burscough, said: "What's with all the criticism of Murray? If he was a Scottish golfer or footballer ranked No.4 in the world we would be singing his praises so why do we continually put him down? "As No.4 in the world he is a great ambassador for Scotland and should be congratulated."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 6, 2011
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