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Falkirk down, but Rangers party.



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The Scottish Premier League culminated last weekend, and it will be remembered for many things, good and bad.

Saturday saw Falkirk relegated into the First Division, after they were unable to defeat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

A victory would have sent Killie down, but, in truth, Falkirk can have no complaints as they have been bottom of the table for the majority of the season.

Stephen Pressley, as well, must take the fair share of blame for Falkirk’s demise, this despite only being in the hot-seat for a few months.

He has made some ridiculous comments to the media, not the least the one where he guaranteed Falkirk’s safety. His mind games and motivational techniques appeared flawed from the very off, and it is of no surprise he has failed in his mission.

By talking slowly and clearly, Pressley thinks he comes across as articulate and philosophical, but, instead, just appears to be not very bright and desperately inexperienced.

He, in a way, feels he can be Scotland’s answer to Jose Mourinho.  This thought alone should dispel any myths of him being able to achieve much in the game in a coaching capacity.

Meanwhile, at the top end of the table Rangers were finally allowed to party and lift the SPL trophy after securing the title two weeks ago.

They drew at home to Motherwell – 3 each, losing two goals in injury time. The last, however, was pure cheating on behalf of the Motherwell team.

Jamie Murphy’s dive in the box was scandalous, and there should be no sweeping it under the carpet from the Scottish media, although I suspect it will, considering it meant very little in the grand scheme of things.

Despite financial turbulence, Walter Smith has managed to motivate is limited squad into achieving a League and cup double.

They were so far ahead of Celtic this year – though the final table says only six points separate them – and thoroughly deserved all the accolades they won.

The numerous players and manager’s awards went to the Ibrox club, but the summer could be worrying times for the light blues.

Unless a takeover is finalized, it is difficult to imagine that Rangers will be able to assemble a squad capable of repeating this year’s success.

Celtic, also, will improve next season. The board will need to release even more money to whoever takes on the job.

Whether Neil Lennon gets his opportunity at Celtic, or if Walter Smith signs a new deal at Rangers, next year will, no doubt, be as controversial and exciting as always.