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Managers Wanted for Top-Flight Football Clubs

by Rainier on March 26, 2002 @ 8:41 p.m. PST

On March 29th, Rangers Football Coach and Celtic Football Coach will be released on CD-ROM for the PC. So, while few fans will ever sit behind the managers’ desks at Ibrox or Celtic Park, any fan with a home PC will be able to take charge of either team through these unique simulations.
Celtic and Rangers: the giants of Scottish football, and amongst Europe’s greats. Managing one of these teams would be a dream come true for any football fan, and particularly for any red-blooded Scot. And now the dream can come true... virtually.

On March 29th, Rangers Football Coach and Celtic Football Coach will be released on CD-ROM for the PC. So, while few fans will ever sit behind the managers’ desks at Ibrox or Celtic Park, any fan with a home PC will be able to take charge of either team through these unique simulations.

Unlike any football management game that has gone before, these simulations are not aimed at games fans - but at football fans.

Both games will allow players to control all the important aspects of the management of the clubs, including:

  • Buy and sell accurately simulated players from across Europe.
  • Oversee the training of each and every player.
  • Select your squad for each match.
  • Set match tactics and playing styles.
  • Watch move-by-move match reports, and react by adjusting your tactics or calling in subs.

So now you can take your club to European victory or to complete the 10-in-a-row. But beware that the exacting expectations of the fans and Directors are also simulated with unforgiving accuracy.

The game has been created in close co-operation with both Rangers and Celtic, who have given advice throughout. The clubs have been especially involved with ensuring that the virtual players within the game mirror their real-life counterparts as closely as possible, and their involvement will continue.

Fergus McNeill, MD of the developers’ responsible, Smoking Gun, explained:

"It's been a fantastic experience working on these games, and I believe we've managed to make something which people will be able to get into and enjoy really easily. I grew up just outside Glasgow, so I understand the unique status of these clubs, and know how passionately the supporters feel about them. That's what drove the design process for these games - we wanted to build in the Old Firm rivalry, and all the feelings that make the clubs so special."

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