Scottish football journalist Graham Spiers has branded Rangers’ most recent press conference a “farce” amid claims fan media have not been pressed the club enough on the current Covid-19 situation.

Fans, rivals and the press alike have been left in the dark regarding a series of Covid-19 positives at the club which were confirmed by Rangers earlier in the week [Rangers].

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Graham Spiers is a public opponent of the Ibrox club’s pay-to-enter press policy. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ahead of the club’s trip to Armenia to face Alashkert in the second leg of their Europa League Playoff, tabloid newspapers did a headcount on the bodies travelling across Europe.

Leading fan media Heart & Hand would later release a playing squad list with James Tavernier, Calvin Bassey, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright, Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin the players in isolation.


Gers manager Steven Gerrard is also in isolation as the club face a crunch double header against the Armenians and Old Firm rivals Celtic this week.

The Gers are keeping their cards decidedly close to their chest and Spiers took the opportunity to criticise those at a Gary McAllister press conference for not pressing the club on the matter.

At the same time, Spiers once again took a dig at the club’s controversial media policy which demands outlets pay to gain access to the Ibrox press room despite broadcasters being present.

“Were there many journalists at this Rangers presser? A number of pressing, key issues of the last 24 hours left totally ignored,” said Spiers.

“What a farce. If “fan media” is the way Rangers FC want to go, fine, but there must be more enquiring supporters who find this totally unhealthy.”

Now with limited questions, it’s hard to tell if those involved in the presser wanted to point their questions elsewhere, had assumed the club were not going to divulge any further information regarding the positives, or had been briefed on this already.

But whatever the case, the journalist – who isn’t mega-popular amongst some Rangers fans – has drawn criticism for the statement:

Rangers are heading into the clash with Alashkert depleted but not down hearted as the Gers look to progress to the Europa League groups for the fourth season on the trot.

However, there is some hope that some of those players self-isolating could be released in time for the Old Firm clash with Celtic.

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