Rangers are reportedly set to charge media outlets for press access this season and it’s something that hasn’t gone down too well in media circles.

The Daily Mail revealed that the Gers were set to offer clubs a range of packages – ranging from £10k to £25k in price – to secure a spot in the gantry next season.

Rangers are set to charge for press access next season, according to a report. (Photo by ben radford/Corbis via Getty Images)

This comes amid high-profile disputes in the press with the likes of BBC Scotland and Reach PLC in particular.

Ibrox supporters are generally empathetic to the club’s position, understanding that coverage has not been good enough from several outlets.

The Gers are objectively often unfairly treated by some outlets and commentators and after a summer of discontent, it’s hard to blame the club for deciding enough is enough.

Criticism of the approach revolves around a so-called closed shop and Rangers only working with those outlets who won’t criticise them. From where we site, it’s about those outlets who criticise the club unfairly.

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Involvement with Rangers is commercially significant to press outlets and it’s clear that reportage has got to be better with the club opportunistically lambasted at every turn.

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Rangers fans are all to used to negative coverage with plenty backing the club over their new approach with the press. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Not only that but with direct communication, social media and RangersTV, the club can put out plenty of their own in-house media to communicate with fans.

Fans have had enough of the negative, unbalanced and unfair coverage and you can see why by-and-large, the move has been welcomed by many in the support.

But it appears to have upset plenty of the club’s rivals and some established names in the press too as they rail against greater control over who gets access at Ibrox.

One such name is Hugh Keevins who followed up a column with a tweet on the issue as news broke of the Ibrox club’s demands.

Quite remarkably, Keevins claims that the situation is akin to the coach drivers at Parks of Hamilton paying Douglas Park to work with the company.

That’s despite the fact these journalists – many of whom persist with vexatious coverage – patently do no work for Rangers.

The claims drew the attention of Rangers fans who gave their two cents regarding the entire thing via Twitter:

 

Rangers are certainly taking a much sterner approach with the press and for many supporters seeing many of the club’s detractors upset about it will do little to turn them off.

Whilst the club’s policy continues to be hammered – and bruises a few egos – it’s time it gave way to real change in the Scottish media world.

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