Rangers fans have been slaughtering former Celtic striker Chris Sutton for a column that claims Steven Gerrard will be “mortified” by the club’s approach to the press.
Rangers have introduced a policy of charging for press access and media partnerships, something which has gone down controversially in press circles.
My @Record_Sport column on the strange case of press conferences at Ibrox. What must Steven Gerrard really be thinking? And why Scottish football clubs must sing off the same hymn sheet and stick together for the benefit of all. Your thoughts?? https://t.co/Hy5AMWnYOD
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 7, 2021
Sutton’s Daily Record column takes aim at the competency of fan media and claims Rangers “are coming across as a totalitarian club”.
The ex-Celtic striker is no stranger to controversy and what’s remarkable is that in the same breath, Sutton claims he doesn’t know “the ins and the outs” at Ibrox, but also that Steven Gerrard must be “mortified” by the policy.
We think Stevie G is doing just Champion, thanks.
The outspoken columnist also makes the very bold claim that Gerrard “doesn’t seem to want to do what he knows is right” in an attempt to drag the Gers gaffer into the discussion.
On top of this Sutton criticises Rangers’ approach to the SPFL cinch sponsorship deal (surprise, surprise) where the Gers are invoking one of the body’s own rules to avoid promoting the partnership.
This relates to a conflict of interest regarding existing commercial contracts signed by the Ibrox club.
Sutton claims that Rangers’ approach is damaging other clubs – something few fans will have any sympathy with even if true – despite Rangers making it clear the cinch deal presented a conflict of interest before the contract was signed.
Are Rangers just supposed to abandon a legally binding contract for these mugs? Because we’re sure they’ve got Rangers’ best interests at heart.
Despite having a fundamental argument in this regard, Rangers are once again fair game for this kind of petty, misinformed and speculative comment and it’s very difficult to take it as anything other than an attempt to troll fans or the club.
Far from actually use this column to make anything resembling a decent point on the matter, this is just the latest, tiresome Rangers baiting dig from a Celtic-minded voice.
Perhaps there’s a discussion to be had but all this kind of rhetoric does is misinform, speculate and stir the pot – something we’re sure is part of the reason why he’s written it and wonderfully ironic given the subject matter.
Genuinely, it’s so dense and the entire thing is littered with ifs, buts and ill-informed maybes but if you want to read it, go ahead and click HERE.
Rangers fans took to Twitter to slaughter Sutton and it’s clear that the Ibrox support don’t agree with the ex-Celtic striker’s sentiment:
Without a hint of irony Chris Sutton produces an article littered with phrases like:
“I don’t know the ins and outs…”
“All I have heard is…”
“I’ve seen some of the clips…”
Then has the audacity to question how fan media can deliver “proper information”. 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/Vl9ApADKOz
— Zimmerman (@zimmerman_72) August 7, 2021
"I don't know the in's and out's…" but I'm going to write an entire column of drivel about Steven Gerrard being mortified about it anyway. If Gerrard didn't want this, it wouldn't be happening. Oh and, by the way Chris, Liverpool have banned a certain newspaper for 32 years. https://t.co/u6DxfLnh1W
— 55DF (@GoodCopBabcock) August 7, 2021
I’m all for good coverage if it’s fair & balanced
As for fans missing out, perhaps Sutton could ask his employee paper where Connor Goldson’s ‘Imminent’ contract signing is for example?
Default stance that media coverage is necessary & good, & fan media is not, is insulting
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) August 7, 2021
— Alex (@alegil2101) August 7, 2021
I don’t know the ins and outs… but we will write an article anyway https://t.co/AQf8sPz6l3
— falco (@Falc_1) August 7, 2021
This article is embarrassing
Some amount of nonsense in it too 😂😂
Chris also seems unaware David Martindale actually featured on @ibroxrocks back in February where he was interviewed about his life, career & coaching! So I think these fan media outlets know their stuff https://t.co/2z7ayO8KuE
— Mr 55 (@MBS1872) August 7, 2021
Celtic manager has won 1 in his first 4 games and Chris Sutton makes up a story about Gerrard not like the media goings on at Rangers 😂😂😂😂
From Gerrards interviews, it’s probably safe to say that the media aspect is his least favourite part of the job. Probably not fussed
— Ruaraidh Morrison (@ruaraidh1985) August 7, 2021
Desperate attempt to criticise Rangers yet again, You do know there are other things you could talk about
— Brian (@bwm72) August 7, 2021
The notion that Steven Gerrard is remotely bothered by the press – which he appears to view more as an inconvenience at times – is also fanciful at best.
You only need to look at the Ibrox gaffer shutting a journalist down last week for repeating a question asked earlier in a conference.