Rangers fan media is set to get its chance at Ibrox under new steps taken by the club which have been facilitated by shareholders and fans group Club 1872.
Many supporters are growing increasingly frustrated with what they consider to be unfair coverage from many areas of the Scottish media.
The club faces increasing pressure to stop providing such outlets with content and as part of this trusted fan media outlets, will be allowed to attend press conferences when football resumes.
— Club 1872 (@Club1872rfc) March 21, 2020
Responding to popular blogger Four Lads Had a Dream – who recently conducted an interview with first-team keeper Andy Firth – Club 1872 confirmed the progress made in this regard.
“As we mentioned in the quarterly update that was sent to members last week we have also secured agreement from Rangers, following discussions with Stewart Robertson and Jim Traynor, for a number of supporter media outlets to attend club press conferences going forward,” says Club 1872.
“This was due to behind immediately but, with the football season suspended, will now be postponed.
“We will continue to speak to the club to ensure that once football matches recommence, this access will be put in place.”
Media decision taken amid unfair Scottish press coverage of Rangers
The refreshing decision to allow more fan-led media to get closer to the club comes after Club 1872 pointed to this in their quarterly report [Club 1872] released earlier in the year.
The move comes at a time when Rangers are at loggerheads with national broadcaster BBC Scotland and have been for quite some time.
BBC Scotland recently had to suspend outspoken pundit Michael Stewart, who dangerously spouted off a conspiracy theory concerning the racist abuse of Alfredo Morelos and Gers PR chief Jim Traynor.
The following weekend Traynor was assaulted and subjected to sectarian abuse by yobs whilst out walking his dog.
Stewart’s comments and the resultant media storm are considered to have helped to inspire this [Club 1872].
Even this week alone elements of the mainstream press have been initiating attacks on the football club.
Placing Rangers fan media at the forefront of the club’s media strategy will hurt the commercial and creative value of content coming out of outlets and journalists determined to damage the club’s reputation.
This move is likely to be welcomed by supporters who are sick and tired of seeing Rangers being berated and held back by aggressive and offensive elements of the Scottish press.