Rangers fans blasted by David Martindale after halftime antics
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Rangers fans blasted by David Martindale after halftime antics

Rangers fans were criticised by Livingston manager David Martindale after the Ibrox side won 3-1 in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first league match in charge.

Although the main focal point for the opposing manager was the halftime antics by the Rangers fans which disrupted the start of the second half and delayed the kick-off by nine minutes.

Rangers fans were heavily criticised for their behaviour by Livingston boss David Martindale. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The fun quickly started to become tiresome, as opposition keeper Max Stryjek was pelted by snowballs from the traveling supporters.

Ground staff was called to clear the goal area from snow to allow the second half to begin, with Martindale ordering his team to complete a short warm-up by side of the pitch.

It was clear the 47-year-old was not happy and complained to the officials during the delay and then after the match.

“We shouldn’t be standing here talking about doughballs with snowballs,” said Martindale [Daily Record].

“Rangers should be going away from here talking about the 3-1 win in Gio’s first game, their first three points under the new manager.

“But instead, we are talking about the Rangers fans throwing snowballs at the Livingston players at the start of the second half.

“It’s just stupid and I don’t understand it.”

It was daft behaviour from a small section of fans, with Rangers leading 2-1 and Livingston having a potential lifeline to come back into the match, both sides just wanted to get on with the second half.

Fashion Sakala secured all three points for Rangers, however, the talk will be about David Martindale and his comments towards Rangers fans. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fashion Sakala secured all three points for the club after scoring a second-half header to keep up his impressive form of late.

It was an enjoyable first league match in charge for van Bronckhorst, let’s hope it continues against Hibs.

Meanwhile, Rangers snubbed new SPFL sponsor cinch after the 3-1 victory over Livingston.