Rangers fans have been voicing their discontent over the news that popular photographer Willie Vass has been priced out of Ibrox.
The experienced cameraman has followed Rangers through the eye of a lens for a generation and stuck by the club in its lowest moments.
Vass has built a career around his snaps of the Rangers first team and has built a positive, lasting relationship with the Ibrox support.
Despite this – in a move which is seemingly related to Rangers’ buy-in press policy – Vass finds himself on the outside looking in.
Taking to Twitter, he sarcastically alluded to this ahead of the club’s clash with Arsenal.
— Willie Vass (@WillieVass) July 17, 2021
Responding to fellow supporter Wilf Marshall, who is attending the game, Vass simply said “lucky you”.
Rangers’ controversial press policy has been widely criticised by rival journalists and supporters but there was a vein of optimism about some fans.
Many felt that the vexatious media shouldn’t be given free license to attack the club and by charging this may make them think twice after a summer of discontent.
News of the plans broke via the Daily Mail, who claim the club are charging between £10k and £25k for press privileges in a partnership campaign.
But when it comes to individuals who have established and mutually beneficial relationships such as Vass it’s struck the wrong chord with supporters.
Plenty have taken to Twitter to urge the club to reconsider their decision and let this loyal photographer back into Ibrox Stadium without charging him a fee:
Should be allowed in. Part of our support and the Ibrox furniture. This man helped highlight our anger & deep concerns towards the old board with his photos of protests, banners & other actions which helped get them out.
Don’t forget people who were there through the bad times. https://t.co/LWdVGkVJG2
— Ross (@RossMcG1872) July 17, 2021
Willie Vass not getting into Ibrox for photography duties just doesn’t sit right with me at all. Guy is basically part of the furniture at Rangers. Massive OG from the club and I hope it’s sorted asap.
— Kirst 🌻 (@kirsten93_) July 17, 2021
Can’t imagine this’ll go down well from the club. https://t.co/EA7o6iv7Ar
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) July 17, 2021
Own goal from the club, again. https://t.co/KAVsdJu8NB
— . (@Footballstewart) July 17, 2021
— craigw55🏴🇬🇧 (@craigw1975) July 17, 2021
Club gets further & further away from the average fan as the weeks go by.
Going to end up one big commercialised mess, half n half old firm scarfs gettin punted next. https://t.co/ZvgkneiPZh
— Shaun (@55haun) July 17, 2021
This is just wrong. This guy captured the journey and now he's being shafted https://t.co/aE4rXh0sI9
— ♥ 🖐️ ⚔ 🛡 (@shutitnosey) July 17, 2021
I can’t believe rangers are charging him, wow. https://t.co/Vi775hh0aa
— L 🤍 (@Ljt10x) July 17, 2021
— Dylan Sangster🇬🇧 (@Dylan_Sangster1) July 17, 2021
This isn't right, get it fixed https://t.co/6gcVutEmHV
— Clint Moscow (@ClintMoscow) July 17, 2021
— CS (@Sharpy1872) July 17, 2021
Embarrassing. Big time.
If only the club returned an ounce of the loyalty shown by fans – Willie Vass included. https://t.co/qZeSvFrYu1
— Tommybrick🇬🇧 (@DefendOurIsland) July 17, 2021
This is comprehensive – Rangers have angered fans here and far from back the club, they’re near-unanimously backing Willie Vass.
It’s a decision that is clearly unpopular and with any sense, it will be reversed heading into the new campaign.
Rangers might be looking out for number one here, but let’s not forget the people who helped put the club back where it is.