Rangers fans fume as loyal photographer Willie Vass priced out of Ibrox
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Rangers fans fume as loyal photographer Willie Vass priced out of Ibrox

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.

Willie Vass took this picture of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox last season. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

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.

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:

https://twitter.com/heyuupinthesky/status/1416358681101410309

https://twitter.com/WB7291/status/1416347797423595520

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.