A column in the Times has once again sparked the debate around Rangers’ controversial buy-in press policy which has polarised Scottish football.
Magnus Linklater is the latest name to criticise the move from Ibrox which will see the Gers charge between £10k and £25k per season for press access.
Rangers would do well to remember an ancient virtue called humility, writes Magnus Linklater https://t.co/97stSWGgvN
— The Times Scotland (@thetimesscot) July 26, 2021
The column has sparked a reaction from not only Rangers fans on Twitter but a host of other names in Scottish media as the Gers’ decision continues to come under scrutiny.
In short, Linklater is claiming that Rangers should show more humility to the press and understand the impact and influence that they have had on the club’s success over the years.
Namely, this concerns free publicity offered by newspapers by proxy of covering the club.
However, for the bulk of fans responding online the press are viewed as unfairly antagonistic towards Rangers, something which they believe has brought the issue to this juncture.
Much of the criticism from Rangers circles also concerns the fact that the column is also only available to view behind a paywall, something many fans feel is ironic.
There are definitely issues with this approach and things are not black and white, but it is clear that the overwhelming bulk of Gers fans on Twitter have no sympathy for the media in this instance:
From the paper that sticks this behind a paywall. So you can charge for your product, but Rangers can’t?
Why are you so special? The entitlement is unreal
Can you not see the irony which completely backs the clubs stance?
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) July 26, 2021
Would have liked to have read the article but I need to pay for the privilege… pic.twitter.com/9tmStIt8Bw
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) July 26, 2021
Nearly 10 years have past since Craig whyte nearly sank our football club.. We were demoted kicked and derided at every opportunity and still are magnus how much more do we have to take from a hostile press and TV media ?
— CHARLIE MURDOCH 🇬🇧🏴 (@murdoch_charles) July 26, 2021
Ironically, can’t read the article until I pay for it 👍🏻
— Ruaraidh Morrison (@ruaraidh1985) July 26, 2021
Can you make this article free so we can read it, have some humility.
— G&ⓣ (@GillyBop) July 26, 2021
Sorry, I wanted to read this article but it appears to be behind a hubristic paywall.
— Chris McCoy (@C_McCoy72) July 26, 2021
— MacBenji (@derGammon) July 26, 2021
Football club should give us free content, says paywalled article https://t.co/1FwyHmiQUb
— Gord (@gordmatheson) July 26, 2021
Can’t get to read this Magnus, you need to pay for it!! 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/pkElgDk2a8
— Stephen Purdon (@stephen_purdon) July 26, 2021
This article is literally behind a paywall hahahaha https://t.co/sZqDjddiq0
— Ryden (@rydenf_97) July 26, 2021
This is behind a paywall, I'm sure those enterprising enough can find it.
Some good points are made, specifically around independence of thought and those willing to challenge the club from a cosy position.
That said, it is also fair to point out MSM are charging for content. https://t.co/Qk38NQPjb7
— Tommy (@Tommynglasgow) July 26, 2021
The irony 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/sfwn9Y64R3
— W.A.T.P 55 (@Foreverloyal7) July 26, 2021
There is a large swell of Rangers fans who agree with the policy of charging mainstream press to cover the club whilst some others have fears regarding independence of coverage.
But whatever the case, this is clearly a signal of intent from Rangers who want to see real change when it comes to how the press deal with the Ibrox club.