Many Rangers fans have been left underwhelmed by the club’s hotly anticipated Flag Day – and not just because the match with Motherwell ended in a draw.
Rangers passed up a host of opportunities and failed to kill the Steelmen off after Zambian striker Fashion Sakala had put the Gers ahead with his first competitive Rangers goal.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 19, 2021
As the club continues to toil for top form, Rangers still find themselves top of the Scottish Premiership table and the match also served as the chance to toast the Champions.
Rangers fans have waited a decade to see the Championship Flag being hoisted high above the stadium and the club had kicked the moment back at the beginning of the season.
Traditionally hoisted at the season’s opener, the club moved the day to September in order to give the moment the best possible chance to happen in front of 50k amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the run up to the match, there was much communication from the club requesting fans get into the ground early and continuing marketing in the club’s messaging.
However, Rangers fans expecting the fireworks and circumstance of years gone by were left disappointed by a subdued Flag Day which didn’t even involve the Scottish Premiership trophy.
Chairman Douglas Park was joined by his fellow directors to hoist the flag before heading off the pitch and Rangers fans were disappointed in what many feel was an opportunity missed:
I’ve got to say “Flag Day” was a major let down I’m not talking about the actual game here
— ⓌⓈ (@W_S_40) September 19, 2021
Flag Day: pic.twitter.com/e3hNEuu4Dh
— TB (@TB1872_) September 19, 2021
Flag day??!! What a let down for fans. Not the actual game, although that's another story, the flag day celebrations!! We deserved better imo. I never slag Rangers, but jesus, that was poor. After all this time, we deserved better 🇬🇧🇬🇧😫😫
— Lynsey BF4 #RTID💙 (@Lynzb99) September 19, 2021
Also “flag day” embarrassing.
10 year wait for that😂😂
— Gravy Lobes (@jackross1872) September 19, 2021
Anyone else a bit deflated about flag day. (Regardless of result). I have to say I expected more.
— Cheryl (@gers_chezza) September 19, 2021
£25 to get your pic taken with the trophy but no appearance on flag day? Did I miss it?
— TII (@thisisibrox) September 19, 2021
Flag Day 2011 🏆🏴 pic.twitter.com/AKMum3ArcT
— Rangers History 🏆 (@RangersFACTS) September 19, 2021
Mind u used get a wee miniature league flag on yer seat for flag day? Class wee souvenirs.
— Jamba (@JambaWATP21) September 19, 2021
What we was expecting flag day to be like vs what we actually got pic.twitter.com/vv5o1pfX3I
— Kevin Geddes (@Geddes1989) September 19, 2021
First Flag Day for many of the Young Team. I’d told the monkey there’d be fireworks and all sorts 😂😂 it was all a bit flat, emotional nonetheless. pic.twitter.com/vk2smCPuEo
— J Bluenose (@NorseSon) September 19, 2021
Last negative comment for today;
For future reference, flag day is the first home game of the season – with or without fans. We'd have organised an appropriate celebration from our own homes. And a far more entertaining one than today's wildly anticlimactic extravaganza.
— Stevie (@enclosureloyal) September 19, 2021
This is a perfect visual of how much today was a slap in the face to season ticket holders 👎 the cheek to call that "Flag Day" 🙈 https://t.co/IzBDzSVHK2
— Craig gibson (@gibbyHSV) September 20, 2021
The fact we had better flag days after winning the third division says it all really 🙈 https://t.co/w1oMccMNqH
— Kyle 🇬🇧🏴 (@KyleMc__) September 19, 2021
Look at the difference… Today's should have been more special. https://t.co/wehOajpQK7
— Andy 'Ginge' Ritchie (@AndyRitchie12) September 19, 2021
Whatever your take on the day, Rangers continue to struggle back to form this season after a rocky start to the campaign.
It’s just as well a former Rangers player popped up to break Celtic hearts after the Ibrox side’s early slip-up.