Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley has opened up on the recent disconnect between the Rangers fans and the board, admitting the board could have handled things far better.
The announcement of a friendly against Celtic in Australia was the high water mark for fans’ complaints and Hatelely can understand the reasons that supporters are ‘disgruntled.’
Having recently left his role as a club ambassador, Hately believes the club needs to be doing more to engage with and understand supporters in future.
“The fans are obviously disgruntled on certain situations and things that have happened just recently, probably the way it has been released,” Hateley said.
“That would annoy football fans because it is their football club. There is the disengaging because obviously, the fans haven’t known about it. You have to have a line of communication into your support or they will turn on the board.
“You have got a 150-year-old football club and the biggest partner ever, and you can call them a sponsor or a partner, is the supporters. They are why the club is 150 years old. Generation after generation have invested into Rangers Football Club.
“I have been involved at every level of the game from player to coach to manager and you have to engage with everybody within the football club. It’s not rocket science. You have to understand people.
“It’s a touchy subject, but if everything had been done slightly differently. . . It is what it is. For me, looking in from the outside, it has not been done properly.
“For me, in any walk of life or any business, you have got to know the people you are working with and the people who are supporting you in different parts of the organisation. Football is no different.”