Rangers media partners Heart & Hand and host David Edgar have provided an explanation for a controversially low key Flag Day at Ibrox over the weekend.
The Gers had waited 10 long years to hoist the Championship flag above Ibrox and the club built up the delayed unfurling of the flag through marketing communications all the way up to September.
However, whilst the fireworks failed to fly in celebration of 55 – much to the frustration of some fans – they also failed to fire on the pitch in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Motherwell.
Rangers dominated the match but failed to take full advantage and the day will go down as a damp squib in an unconvincing season to date.
However, David Edgar has explained that the low-key celebrations were at the request of Steven Gerrard and the management team.
This was because they wanted the focus to be on the game and because everyone at the club is eager to shift the focus onto 56 amid a stuttering start to the campaign.
“My understanding is that the management team wanted the celebrations kept to an absolute minimum to focus on the game,” Edgar told Patreon subscribers on the Daily Update [20/09/21].
“It didn’t quite pan out the way we wanted but that’s my understanding of it, I think the original plan was stage and fireworks and music etc but I believe the management team wanted to concentrate and just make it another game.
“I think that’s the problem with it being moved well into the season – that’s out sixth league game – and I understand why the club did it.
“It was a kind of no win on that score; I think if they’d done it with half capacity then I think that people who hadn’t see it would be upset.
“They did it yesterday and the management team felt ‘look we keep going back to this, we need to start focusing on the future here’.”
That certainly makes more sense given the more extravagant Flag Day celebrations in seasons gone by and now everyone can focus on the remainder of this season.
Here’s how Rangers fans reacted to the Flag Day as they claimed it was “anticlimactic” after weeks of talking the event up.