The fall-out between Rangers and members of the mainstream press continues to intensify as Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson is personally insulted by a Scottish journalist.

Graham Spiers has routinely lambasted Rangers’ controversial pay-to-enter media policy which was launched this season after years of controversial media coverage of the club.

Ibrox director Stewart Robertson was branded “pathetic” by Graham Spiers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Gers have had high-profile fall-outs with the likes of BBC Scotland and the Daily Record in recent seasons with the latter in particular waging something of a war with the club.

Rangers’ no-nonsense press stance intensified this week when the club refused entry to controversial ex-Celtic figures Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon.

Sutton in particular has made a career out of goading the Ibrox club and the Gers had previously made it clear to BT Sport that he was not welcome at Ibrox.

Despite this, the broadcaster attempted to use a studio at Ibrox with both Sutton and ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon using the facility to cover Celtic’s Europa League clash with Real Betis.

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Rangers were playing Lyon later that evening and Sutton lambasted the move claiming he’d been told the lock-out was concerned with a security risk.

The outspoken pundit then took aim at the club’s Everyone, Anyone campaign in something of a low blow from the Englishman.

Now, Spiers has taken the opportunity to attack the club and managing director Stewart Robertson, likening the situation to Soviet Russia.

 

Whilst hyperbole might be a solid tool to get your point across, what’s frightening is that so many people actually believe this.

You do not need us to tell you that comparisons with Russia, North Korea or any totalitarian state are wildly obnoxious, exaggerated and not to be taken seriously.

But where things got a little spicy is when Spiers – and remember this is about the upholding of journalism and nothing personal apparently – attacked Robertson’s character.

In unbecoming comments, Spiers labelled Robertson “slightly pathetic”.

Now, people are entitled to their opinions one way or another, but there’s little doubting this kind of commentary from an established journalist is – in his own words – “slightly pathetic”.

And these guys wonder why Rangers don’t want to work with them.

With all this negativity, it’s no wonder Rangers fans are turning off from the media in their droves.

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