For as long as we’ve been toiling, the Banter Years have been a largely Rangers specific thing. Statement after statement followed calamitous result after concomitant calamitous result. Dogs barked, caravans were chased, Graeme Murty somehow pulled off a headstand on the side of the pitch.
It was all very funny, if you weren’t a bluenose. Even then, sometimes you just had to laugh. Either that or risk bursting into tears.
But as Celtic’s latest and quite frankly ridiculous statement only adds to the furore surrounding Betfred Cup-gate, now in its second incarnation, they seem to have begun for the rest of Scottish football.
In the midst of it all Rangers have done quite well. Very well in fact.
Rangers letting clubs argue amongst themselves
Rangers have remained tight lipped as the rest of the four teams have ran about like four kids squabbling over a rattle.
It’s been painful to watch at times.
Gerrard refused to get drawn on it. Whether the club is happy with it or not, we’re just getting on with it.
The Rangers fans have travelled across Scotland more than anyone else in the last six years. From Montrose to Berwick to Dundee and back again, fans of Scotland’s Premier Club have gritted their teeth, donned their scarves and bared it. We’re committed to the club. We’ll travel anywhere to support. We’re not trying to bring the competition into disrepute.
The same cannot be said for our neighbours…
Celtic losing the rag
Celtic’s statement on kitkats and discrimination was a bit OTT. In fact, it was just plain bonkers. To suggest that this decision had been made because everyone hates Celtic and they’re being victimised is ludicrous. It’s verging on paranoid.
The semis were split this way after complaints about the original set up. This is the most logical way for travel arrangements and public safety. It’s not a home game for Hearts any more than Hampden would be for Celtic. The police have had their say.
It’s nonsense and deflecting from the real issue. What happened to the unshakeable invincibles? This is childish. You’d think they fear the Edinburgh club or something.
And whilst Rangers have kept tight-lipped on the whole thing, the SPFL should perhaps heed Steven Gerrard’s advice for next season. That way we’ll avoid anything like this happening again.
Maybe expect more than one club to make it into Europe next time.