Some Rangers fans have taken to social media to vent at the ‘Subway Loyal’ for leaving Ibrox early during Thursday night’s 2-0 win over Porto.
Goals from Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis in the 69th and 73rd minutes respectively saw the Gers triumph 2-0 over a side who reached the last eight of the Champions League last season.
The stadium was rocking after the goals went in, in recognition of how big a win Gerrard’s side were poised to deliver.
However, some thought the masses who departed for the exits before the final whistle took the gloss off what was otherwise a special night under the lights.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Yer ‘Subway Loyal’ last night were a total embarrassment. Players have absolutely emptied for 90+ minutes to get us that result and you’ve got folk sauntering out at 85 like we’ve just swept aside Hamilton in the league
— Craig Gamble (@craig_gamble93) November 8, 2019
Never understood it myself .. how much damage is that extra 5 mins going to cause ye
— Ross Logan (@RossLogan_89) November 8, 2019
@RangersFCSLO should be taking names and details of those responsible and thinking about imposing bans on these time wasters. Have the decency to applaud the players off the park after that.
— Lt. Aldo Raine (@LtAldoRaine8) November 8, 2019
Spot on. If a was a player I’d be gutted to see it happen.
— craig (@Craigd1873) November 8, 2019
It’s never been for me, you never know what might happen in the dying minutes. Once saw a lovely long ranger from Nacho in stoppage time. It was the consolation in a 1-4 drubbing mind, but worth staying for!
— Iain Mitchell (@toast2toast9) November 8, 2019
Stay till the final whistle, nip into louden for 1 drink. Come out and the queues are gone by 10.15
— JustTheBoyMunz (@justmunz) November 8, 2019
I moved seats last night and was quite far back up the main stand, when people left it blocked my view (due to the roof) People wouldnt leave the cinema ten minutes before the end, why the football? Madness
— DumbartonGer (@DumbartonGer) November 8, 2019
I’ve always wondered why it’s limited to Ibrox. Watch EPL games for example and they never have vast amounts of fans leaving early
— Ibrox Online Loyal (@jimshoe001) November 8, 2019
Totally agree !!
— Trueblue 🇬🇧🏴 (@TrueblueDon) November 8, 2019
Ano WTF. All our brilliant wins in Europe and people are already taking that for granted.
— .. (@TwoPintsPrick2) November 8, 2019
Firstly, it must be said that getting out of the ground at full-time is undoubtedly a bit of a nightmare, and for some, especially those who live outside of Glasgow, there will be genuine reasons for heading before the final whistle.
Yet, on a night like last night, where the players put in a massive shift against esteemed European opponents, it was nothing short of bizarre to see so many people scrambling to get away early.
By the time the players went to applaud the supporters post-match, a stadium that had been packed to the rafters for kick-off, was now half empty.
It’s not as if it’s a one-off, either. The same thing happens for league matches and even against Feyenoord in the narrow 1-0 victory in September.
With 15 minutes left and the result still very much in the balance, fans started heading for home.
There’s no doubt it detracts from the atmosphere and takes the buzz out of the closing stages of games.
Most of all, though, it’s harsh on the players, of whom the Ibrox faithful rightly demand so much, that when they put in the graft and pull off an outstanding result, large numbers of the support aren’t there to show their appreciation for what has been achieved.