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.

Morelos’ strike broke the deadlock against an improved Porto. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

 

Verdict

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.

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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.

The players applaud the fans, but there were plenty of empty seats by full-time. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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