The chairman of St Mirren has apologised “unreservedly” for inappropriate comments aimed at Rangers and their supporters.

Historic comments made by John Needham – a Buddies director who took over the role of chairman in the summer – were unearthed over the weekend.

In a range of tweets from an account attached to Needham the Saints director used derogatory language towards Rangers and the club’s supporters.

These included encouraging a bridge to collapse with Rangers supporters on it, the use of offensive terms, and also hinting towards a refereeing conspiracy in Rangers’ favour.

Read more about the tweets HERE.

However, now Needham has taken to Twitter to apologise after the St Mirren chairman was heavily criticised by Rangers fans who demanded the Ibrox club take action.

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“On Friday 22 October a number of Tweets I created in the past referring to Rangers fans were highlighted on Twitter,” said Needham [Needham].

 

“As a club chairman I have extra responsibility for the conduct and example I show.

“These posts are completely inappropriate and do not reflect my character or beliefs as a person and I very much regret them.

“I apologise unreservedly to the Directors and fans of Rangers and to everyone at St Mirren. I am acutely aware of my responsibilities. This won’t happen again.”

St Mirren chairman apology welcome but Rangers are not fair game

Rangers fans have gotten somewhat used to public figures unfairly and often disgracefully attacking the club for a myriad of reasons.

For some commentators in the press, it can raise their profile whilst others have a genuinely disconcerting opinion on all things associated with the Ibrox club.

This came to a head in recent weeks when Rangers were unfairly criticised for their use of club anthem Four Lads Had a Dream for a promotional video regarding a kit launch.

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Needham urged a bridge holding Rangers fans to collapse as fans celebrated on Trophy Day. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

This includes from a prominent charity – who have damaged their reputation amongst Rangers fans and are yet to apologise – and for many supporters highlights the issues fans face, particularly in the echo chamber of social media.

Whilst this is little to do with Needham, Rangers fans have complained about feeling like they’re fair game for abusive language and criticism from certain figures and the St Mirren chairman’s tweets are seen to contribute to this culture.

Had this been anyone associated with Rangers, can you imagine the response from newspapers across the country?

Meanwhile, Rangers actually played St Mirren in Paisley this weekend with an Ibrox star reaching a major milestone in a hard-fought victory.

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