Rangers gave fans an update on season ticket sales and MyGers subscriptions earlier today – but one detail that was buried away in it all is a real slap in the face to struggling supporters.

The club hailed the fact that 16,000 have signed up to the newly-launched MyGers loyalty scheme before confirming that any fans who have asked for a refund for last term’s season ticket will be penalised by missing out on MyGers points.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: Rangers FC fans wave a union jack flag prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Fans who want a refund are already tasked with completing a Sisyphean task to get their hands on a refund they are legally entitled to, before the club decided to really step things up and decide to punish those who may have found themselves in financial difficulty due to Covid-19.

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“As an additional reward for the loyalty of supporters who held a 2019/20 season ticket and did not request a refund, they will be awarded an additional 25 MyGers points,” the club’s website read, as they showed that they only reward “loyalty” to those who are in a comfortable financial position in the middle of a global pandemic.

At a time when there are thousands of Rangers fans furloughed, out of work or working reduced hours due to Covid, the club really shouldn’t be actively punishing those who find themselves struggling financially.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 2020: The pitch before the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Rangers FC and Sporting Braga at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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The fact they have the audacity to dress MyGers up as a loyalty scheme and immediately decide to punish fans who have shown unwavering loyalty is laughable and raises some serious questions about whether those running the club see us as fans or merely customers.

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With 32,ooo season tickets sold already and 16,000 already signed up to MyGers – all without knowing when we’ll get to step foot in Ibrox again – there’s no question over the loyalty shown by the fans to the club.

If only the club were to show the same loyalty to the people who step up every single time the club asks.

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