Rangers, like clubs across the world, have been hit financially by the enforced shutdown of football and the curtailment of the Scottish Premiership season – but the Gers should seriously reconsider their season-ticket refund stance and help out struggling supporters.
Just like football clubs, many fans are also feeling the pinch financially as many sit at home furloughed, laid off or unsure if they’ll even have a job to go back to.
Obviously, refunding every one of the 47,000+ season ticket holders a pro-rata amount would be a huge outlay but Rangers could quite easily follow the lead of others and ask if those who don’t need it, don’t take it.
The likes of Ayr United, Falkirk and Partick Thistle have offered supporters refunds and, while the bottom line amount may be different, the relative damage it could do to those clubs is massive.
Rangers have a get-out clause which, rightly or wrongly, they are sticking with, in that the terms and conditions lay out that the club won’t be liable in the event the SPFL cancel games.
Nobody wants to see Rangers have to hand out millions of pounds that the club could put to good use but if even a handful of fans find themselves needing the support, then the club should show the same loyalty that fans have shown year after year after year.
Making the option available as a goodwill gesture to fans who have found themselves struggling through no fault of their own would be a fantastic way for the club to pay back a little bit.
If they did, they might just make a real difference for some.