Club 1872 have hit back at Michael Stewart on Twitter after the controversial pundit questioned how Rangers could have the money to afford Ianis Hagi.
Multiple sources over the last week have claimed that the Gers have taken up their exclusive option to buy and are closing in on a €5 million deal to sign the Romania international from Genk [Het Laatste Nieuws].
Ianis Hagi's move to Rangers on a permanent deal is in the final stages of settlement. Like I told you two weeks ago, the player's wish was to play for Rangers no matter what offer comes his way. He made it clear to his representatives and to both Rangers and Genk.
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) May 21, 2020
In reaction to the reports, Stewart, who is a regular on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene programme, tweeted to question how Rangers were in a position to make the offer given that they had previously announced a shortage in funding and had recently deferred staff and player wages amid the global health crisis.
Former Gers midfielder Alex Rae responded, pointing to a response from Gers interim chairman Douglas Park in a recent Q+A, in which he confirmed that the previous funding gap had ‘already been filled by existing investors’ and that potential new investors remained ‘fully engaged’ with the club [Rangers.co.uk].
Afternoon Michael this might help with your concerns 👍 pic.twitter.com/p8wdaCYey6
— Alex Rae (@alexrae1969) May 22, 2020
Claiming that response hadn’t satisfied his questions, Stewart went on to write a Scottish Sun column in which he again questioned how Rangers could be in a position to consider such a signing.
Now, Rangers supporters group Club 1872 have responded on Twitter to claims made in that article.
They assert that several of the issues raised by the ex-Hearts player are ‘complete nonsense.’
“Losses get converted into shares” – Complete nonsense.
“Dilutes your share value the more you do it” – Complete nonsense.
“Raises questions regarding FFP rules” – Stupid questions. Very stupid questions.
How can Michael Stewart get so much wrong in just 3 short sentences? pic.twitter.com/eMciKE1e30
— Club 1872 (@Club1872rfc) May 24, 2020
Plenty of Rangers fans have suggested for some time that Stewart pushes an anti-Gers agenda whilst working as a pundit and columnist and it seems that for many, these latest comments have only served to further prove that theory.
No Hagi deal has yet been announced by the club. Yet, with future investment on the horizon and a lucrative new kit and retail partnership recently agreed with Castore, supporters are hoping that despite Scottish football being plunged into a period of uncertainty by the pandemic, their club will still have money to spend.