Rangers fans are used to being lambasted in the press but the recent disparity in coverage has some of them raising their eyebrows.
As the club defeated Livingston 3-0 in West Lothian this week fans gathered outside the stadium, letting off fireworks and celebrating the club’s legendary 55th title win.
Whatever your opinion on the decision of supporters to do so, there can be little doubting the contrast of coverage in the aftermath of the incident when compared to similar moments elsewhere.
Contrast the coverage of Rangers fans in Livingston, where a “police probe” has allegedly been launched due to the dangerous use of pyrotechnics.
However, contrast this with the coverage of Partick Thistle fans gathering in greater numbers to celebrate the club’s promotion from League One.
Very little was made of the violent protests at Celtic Park. Naebody said anything negative about Partick Thistle gatherings. Rangers are crucified at every opportunity. Yet to see the supposed spike Rangers fans were allegedly going to cause in March… pic.twitter.com/Kv45nnFJQp
— Macin RFC 🇬🇧 (@macin1991) May 13, 2021
The Scottish Sun – who described Rangers fans as “reckless” – referred to Jags fans who were visibly letting off pyrotechnics as enjoying “party time”.
STV also produced a decidedly less negative article regarding the Thistle fans’ celebrations.
Then there was coverage of Celtic fans gathering to pay tribute to captain Scott Brown outside Celtic Park on the same night Rangers fans appeared in Livingston.
The Daily Record described the Celtic support as an “adoring crowd” in boak-inducing coverage which fundamentally shows the difference in approach.
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) May 12, 2021
This constant barrage of negative commentary which is thrust on Rangers and their supporters is draining but fans largely aren’t standing for it and nor is the club.
Rangers have begun to take a hard-line stance over vexatious coverage with a range of disputes at Ibrox Stadium this season largely endorsed by supporters.