Former Rangers star in scathing attack on Ibrox club; brings Gers legend into controversy
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Ex-Rangers striker Kris Boyd launches scathing media attack on Ibrox club

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has slammed the club’s media partnership and press policy, claiming Walter Smith would never have stood for it.

The ex-Ibrox star also claims that Rangers are “hiding away” by adopting a new pay to play model with the Scottish sports press.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has criticised the club’s press policy. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This season the Gers are charging media outlets between £10k and £25k to enter a partnership with the club which enables them to attend matches and press conferences.


This comes after years of vexatious newspaper coverage and amid the advent of direct communication, which means Rangers no longer need the press to disseminate messages.

It’s a controversial policy and one which is being felt across media in Scotland – even at Rangers News images of matches are hard to come by – with many outlets philosophically disagreeing with the approach.

Others have adopted the partnerships with fan media now holding a place in the Ibrox press room.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd clearly disagrees with the press policy and criticised the approach in a column with the Scottish Sun.

“Right now Rangers fans are only getting told what the club wants them to hear,” writes Boyd.

“With the way things are going, surely none of those supporters think that’s a good thing.

“I know I have questions I want asked of Steven Gerrard after that defeat to Malmo the other night.

“Questions no ‘media partner’ is going to dare pipe up with.

There is a sentiment in some circles that the Rangers press policy will prevent the likes of Steven Gerrard being properly held to account. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

“You’d like to think the Rangers board and everyone involved in this could get round the table and sort things out. It’s still not too late.

“But if nothing changes then Rangers fans should not expect to hear anything worthwhile from their manager or players.

“Not when those being allowed into the ‘press conference’ get one question each, with some of those questions actually vetted.”

The impact of the press policy was felt in the aftermath of the club’s Champions League exit, as the usual suspects felt increasingly validated in their schadenfreude.

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