Conservative MSP, Murdo Fraser, has demanded apologies after Police Scotland issued an update regarding a widely circulated video of Rangers players celebrating on trophy day.
The video has been at the centre of a social media storm as Rangers players were accused of using offensive language during a Sweet Caroline singalong.
Rangers released a statement insisting that the video was shared ‘with an adjoining narrative which attempts to discredit our players and the reputation of Rangers Football Club’ and added that it was ‘deeply concerning’ that the video had been ‘taken as genuine’ [Rangers.co.uk].
The club were ‘confident’ that no criminality had taken place and that’s exactly what a subsequent Police Scotland investigation found.
In response to Police Scotland’s update, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, Fraser, demanded apologies from those who had levelled accusations at the Rangers players.
Apologies awaited…. https://t.co/AEsZKc94eM
— Murdo Fraser (@murdo_fraser) May 21, 2021
It appears that Rangers will be seeking much more than a contrite tweet or two from those in high-profile positions that they feel overstepped the mark here, though.
In a statement released on Friday evening, soon after the Police Scotland update, Rangers said:
‘Rangers welcomes the outcome of the Police Scotland investigation into a video involving some of our players and staff.
‘Whilst we were confident that no criminality took place, we recognised that we had a duty to assist Police. Furthermore, given some of the attempts to spread false narratives, we had to protect the reputation of individuals involved.
‘This is a stark reminder to those in senior positions within society who should be cognisant of their influence, responsibility and the consequences of their actions on others.
‘We can confirm that we have initiated legal proceedings against certain individuals for comments made this week.’
The players’ names may have been cleared but it’s obvious that this matter is far from closed.
Rangers are showing that they take any unsubstantiated accusations against the club or its staff extremely seriously and many supporters were delighted with the board’s response.