Rangers fans have been criticising outspoken journalist Graham Spiers for a column he penned comparing the Ibrox club to North Korea.

The column – which appears in The Times – concerns Rangers’ recent approach to vexatious media coverage where the club have been proactive with what many fans would likely describe as nefarious, counterproductive and unwarranted press.

The most glaringly obvious example of this involves the BBC, with whom Rangers have no co-operation with following the revoking of one journalist’s press rights.

Rangers refused press access to BBC Scotland’s Chris McLaughlin for unfairly focusing on arrests in the aftermath of a 6-2 victory over Hibs back in 2015, with the broadcaster refusing to cover Rangers in solidarity with the journalist [Daily Record].

The decision to revoke the rights was viewed as the final straw after a long line of incidents which continue to disrupt and bring down the coverage of the game in Scotland as a whole to this very day.


The dispute has been described as a “matter of huge regret” by the head of the broadcaster.

Rangers have also resolved a high-profile issue with Clyde One regarding the incorrect reportage of Kemar Roofe’s challenge on Murray Davidson.

Journalist Roger Hannah, a pundit on Clyde One’s Superscoreboard had claimed the highly controversial challenge caused an injury to the St Johnstone midfielder when this wasn’t the case.

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Rangers striker Kemar Roofe found himself at the centre of a press storm between Radio Clyde and the Gers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers too have revoked the press rights of the Daily Record such has been the pretty remarkable coverage of the Gers from that particular newspaper in recent seasons.

Shareholders Club 1872 have previously been very vocal about issues with the paper over the last five years in particular with fans launching a campaign to “Change the Record” and subvert their coverage of the club

The club was also criticised by Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell for failing to give him press rights for the recent match with Kilmarnock at Ibrox, something which Campbell suggested concerned an article regarding the child sex abuse report commissioned by the SFA.

Rangers have also given press access to fan media outlets such as Heart & Hand in recent seasons in a move which many fans believe has really peeved off old hacks seemingly used to beating the club without reproach.

The feeling here is that Rangers don’t want preferential treatment, they want fair and equal treatment, something many fans also don’t believe the club has gotten in recent seasons.

Issues such as the governance of the club, sectarianism, and the club’s brand development have been hindered by quarrelsome reporting many feel serves different agendas one way or another.

Spiers’ comparison of Rangers as a dictatorship potentially responsible for the deaths of their own people in North Korea is hyperbolic at best and scandalous at worst with Rangers fans criticising his latest column.

The piece has attracted widespread derision from Rangers supporters on Twitter, something which according to the journalist’s bio on the platform he is particularly used to:

Rangers fans are genereally supportive of the stance taken by the club even if some have expressed fears about the pitfalls of only fan-friendly media being allowed at Ibrox.

But whilst critical reporting is certainly necessary, vexatious and agenda-driven coverage helps no-one.

Following the quick resolution of the issues with Clyde One, is it time Rangers and the BBC found a way to bury the hatchet for the game’s own benefit in Scotland?

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