Rangers fans have been criticising the official Twitter account of Scottish football forum Pie & Bovril after it sent a tweet concerning fans revelling in other club’s financial misfortunes and a lack of solidarity amongst Scottish supporters.

The account released a tweet condemning any rival fans who are gluttonously enjoying fellow Scottish football teams struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus.

There’s a bit of strong language in the emotive tweet so we won’t post it but you can find it HERE.

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The events of 2012 – and the subsequent reaction of rival supporters – remains a sore spot for Rangers fans. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

As a result, Rangers fans have dug up a selection of tweets from the P&B account circa 2012 concerning the Ibrox club’s administration, liquidation and subsequent demotion to the bottom tier of Scottish football.

For some Rangers fans, they believe this is evidence that the account’s rant about “anyone genuinely wishing any other club goes bust” is hypocritical given its stance on Rangers eight years ago.

The Pie & Bovril account has responded suggesting that these tweets have been taken out of context and there is nothing on there suggesting he was celebrating Rangers’ potential demise.

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The Twitter account manager on the fans forum has said he stands by the comments which he claims instead refer to the Ibrox club being forced to start the next season in League Two.

He then goes on to claim that P&B hoped Rangers wouldn’t go bust in 2012.

 

New financial problems in Scottish football open up old sores for Rangers fans

The sarcasm in the comments about the newco certainly don’t help the Pie & Bovril case and the account’s recent tweets were predictably going to drag up conversations about Rangers in 2012.

Eight years on, Rangers’ demotion remains a real sore spot for Gers fans and the reaction of some factions of Scottish football to the club’s potential demise has stuck with the support.

Whilst Pie & Bovril might staunchly defend their interests and comments of the day, the level of indulgence in Rangers’ demise from across Scottish football was evident at the time.

Anyone would struggle to deny that. There was no solidarity with Rangers then, albeit the club’s financial situation the result of mismanagement and not a pandemic.

But that wasn’t the fault of the supporters either.

Hibs are under “substantial and unsustainable” financial strain, according to their chairperson Ron Gordon [Daily Record]. They are just one of many clubs around Scottish football who are likely to be forced into making major cuts. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Such was the reaction of many rival fans to Rangers’ financial problems, many Rangers fans are slow to find sympathy with rival clubs in precarious positions.

That bitterness is a difficult thing to navigate and conversations and defiant statements of solidarity from leading Scottish footballing influencers perhaps feel a bit too rich for some Rangers fans.

Especially when considered against the sarcastic language used when covering the Rangers case.

But there is no support in Scotland who know just how terrifying financial issues in football can be than the Rangers one.

If anything, the emotional reaction of some supporters to a discussion on the issue of finances in Scottish football stands as a testament to that.

Rangers fans will find it difficult to show solidarity with football clubs and fans who didn’t do likewise to them. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

These new financial issues in Scottish football have opened up old sores and if the responses are anything to go by, there won’t be much sympathy for other clubs coming out of Ibrox.

There’s something a bit sad about all of that, and there’s that old life lesson about being the bigger person.

But given what happened in 2012, can you actually blame many members of the Rangers support for taking this stance?

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