After Rangers fans gathered to celebrate the club’s legendary 55th title victory, the Gers’ followers were lambasted by an overeager Scottish Government.
Rather than attempt to facilitate the celebrations, the ruling SNP party used it as an opportunity to subjugate the club and support, even making misleading claims on social media.
Two politicians in particular – James Dornan and Humza Yousaf – have yet to apologise for irresponsibly feeding the flames of a completely false sectarian video fall-out.
The entire thing was made monumentally worse by the fact the government – despite their transparent grumbles in the media – knocked back an approach to safely facilitate the celebrations by Rangers.
This concerned letting supporters into Ibrox over the course of four days to celebrate with the team inside the club’s own stadium.
Scottish Government rejected a bid to allow 10,000 Rangers fans inside Ibrox to witness Saturday's trophy presentation, PA can reveal.
Club made the offer last month in hope it would convince supporters to stay away from Ibrox as Steven Gerrard's team celebrated with trophy
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) May 18, 2021
But far from be creative with how they dealt with the inevitability of fans celebrating, the entire fall-out since appears to have formed part of an orchestrated and unfair campaign against the club.
Now, Rangers fans have been left fuming at the justification used by unelected national clinical director Jason Leitch when asked about a Fanzone in Glasgow for Euro 2020.
Q. Should next week's Euros fanzone in Glasgow go ahead?
Scotland's national clinical director @jasonleitch says he's "hopeful" that the special mass gatherings can still happen.
— ScotlandTonight (@ScotlandTonight) June 1, 2021
“To be honest, Glasgow will celebrate the Euros, they’re coming” said Leitch [Scotland Tonight].
“You could argue that 3000 people with families, with a sports court, is more controlled than some of the other bits.”
Well, duh. How is this any different from the case of Rangers fans celebrating 55?
The city is only just exiting tier 3 of lockdown measures and as cases rise there is increasing scrutiny on the government for their mixed messaging and wholly different treatment of different groups.
With 12k supporters also set to watch matches at Hampden, there’s little doubt that only a fortnight ago similar could’ve been trialled with the Rangers support.
Fans are fuming at the treatment these politicians have directed towards Rangers and believe it’s very much to do with matters separate from public health:
Numbers are much higher than when rangers got their trophy back … but no fans and fanzone …. now with well over double cases weekly this so called government say it’s ok….. science 😂 yeah the science of double standards and let’s not forget the money from the euros
— FootballBoxingRugby (@boxing_rugby) June 2, 2021
@jasonleitch (the dentist) verbalises the hypocrisy of the Government. "Glasgow will celebrate [the Euros] whether we control it or not"
Seem to remember similar suggestions made a few weeks ago. Seems football is only palatable to the middle class ScotGov if you fly a saltire. https://t.co/cNDeptYBg6
— Euan Swinton (@Euan1986) June 2, 2021
So why refuse Rangers request to have fans in ibrox? Its exactly the same premise. Fans will celebrate regardless… you'd have avoided the issues in George Square too. I think the rate of infection was lower a couple of weeks ago too. Are you making it up as you go along?
— Tom McVey (@tmcvey077) June 2, 2021
This virus can obviously tell the difference between a light blue shirt and a dark blue shirt.
Not only Rangers as they didn't allow any fans in for the cup final either.
Amazing the difference in attitude when it comes to Scotland fans and money 💰 from the euros.
— Alexanderrrr (@alexanderrr82) June 2, 2021
Astonishing that lots of stewarding and fan zones are now able to control Covid19. When Rangers suggested this, it was rejected outright.
— mi55teeray™ (@missteeray) June 2, 2021
I want it to happen. BUT if rangers were not allowed to hold a controlled event within ibrox over the week we lifted the trophy, after staging plans to gov over a month before. This quite simply shouldnt. Cant be one rule for one.
— Geo🏆 (@George_1872) June 2, 2021
Is this not what Rangers tried to do a few weeks ago 😲😲😲
— Modern World (@SteveMcGhee14) June 2, 2021
Does it still count as following the science when you're just picking and choosing the bits to follow based on personal preferences?
— Revan (@Revan1872) June 2, 2021
What a virus this is , can tell the difference between Football fans , outstanding variant this one is
— DaveMunro74 (@MunroWalker89) June 2, 2021
Not allowed when numbers were lower for the scottish cup in a 50k plus stadium and same at Ibrox.
Apart from bias and money what's driving this? Certainly isnt science.
— OldSoul89 (@OSoul89) June 2, 2021
— Airman (@airman614) June 2, 2021
So rangers fans waving 🇬🇧 is threat to national health but Scotland fans waving 🏴 is not? It’s almost as if the science behind the virus is based on political views…..funny that……
— Davebacc (@davebacc) June 2, 2021
— Kenneth Faulds (@FauldsKenneth) June 2, 2021
If it's not clear as crystal now that the Scottish Government enabled the scenes in George Square to happen then I don't know what to tell you. They had 0 interest in working to create a controlled environment because they knew they could make more political capital without one. https://t.co/pbbbGU5ZUD
— Ro55co 🏆 (@HeartandHutts) June 2, 2021
Interesting to note that if you’re celebrating the euros it is gona be fine cause it’ll be controlled fanzones but when Rangers gave the government an option to control celebrations at the end of the season it wasn’t an option and we were big bad Rangers?? https://t.co/hgVyJFwfcV
— Matt McGuire (@MattMcGuire92) June 2, 2021
These people think we are buttoned up the back.
We see you and we can see right through you. https://t.co/CNaTsXZF9E
— Graeme Hanna (@graeme818) June 2, 2021
Anyone who doesn’t think this is sheer hypocrisy after the outcry when Rangers fans gathered to celebrate needs their head checked. https://t.co/5Nls8qJzSw
— RMack (@RyanBigMack) June 2, 2021
Didn't think they'd be so quick and so blatant in exposing what a bunch of frauds these people are https://t.co/W7vqgQHEDo
— Revan (@Revan1872) June 2, 2021
Why is it ok for fans at the euros to meet in a controlled environment but the same government refused Rangers to do the same for their fans a few weeks ago? https://t.co/gyzp0RqOtd
— Kev McM (@kev84mc) June 2, 2021
Not that any of this is likely to be heard by the powers that be in Scotland as division continues to be sown and Rangers, in particular, become a political football.
Despite promising to apologise, a leading SNP MSP has apparently backtracked after using Rangers players as a pawn in a murky political game.