Supporters have lauded Robbie Savage after he said that Rangers are a bigger club than many of those currently playing in the English Premier League [BBC Radio 5 Live 606].
Scottish football is often belittled by outside pundits, with Jamie O’Hara’s claim that the Bournemouth manager’s job was a bigger post than the Ibrox hot seat [talkSPORT], perhaps the most offensive take in recent times.
However, not every England-based pundit is ignorant of the workings of the Scottish game or the size of the Old Firm clubs.
Robbie Savage is a former Wales international who spent his entire club career in England, so he doesn’t have direct experience of the SPFL.
However, he spoke positively about Rangers earlier this week after being asked by Chris Sutton whether or not Steven Gerrard would up sticks and take over at a Premier League club, should he successfully bring the Premiership title back to Ibrox at the end of the season.
Savage wasn’t convinced that many English top-flight clubs would hold an appeal for Gerrard, given the size of the club he’s already at.
“For me, Rangers are bigger than a lot of teams in the Premier League in England,” he said [BBC Radio 5 Live 606].
Plenty of Bears have since praised the former Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder for his comments, expressing their agreement via social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
A man of impeccable taste and wisdom 💙🔴⚪🔵
— Marlene Edgar (@MarleneEdgar3) January 5, 2021
Savage is sensible 👌
— Mark Young (@Skid1979mk2) January 5, 2021
He’s correct 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Jack Jarvis Esq (@JackJarvisEsq2) January 5, 2021
Robbie is the only person in England who actually realises this 🤣🤣
— Craig Nelson (@ExArgyll) January 5, 2021
Bigger than every single one of them
— Greg 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@joeharibo17) January 5, 2021
Robbie has been paying attention
— Alan Murdoch (@alanmurdoch70) January 5, 2021
Robbie Savage 👍👍🇬🇧
— Magsy (@Margare14091130) January 5, 2021
There’s plenty of evidence to draw upon to support the argument, too.
There are only a handful of Premier League clubs who can boast a stadium capacity of around 50,000 and fewer still who have upwards of 45,000 season ticket holders.
Rangers’ trophy cabinet also shows them to be a club of major pedigree, while their participation in the Europa League ensures that they are playing on an additional stage against top opposition that is beyond the reach of most top-flight English clubs.
In other news, a manager has provided a transfer update on an exciting 20-year-old player who suggested it would be ‘a dream’ to move to Ibrox.