Rangers fans must move on from heavy baggage of sectarian chanting
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Rangers fans must move on from heavy baggage of sectarian chanting

Rangers have the manager, they have a shot at Europe and they look capable of challenging for a first title in eight years – but it’s time to address the baggage which continues to bog the club and support down.

A second charge from UEFA has resulted in the club admirably being proactive with the governing body, informing them they’ll refuse tickets for the next European away fixture Rangers get.

This follows on from the first charge.

The loyal travelling support has been impacted by the latest UEFA charge. It’s time for fans to learn. (Photo credit should read HENNING BAGGER/AFP/Getty Images)

A partial stadium closure is set to take place on Thursday night as the club prepares for a season-defining match with Legia Warsaw.

Just when we needed our fans the most.

Make no mistake – this ends and this ends now.

The outpouring of support for change from the club’s supporters has been encouraging. But we need to follow it through.

The notion that Rangers could be denied entry to European competition or heavily sanctioned by UEFA is an incredibly daunting one.

Steven Gerrard has been outspoken about sectarian chanting at Ibrox. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Especially when you consider what it’s for.

This is not a new issue – but the Rangers support must ensure it is soon an old one.

This is an issue which incumbers every aspect of our support and is undoubted baggage to the future of our club.

In a time when every business – from your local café to Starbucks to Rangers themselves – is trying desperately to promote inclusivity, charges of racism and sectarianism are not a good look.

The club stands to lose out reputationally, commercially and on the pitch.

And for what?

What a football club Rangers is and what a football club Rangers can be with our side edging closer to success that could set us up for the foreseeable future.

Rangers must root out sectarian singing which continues to blight the club’s name. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After everything the support has been through, to have this taken off us because vulgar chanting would hurt each and every one of us.

This isn’t being banned from singing songs about Rangers’ culture. Sing them loud and proud. Just leave the nonsense at the door.

Rangers have got to shake the baggage once and for all because if they don’t, it’ll only ever hold us back.

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