Rangers fans have been encouraged to take part in a consultation launched by Police Scotland over their engagement with football fans on match-days.
The club’s Supporter’s Liason Officer shared a link on Twitter with supporters and urged them to fill in the survey and give their thoughts on their experiences at grounds up and down the country.
Please if you have the time fill in this Police Scotland Survey and ensure that Rangers Supporters' voices are heard 🔴⚪️🔵https://t.co/vIDzvaz79j
— RangersFC SLO (@RangersFCSLO) October 8, 2019
Fans in Scotland have long had a difficult relationship with police at games with heavy-handedness and over-zealous policing a common complaint from supporters.
With supporter behaviour in the news again for the wrong reasons, hopefully, this consultation isn’t simply used as a way for Police Scotland to pretend that they listen to supporters and they actually take on board the feedback.
While there’s is little doubt that there are a small number of fans hell-bent on causing trouble the overwhelming majority of fans are peaceful and content to watch their team, however they are often treated incredibly poorly by police on their way to and from games – as well as in the ground itself.
Whether anything does actually change as a result of this will remain to be seen but something needs to be done to change the engagement between fans and police – and not just Rangers fans either.
The survey is available here: https://consult.scotland.police.uk/surveys/football-engagement-strategy/