Rangers fans have taken some amount of stick regarding gatherings when the side won their legendary 55th title and they’re now asking if other lockdown breaches will get the same attention.
Police have been called to the scene as revellers broke lockdown rules to gather in Kelvingrove Park for St. Patrick’s Day as the sun shone in Glasgow but as of yet, there has been scant condemnation from the same voices who criticised Gers fans.
As soon as Rangers fans began to congregate SNP politicians ramped up a campaign to ask them to go home, Nicola Sturgeon even tweeting supporters.
I congratulate @RangersFC on the title win & recognise what a moment this is for fans. But gathering in crowds just now risks lives, and could delay exit from lockdown for everyone else. If those gathering care at all about the safety of others & the country, they will go home. https://t.co/MjzJJEhhsd
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 7, 2021
Not only that, but justice minister Humza Yousaf made incorrect claims regarding UEFA and Glasgow’s status as a host city in the summer’s Euro 2020 tournament being in jeopardy due to the celebrations.
Patrick Harvie then launched an embolism-inducing tirade in parliament where he hissed that Rangers should be effectively shut down [Daily Record].
Since then Rangers fans have been levelled “disgraceful” by the government and Gers supporters subjected to some of the most inane and dehumanising classist commentaries of recent years.
One Daily Record employee even suggested that the support should’ve been blasted with a water cannon filled with “disinfectant” [NTOF].
This is also not a tit-for-tat thing – we’re simply trying to highlight the alarming disparity in coverage some events are given and the language used around them by senior politicians.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon even suggested Rangers fans – without any basis whatsoever – have been lying to track and trace about attending the celebrations after testing positive for Covid.
This is all before we get into the disgraceful commentary, the needless digs, the attachment to different campaigns to bring the support down.
Or the needless posturing both Rangers and Celtic have been forced to patronise their supporters with ahead of the weekend’s Old Firm as some kind of punitive measure for the celebrations.
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to ask just exactly why has there been such a campaign against the club this week whilst incidents like this – so far at least – go unchecked:
What about current scenes at kelvingrove Park? Will this be mentioned at the next briefing? pic.twitter.com/3qL7NSQCxo
— Big Mo🍊 (@BigMoLoyal1872) March 17, 2021
Lots of people gather in Kelvingrove for St Patrick’s day…
— Douglas Park (@douglaspark92) March 17, 2021
Nothing to see at Kelvingrove 🧹🧹
— Copland Streetwear (@coplandsw) March 17, 2021
Awaiting the same outrage at Kelvingrove park today that happened when it was George Square🤫
— Amy Boyd (@AmyB0yd) March 17, 2021
Happy St Patricks Day everyone in Kelvingrove Park. pic.twitter.com/aq8zd3AKhS
— Jas Boyd (@Jas72Boyd) March 17, 2021
I have zero doubt there will be people at Kelvingrove who had a go at Rangers fans for doing basically the same thing they are doing now.
Preach about being compliant only when it suits you. Because that's how politics is nowadays.
Stay Home. Protect The NHS. Save Lives.
— James (@HeartAndHamez) March 17, 2021
I fully expect Nicola Sturgeon to talk about today’s mass gathering at Kelvingrove Park in her Covid press conference tomorrow, and once again when ONE of them contracts the disease in a weeks time, that’s how it works right?
— Dougie (@CF3Loyal) March 17, 2021
Rangers should be doing more about Kelvingrove park. Shocking
— Ross MacLeod (@CanOnlyBeOne_) March 17, 2021
Sturgeon next week – ''Kelvingrove Park fans aren’t being honest with track and trace officials''
— Craig Kore (@CraigAtTheTop) March 17, 2021
Rangers supporters are quite rightly being defiant in the face of the coverage which is alarming and unbalanced in the extreme – this is not something they’re going to back down from.
The club’s fans also railed against the earlier comments of Nicola Sturgeon in parliament, but we won’t hold our breath over the same level of condemnation regarding Kelvingrove this week.