Experienced Scottish football pundit Hugh Keevins has drawn the ire of some Rangers fans after his latest column criticised the club for ongoing issues with the press.
The Gers have taken a firm stance against outlets which continue to produce vexatious and quarrelsome coverage with the club at loggerheads with both BBC Scotland and Reach PLC.
The club also had a run-in with Radio Clyde earlier in the season after misleading comments were made on Clyde Superscoreboard regarding a challenge made by striker Kemar Roofe.
This has since been resolved.
Troublesome pundit Michael Stewart also had his press rights revoked from Ibrox after comments he made regarding the fall-out of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara being racially abused.
The Sunday Post then printed a blank page apology to fans in their print edition of the newspaper [25/04/21], voicing their frustration that Rangers didn’t provide interviewees ahead of the weekend’s Scottish Cup tie with St Johnstone.
Hugh Keevins – who has decades of journalism and broadcasting experience in Scottish football – took to his latest Daily Record column to criticise the club’s “closed shop media strategy”.
Keevins railed against the club focusing on in-house media channels and failing to provide Ibrox people of influence for pre and post-match games.
“No direct questions. No pursuit of an individual line of inquiry. Not good,” writes Keevins, who describes the situation as a “pressing concern”.
The comments caught the attention of Rangers fans who had plenty to say regarding the current media landscape at Ibrox:
Not to the people that matter it's not.
— The Railway Bears 🚂🐻💙 (@TheRailwayBears) April 25, 2021
Will become the normal in all clubs I think Hugh. No trust with modern day journalism or pundits. Banning of mikey stewart A perfect example.
— David (@rossd1506) April 25, 2021
The media are now feeling it as we are Kings of Scotland again. It was always going to bite them back it was just a matter of time. From a fans point of view the information we get on a daily basis is far superior to what the MSM post hours after we hear it. Well done Rangers 👏🏽
— Riain (@_korg_) April 25, 2021
Did you not have to offer an apology to Rangers/Alfredo Morelos a few months back for some hateful comments you made on-air, Hugh? Perhaps you could look a little closer to home for the reasons clubs are shifting to this model.
— Craig Murdoch (@craigmurdoch11) April 25, 2021
An appropriate response to one, single situation (GK) does not condone decades of stoking division, inaccurate reporting and downright lies.
I subscribe to @ibroxrocks – they attend press conferences and they ask questions that I, as a fan, want to hear the answers to.
— greenockranger (@greenockranger) April 25, 2021
Hope we cut it off altogether and keep it all in house. Clubs up and down the country are sick of the media now.
— Campbell (@campbell1083) April 25, 2021
Media have had a field day with Rangers this last decade,attacks on club and support, reap what they sow.
— douglas hannah (@64doogz) April 25, 2021
Does Hugh not realise it's the msm that caused Rangers to go for this type of content.
— BlueTommy (@TommyStark1980) April 25, 2021
Agenda driven media not happy when Rangers finally hit back, oh well.
— Thomas Ross (@coopotb72) April 25, 2021
Not even close . . .
— James Moore. 🏆56 (@NOTELINYI) April 25, 2021
Whilst Rangers stance might be controversial to the media and working journalists, for supporters who’re used to seeing their club beaten regularly this is a welcome change.
Next up for the Gers is a Scottish Cup clash with St Johnstone at Ibrox and here’s how we reckon the Bears will line up as they look to secure a trip to Hampden.