Some Rangers fans have been expressing anger over the response of certain Aberdeen fans who were outspoken about a minute’s applause for the late Fernando Ricksen.
Some Aberdeen fans had flooded this tweet from the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer complaining about the fact the Dons had decided to pay their respects to the Dutch footballer in yesterday’s match with Livingston at the Tony Macaroni.
Granted, many supporters supported the decision and offered their respects. But the words of those contemptuous types struck a chord with some Gers fans.
The aberdeen fans have just shown that they're worse than Celtic.
Some of the comments on this are disgusting. https://t.co/SQ5qsGnxoX
— 𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙨 𝙇𝙤𝙮𝙖𝙡 (@morelosCartel_) September 21, 2019
The comments from some of the Aberdeen fans on this thread are disgusting. Shows their true hatred for all things Rangers. Small time club with a small time mentality. https://t.co/OoFLEdKRhG
— BarryM (@barrym290182) September 22, 2019
Aye Aberdeen fans have shown a real lack of class and respect here, and I’m not surprised at all. Seen a lot of kind words from the tic and numerous clubs not just in the uk
— thomsey (@onestafc) September 22, 2019
Not all of them mate. Just seen another chat with loads of Aberdeen fans showing nothing but respect. Obviously
— Derek (@derekj1978) September 21, 2019
Ice to see some Aberdeen fans showing their true colours. https://t.co/kwffprKkan
— Йорданія – Jordan (@wee_robo) September 21, 2019
I lived in Aberdeen for years and I can honestly say their fans are utterly contemptible. No class just bitterness. It's not football it's a complex.
— Marko (@chunkyniblets) September 21, 2019
The “rivalry” between Rangers and Aberdeen can be notoriously fierce and there is certainly no love lost between the supporters.
That said, there is little doubt our friends in the north hold more contempt for the blue side of Glasgow than we do them.
For many Rangers fans Aberdeen’s almost self-defining rivalry with us is an irrelevance.
But for some to use that “rivalry” as leverage to complain about celebrating the life of a footballer and a character who lit up Scottish football is petty, ignorant and deserves to be called out.
After the passing of Fernando Ricksen Scottish football has come together to celebrate his life and acknowledge his very public battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
You have to believe that the overwhelming majority of Aberdeen fans did the same yesterday.