The Union Bears continued with their protest in the drab defeat to Aberdeen on Tuesday night, as they look to force the club’s hand with safe-standing.
The Rangers fans group ant the Broomloan Front to be a safe standing section for supporters. They believe it’ll enhance the atmosphere and make Ibrox a better place to visit. The club have so far denied any proposals.
As a result, they’ve withdrawn participation in two recent matches. The most recent came against Dundee, where we won 4-0.
Whilst fans where conflicted on the previous protest, their lack of action on Tuesday night’s Aberdeen match and the subsequent throwing of materials onto the pitch drew much criticism.
All this Union Bears protest in the biggest game of the season is a joke, get behind the team no matter what!
— Freddie Reeves (@freddiereeves20) March 12, 2019
The @UnionBears acted like complete self centered fannies once again tonight. It's getting close to the point that I'd support them being disbanded. Let's see if they can get through Saturday without aiming sectarian abuse at Steve Clarke.
— Dan G (@danthegersman) March 12, 2019
@UnionBears if you think a silent protest in the biggest game of the year is a good idea then fuck off
— Billy Farmer (@BillyFarmer12) March 12, 2019
Well done Union Bears. Do a protest in the biggest game of the season. Keep it up 👍🏻 https://t.co/CDmUTdOfQc
— Firebaws (@LiamMcCrimmon) March 12, 2019
Biggest half of the season and the union bears do this? Could've waited till Saturday. Let's get the players focused eh?
— SPK (@esspekay) March 12, 2019
Seems the Union Bears self-regarding self-importance is on show again.
— Dougie 🇨🇴 (@54Beats44) March 13, 2019
Love the union bears but this was a must win game, poor form
— Bubahotep (@Bubahotep73) March 12, 2019
Whilst the general frustration of the result had a hand in fan’s frustrations with the Union Bears, some backed the group.
Other supporters feel that the group’s withdrawal had little significance on the result. They also believe the onus was on other supporters to fill the gap. It’s an issue that certainly has Rangers fans talking.
Players Win Games NOT Fans!
A fantastic sea of flags and banners on display during the second half giving an insight as to how spectacular a proper safe standing are would look despite some of the idiotic comments made tonight we (WTB) still support @UnionBears
WTB 🤝 UB pic.twitter.com/1jTcctqVvl
— Whitburn True Blues (@WhitburnLoyal) March 12, 2019
— Michael (@MichaelSeafarer) March 12, 2019
When is the best time then? The club are more than happy to benefit from UB when it suits them so they can’t decide to fob them off.
UBs decision tonight has no bearing on the poor performance by the team before anyone blames them for tonight either
— Grant Miller (@GrantMiller87) March 12, 2019
— Gareth Powell (@G4RETH_POW3LL) March 12, 2019
No matter your opinion on the Union Bears situation, it looks like they’re at an impasse with the club. The group want safe standing installed but the club are not yet willing to facilitate it.
Will that come when the UB clean up any sectarian singing? Or when the club can get those season ticket holders in the seats to move to another section of the ground?
One thing is for sure, it’s unlikely to be the last protest we see from the fans group.