For years one of the biggest gripes of Rangers supporters regards the way in which the club is reported by many journalists and outlets in the press.
But after years of boardroom mismanagement and allowing a culture of misleading and vexatious reporting, the current regime and media team are no longer standing for it.
For too long news outlets have been given free reign to attack Rangers at every turn, journalists with questionable motives and half-truths being given platforms to misrepresent both the club and the club’s fans.
The press is now in a catch 22 as Rangers take a defiant and hard-line stance with an eighth party of this season alone finding out just how serious the Gers are with regards to unfair or misleading coverage of the club.
Ex-Celtic striker Andy Walker is the latest to feel the wrath of the Rangers communications office and suffer for spreading misinformation regarding the side.
Taking to Sky Sports, Walker claimed that Rangers’ finances were “perilous” amid the European Super League fall-out, something which has led to his press rights being revoked.
According to reports, Rangers are willing to resolve the issue by way of apology with Walker’s comments perfectly indicative of the culture surrounding Rangers in the press which has been allowed to fester over the last decade or so in particular.
Had a few questions re: Andy Walker’s absence today. I understand it’s due to a dispute caused by comments he made concerning Rangers finances. The issue remains unresolved.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) May 2, 2021
This follows run-ins this season with Clyde Superscoreboard and namely journalist Roger Hannah.
The club was unhappy that Hannah had suggested Kemar Roofe had caused an injury to St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson which could keep him out of the Betfred Cup Final in late February amid a retrospective disciplinary storm.
This was patently incorrect, somewhat malicious, potentially influential amid the hysteria around Roofe getting banned, and Rangers were clear that this is unacceptable. The situation has since been resolved.
Rangers also refused press privileges to Premier Sports pundit Michael Stewart for comments he made in the aftermath of the racial abuse aimed at Glen Kamara against Slavia Prague.
This was a bridge too far for a pundit who regularly takes unfounded pot shots and there isn’t a Rangers fan out there who wants to see the guy at Ibrox any time soon.
No, absolutely not!
— RangersFC SLO (@RangersFCSLO) April 3, 2021
There was also a situation earlier in the season regarding the Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell who believes his press rights were removed for a match due an article regarding the child abuse report published by the SFA earlier in the season.
This is the first time in a long while that I won’t be at Ibrox for the game as my accreditation request wasn’t approved.
Rangers insist this is not due to my coverage of the child abuse report this week and that the press box is oversubscribed.
Hoping for another good game.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) February 13, 2021
Rangers were then criticised by the Sunday Post for not providing any interviewees ahead of the Scottish Cup Old Firm clash with St Johnstone last month.
The newspaper released a blank double page protest in which they made an apology to Rangers supporters for not being able to provide any content.
On top of that, broadcaster Sky Sports were said to be particularly upset for not gaining access to Rangers’ title celebrations before the club gave exclusive interviews to BT Sport and ITN in the aftermath of the legendary title win.
This also resulted in Steven Gerrard criticising Sky journalist Vinny O’Connor for appearing on the scene late to get a slice of the glory for his channel.
Then there have been two particularly high-profile, long-term disputes which have continued to rumble on this season at Ibrox.
Rangers have been at odds with BBC Scotland for over six years after journalist Chris McLaughlin had his press rights revoked for disproportionate and vexatious coverage of the club.
The national broadcaster boycotted Rangers in solidarity with McLaughlin but the situation has since been described as “a matter of huge regret” by BBC Scotland’s head Steve Carson.
Some of the coverage of Rangers in the aftermath of this dispute has been particularly distasteful – think Tom English denying complaints of a crush or Michael Stewart claiming Rangers fabricated claims of racist abuse – and the situation continues to frustrate.
Rangers fans resoundingly criticised the Beeb’s coverage of their weekend Old Firm win over Celtic with the salty broadcaster choosing a Scott Brown montage over proper analysis.
Last but by no means least is Reach PLC and the Daily Record who’ve been a particular source of frustration to the club, its fans and its shareholders.
The newspaper is no longer welcome at Ibrox press events and have been somewhat frozen out after years of coverage the club and many fans deem to be unfair.
What these outlets and journalists have to realise now is that Rangers are not fair game for misleading and inappropriate coverage and they must change tact or risk being frozen out.
It was certainly easier to lambast and criticise Rangers when it was being run by people without the club’s best interests at heart or it was underperforming on the pitch, but now those same outlets are reaping what they sow as the Gers reclaim the title.
On the other side of this, Rangers need independent analysis in order to be properly held to account – as do any football club or public institution – and many believe that some of the approach has been too harsh on more than a few occasions.
However, it would be remiss not to explain that there is an overwhelming feeling of support towards how the club is dealing with the media from within the Ibrox support.
For too long Rangers fans have seen their club and their support labelled, attacked, misrepresented and ultimately demonised by certain elements of a press allowed to run riot.
As Andy Walker becomes the latest to feel the club’s wrath for misleading comments, the message from Rangers is remarkably simple.
Be fair, be truthful and be honest, or be gone.
Here’s more about BBC Scotland’s coverage of Rangers’ thumping 4-1 weekend win over Celtic and why the club’s supporters took particular umbrage with it.