Popular Rangers insider Heart & Hand have moved quickly to talk down reports of a bust-up between a high-ranking Ibrox official and Celtic captain Scott Brown.
An unnamed senior Ibrox “suit” was heavily criticised by Daily Record journalist Keith Jackson in a stinging column which made the accusations.
In it, Jackson claims the senior Rangers representative behaviour was “wholly inappropriate” and claimed Brown was “provocatively goaded” in the aftermath of the 4-1 victory at Ibrox.
“It’s deeply regrettable that his final Old Firm match the other weekend ended with a crude and classless farewell from a high ranking Rangers official inside the Ibrox tunnel in the immediate aftermath of a 4-1 thrashing,” writes Jackson [Daily Record].
“That they have chosen not to lodge a complaint suggests that it was all fairly low key, perhaps no more than petty stuff even if the conduct of the senior Ibrox employee – who provocatively goaded Brown as he made his way inside – was regarded as ‘wholly inappropriate behaviour’ by those who witnessed it.
“There’s a golden rule where this kind of thing is concerned. It’s one thing for players and coaching staff to let their passions run high in the heat of the battle and to allow the moment to get the better of their sensibilities but it’s quite another for the men in suits to lower themselves into the guttural bating of the opposition.”
Rangers fan media Heart & Hand and namely host David Edgar laughed off these claims in their Daily Update for 10/05/21, available to their Patreon subscribers and well worth checking out.
Edgar touched on the claims and gave some clarity as to the nature of the situation as he railed against the coverage from a newspaper which continues to have issues at Ibrox.
“Firstly, Celtic chose not to make a complaint about it because there was nothing that could be complained about,” said David Edgar.
“Secondly, this Rangers official didn’t just decide I’m going to walk up and start on Brown. Brown was mouthing off as he walked in and this Rangers official burst out laughing.
“Brown took offence to that, said something. There’s your incident; nothing more than that, few words were exchanged, Rangers official went back to having a right good day.
“It’s nonsense. It’s absolute nonsense, and in terms of those chose not to make a complaint claims, one, there is no complaint to make, and two, the simple fact of the matter is that they’ve told the press.
“You have to ask yourself why journalists who were there and were aware of this chose not to report it for over a week because it was a nothing incident.
“What Celtic are upset about is the fact that Rangers don’t meekly accept or surrender anymore.”
The report continues to polarise Scottish football fans with Rangers supporters giving their two cents on Scott Brown and Celtic’s decision to leak the story to the Daily Record.