If you’ve been on popular social media platform Twitter these last few days you’ll have been sure to see Rangers fans goading supporters of so-called Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Twitter has been awash with comments surrounding Galatasaray with Rangers fans winding up their Turkish counterparts by referring to Gala as a “small club”.
It’s left plenty asking why Rangers fans have opted to wind up the Turkish club’s supporters but the wind-up forms much of the justification for doing so.
The entire thing appears to centre around Galatasaray and Turkish supporters commenting on or trying to wind up fans on official club or tournament posts.
Rangers fans wind up Galatasaray supporters
But whether it’s on official club posts, general tweets or tournament posts from the likes of the Europa League account, Rangers fans have found that referring to Galatasaray as a “small club” really gets under the skin of the Turkish side’s fans.
In short, the entire thing is just a sarcastic wind up. Rangers fans are also not the only ones to pick up on it and even Celtic supporters have embraced the trend.
The interactions also come at a time when Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi – whose father Gheorghe played for Galatasaray – is being linked with a move to Turkey and his boyhood club.
Call their fans touchy about it to say the least, Rangers fans have been picking up on this major insecurity:
Rangers played the Turkish minnows last season – earning an impressive 2-1 victory at Ibrox to qualify from the Europa League Playoff – and there is a bit of a hangover from this.
Not only that, but the mighty St Johnstone held Galatasaray to a 1-1 draw in Istanbul in the Europa League qualifiers earlier this season.
The Turks would win 4-2 to progress 5-3 on aggregate at McDiarmid Park.
The official UEFA Europa League Twitter account also inflamed the clash when they pitted one Rangers star against a Galatasaray equivalent in an online poll.