Relations between Rangers and certain elements of the Scottish press haven’t exactly always been rosy and that is often reflected in the coverage of the club.
The biggest example of this comes in the shape of BBC Scotland, who won’t even cover Rangers matches, using a breakdown in the relationship between the Gers and one of their journalists as the motive.
It has led to an increasingly complex relationship which undoubtedly impacts the game here, and you must feel the pressure ramps up when the Ibrox side is the only Scottish team left in Europe.
Many supporters believe BBC Scotland have closer allegiance to Celtic – and it’s hard to argue otherwise – but now Rangers’ Old Firm rivals have been knocked out of the competition.
It’s easier to be nice to Rangers and their achievements in the Europa League when Celtic are side-by-side with them.
This leaves the national broadcaster in the peculiar position where it refuses to cover the matches of the country’s only European participant.
It also leaves them probably somewhere across the street from Ibrox doing a piece to camera in the run-up to the game.
Removing the ongoing dispute from the domestic game really shows this childish situation up for what it is.
A petty, counter-productive, politically motivated omnishambles where egos and cheap point-scoring are put before the development of Scottish football.
It’s not exactly a good advertisement for the game here, and it doesn’t look like changing any time soon.
When the broadcaster is taking back a politically-charged pundit who was suspended – yes, despite the bonkers dispute – for spinning conspiratorial lies about Rangers live on air, what chance have you got?
It’s only the second time BBC Sportsound have allowed the truth to be misrepresented when it comes to Rangers this season. See John Hartson and Alfredo Morelos’ middle finger.
No wonder fans group and shareholders Club 1872 conceded that the relationship with the broadcaster is unlikely to change under its current leadership [Club 1872].
The seemingly constant negativity aimed at Rangers from certain corners of the press is seriously about to be tested as we approach the tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Will the likes of BBC Scotland get behind the country’s only remaining European participant in the coming weeks, or will they be passive-aggressively hoping we crash out?