The Union Bears have found themselves in hot water after Rangers were ordered to shut down 3000 seats for the visit of Legia Warsaw next week.

UEFA waded in after Gers fans were found to have been guilty of sectarian singing against St. Joseph’s at Ibrox in July, with the club then closing the BF1 section where the group is housed.

The message from Rangers is clear. Sectarian singing has no place at Ibrox. But does the move to punish the Union Bears affect the group’s push for safe standing?

The Union Bears lead the chants at Ibrox. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Union Bears conducted a range of protests last season where they refused to participate to show the impact it has on Ibrox’s atmosphere.

This was after discussions had stalled with the club over a move to safe standing. The whole thing split supporters.

After the Union Bears later praised “positive discussions” with the clubs over a move, this will surely dent their ambitions.

Why would the club give a group who are not following its lead more space in Ibrox?

The truth is there needs to be a more mature approach by the Union Bears. They need to work with the club and lead the supporters at Ibrox.

They are the ones starting songs, they are the ones who can help drown out other singing in the ground.

The group can play a leadership role at Ibrox – but they need to be smarter. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If the Union Bears want to survive at Rangers – let alone implement safe standing – then they need to change direction away from sectarian chanting.

It’s up to them. They can be a positive force for good at the club – or one which damages our reputation.

But only one of those options have any long-term future at Ibrox.

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