As Rangers’ historic Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund made shockwaves across the footballing world, two Ibrox rivals were being forced to delete tweets praising the Gers.
Rangers are so often the pantomime villain of Scottish football – and coincidentally the country’s biggest, most successful and most widely supported club – and even on a famous night for the nation’s game the rank bitterness that so many hold towards the Gers couldn’t be switched off.
Aberdeen star Christian Ramirez – the American striker a summer signing from the MLS and clearly not yet versed in the rancour of many Dons fans – was the first to sample this.
Tweeting about the result with all the passion of a foreign import eager to talk up the standard of football in the country, the ex-Houston Dynamo striker was quickly forced to delete a complimentary tweet.
Rival pair deleted Rangers Dortmund tweets
Aberdeen fans really got that wound up about one of their players commenting on Rangers’ performance in Dortmund.
Ramirez would then tweet again pleading ignorance but with a suitable level of sarcasm that highlights the sheer imbittered ridiculousness of the entire thing.
The Dons star wasn’t the only one either; Motherwell CEO Alan Burrows was also forced to delete a complimentary tweet.
Burrows also tweeted out in the aftermath highlighting the ridiculousness of the fact he had been forced to delete the tweet.
Interestingly, Burrows claims that the “overwhelming” number of negative responses were from Rangers fans.
Whatever the case, on a big night for Scottish football it appears plenty couldn’t leave club loyalties at the door and just recognise the scale of the achievement for Rangers against Borussia Dortmund.
It’s only half-time in the tie and there’s still all to play for after the 4-2 victory in the former Westfalenstadion, but the result will live long in the memory for the Ibrox support.
It’s a sad indictment of the bitterness in the game here that for some, it’ll also live long in the memory for the wrong reasons.
Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, Rangers’ Europa League rivals have also suffered a major injury blow heading into the return leg at Ibrox next week.