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Rangers supporters group Vanguard Bears call on fans to sing Sectarian Billy Boys song

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If you are a regular follower of Scotzine.com you will know of our stance on bigotry, racism and sectarianism. And you will also know that we detest the agendas of both sides of the Old Firm, whether it is singing Irish rebel songs or Loyalist anthems. You will also note our criticism of one specific Rangers supporters group – the Vanguard Bears. A group that is hated by elements of their own support and mocked by many more for their hilariously paranoid protests against the BBC as well as their hate filled posts on their own forum with threats of violence towards the editor of this very website for publicly denouncing their hate filled agenda – which they claim to be defending the traditions of Rangers football club and Protestantism. If that means posting threats of violence towards fellow Rangers fans and those who talk about Rangers FC then I guess they are defending their traditions down to the letter.

Well this group of so-called fans have urged their fellow Rangers fans to keep singing the sectarian anthem ‘the Billy Boys,’ despite calls from the club and it being banned by the SPL and UEFA.

They claim that UEFA have never actually banned the singing of the song and demand to see the proof and until then, they will continue to sing the sectarian song. Then the usual bile from this group and backers of the song, claim that even if the proof is there, then they will not refrain from singing it until the other versions of The Billy Boys sung by fans all over the country is banned also.

However the majority of the other fans don’t sing the sectarian add-ons which elements of the Rangers support do. Although I guess the stance of the VB is once again that it is all a Timmy conspiracy and that the Cafflick mafia is out to get Rangers FC and their fans.

We have taken a section of the article published by Blue Tumai of the Vanguard Bears:

WHO COMPLAINED TO UEFA AND WHO PROVIDED THE INFORMATION THAT ALLOWED UEFA TO COME TO THEIR JUDGEMENT?

Why has no other song/chant been deemed offensive or “banned”?
Why have songs about Rangers players being shot been ignored?
Why have songs in support of murdering terrorists not been banned?
Why have songs about 66 Rangers fans dying been ignored?
Why have the chants aimed at Rangers fans on a weekly basis not been picked up on?
Why the hell did Rangers F.C sit meekly by and let the campaign against Rangers fans and TBB get this far?

To be honest the points I raised don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the debate but it’s a starting point. The RSA have brought this issue to the fore with their statement, so let’s have the truth once and for all?

I hope at the upcoming games Rangers fans sing it loud and sing it proud, we’ve nothing to be ashamed of fellow bears. Either everyone is treated the same as Rangers fans or they can shut the hell up! That goes for those who represent us also….

I guess the calls from their own club and other fans prove that such a group, don’t care about the name of Rangers FC, the work that the club and fans are trying to do to rid their support of bigotry and sectarianism. I guess you will always have the same bad apples no matter what the club or decent fans say or do.

Maybe its time the club, the SPL, the SFA, the stewards and the police now stepped up the pursuit of banning these so-called fans and denouncing these bigots before it rears its ugly head once again. And its time the Scottish Executive pulled their finger out and put pressure on the likes of the SFA, the SPL and the clubs to punish those responsible or face punishment themselves for their inability to deal with the problem – whether out of ignorance or lack of interest.

As for the Vanguard Bears, Scotzine.com would call on ALL decent Rangers fans to ignore this group and the agendas that they seem to spout every week. Agendas that will cause the club and the majority of well behaved fans to be punished for this so-called Rangers fans groups’ bigoted and sectarian agenda. In other words its time the Rangers support rid themselves of this sort of scum.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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