[media-credit name=”© The Rangers FC” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]However, Tuesday night’s game was merely a side-show to the show of defiance from the fans at Ibrox who were showing Scottish football that they had not walked away.
38,601 fans took in the first round of the club’s league cup game – however one game does not prove that these fans will support the club and turn up week in week out for Division Three games. The players may be on SPL level wages, but the football on show certainly isn’t.
Now back to Tuesday night’s motto. Since Rangers FC 1872 went into liquidation, many opposition fans – specifically Celtic fans – have claimed that Rangers 1872 are no more, and that the Rangers that grace the Third Division is an entirely new club. Even some BBC pundits and mainstream journalists are labelling the side as The New Rangers FC.
This stance has infuriated many a fan of the Ibrox club and none other than club-employed journalist Andrew Dickson who has taken to twitter and even the official website in recent weeks to defend the stance that the 140-year-old history of Rangers football club remains untouched and continues, as the club in the Third Division is the same club that was formed by the Gallant Pioneers, the same club which won the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup and the same club which won nine championships in a row.
The fact that an employee of the club, along with others connected to the Ibrox side, continue to come out and stand firm on this issue is no great surprise. But, there are others who believe that the club that they knew ended with Craig Whyte’s tenure. Former Rangers playmaker and fans favourite Steven Naismith – after refusing to tupe over to the newco -commented on leaving Rangers: “Everyone knows I am a life-long Rangers supporter and so I share in the disappointment and anger of what has happened to the great Rangers Football Club…. I am extremely proud of the actions we took but I am disappointed and angry that Rangers Football Club no longer exists in its original form.”
It may have been a plot by Naismith to break free from the shackles of a contract owned by a club which was being liquidated, before entering the Third Division to start life all over again, but Naismith’s comments have been jumped on by opposition fans and some media alike, using it as gospel – whether it is factually correct or not.
Football rivalry is a wondrous and at times a humourous past time, with each side feeding off the tiniest of morsels and this latest morsel is one that will feed many-a-fan for a few years. All the while Andrew Dickson will be comparing Rangers to a kit kat as a defence.