As many fans will know, Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean, himself a Rangers target for January, has asked Scotland/Aberdeen ‘fans’ not to boo Ryan Jack at Pittodrie should the Rangers midfielder take to the field at any point.
For a current player to actually plead with his own fans not to boo his team mate really does highlight just how despised Rangers are in Scotland, to the point of a level of toxicity we had hoped time and maturity would see dissipate, but are sad to have been wrong.
That Celtic have completely taken over in Scotland and manifested an evident anti-Rangers campaign throughout the country while making sure Rangers’ financial benefits to the country remain intact is a situation we find disturbing and unnatural.
And my reason for raising Celtic? Do you EVER hear players from any club in Scotland pleading with their own fans not to boo when it is a returning player from any other club outwith Rangers?
Ryan Christie himself is on loan at Pittodrie from Celtic – and is in the same squad – and yet that all strikes as a happy agreement and arrangement between two clubs happy to scratch each other’s back.
That McLean had to say it is really depressing:
“I would like to think Jack would get a good reception, though he knows he won’t get that from everyone. It wasn’t great when he left, but he served the club well, he was club captain and he won a cup with us. He did excellently for the team and the criticism he received was a bit unfair. He let the club know he was going to leave, same as another couple of the boys at that time. But he’ll be able to handle it. He’s playing at a massive club now and he’ll be used to expectations. He’s representing his country, so he’ll do as well as he can and he’ll have to deal with it.”
It shows how bitter Scotland has become about Rangers in a way it never used to be that players have to plead with their own fans not to boo their own players.
All Ryan Jack is guilty of is ambition. He joined a bigger club. I am trying to rack my brain to remember the last time a Celtic player, who had joined from Aberdeen, played at Pittodrie and the headlines were pleading with him not to be booed.
Nope. Does not happen. With any other club at any other ground. Only Rangers players. Wallace. Black. McKay. Because the agenda in this country is pretty obvious now.
“No one likes us we don’t care”.
It has always been the case, but it seems to have intensified in recent years to borderline parody levels.
All for Celtic’s benefit.