With the Scottish press falling all over themselves to report Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings’ adventures with TVs, once again we find ourselves witnessing the media north of the border using our club for attention.
As much as we wanted otherwise here at Ibrox Noise, Jason Cummings is no longer a Rangers player – he is currently on loan at Peterborough United, and doing very well there thank you very much, but if the lad chooses to go on a rampage through his own home and break stuff, that’s not only up to him, but it’s absolutely nothing to do with Rangers.
The headlines ‘former Rangers striker’ – barely any mention of Hibs, or his direct employers Nottingham or indeed his present location at Posh. No, the Scottish press once again dropped the simple word ‘Rangers’ into the headline to turn a story which has nothing to do with us into something which will give aforementioned outlets traffic.
We find the continual use of our name and our brand for borderline nefarious purposes to be a tad ignominious. The media up here are hardly warm towards our club, yet use us for their own gain and exploit our size, stature and audience to enhance their own – it gets tiring seeing it happen again and again.
In Rangers’ defence, we did ban the BBC’s Chris McLaughlin, ditto the Record’s Keith Jackson (alas, ex-director Paul Murray’s 2015 dreadful description of his paper’s coverage of us remains a stain on the club’s recent history) and we can’t completely complain about the club not taking action against those who use or hurt us.
But we would like to see something done about this kind of exploitation of our club.
As a footnote, we honestly don’t care what Cummings did – in his own house he can frankly dance the fandango in his underwear or throw his own faecal matter at his Dali or Magritte originals for all we care, what a man does (legally) in his own house is up to him. And those being outraged at his friend for filming it are making a lot of assumptions without knowing the facts. And if they want to post this behaviour for the world to see, that’s up to the pair of them too.
But using this ‘story’ to get your paper/group attention by dropping his Rangers past into it takes it into territory we’re not fond of.