After news broke over the past 48 hours that on top of Breda wanting to borrow winger Glenn Middleton, Paul Heckingbottom’s Hibs did too.
Initial reaction was pure brass neck, that after the Scott Allan farce how very dare they think they can do business with us. Especially loaning a prized young asset.
Well, on top of the fact Hibs no longer have the toxic Alan Stubbs or Rod Petrie, is the fact that not only are they under completely new ownership and have a complete neutral in Heckingbottom as manager, but their CE Leann Dempster famously showed real class towards our club in apologising publicly for the actions of morons when James Tavernier was appallingly attacked at Easter Road.
Such building of bridges and showing decency towards Rangers goes a long, long way, and it probably explains the extraordinary result when Ibrox Noise polled our readers asking if they supported or opposed a loan for Middleton to Easter Road.
An astonishing 49% were in favour of such a move, with only 51%, a tiny marginal majority saying they were against it.
In short, the response was effectively split right down the middle. Prior to Dempster’s intervention, Ronald Gordon’s takeover and Heckingbottom’s appointment we imagine the for column would have been massively reduced.
But Hibs just aren’t the same club they were only a year or two ago. Yes, the same fans indeed, but not the same people in charge.
And that mending of bridges by those who are in charge now clearly has helped a number of Rangers fans lose their grudge towards Easter Road.