Rangers’ apology to the victims is not for us to judge

Rangers’ apology to the victims is not for us to judge
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 22: A general view outside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This is a topic loaded with horror, and controversy. We are covering it out of respect for the victims, and we welcome Rangers’ apology yesterday for the appalling crimes Scottish football has seen in the past within sex abuse.

It’s hard to know how to start this appraisal – we will keep our opinion of this whole scandal private, because the victims deserve a lot better than to read what an Internet site thinks.

Celtic have issued their apology, Rangers have issued theirs, and only a few clubs are yet to comment on the tragedies of the past which affected so many.

Without dredging up their painful past, we admire the victims for their courage, we cannot and dare not insult them by even implying we understand what they’ve been through their whole lives as a result of the actions of monsters.

We don’t want any petty people using this topic to point score at who covered up what and who didn’t – all that matters is the victims’ dignity and justice for them.

Careers in football were lost to this, promising careers lost to the hands of inhumans.

Whether Rangers, or indeed Celtic’s (and the rest) apologies are enough is for the victims to decide, not us – we would never condescend anyone by telling them what they should think.

What they need is support, and we hope they’re getting that now, even if they might consider it far too late.

It was right that the report was done, right that it was investigated, and we can only hope these souls can find peace at the end of this.

Our best wishes to all of them.

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