When the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney launched broadsides at Rangers this week, before being swiftly joined by Sky Sports, it presented an escalation of what feels like a concerted attack on this club, one which has already been spearheaded by the BBC.
It’s clear two media giants and the government are, for the majority, not on Rangers’ side, and while we have a tonne of toxic history with the BBC, and the SNP are hardly Rangers’ friends over the years, we’re surprised to see Sky Sports joining the party.
The brass neck of Sky, and the subsequent riposte from our manager, plus the SNP’s disgraceful and repeated targeting of the club since 55 have shown these groups, massive that they are, are very real signs that both groups, the latter especially, are hardly thrilled to see Rangers win the title.
After all, for the past 10 years, Sky have forced former Celtic striker and ‘ragin’ tim’ Andy Walker on 99% of all Rangers matches, using another ‘ragin’ tim’ David Provan for the Old Firm fixtures.
Only this season have we seen a little more Rangers-minded content, with Kris Boyd and Ally McCoist being employed by Sky – and McCoist hardly gets to commentate on any Rangers matches ahead of Walker.
As for the BBC? Same old same old. There has been a little thawing of the relations but not enough, and for many fans what little there is is all too late.
It all marks three large groups in this country who hardly court favour with Rangers.
As Stevie sardonically put it to Vinny O’Connor:
“Alright, Vin. Your debut after three years, you’ve had no interest for the last three years. Think you can turn up because we’ve won something?”
With only slightly unbaited breath.
No, Rangers have a few wars to fight; but they’ve never been better equipped to win them.