We’ve noticed a new trend among a lot of Rangers fans over the past few weeks, and we’d like to call it the ‘back Stevie but slate him’ fallacy.
You see, we’re seeing anyone who questions the manager being absolutely slaughtered as either a dhim or a wind up merchant, but then those slaughtering said fan THEMSELVES start questioning the manager.
Case in point:
A: ‘I think Stevie is struggling, the team isn’t playing for him’
B: ‘you absolute **** call yourself a Rangers fan go and support the other lot. PS I’m really pee’d off that Helander doesn’t start, that Katic might be going, that Simpson is the preference, that Patterson doesn’t get in, that Tav does… none of these add up and I don’t know why Stevie is doing things I don’t like. But still, YOU can **** off and support someone else, questioning Stevie like that. In Stevie We Trust’
Slight exaggeration perhaps and a bit of a parody version but you get the point. There’s now a tribalism around the manager where the boss can do no wrong if someone else questions him, but it’s perfectly ok to question anything about him you dislike personally because you’re being ‘reasonable’ and a ‘fair football fan’.
In short, some fans are hurtling towards Stevie’s defence as soon as anyone questions anything about him, but more and more then add criticisms in themselves.
Doesn’t add up does it?
Of course, not everyone is this bad, many back him absolutely and have zero questions of anything he does, and that is their right. Blind faith when you think it’s merited is absolutely ok. Equally, the others don’t slaughter their peers for any criticisms and themselves do have a question or two as well.
But you can’t really mix these together. You can’t be blind faith trust in Stevie slaughter others for having a question, then question a decision yourself.
And more than anything, fans who think they’re better than another fan just because they attack that fan for questioning Stevie might want to reassess how to be a fan.
Stevie signed Lundstram, he signed Sakala, and he doesn’t pick Patterson. If you don’t support those decisions, that’s your right. If you think he got those bang on, that’s also your right.
But these are his calls, and fans need to stop slaughtering each other for disagreeing.