Journo risks Celtic wrath following pro-Rangers article

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Journo risks Celtic wrath following pro-Rangers article
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers interacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on October 17, 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 Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scotsman’s Martyn Simpson is set to receive the wrath of Celtic fans after the journo became a rare breed of media folk to promote Rangers over Celtic.

In his ‘market value’ article, Simpson collates Dutch stats website transfermarkt’s supposed values for players and amalgamates them all in a ‘who has the most valuable squad’ article.

For avoidance of doubt, Rangers tonk Celtic here, at £93.28M compared with £59.18M.

Now, it must be borne in mind said website undervalues most players, with, for example Nathan Patterson only at £1.17M when we know officially he’s worth well in excess of £10M.

So £93.78M is definitely not the absolute value of Rangers’ squad.

But for a journo to nevertheless publish a piece that puts Rangers above Celtic in value and lucrativeness is certainly brave in these times, and shows some hacks are willing to show integrity and honesty and not just grovel to their paymasters.

In fairness, the Scotsman has always been relatively fair between both clubs, rarely obviously siding one way or the other. If an aspect of either club is plugged, it’s because it’s factual, not based on bias.

And on this occasion it’s Rangers to benefit.

We’re sure there will be many more…

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