So this one has been doing the rounds recently, a story claiming the DR had St Johnstone install recording devices in the Rangers end yesterday in order to catch any naughty chants, words, language you name it.
The story goes that former captain Barry Ferguson tipped the visiting side off about this, and Rangers’ security went in and found and removed the devices.
In truth, after ‘Tweetgate’, it’s clear the rag will resort to the lowest of the low in terms of tactics to try to ‘get’ Rangers now, specifically our fans. After what that paper did over Heart and Hand, which backfired magnificently, the claws are coming out on both sides.
It is of course in fact illegal to install surveillance equipment without the ‘victim’s’ consent. The whole point of surveillance is to inform the target, legally, that they’re being watched, and to encourage them to behave.
It doesn’t always deter, and they’re not always aware, but the equipment must be visible.
From our understanding, this was concealed and only a tip off from Ferguson alerted the club to what the DR had done.
Is this plausible? It’s not implausible, put it that way. Rangers fans don’t need any encouragement to boycott the DR so it’s not like this was done to sabotage a good relationship.
But it is… just a story for now. Unless Barry confirms it, it’s just a very serious accusation for now.
But not an unbelievable one.