This isn’t really a topic we want to cover, nor does anyone really, but out of respect for the situation we will lightly cover it.
Rangers, having been drawn with Red Star, will not be, for the away leg, be a million miles away from a warzone, the length of Romania separating a simple match of football from a conflict.
Ibrox Noise avoids non-football news like the plague these days, ever since Covid, and this latest disaster is the latest reason why.
We wish only the best to those suffering right now, those who have lost someone, those in battles they don’t want anywhere near, those terrified for their lives and their relations.
A little secret about Ibrox Noise is yours truly’s heritage is Ukrainian, so I have an affinity with the limited information I’ve got on what’s happening.
It is a modern tragedy, but we must also remember football is our escape from these kinds of nightmares. This by no means dilutes the seriousness, nor puts a pillow over our head and pretends it isn’t happening, but sport, in this case, football is our trivial way of evading the brutality of the real world for a while.
We cannot get into the politics, we are no experts, and too many so-called experts scared too many people during Covid so we’re not interested in what they have to say.
But with Rangers potentially playing very close to the zone, we’d be ignorant and amiss to ignore the story.
Just when we thought Covid was over, a new nightmare hits us instead.
Which is why we follow the Famous. To our Ukrainian fans we are thinking of you. To our Russian fans who want nothing to do with their government’s actions, likewise.
WATP, the Rangers Family.