An open letter about Rangers’ board and pitch invasions

An open letter about Rangers’ board and pitch invasions
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Rangers fans during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Rangers FC and Sporting Braga at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

We received a very interesting response to our piece this morning on the board and their ivory towers. Following months of fan complaints about their conduct and tone, and indifference towards the supporter base, relations are at an all time low.

At least we thought they were.

We pointed it out, using the tone of the recent pitch invasion statement as an example of the struggles for good PR, and lo and behold almost every single response defended the board as quite right and condemned fans.

Thereby, missing the point a touch.

We were NOT endorsing pitch invasions. Not even close to endorsing illegal pursuits was this site at.

Thankfully one or two did get the right message – that it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

The board, in that statement and many others, have increasingly drawn lines in the sand between themselves and fans, with no attempts anywhere at olive branches (rump, anyone) and only incendiary comments.

Are they wrong about pitch invasions? Of course not, and no one should be invading the pitch. What fool thought we supported that?

But there is a better tone of reconciliation that can be used, one which rather than demeaning fans as sub-species, shows them respect and grace as they appear to show towards the players.

The board work for us, not the other way around.

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