Media shock as press turns blind eye to Rangers

Media shock as press turns blind eye to Rangers
BELGRADE, SERBIA - MARCH 17: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Manager of Rangers celebrates after progressing through the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Leg Two match between Crvena Zvezda and Rangers FC at Rajko Mitic Stadium on March 17, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Rangers last night made it to the quarters of the UEL, an achievement matched only by Rangers in 2008, but instead of the Scottish or indeed national press exalting this, the focus was on:

Connor Goldson’s racism, and the melee at the end of the match.

Don’t get us wrong, these are worthy issues and legitimate to be raised, but the fact the press ignored Rangers’ Journey to the quarters or the gravity of the achievement in favour of tabloid stories and tittle about negative subjects rather summed up their mentality.

It wasn’t like the positive story for Scottish football as a whole was highlighted, instead, it was the negative stuff.

We get it, negative attracts more attention and more clicks – but there was something depressing seeing racism and melees as the highlight stories from most outlets, with barely a mention of the result itself.

This was Scottish football’s first Euro quarters in an age, and the press focused on the gutter, frankly.

We do want racism highlighted, and Rangers were basically attacked at the end of the match, but leading with that on a night that deserved our achievement in the spotlight summed up how ill the press actually is.


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