The story today about Rangers and shirt prices is very troubling. This isn’t some anti-Rangers conspiracy, but completely independent watchdog The Competition and Markets Authority who have been looking into this for two years.
We are not going to find the club innocent or guilty, because that’s for more important authority groups than a Rangers fan site to analyse, but the implications are disquieting.
Let’s also avoid the ‘look what bad things the other lot have done’ route, this is about us as a club, and holding your hand up to your mistakes, if proven, is mature, rather than pointing at everyone else’s.
We don’t know the facts behind this, beyond what the media are reporting, but the fact Rangers have not immediately leapt on this with a statement defending the club’s actions, or disputing the claims, whatever they might have been, is telling.
The claims being made effectively accuse Rangers of trying to rip supporters off, which given our current board doesn’t surprise us at all if true.
The details essentially mean the board was artificially forcing shirt prices up, when some individual retailers were offering them for a bit less. The board effectively told those retailers to put the prices back up to the standard price, which is more than a bit dodgy.
We aren’t legal experts, we don’t know the implications if this is true, but if it is, morally speaking it’s horrific by the board and is another sign of how we’re not fans but wallets.
Shirts are already disgustingly overpriced without the board potentially stopping any retailer from offering a discount.
We will await more fallout from this and a statement from the club before we offer anything else, but on the face of it it doesn’t look ideal.