On the very quiet, Rangers made a bit of a change this summer, one that was very significant but which went entirely under the radar.
Ibrox Noise has an image partner who provides us with the most recent professional images of Rangers matches, but last season unfortunately there were no snaps from inside Ibrox at all.
Because the partner refused to pay the £25,000 media charge Rangers introduced after winning 55.
This charge meant any photo group, media organisation or anyone else requiring access to the club for any commercial reason would have to now pay a charge of £25,000.
And many refused to.
The charge was ridiculous, and we didn’t endorse it at all, except to castigate the big rich groups whining about it.
But thanks to our incredible income the past 10 months, the club have ‘kindly’ removed that charge and it is now free again based on invite and access.
It should never have been there, and while we understand the club’s need to make money, charging fan media for access to the club was not a good move.
For us, even if they’re perceived as ‘anti-Rangers’, all press groups should have free access to Rangers and our media operations.
As a plc it’s kind of an obligation, but the club’s decision in summer 21 was not a good one.
It’s been removed now, all media access is free and back to the way it was.
But it should never have been that way.