It all began in March 2021 – Rangers won 55, and the first thing the club did, rather than allowing fans to just celebrate the historic win, was to produce a title-winning top, a piece of merch.
Rather than us getting to wallow in victory and savour it, it was all about the club making merch and selling it to us. This theme continued, a board which seemed disinterested in what this meant to the fans, and a lot more interested in how to fleece us for it.
But the first real sign of how little of a **** they gave about either 55 or us was Flag Day. In fairness they hyped it up, but when it came to it, it was Douglas Park waddling over to the absolutely feeble excuse of a flag, and pulling on a bit of string.
Then walking away and that was that.
That’s right, 10 years of hurt, pain, the Journey and the biggest league win we’d yet had, and the occasion to pay homage to it was absolutely pathetic.
It brought images of the madman Kim Jong Un with those memes of his hilariously pathetic attempts to launch a rocket – this was about as feeble as that, and Rangers supporters absolutely deserved a bigger parade. Fireworks, a screen display, music – nope, it was just a damp squib.
After that it got no better, and we saw the cinch deal nonsense. Of course, most fans defended this, because they’d defend the club/board if they’d sang IRA nonsense at that point, but we didn’t – we call out Park over this and got dog’s abuse. And now you all see why we called it out, why we resented Park using Ibrox and our club to protect his own commercial interests.
And there’s been a litany of nonsense since then by a board unfit for purpose, far too many things to detail in one piece.
As much as Gio’s management is clearly under pressure, and rightly in question, the board’s part in where we’ve ended up is vast – they were absolutely complicit in all this disappointment and the only thing we’ve liked that they’ve done was appoint Gio, but then they tied his hands and made it impossible for him to succeed.
Yes, we have called out his many many errors too, and he’s clearly no longer the man for the job, but the board very much facilitated this.
It’s no wonder Gio has effectively flipped them the mickey.