The Athletic’s Rangers decision was very, very shortsighted

The Athletic’s Rangers decision was very, very shortsighted
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 07: A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Picture by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now we have never discussed this before, but in case you missed it, the Athletic have boycotted Rangers FC as a result of Celtic boycotting them.

That’s right, the previously ever-reliable Jordan Campbell, the Athletic’s chief Rangers correspondent who got some excellent scoops and fascinating insight, is now their Arsenal man instead, after the Athletic decided not to cover Rangers any more.

And this is because Celtic wouldn’t cooperate with the Athletic, so they decided to pull out of the Old Firm completely.

We are puzzled as to why they reckoned dumping Rangers because Celtic wouldn’t play ball was the right outcome.

It’s denied Rangers fans some high-quality Rangers journalism, with Campbell a very good journalist who had a heck of a lot of impressive Rangers connections.

The motivation?

We believe they were so upset with Celtic’s lack of interest in allowing Athletic any connections with them that they rather threw a huff with the whole thing and decided to ‘even it up’ and ditch Rangers too.

We believe this was a stupid and ridiculous decision, one made in haste.

Campbell was good, very good, and now the Athletic offer no specialised Rangers content, because we must say while there are aspects of other sites which are in places good with Rangers material, the Athletic was a cut above and had some incredible exclusives.

But no more. Campbell is now Arsenal, and while he will still publish the occasional Rangers piece, it’s no longer his area and that’s a great shame.

All because Celtic were too immature to let the Athletic cover them.

Nothing quite like parity in Scottish football.

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