Rangers fans don’t agree with Mick Beale on fixture controversy

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Rangers fans don’t agree with Mick Beale on fixture controversy
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 02: Fans show their support prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at on January 02, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ibrox Noise was amused to hear Rangers manager Michael Beale imploring the Scottish football authorities to take a leaf out of the Dutch FA’s book by helping our clubs (namely Rangers) with scheduling following PSV’s postponed league match to help prepare them for coming to Ibrox.

This all happened last year, and we vividly, VIVIDLY recall the fan reaction. The only two Rangers groups/authorities that we’re aware of who endorsed postponing our league fixture to help with Europe were ourselves at Ibrox Noise, and Ally McCoist. Everyone else of a Rangers persuasion shot the idea down, Kris Boyd particularly vocally.

One Rangers fan even said ‘only if the club wants it officially’, because Giovanni van Bronckhorst stayed totally silent on the topic.

But Michael Beale has gone the other way – he believes Scottish football, like Holland, should be doing its clubs a turn by domestically supporting them. So that’s official, then.

The only time we historically got an iota of help was that Motherwell match moved by one day, with a magnanimous Neil Doncaster praising Rangers’ run in Sevilla and how the authorities, namely the SPFL, were ‘only too happy to help and support our clubs in Europe’. As if…

Now, this topic is a weird one – Ibrox Noise has ‘polled’ our readers, and the climate remains the same – few to no Rangers fans believe we should have any kind of break to help us out. We aren’t quite sure why fans feel this way when every other country has a progressive support system behind their clubs and want them to do well.

But that’s how the fans feel – we just don’t agree with that stance on Ibrox Noise.

And yet, domestic IS the priority. We’d rather do well and win the league than get into the UCL and get slaughtered.

So it’s a bit of a dichotomy really, a borderline paradox.

But either way, Michael Beale wants the support from the governing bodies, and the fans don’t seem to agree.

So that’s that.

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