If one thing has come from the diabolical loss yesterday, it’s been a rare positive in a sea right now of disappointment:
And that is that Rangers fans have unequivocally and overwhelmingly not accepted it – instead of recent years where the ‘give him a chance’ or ‘he needs time’ brigade would justify the latest disaster and explain or defend anything which wasn’t matching Rangers expectations, this time supporters have absolutely not tolerated the latest debacle.
And what’s the positive?
For the first time in ages, the majority of Rangers fans are THINKING like Rangers fans, like the fans they should be thinking like, and not just accepting second-best and offering justification of things going wrong.
Barry Ferguson (who’s been rather defending Beale himself, which is a hilarious one we’ll get to in a later piece) said it best about Rangers from his playing days – that the players have to tolerate incredible pressure, and that new recruits couldn’t understand why fans were upset at 1-1 half time in a friendly.
That’s what it is to be Rangers – we demand success always.
Many of us were raised on Jock Wallace, Walter Smith, on absolute winners who wouldn’t, couldn’t tolerate second best. Who simply did not accept not winning.
And with the last 12 years, that mentality got a bit lost as a new generation of fans, growing up with us being lower league then second best, started rubbing off on the older generations who themselves tried to defend the weaknesses of the club.
Unity, unity of not accepting second best any more, and demanding this changes.
We have no issue with fighting Celtic for the title year on year, we do have an issue losing it to them year on year.
And 55 aside, we’ve been miles off since Walter’s final title.
We’re not good enough to be the Rangers we all know, and all need.
And finally the majority of fans see that now.
Let’s change it.