The BBC’s interview this morning with Rangers winger Ross McCausland stood out not so much for the content of what Rangers’ rising star said, but the fact he said it to the BBC.
Gone, just like that, are the days of a battle between the Beeb and Rangers, an immensely petty war which originated in 2012 and those deeply toxic tone reports, particularly Mark Daly’s appallingly inaccurate documentaries and Chris McLaughlin’s diabolically consistent newsgathering on all negative Rangers stories.
Rangers’ board withdrew cooperation with McLaughlin, and in turn he boycotted Ibrox, and in turn BBC Scotland followed suit.
And in summer last year, this finally ended, and almost overnight, the reporting became infinitely-less pro-Celtic-anti-Rangers, and a tonne more fair and even-handed.
And the fact Pacific Quay scored an exclusive interview with McCausland and the youngster spoke of his career at Ibrox so far shows how much has changed since that ice thawed.
Don’t get us wrong, the BBC and Rangers will never be the bestest of BFFs – a tonne of damage was done in the past.
But the relationship is infinitely better, infinitely fairer, and a tonne more respectful from the Beeb who are more than happy to actually praise and flatter the club while slaughtering Celtic now and then where merited.
It’s not complete – there’s barely a word on the main football front page about Rangers’ match with Betis tonight, just a small thumbnail leading to Philippe Clement’s comments about the match, but the McCausland story is one of the three big stories on that front page, and while not at the top, it’s hard to miss.
This had to be done. Not every Rangers fan has satellite and cable, some still stick with terrestrial, and the BBC getting full coverage rights back is really for them in many ways.
And it’s also much fairer to see impartial or even favourable coverage on their news channels.
But let’s not just forget 7 years of boycotting and toxicity though – it wasn’t great, and even today their coverage of our club is analysed more than it would have been back in the days pre-admin.
But it’s better. And fairer.
And that’s all anyone ever really wanted.