Scotty v Copland as Rangers man tries to open a pub

Scotty v Copland as Rangers man tries to open a pub
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 24: Scott Arfield of Rangers is seen at full time during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium on May 24, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Something slightly different on Ibrox Noise now, and the Scott Arfield story where Rangers’ former playmaker, now plying his trade in the MLS with Charlotte, of course, wants to turn a former bookies on Copland Road into a pub really is a very strange little ditty in the tabloids.

Long story short, Rangers’ ex-midfielder wants to convert the old S-Mart on Copland Road, a-now derelict site with a bit of a mess around it, into a modern Rangers pub, and seeks Glasgow City Council’s permission on it.

The big development in this one is that a local resident, one Margaret Gardener, has offered a big objection to these plans, and basically wants the whole thing abandoned:

“I would like to object to another pub on Copland Road. This is a residential area and families live here. We are hard pressed as it is with very little resources in the area for families and children/fast food and alcohol seem to be predominant, catering for only football supporters. The location of the proposed site is right below residential flat. Please kindly take this into consideration when making your decision.”

Margaret isn’t completely wrong, social problems very much exist on alcohol and adding another pub to an area with deprivation issues is hardly helping.

But the grounds that it’s a residential area and that families live there seems a bit of a moot point, because aside city centres, all areas around all cities fit that description.

Also, the fact that the site was a former bookmakers in itself which appears to have attracted little criticism from the likes of Ms Gardener suggests she’s objecting a bit selectively.

We’re sure she has nothing against Arfield personally, but to mention flats are above this site seems to ignore that flats are above every commercial property in the area, give or take, be it another bookies, another pub, or a smelly takeaway.

Even more curiously, the Evening Times and National have both withdrawn this story recently, leaving only one or two red tops running with it. We wonder why…

Scotty is a big Rangers man, and just wants to have his own pub – if it generates growth in the area, attracts custom and is managed responsibly, we’re not really sure it’s a completely bad idea.

Unless she’d rather a Laserquest was installed instead?


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