Rangers fans aren’t happy – cup win can help that a lot

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Rangers fans aren’t happy – cup win can help that a lot
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Rangers fans look on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There is no question that this season has been among the worst in recent times for Rangers, despite the League Cup trophy.

It hasn’t plumbed to the horrible depths of 2012-, but it’s been tough, promising so much and really, delivering rather little, gifting the title to Celtic and being distant second favourites for the Scottish Cup.

But the real problem, away from the team and the struggling manager and the horrific injuries has been the fans – the support has been pretty abysmal this campaign.

Now, this is not to say Rangers’ support is bad – it isn’t – but this season has seen a lot of toxicity around the fanbase, highlighted by a few recent events:

The Union Bears dumping the team and leaving Ibrox before the lap of honour after Kilmarnock.

Fans slaughtering a fellow fan who dared to criticise Borna Barisic during a signing session.

And fans slaughtering the wider support and defending Fabio Silva for his gesture at Ibrox, which in itself, slaughtered the support.

And now we’re seeing more needle – Rangers fans attacking Todd Cantwell for daring to put up a social media post which did something similar to Silva.

In short, there’s a really grim feeling in the Rangers air these past few months, a feeling we’ve really not had since the end of Beale or the collapse of the shambles of Pedro.

The difference this time is so many fans back Philippe Clement completely and blame the players and other fans, rather than previously criticising the manager.

In fact, the real difference is that there’s no consistency at all – supporters are literally lashing out at everything and anything, and defending some of the wrong things while they’re at it.

Although, who is Ibrox Noise to say what is right and what is wrong? Does that self-righteousness make us part of the problem?

Who knows, all we know is we’ve rarely seen Rangers’ fanbase this toxic, and we pray for the unlikely win this weekend to at least lift the mood a bit.

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