Rangers must meet Club 1872 NOW as it’s time to man up and ditch the shock jock statements – Barry Ferguson – Barry Ferguson


It’s time to man up.

I’ve been shocked by all this bickering this week between the Rangers board and Club 1872. Let’s just get this sorted out as soon as possible.

It’s school-boy stuff with the fan group casting all sorts of aspersions about the place, taking pops at Stewart Robertson, David Graham and James Bisgrove.

And the club didn’t exactly calm things with their overly-aggressive response.

It’s all just so unnecessary at a time when Rangers have so much to play for. For God’s sake, we’re still in the Premiership title fight and have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic and Europa League last-eight tie with Braga coming up.

That’s where we should be putting our focus – not on petty politicking behind the scenes.

I get there are some serious issues that need to be addressed like the friendly in Australia and the relationship the club has with its own supporters.

But firing off shock jock statements is not the way to settle this.

What they should be doing is sitting down like men and arguing it out, preferably in private.

I know the club said they’d deal with Club 1872 at the end of the season but why wait? Meet face to face, eyeball to eyeball, and thrash things out and get it put to bed now. Why let it fester?

Someone needs to bang heads together and get this sorted because while all this quarrelling is going on off the pitch, Gio van Bronckhorst and his team are actually doing a fine job on it and this is the time we should really be putting on a united front .

But it’s not healthy when a club is beset with the kind of infighting we’ve seen this week.

Everyone wants Rangers to be successful – included me. Off the pitch, normally I can’t complain about this board. They’ve been excellent these past two or three years.

But so have the fans.



Rangers fans stop the game while protesting the Old Firm friendly in Australia

I get it from both sides. The guys filling the terraces week in, week out aren’t happy about this Derby Down Under while the board are obviously trying to bank some much-needed cash by agreeing to go to Australia.

The supporters are more than entitled to have their view on the decision to sign up for the Sydney Super Cup.

Yes the board and investors have done a lot to prop the club up these last few years but so have the punters.

If the fans were going to demonstrate, I’d rather they chanted against it or unveiled banners rather than attempting to hold up the game like they did during last week’s win at Dundee.

But I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the Rangers dressing room blaming the repeated ticker tape parades for the performance up there at the weekend.

It’s more annoying than anything else. As a player, you just want to get on with the game.

A lot was made about Gio van Bronckhorst and Allan McGregor getting a bit annoyed with interruption after interruption.

But to be honest with you, I don’t really think it will have too much impact on the players.

And I say that from experience.

I remember being player/manager at Blackpool when we were playing against Burnley in 2015. The fans there were furious about the way the Oyston family were running things at Bloomfield Road at the time and staged a protest by lobbing tennis balls and oranges onto the park .

I was angrily trying to boot the balls off and every time I did, the punters just lobbed another on!

But I can’t say that affected the result of the game, which we lost 1-0.

I just did a quick warm-up and got back on with things and I’m sure that would have been the same for Gio’s team last Sunday.

As much as it was an unusual situation, as professionals it’s your job to deal with whatever comes your way and fair play to the team, they did that against Dundee.

Had they dropped points on Tayside, that probably would have been the end of their title hopes but they rallied round, shrugged off the delays and got a huge victory on a shocker of a pitch thanks to Connor Goldson’s late winner.

While the protests at Dens weren’t great to see, what did encourage me was the sight of Aaron Ramsey getting through another 80-minutes.

It will have done him the world of good and so will another him getting another 90 in a tense game for Wales in their World Cup play-off win over Austria.

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He showed for a brief spell against Dundee what he is capable of. He got the equalizer with a tap-in but before that it was his influence which saw Rangers really step up a level and put Mark McGhee’s side under pressure.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think there’s more – loads more – to come from him but the fact he’s been able to back up two decent run outs one after the other just five days apart is good news for Rangers with Celtic to come next week.

I know how difficult it is to regain top-level fitness when you’ve been out for a few months. You can train all you like but you can’t beat a proper 90 minutes of action and Ramsey’s now got some proper blow-outs under his belt.

Hopefully that means he’s ready to really rock when Ange Postecoglou’s men visit Ibrox next Sunday.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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