BBC pundit Michael Stewart has had some strong criticism for Rangers chairman Dave King this week, after the Ibrox chief told supporters that Steven Gerrard’s side were close to becoming the dominant force in Scottish football.
King wrote to fans yesterday with a lengthy open letter in support of the job that Gerrard is doing, despite us missing out on major honours once again this season.
He said: “We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.”
It’s a comment that has predictably upset pundits and supporters of other sides in Scotland, but is probably more of an ambition for the coaching team at Ibrox to aspire to than a declaration of our current status.
Stewart though appeared angry with the comments, taking to BBC Sportsound yesterday to laugh an astonishing verbal tirade against the chairman.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the pundit said:
Every season at this point when Rangers season tickets come out, Dave King comes out with some statement or comes out with an announcement to try and push season ticket sales – that’s all this is.
It’s so transparent it’s actually insulting to Rangers fans that are not blinded by this. The majority of them will see this for what it is.
It’s insulting to their intelligence for him to come out and try and suggest they are within tangible reach of becoming the dominant force in Scottish football – that is utter, utter rubbish.
It is not even close, as the season we’ve just seen shows. For Rangers to get to that position, they need Celtic to have another catastrophe of a transfer window like they did last year.
They need them to financially implode and Rangers to find extra revenue from somewhere and to spend and hit the mark on every acquisition they bring in for them to even stand a remote chance.
Obviously Dave King wants as many supporters to buy season tickets as possible, it would be stupid to suggest otherwise, but Stewart’s comments are a bit over the top.
Progress has been made at Rangers this season on the pitch. Despite falling short in key matches, we reached the group stages of the UEFA Europa League, managed a derby victory and played some good football.
We are still a long way off a credible title challenge, but with stability at the club this summer, Gerrard has a chance to build on the foundations he’s laid down this term.
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