There have been two stores this week that once again demonstrate how differently Rangers are treated by the Scottish media and prove that the club is vindicated in charging these publications for access, stories that have nothing to do with us and yet our name has been dragged into them.
In recent weeks we have seen Rangers fans targeted by journalists, pundits and MSPs whilst the same individuals remain silent or refuse to condemn the actions of those who align themselves with their own political or sporting beliefs.
It’s not a case of “whataboutry”, it’s a case of calling out every form of discrimination and abuse and the media has to start applying an even hand when reporting incidents, regardless of who is guilty of committing them.
This week, former Rangers academy players Dapo Mebude and Ciaran Dickson have both been involved with the law after committing motoring offences but they are no longer at the club, the former signed for Watford in the summer after being released and the latter joined Celtic after having his two-year contract cancelled.
Both players have, of course, been described as ex-Rangers players rather than either referring to their status as Scotland youth internationals or their current clubs, that Dickson in particular is described as this when he is playing for Celtic’s B team is especially sinister given the nature of the crime that he stands accused of.
The Scum newspaper pic.twitter.com/tw58RNfOUz
— Charlie Croker (@charliecroker54) September 14, 2021
I’d expect the publications involved will be getting a phone call from our legal team and for all that they might technically be correct, there really is no need for us to be named in such negative headlines – they are, sadly, just the latest examples of the way that “big bad Rangers” is portrayed by some in the Scottish media, you would think after the fall out from the Heart and Hand debacle that they would have learned their lesson.