I am a 69 year old Rangers supporter. I have supported my club since I was 10 years old.
With this timescale I have been fortunate enough to witness some of the great Rangers teams over the years. Great players such as Jim Baxter, Eric Caldow and the rest of the Scot Symon team of the sixties. I have delighted in the artistry of Brian Laudrup, Paul Gascoigne and Ally McCoist. I have also seen the bad years when we were nowhere in the Division one.
I watched with great sadness as events unfolded in 2012, how could this be happening to my team? How was it allowed to happen? Yet we the fans still turned up in the thousands at Ibrox and sold out our ticket allocation to tiny stadiums all over Scotland during our time in the lower divisions. We, the fans of this great club, balanced the books of so many small clubs in Scotland for years to come, because we love our team.
This season saw a record number of season ticket books sold, we have seen Ibrox packed so many times with fans, like me, who live for this club. Yet for the last five years we have been duped by charlatans of all descriptions. Some have sold our club for one pound, another bought it for one pound under the pretence he was a multi millionaire. We were then subjected to a pissing contest by supposed millionaire businessmen from all corners of the globe. We were subjected to derision and abuse from all corners, the Scottish media came to feed like jackals on our carcass, fans of other clubs delighted in our demise screaming like banshee's at every piece of bad news. Yet we kept following.
Now I don't, nor claim to, speak for all Rangers fans but I believe this morning there are thousands waking up in disbelief at what we have witnessed over the last two matches against Celtic, a complete capitulation to our greatest rivals a disgrace to the memory of the history of our club. Again come Monday morning fans will be subjected to torment, abuse and derision at their workplaces because we are Rangers supporters.
We were reportedly promised, by our Chairman, various sums of money to make us competitive in the premier league this season. A very small percentage of this money has been seen, especially in the transfer market. Yet the season ticket money and various sponsor deals have realized millions of pounds. We will be expected to blindly turn out in our thousands to purchase season books for next season on probably the same empty promises of more money for players, better players, competitive players.
Are we such a toxic brand now that we are unable to attract investors willing to put real money into the club? Or perhaps a new owner?
We the fans have been the only constant over the last five years, we have poured millions of pounds into the club, the only return we have received is, our club is still alive. We don't invest for profit unlike the businessmen, we invest our hard earned pounds, at times, ill afforded, because we love our club, it is our life our passion. We deserve better, much, much better.