The Sunday Post has apologised to Rangers fans over the club’s failure to provide them with material ahead of the Scottish Cup quarter-final versus St Johnstone on Sunday.
The newspaper’s print edition [April 25] featured a huge blank section to stomp home the point that they would have had something to publish if pre-match quotes had been provided to them.
All that occupies the space is an apology to Rangers fans which says: “In this space, we would normally carry an interview with the Rangers manager, a player or coach before the club’s Scottish Cup tie against St Johnstone today.
“However, the club has declined to offer the manager, a player or coach to the Sunday written media for interview.
“We regret that decision but, until the situation changes, we will continue to cover Rangers, as we always have, by finding our own interviews, and asking our own questions.”
Petty – but why have Rangers done this?
If we were to guess at why Rangers hadn’t sent pre-match quotes to the Sunday Post then we would simply be speculating.
However, the club’s tendency to block journalists and certain publications is becoming a bit of a worry because when you silence people, it usually means that something is happening that the public might not be too happy about.
We saw it not so long ago when The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell was denied access to Ibrox to cover a game. He believed it was because of a report he’d written about Scottish football’s child sex abuse scandal.
It’s just not a good look at all when a club starts to silence sections of the media that don’t happy-clap in their support and we’re not entirely sure what the Sunday Post has done for this to happen.
However, we cannot just blame the club for any role they might have. The Sunday Post’s decision to print that is petty and will do them more harm than good.
They have access to all sorts of quotes and you know what? Pre-match quotes from managers and players are some of the most boring stories you can write, which is why we don’t publish too many.
How many times do we need to read about this Rangers player saying that team is decent and that we have to be prepared to play our best.
It’s boring and club-pushed media content is usually the worst, which is why we’d rather see papers like the Sunday Post go out there and get their own interviews, they’re far more interesting.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are eyeing up this title-winning international who can play on the left-wing.