By Doug Ward

26th Aug, 2021 | 11:00am

Graham Spiers outraged by Rangers press conference ahead of clash v Alashkert

Times journalist Graham Spiers has hit out at Rangers for the diluted press conference held yesterday ahead of their clash against Alashkert on Thursday.

Due to COVID issues at Ibrox, manager Steven Gerrard was unable to hold the pre-match press conference so assistant boss Gary McAllister was instead thrust in front of the camera.

However, Spiers was totally unimpressed by what was discussed with McAllister despite a number of massive issues cropping up at the Scottish champions in recent days.

“Were there many journalists at this Rangers presser? A number of pressing, key issues of the last 24 hours left totally ignored,” said Spiers via his personal Twitter account.

“What a farce.

“If ‘fan media’ is the way Rangers FC want to go, fine, but there must be more enquiring supporters who find this totally unhealthy.”

Freelance journalist Kyle Gunn responded saying he could only see reporters from STV and Sky Sports in the press conference, prompting another tweet from Spiers which said: “It feels like a joke, Kyle – a sketch – until you realise it is actually happening. Farcical.”

We warned you

We’ve been saying all along that Rangers’ decision to charge media outlets to attend press conference will have a detrimental impact.

While it may keep the so-called ‘doom-mongers’ and ‘fake news specialists’ out of Ibrox, it’s also keeping proper journalists out of the club.

Yes, there are some good fan-run media outlets surrounding Rangers but some of these people are not seasoned reporters who are unwilling to ask tough questions out of fear they’ll have their media access revoked and loss the fee paid to the club for said access.

Do you see what the club is trying to do here? It’s essentially a trap. ‘Speak good of us or else you’ll lose your access and your money’.

In the last week, Rangers have been hit hard by COVID issues, banned fans and an RSC for allegedly racially abusing Kyogo Furuhashi and there was even one instance of a Gers fan seeming to make a sexist remark about Emma Dodds and Kirsty Howat’s appearance on RangersTV.

There are also genuine questions that could have been asked about the chance of major exits with the transfer window set to close.

Last year, Stewart Robertson said the club needs to start selling players each year to offset losses – which is what clubs normally do.

Why hasn’t that happened? Why is the club saying one thing and then doing another?

In other Rangers news, Hugh Keevins has apologised on Twitter for what he said about the racism controversy involving Furuhashi.