By Doug Ward

5th Sep, 2021 | 7:40pm

Daily Record to launch investigation after Rangers fans rally behind Heart and Hand

The Daily Record have confirmed they are launching an investigation into social media posts by their journalists after Rangers fans staunchly defended the Heart & Hand podcast.

In an announcement via their Twitter account on Sunday, the Record said: “A number of historical tweets from some of our writers have come to our attention.

“The Daily Record takes any claims of discrimination or hate speech very seriously and we have launched a full investigation into the matter.”

It comes after Daily Record journalist Mark McGivern wrote a story about abusive tweets posted by Heart & Hand podcasters in recent years, which led to a police investigation.

In response to that story, Heart & Hand’s David Edgar, plus countless Gers fans, dug out historical tweets from McGivern and other Daily Record journalists that can be deemed as offensive and abusive.

Heart & Hand owner Edgar responded to the statement, saying: “It shouldn’t have had to come to this but hopefully this is the start of tabloid journalists being held to the same standards they demand of everyone else.”

Two can play at that game

Before we go into one about the Daily Record and their journalists, we cannot stand by the previous tweets shared by those associated with the Heart & Hand podcast.

However, Rangers’ official media partner has apologised for any offence their tweets may have caused and two members of the podcast have stepped away from it.

Onto the Daily Record.

They have not apologised. No one has apologised.

Rangers fans, along with Edgar, have dug out some seriously offensive tweets from recent years and these journalists need to face big questions about them.

We won’t share any of the tweets in case they are deemed to be too offensive to our readers but they are not too hard to find on Edgar’s Twitter account.

Rangers do need to respond to the Daily Record’s story about the Heart & Hand but there needs to be repercussions at the newspaper too.

None of this is right and it’s getting very, very ugly indeed.

If there’s one thing to take away from this, it will be that people will think twice before posting vile messages about people on social media.

In other Rangers news, Sir Kenny Dalglish was left baffled by what happened at Ibrox in the transfer window.