By Doug Ward

6th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Michael Stewart blasts Rangers leadership amid ongoing controversy

Michael Stewart has launched an attack on the Rangers leadership amid the ongoing controversy involving media partners the Heart & Hand podcast.

Earlier this week, the Daily Record published a number of abusive tweets from accounts of people associated with the Heart & Hand podcast, who have exclusive access to Ibrox for press coverage.

Those tweets were probed by the police while Heart & Hand also apologised for any offence the messages may have caused.

However, Rangers are yet to respond to the latest controversy that’s engulfed the club in the media and BBC pundit Stewart isn’t happy.

“Leadership demands the ability to make tough decisions and unfortunately it’s clear that Rangers lack any real leaders to deal with the problems they have,” said Stewart via his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon.

Silence is deafening

Rangers should not and cannot ignore this.

Heart & Hand have come out and apologised while a couple of members of the podcast have walked away amid the uproar.

However, that doesn’t excuse the Gers from choosing to be associated with people who have posted some really offensive tweets in recent years.

The Scottish champions had no hesitation with banning people over the Kyogo Furuhashi controversy – they even banned an entire RSC over the alleged racist abuse aimed at the Celtic forward on a coach full of fans.

They’ve taken a hardline stance so far and they need to now as well because the club shouldn’t be showing any kind of tolerance to this.

There have been suggestions of an ulterior motive behind the Daily Record’s story about the Heart & Hand podcast.

Earlier this year, the Gers took the decision to start charging media outlets for press passes and exclusive interviews.

Not many seem to have followed up on that, potentially out of fear that access will be revoked as soon as something negative about the club is published.

The Daily Record are unlikely to be back at Ibrox any time soon but the Heart & Hand probably shouldn’t be either.

In other Rangers news, Mark McGivern has sent a message to the Gers amid the Heart & Hand controversy he ignited.