By Anthony Onifade

5th Jan, 2023 | 12:52pm

Rangers hire pro-UK politician Alasdair Morrison after 'major rows' with Glasgow City Council

Rangers have made radical changes to bolster their communications department by hiring former Labour MSP and BBC journalist Alasdair Morrison, as revealed by the Scottish Daily Express.

Morrison has already been working with the club on a consultancy basis and is expected to take over and be involved in the business and political side of Rangers.

This comes after the former MSP was formally hired to aid the club in their battle and row with Glasgow City Council in 2020 over a fan zone outside the Ibrox Stadium. Morrison was also involved in the commotion with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy John Swinney over their 2021 title-winning celebrations during the Covid pandemic.

Rangers fans approached the Ibrox against lockdown restrictions, with thousands of them marching on George Square and causing damage and squaring up with police, an incident which fractured relationships with the City Council. As the report in Scottish Daily Express reveals, Morrison will be tasked with building those relations again as well as acting as a bridge between the club and the council.

Move forward

After all the uncertainty and commotion regarding the incidents in 2020 and 2021, it’s vitally important that the club builds relations with the City Council once again and moves forward.

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The hiring of Morrison looks like a good appointment to achieve just that as Rangers obviously remain one of the biggest clubs in Scotland.

Fans may not see it of course, but much of the day-to-day activities within a club do involve connections with local councils and the government, so if relationships are fractured, there is no way the club can go ahead with any plans with fans and the local community, especially if they are to win any domestic trophies in the near future.

Also, Morrison’s appointment also aims to bolster the club’s communications department which if done well, can also simultaneously improve relationships with many of their loyal fans. It is a move which looks to benefit the long-term future of the club as a whole.

In other Rangers news, a West Ham coach has been gushing over a “fantastic” Rangers ace he used to work with.