By George Overhill

20th Nov, 2023 | 5:40pm

Sick pundit laughs after he 'bizarrely' upsets loads of Rangers fans with photo online

Tam McManus revealing a positive Covid-19 test has “bizarrely upset a load of Rangers fans” according to the pundit on social media.

The former Hibs striker responded via Twitter having posted that the virus “never really went away” after being taken sick on 20 November, and was amused at the apparently unhappy response from Gers supporters.

According to the UK government website there have been 4,549 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the past seven days.

Underneath a photo of his positive test McManus wrote with a laughing emoji: “I seem to have bizarrely upset a load of Rangers fans with this I wonder why.”

Forgotten but not gone

Football may be a far cry from the empty stadiums that were a feature while society was locked down back in 2020 and 2021 but it is evidently still out there.

It largely doesn’t inspire the same fear that it once did following large-scale vaccinations programmes, but clearly does still inspire the same level of disagreement for some.

The age of coronavirus was the last time when Rangers captured their last SPFL title, with the 55th league triumph secured under Steven Gerrard at a time when fans were unable to watch the Light Blues in person.

In the two and a half seasons since the club have moved onto their third subsequent manager and only lifted one piece of silverware, the 2022 Scottish Cup, despite making it to within a penalty shoot-out of the Europa League trophy under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

While nobody would particularly like to go back to the way things were at the time in general there is plenty of the Rangers dominance at the end of the Gerrard reign that Philippe Clement’s side could do with reprising.

The Belgian has the chance to add just a second trophy since the league title win with next month’s Viaplay Cup final against Aberdeen, but is ultimately tasked with overhauling Celtic once again.

In other Rangers news, Lawrence Shankland is “ready to make that next move” amid increasing links to Ibrox in January.