(Original post was around June/July 2012)
It would appear from the above that perhaps all china shops in and around Glasgow might be under serious threat due to the potential for a large number of raging bulls to run amok. I guess there are none so hateful as those who rankle and none so murderous as those who seek vengeance. Fans of the now-extinct-Rangers F.C. have certainly shown hatred towards the rest of Scottish football over the years and have been known on not a few occasions to take it to the extremes of death threats and even murder. In their psychotic narcissism, they have been intolerant, to the extent of violence, towards anything or anyone that does not adhere to their egotistical righteousness. Like spoiled brats, who, unfortunately, have been pandered to for a hundred years or more, they react to challenge in the manner of demented, lusting bulls rampaging in search of fragile targets that might satiate their vengeful lusts. Such vicious bullying (forgive the pun) has been witnessed far beyond their own borders resulting in condemnation from countries, cities and football clubs throughout the U.K., Europe and beyond. The venomous language of their web sites and blogs has a terrifyingly threatening ring to it. The so called uncontrolled dominant minority is so volatile, it is a justified and realistic deterrent to any potential acceptance of the genuine few, far less the whole.
It is a worrying thought that the violent behaviour of the now-extinct-Rangers F.C. fans would probably continue even if a new team, whatever it may be called, is devoid of its greatest rival and playing in a lower division. It would appear to be so ingrained in their psyche that it is nigh impossible to imagine any significant change in spite of a relocation (written prior to Sevco and its vote into SFL3). In fact, demotion could very possibly result in a retaliation that has not seen its like in Scottish football ever. If their team ends up in the S.F.L., it would be expected that clubs in the lower divisions would bear the brunt of their wrath (till now this has not happened – at least not anything that has been reported). Unlike clubs in the S.P.L., whose supporters may have sufficient numbers to put up some defence, S.F.L. clubs on the whole will have, at most, only a few thousand to confront the rampaging hordes. For the majority these defences would most probably be so limited as to create a ‘Three Hundred Spartans’ scenario but without the pass. This to me would be the death-knell of that particular S.F. league as supporters drift away club by club rather than try to confront the onslaught each would face at least every fortnight.
Moreover, I contend that the novelty of following a new club in the S.F.L. would only be a very short lived distraction for that large number of fans who would most likely revert to type. I am certain there are those among them that would choose violent disruption at local S.P.L. matches as preferred entertainment to watching their adopted club playing, as they would see it, an insignificant game against what they would regard in footballing terms, as a “nobody” (again, this has not yet come to pass). Once again their behaviour would make football hooliganism the pinnacle of Scotland’s football reputation. Of course, as is their wont, they would find someone else to blame, dragging all of us into the same cesspit, deserving or not. Once more the iron fist of a knee-jerk government would pound the innocent while ignoring the guilty (the new laws on sectarian behaviour had just been passed). Some might argue that the calamity could be averted if the new club were not allowed a place in any Scottish league and this looks more and more to be a possibility (I sure got that wrong). However, I seriously doubt this would eliminate the potential mayhem that could ensue no matter what the outcome from the present now-extinct-Rangers F.C. Crisis (prior to the rejection of a CVA). These type of supporters would only have more time and excuse to direct their venom at any football club in their sights. It is not beyond the realms of possibility for this to mean non-league football too (just imagine the English Conference League as Charlie is spouting). It seems a bleak picture but it is one painted to warn rather than to frighten. Preparation is at least half the battle.
I am sure there are many who would question my depressing negativity. I have no physical evidence to support my theories. The proof for me lies in a gut instinct that tells me to be wary. My deductions are founded on the total lack of remorse, the blatant absence of an admission of guilt and the determination to lay the blame on others. Most threatening of all is the rallying calls to arms in tweets and blogs in pursuit of what these supporters see as warranted retribution (now fuelled even more by Green, McCoist and several ex-players). Not a single person from the now-extinct-Rangers F.C. (pre CVA) has made the slightest attempt to seek reconciliation with other clubs or supporters, neither director, member of staff nor supporter. On the contrary, still steeped in self-centred expectancy, they bleat cries of self pity. They practically demand leniency, clemency or mercy depending on their mood, all the attributes that their ex-club failed to display when begged for by others in its time of power-broking, as witnessed by the now-extinct-Airdrieonians F.C. When the crocodile tears trigger no response, they are most certainly not averse to using threats. Furthermore, they have demonstrated they have lost none of their disdain for Scottish football, whether it be towards authorities, other clubs and most of all other supporters (even truer today). Their superiority complex is the very antithesis of the reaction expected from those who have been humbled and defeated. For me, this very complex is what will instigate the need for revenge. Those who appear, in their eyes at least, to have contributed to their downfall, will be firmly in their sights, as alluded to in the verbal threats of their resurrected “hero”, Mr. S. Jardine. It is not inconceivable that in the melee there could well be “civilian casualties”. It would seem that almost all now-extinct-Rangers F.C. fans are, one suspects deliberately, blinded to the wrongdoing of their club nourished daily by a complacent if not compliant media. Nor do they recognise their own part in it through wallowing in and accepting the benefits of its misdeeds, not dissimilar to handling stolen goods, one might say. Increasingly they perceive themselves as the victims as others are portrayed more and more as the perpetrators for laying upon them the hand of justice. Justice is a virtue for which they have displayed very little respect throughout their ex-club’s history resulting in a perception that for them, special treatment is merited. It is this narrow-minded interpretation that has seen them unblushingly accept favours, lord it over all rivals, have their destructive way with numerous people and places offering them hospitality. Above all, embedded in their minds is the belief that gaining undue advantage or reaping undeserved rewards is absolutely acceptable provided it is not exposed or, even worse, condemned. Can anyone truly deny the potential of such a mindset to act ad extremis when trapped. The entangled current affairs of both their ex-club and the new entity has undoubtedly ensnared these supporters into fear, fury and hatred. Warped by a disingenuous Scottish media and a succession of shifty rescuers and their cohorts, they at least imagine if not believe, that all other fans are but crazed hunters. As can only be expected from cornered prey, rather than reason a feasible and bloodless escape plan, they are apt to rush headlong into a fight. I believe that when they finally retaliate, they will resemble more the raging bull than the cunning fox.