There are lots of sources of information for those outside the “Ibrox bubble” who want to gauge the feelings of the Rangers faithful. As well as various fan message boards, which pass wry comment on their football team and the rest of the world, with a spirit of tolerance and goodwill to all men which is only too rare these days.
There are also various fan groups who have differing agendas and view the situation at their club from a wide range of perspectives.
And there are the “Rangers bloggers”.
I won’t do a run down of them today (although I wonder what reaction I would get if I put up a poll here for readers to tell me who their favourite Rangers blogger is). Not today anyway…
Occasionally I am mentioned in these blogs – sometimes in terms that I would not want my Parish priest to read – and sometimes even worse!
Today my attention was drawn to my name popping up in the blog of Bill McMurdo.
Earlier in the year we exchanged blog posts on the question of whether or not I was a “Rangers hater”. It is fair to say we agreed to differ.
So it was with some trepidation I clicked on this link today.
On reading however I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and would like to express my thanks to Bill. I would also commend his full blog post to my readers.
I might even decide it is worthwhile placing his coments at the top of the blog, like the quotes on film and theatre posters!
This one would read:-
“McConville’s article was a hilariously funny and frighteningly accurate appraisal of the constant yearning for a messiah figure in the Rangers ranks. – Bill McMurdo”
Bill did not provide his readers with a link to the piece, which is here. However, as he had been good enough to link to it on Twitter, I make no complaint.
I do appreciate, as Bill points out, that it seems unusual for a blogger on one side to praise one seen as being on the “other side”. Indeed he mentions that he was criticised by some of his Rangers-supporting readers for having the temerity to do so.
And all of this, as Bill wisely points out, is itself proof of the awful in-fighting now present amongst the Rangers fans, and the roller-coaster of emotions which they must feel, never knowing who they can trust. Bill too is now being lambasted on various of the sites in a way which shows that internecine strife is almost always more bloody and more vehemently expressed than conflict between opposing countries/organisations/football teams!
Although there is one little point I want to correct Bill on – he refers to me, along with the excellent and amazingly prolific Andy Muirhead of Scotzine, as “Uber Tims”.
I suspect that my protestations that my first footballing fan loyalty was to the home town Albion Rovers have fallen on deaf ears in McMurdo Towers!
Posted by Paul “hilariously funny and frighteningly accurate” McConville