Those of you that follow me on twitter are aware of my avatar the Rangers crest with a Yes badge.
This has brought me to the attention of the hardcore Rangers zealots,and the hardcore Rangers haters alike.
One lot telling me I cannot possibly be a Rangers fan and advocate an Independent Scottish Republic.
The other lot telling me I cannot possibly be an Independinista and support the famous Glasgow Rangers.
Both of course are equally wrong, I am indeed a Socialist ,Republican ,SNP voting Bluenose.
I could write an entire blog to support these claims,however suffice to say I am in my 60s now and I went to my first game in the late 50s when the likes of George Young ,and George Niven starred for the Rangers.
I have followed them ever since at home ,away and in Europe more importantly they are firmly in my heart.
I have afflicted my son with the same team, as he has done with my darling grandson,it’s what you do.
We are also both part time footsoldiers of The Tartan Army and have had some of our most enjoyable football,and son and dad memories watching Scotland .
Indeed over 150 Rangers players have been capped by our nation .
It was almost a given if you Captained Rangers ,you were almost certain to Captain the National team
It saddens me greatly that nowadays so many Rangers fans openly loathe ,and do not support our National team.
These are the same “fans” that go on about the traditions of the club it’s history etc.
However it now suits the agenda of the hardcore to hate all things Scottish .
Rather stupid when our club is in fact Scottish,all of the trophies and titles won have been Scottish ones with exception of CWC.
That too of course was won courtesy of winning the Scottish Cup the previous May.
A section of the Rangers fans claim to be the most British of British fans,the most Unionist of British football clubs.
Actually that does not stand up to scrutiny ,indeed Rangers are not even the most British Unionist club in Glasgow.
To the best of my knowledge no UK MP ,let alone a Cabinet Minister has ever been on the Rangers board,or been Chairman.
Across the city the so called anti British Union team of Glasgow Celtic have indeed had a British Cabinet Minister Both as a board member and Chairman of Celtic FC ,step forward
The Rt. Hon Dr John Reid.
We also have Ex Labour MP Brian Wilson as a non Exec Director of Celtic PLC.
Nor can I find any trace of a Deputy Governor of the very British ,Bank of England that was ever a member of Rangers Board ,or indeed Chairman.
Again across the city Mr Brian Quinn CBE ex Chairman of Celtic FC also appointed as Dep Gov of the Bank of England in 1995.
He served as Celtic Chairman for 7 years and preceded the aforementioned Dr Reid.
Going through Chairmen of Glasgow Rangers one cannot even find a lowly British Knight of the Realm that held office in this quintessentially British Club,the exception being Sir Mint ,pains me to even refer to him.
However back in the East end of the city ,step forward Lord Ian Livingston or Baron Parkhead to give him his real title,not just any old Lord , a Conservative & Unionist Peer no less,appointed to Celtic Board in 2007.
Prior to the purging of Scottish Labour MPs in the 2015 General,Election it was said that no other club in all of The UK boasted so many British MPs of a Saturday sitting their stand than Celtic FC.
Indeed at Celtic Park on match days it is no surprise to see Knights of the Realm like Sir Billy Connelly ,or Sir Rod Stewart cheering on that “anti Establishment ,anti British club” more affectionately known as Glasgow Celtic.
Perhaps vendors of Union Flags are at the wrong ground on Saturdays
Meanwhile over at Ibrox I can think of no such British luvvies or Knights that ever appear at Ibrox to cheer on the team.
So it seems from the evidence that the very British ,Glasgow Rangers are in fact not the bastion of British Unionism nor even the Establishment club, not even in Glasgow.
It maybe goes some way to explain why RFC was made the test case by HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) on the EBT issue (again another blog all on its own no comments regarding that thanks)
Even when you investigate the oft held belief that the majority of Rangers fans are anti SNP/Indy ,or that almost all Celtic fans support SNP/ Indy the reality is completely different.
Here is the results of a Commissioned Poll carried out by Panelbase on behalf of WOS.
Panelbase are one of the foremost polling companies in UK and are governed by all the regulations you would expect from a premier polling company.
The questions asked were which team do you support and how would you vote in an Indy Referendum.
The results shocked many , 37% of Rangers fans said they would vote for an Independent Scotland.
More surprisingly to many ,29% of Celtic fans declared they support the British Union.
Almost 1/3 of Celtic fans support a Union that views them as second class citizens.
I understand but totally disagree with RFC Fans that vote for the British Union.
I can though,understand fully why they vote Unionist ergo WATP,meaning of course non Presbyterians are NOT the people.
However I just cannot understand any RC supporter of CFC that backs the religious apartheid of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
To Celtic fans the next time The Green Brigade or one of those zealot bloggers with three made up Irish names tries to tell you that all Celtic fans are really Irish Republicans that want a United Ireland and an end to British rule you can actually inform them of the reality.
To the Rangers fans that think everyone in the ground hates Scotland,the SNP ,Independence, and that we all love the Butcher’s Apron , vile sectarian songs remember this ,almost 4 out of every 10 fans sitting around you do not agree with you.
Indeed just like Scotland as a whole there are likely more SNP Voters sitting in the Ibrox stands than any other Political Party.
I will end this by giving a solution to the problem of Sectarianism in Scotland .
The 29% of British Celtic fans and the hard core Britnats in Rangers fan base can I suggest
you both switch your allegiance to Carlisle Utd FC just over the border.
That way RFC Fans can be in their spiritual home in that dear green place and the Plastic Paddies that vote for the British Union can look west from the Carlisle stands on a clear day and maybe see Eire.
Everyone in Scotland is a winner and then possibly no need for the OBFA.