The Rangers have taken a big step with club Ibrox under financial pressure and it will hopefully be a test for some of their fans.
It is safe to say that Ranger fans were brought back to Earth with an accident. Not long ago, they were busy mocking Celtic for deciding to put non-player staff on leave.
According to some of their fans, such a step was under the Ibrox club and would never be crossed. Oddly enough, it didn’t take the Rangers club too long to do the exact same thing.
In fact, their financial situation is so dire that the first team, the manager and his staff and even the general managers have also agreed to defer their salaries for three months. And it’s hard not to be amused by the irony of the situation.
Steven Gerrard spoke to Rangers TV about their decision to defer their salary. As reported by the BBC, he said:
“I think it was obvious and the right thing to do.
“I think it is important that you show respect for everyone in the club, whatever your role, and I think we have been very cohesive in doing this.
“I am very proud of the efforts and support of all members of the club. I think it was unanimous that everyone wanted to do it. “
Some Ranger fans still had the impression that their players had decided to take the right step so that the non-player was not put on leave.
The reality, however, is very different. The statement on their official website reads as follows:
Due to the extraordinary challenges of the current crisis, the Rangers plan to implement the Coronavirus retention program for a number of employees.
The Rangers will ensure that everyone on leave under this government program receives 100% of salary with additional help from the club, all other conditions and benefits remaining unchanged.
Exactly the same as they crucified Celtic for doing a few days back. Oh the irony!
Now, to be clear, everyone involved will still need to be paid what is owed to them. They have just decided to postpone this payment for a period of three months. And that could easily create immense financial pressure on the club when the time comes to pay them at the end of this three month period.
But it’s not just the Rangers who are in trouble right now. If football is suspended for a considerable period of time, each club will suffer, especially the smallest. So we can only hope that things get back to normal as soon as possible.