Rangers fans must be absolutely fuming after the club decided to rip off their own fans ahead of next Sunday’s derby against Celtic.
It looks like the Rangers fans will be paying for all the losses that the club has suffered over the past few seasons after prices were announced for the beam-back that they will be hosting at Ibrox on 29th December when Steven Gerrard’s side travel to Celtic Park to take on the reigning Scottish champions. And it is an incredible £36!
That is the average price of a match ticket at the stadium. And the fans are expected to pay that same amount to watch it on a large screen in a lounge.
Now this is clearly the result of how poorly the club has managed their finances over the past several seasons. Since the arrival of Steven Gerrard as manager, Rangers have been spending relentlessly in hopes of catching up with Celtic. And while they have not managed to do that, the losses have been piling up off the pitch.
Players like Ryan Kent, Filip Helander, Steven Davis and Andy King were brought in this season either on a permanent basis or on loan. Add that to the several players that have been signed over the past few seasons and the club have ended up losing money left, right and center.
Rangers lost £6.7 million in 2017, £14.3 million in 2018 and £11.3 million in 2019. In a desperate position, at some point the club was bound to look for ways to make some of that money back and next Sunday’s beam-back appears to be a prime example of that.
Charging their own fans £36 for something that they could enjoy for absolutely free is a bit baffling to say the least. Especially for a club that have not managed to win a major trophy since 2011.