Media warned about its reporting of Rangers FC

A WARNING has been issued to the media about the way it talks or writes about football club, Rangers.

James Traynor – who joined the club as director of communications last month after almost four decades as a journalist, latterly with the Daily Record – was responding to the latest plans to re-structure the upper echelons of men’s football in Scotland.

Referring to Rangers’ demotion to the game’s fourth-top tier, following financial difficulties, Traynor writes on the Rangers FC website: “This club accepted their sanctions and moved on but too many others have been unable to do the same. They continue their assaults and while the deranged, who are using social media sites as conduits for their twisted agendas, should be ignored there are more than a few in the mainstream [media] still maligning the club at every opportunity.”

The article is Traynor’s first opinion piece for the club’s website.

He continues: “In a BBC radio debate last Saturday night, one pundit, in a matter-of-fact manner, said [chief executive] Charles Green speaks with ‘forked tongue.’ No attempt to explain or justify the statement, just as no explanation was offered when another radio voice claimed there was a dishonesty about Walter Smith when he went public with a late bid for the club.

“Word of advice gentlemen. From now on be very careful when talking or writing about this club.

“To paraphrase something said about another club, Rangers will not be treated less than others. And although there is no desire to pick fights, be assured that no one will attack Rangers with impunity.”