Hearts game to be the setting for unrest at Ibrox
On the field, things are going swimmingly for Rangers. The home match versus Hearts gives them the opportunity to go 12 points clear ahead of Celtic, and although they have a striker shortage, you would expect Rangers to be capable of doing the business.
Not all is well at Ibrox though.
It appears that the game versus Hearts will be the occasion when the fans protest against Lloyds steps up a notch. The Daily Record states that a “number of influential” fans have stumped up the cash to fund 12 banners to signify the Rangers fans feelings against Lloyds.
The leaking of this news will slightly dampen their impact but it is said that Donald Muir, the person many believe to be Lloyds inside man at Ibrox, will be a target. It is likely that Muir will be highlighted as ‘THE ENEMY WITHIN’ as well as a banner which states that Lloyds are nothing but ‘HEARTLESS BANKERS.’
That may be a typo but regardless; there will be an air of anger at Ibrox when these banners are unfurled.
That said, with just over a week of the transfer window to go, all of the clubs key players are still present and Rangers look well placed to ensure direct qualification for next seasons Champions League. This will bring a net figure of around £14m to the club, so the bank may not be in any rush to bow to the building pressure from Rangers fans.
It has been a quiet week with regards to Rangers takeover stories, especially after last week and the uproar that the supposed £18m knockback that Lloyds gave Dave King and his investor chums caused…depending on what story you believe to be true.
As this is the first Rangers Saturday home match of 2010, it is no surprise to see some action from Rangers fans on the story that is likely to rumble on for a good while yet.
What would your message to Lloyds be?
EDIT at 14:45.
Some of the radio stations are stating that Rangers have banned the protest banners. It will be interesting to see if any of them are managed to be unfurled. If true, the leaking of the intention to protest may well have caused more harm to the cause than good.
EDIT AT 1531.
Well, some of the banners have been unfurled, here is one of them: