THE BOARD of Montrose FC has apologised to Rangers for inaccuracies published in their official match day programme, writes Sarah McLean.
The programme stated that Rangers, who have just celebrated their 140th anniversary, “are a newco of the now defunct Glasgow Rangers. They will be hoping to go on to seal the title and clinch their first silverware.”
The statement caused outrage from the Rangers support, but Montrose have since apologised for the offence they caused.
Derek Sim, Montrose FC chairman, said: “Following our match against Rangers on Saturday it was brought to our attention that two pages within the programme referred to several Rangers players transferred from “oldco” to “newco” and indeed ignored the history of Rangers Football Club over 140 years.
“Due to time restraints in producing the programmes our programme editor had accepted the pages submitted by our correspondent. However Montrose Football Club readily accept any content printed within the programme must be our responsibility.
“At no time was the information on players or the club printed to create a slight to anyone connected with Rangers Football Club or indeed ignore a proud and successful history. Therefore, Montrose Football Club very much regrets the pages included may have caused offence and we unreservedly apologise to Rangers Football Club, the management, players and supporters if they felt this was the case.
“Saturday’s match was played in a great atmosphere and spirit therefore we are equally saddened these pages caused offence.”
Mr Sim added: “The day itself was fantastic both with the atmosphere and the spirit of the occasion. The behaviour of both sets of fans was exemplary.
“I think I heard of one arrest for drunken behaviour but other than that it was a great day.
“We had a super time at hospitality with great entertainment and five legends of yesteryear joining us - something that will be repeated at the end of March.
“I thought the team played very well and were a great credit both to the club and the management team.
“Unfortunately the issue with the programme is very regrettable but I hope that Rangers will accept our apology and we can move on.”
Charles Green, Rangers chairman, has accepted the apology from the club and it now hoped that a line can now be drawn under the matter: “I and all our supporters were dismayed by some of the content of the matchday programme at Montrose on Saturday which was clearly intended to ridicule our club.
“I have spoken personally to the chairman of Montrose today and he and his fellow directors have offered Rangers an unreserved apology which I am happy to accept.
“We were made extremely welcome at Montrose on Saturday and the club’s hospitality was fantastic, as has been our experience throughout the SFL this season.”
r For the match report and a word from manager Stuart Garden turn to page 39.