Rangers director Alastair Johnston has made a bad week for supporters of the club even worse with his latest comments suggesting that finishing third in the Scottish Premiership this season would be ‘ahead of the curve’ as they continue to rebuild from lower league football.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “In terms of looking forward from where we were four or five years ago at the bottom, the progress that has been gradually made, we are probably ahead of the curve in reality if we finish second or third. We are making progress. Hopefully the curve will be fast but it is still going to be gradual, it is not going to happen overnight.”
The club were thrashed by Celtic on Sunday, leaving fans bitterly disappointed, with many expecting the club to at least be challenging the Hoops in one-off games, never mind finishing second ahead of the likes of Aberdeen and Hibs, who have much smaller budgets.
Comments like Johnston’s are the last thing they want to hear as they continue to question the future direction of the club from first team players to coaching staff to the chief decision makers at Ibrox.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Johnston’s comments…
Can assure Alastair Johnston the last thing on anybody's mind after that embarrassment at Hampden was to take comfort from the fact we weren't playing at Brechin in the Ramsden's Cup
— Stevie 🇬🇧 (@ToryglenRangers) April 19, 2018
Raging at that Alastair Johnston piece. Treating us fans with utter contempt, like absolute fools 😡
— Cheryl (@gers_chick) April 19, 2018
Alastair Johnston – We wont be rushed into a decision over Murtys future??? Take yer time big man, its only 7 month you will have had to appoint a manager. Us Rangers fans have patience, were happy watching absolute shite every week and will renew our season tickets yet again 😡
— Ankaragucu-Iskocya (@Kankagroup) April 19, 2018
How can Alastair Johnston claim @RangersFC are ‘ahead of the curve’. Second biggest budget in Scottish football, huge fan base. Winning trophies should be a basic requirement. The board need to go, they rely on fan loyalty far too much #WeDeserveBetter #BoardOutNow #SmokeNMirrors
— K Smith (@SmidsSmidster) April 20, 2018
@RangersFC – I’m at the point where now I don’t even believe the club have any regards for the fans. Throwing advertisements in our face regarding season tickets but Alastair Johnston comes out with that lump of rubbish. #WeDeserveBetter #WATP #RTID Sad days ahead at RANGERS FC
— 🇹🇭 Jack Goodfellow 🇹🇭 (@JackGoodfellowX) April 19, 2018
Conformation that the board are miles away from the standards we expect as Rangers fans, baffled by Alastair Johnston's comments, mediocrity is acceptable to these balloons
— ADR (@ally_watp) April 19, 2018
Been out tonight so just caught up on Alastair Johnston's comments. A Rangers board accepting 2nd best is utterly shameful. No clue how the fans are feeling.
— Ewan McQueen (@ewanmcqueen_91) April 19, 2018
Alastair Johnston is on our board of directors, and says its acceptable to finish 3/4th? And we're "ahead of the curve?"
Launch him and any other directors that feel the same way, right to fuck.
This is Rangers Football Club, where 2nd isn't even accepted. Act like it.
— Ibrox Loyal (@IL_Official) April 19, 2018