Date: 20th June 2007 at 1:26pm
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Rangers supporters have spoken out over their disgust at the news that Hearts have raised their ticket prices for Tynecastle by around 30%.

A statement was released by the Rangers Supporters’ Trust that had this to say:

‘The Rangers Supporters Trust unequivocally condemns the ridiculous ticket price rises announced by Hearts. This is yet another example of ordinary football supporters being completely ripped off. With football already far too expensive in this country for the quality of product on offer, it is with incredulity the RST notes Hearts have saw fit to raise prices 30 per cent.

‘The RST notes with sadness that this is another example of the game eating itself -as clubs seem determined to price ordinary working people out of the game; what long-term viability will Scottish football have as a business?

‘The Trust calls on Rangers to decline any ticket allocation for the match at Tynecastle scheduled for 15th September 2007. As Rangers supporters are required to apply for away tickets in entirety prior to the commencement of the season, such action by the Club is necessary to ensure supporters are not forced to pay such extortionate prices for a level of facilities that are substantially below that of Ibrox. Rangers could provide a facility to watch the game – which will undoubtedly be shown live on Setanta TV anyway – at Ibrox.

‘The Trust also calls for fans who believe that no club should take the fantastic Rangers away support for granted to make an example of Hearts and to vote with their wallets. Yet again, the disgraceful assumption that following a big club somehow means you have more money is being shamefully exploited by a wretched regime with no love for Scottish football or its paying punter.’

I’m not really sure what to make of this statement to be honest. On one hand I completely agree with the assertation that the price increase is ridiculous. Once again football fans are being asked to stump up even more money to watch a product that was grossly overpriced in the first place. This is without any doubt, wrong.

However I would point out that the increase applies to Hearts supporters also – it’s not a case of our club trying to take advantage of the Old Firm’s ‘fantastic’ (a very questionable adjective!) travelling support. How can it be? They are only allocated around 2,000 tickets, which is roughly the same as the likes of Aberdeen receive for Tynecastle these days and less than Hibs. Hearts could easily sell those spaces to their own support and indeed, I really hope that this is what ends up happening. The prospect of us not having to put up with 90 minutes of listening to their incessant religious bigotry and the rest of it is actually a very appealing one.

The Rangers Supporters’ Trust should also consider all the relevant facts before they make statements like this, too. Given the fact that their club charged Celtic’s fans £32 for a ticket for Ibrox last season, how does this make Hearts any different for charging Rangers fans the same (or £33 I think it is) this year? Surely a case of pots and kettles? Or is it simply that you’re not allowed to dish out the same treatment to Rangers than they do to everyone else?

So while I agree with the overall sentiment being shown here, they really should be more careful with the way they word things in future.