On a day the internet is awash with details of yet another tragedy in America, where reports state that 'at least two die and 17 are injured' in a shooting spree outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, we find a potential gun crime in Scotland, openly suggested on social media, goes unreported.
When Neil McCann joined Rangers in 1998 for the sum of £1.9 million, he was widely abused by his own Catholic community. Indeed, there are stories which allege he was ostracised by members of his own family. Rangers fans welcomed McCann, his religion was never questioned. To this day, he is still regarded as the last great winger Rangers had.
As a media pundit, he is regarded as fair and honest, in my opinion, a rare trait in the media, where ex Celtic players line up to take cheap shots at Rangers. McCann can be critical. Often, especially under Ally McCoist, we deserved that criticism. Refreshingly, there was never malice in his punditry. There are Rangers fans who, having heard his analysis on television, would welcome him back as a coach.
McCann left Rangers in August 2003 for £1.5 million, having played 113 games and scoring 19 goals. He won three League titles and six Cup winners medals.
Fast forward to 6:02 pm, Sunday, 24th July. 41-year-old McCann, still vilified by Celtic fans having dared to play for Rangers, was the target of a sickening threat.
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On Sunday 19th June, Vanguard Bears held a very enjoyable and hugely successful fundraiser at the Holepark Social Club in Cambuslang. We wish to extend our gratitude to the staff for their hospitality and hard work on the day and for making every visitor most welcome.
We would also like to thank our resident singer who deserves great credit for his work in organising the event and for entertaining every Bear in attendance.
The Sunday Bash raised a further £1690 for our Scottish Cup Final Defence Fund which was set up last month. The fund is well on its way to achieving the next milestone of £10,000. This money will be used to help Rangers fans with legal costs resulting from charges brought against them after entering the field of play to defend the Club's players and officials.
If you appreciate the situation some Rangers fans have been forced into and would like to help out, you can still contribute to the fund through our JustGiving web page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/vanguardbears. The closing date for donations has been extended until the 20th of September 2016.
Lastly, our appreciation goes to the members and guests who helped out and contributed to today's sum. For those who couldn't make it, here is a small clip of one VB's wonderful musicians.
We Are The People.
With UEFA finally putting the Resolution 12 claims to bed, in a fairly dismissive manner that they wouldn’t even entertain “investigating” the claims from across the city, one wonders what our detractors will try next to damage the club.
Personally, I would have preferred the humiliation of UEFA comprehensively taking apart the resolution 12 comments as Twitter’s @jas72boyd has done over on Rangers Media (as TheLawman), but I have to say that the disdain and unwillingness to waste time and resources on it by UEFA is almost as satisfactory.
For those still living in a land of doubt I would suggest you take a visit over to Rangers Media and see how misguided this whole campaign has been.
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Since the attacks on Rangers FC staff and supporters by rampaging Hibs thugs at this year’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, Vanguard Bears have been raising money to be used to help with legal fees and any fines given to any Rangers fan who is charged as a result of defending the players and staff that day.
At the time of publishing this message we have broken through the £4,000 mark on our JustGiving.com page and further fundraising events and activities are being organised with more generous donations expected.
100% of the sum raised will be used to defend Rangers fans who have been arrested for entering the field of play to carry out the job that the Police and security staff failed to do – protect the players and officials.
We now ask that any Rangers fan arrested for defending the team that day, make contact with us by emailing [email protected] to discuss how we can help. A reputable defence lawyer is on standby to offer free legal advice over the phone and will be more than willing to represent any Bears in a court of law. We urge that no Rangers fans should make any plea until they have discussed their next move with a legal professional.
Vanguard Bears will treat any contact with 100% confidentiality, we won’t divulge any names, details or information.