Rangers captain James Tavernier has written a letter to the fans asking for support to the players taking a knee in the fight against racism. Rangers begin their league campaign against Livingston and Taverner confirmed that the team will take the knee before kickoff. He reiterated the gesture was one against racism and had no other reasons behind it.
”The last 16 months have been difficult, right across the world. Every single person has been impacted, with some losing their lives from Covid. We cannot forget that we must use this opportunity to create as much positivity and unity within our famous ground.” Rangers club captain James Tavernier said. “We brought home [a 55th league title] last season, in almost record time. However, there were some dark and difficult moments along the way. Sadly, at some stage during the season, every one of our BAME players received racist abuse online.”
“That is a sad indictment on society and shows just how much work still needs to be done to eradicate it. Add in the fact one of our players received sickening racist abuse on the pitch,” he added. “Racism is a problem in football, that is an inarguable fact. “As a team and as a club, we must not only stand up against racism but fight against it every single day. Whenever our players were abused last season, the way in which our fanbase stood behind us was nothing short of amazing.”