September 21, 2004

Glasgow doesn't belong to me

When I went to see Supersize Me the other evening there was a trailer for Ken Loach's new film, Ae Fond Kiss, in which one of the characters says during a class:

I'm a Glaswegian Pakistani woman teenager who supports Glasgow Rangers in a Catholic school.
But she wouldn't say Glasgow Rangers, would she? She'd just say Rangers. I've never heard a Rangers fan say anything else, the addition being not only inaccurate (since the club is actually called Rangers Football Club) but also suggestive of other clubs called Rangers, and hence of a possible confusion between different clubs of similar name. No Rangers fan would ever countenance such a possibility.

Moreover, nobody brought up in Glasgow would ever think that Rangers could be misunderstood as meaning anything other than the team from Ibrox. You would know that, your listeners would know that and everybody would know that. What's odd is that Ken Loach and Paul Laverty don't seem to know that.


At September 29, 2004 11:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Chris Fyfe)

I think you are nearly correct. But first of all there are other Rangers: Berwick, of course, but also local junior teams such as Kilwinning, Kilsyth and Cambuslang.

Also the lyrics of the Rangers' anthem Follow, Follow include the line

For there's not a team like the Glasgow Rangers
No not one, and there never shall be one

for which we can all thank god.

At June 09, 2005 10:33 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it's Rangers everytime


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