Defiance:- 1. The act or an example of defying; bold resistance to an opposing force or authority. 2. Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude; readiness to contend or resist.
Defiance is a word which has been used often by many when speaking of the desire of the Rangers supporters to stick by their club during the most troubling of times yet Ally McCoist was keen to disassociate himself from the link between its continued use when speaking of the mood amongst the incredible support which are attending matches.
However it should not be deemed controversial or inaccurate to suggest that there is most certainly a large groundswell of opinion amongst Rangers fans that the club has been kicked from pillar to post in recent months and that if ever the Ibrox club required loyalty from its support it is now.
The news that a frankly astonishing 49,463 punters attended Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Queens Park at Ibrox has yet again shown to the outside world that the Rangers fans are in no mood to ‘walk away’ but instead will be remaining to offer their unconditional support to their resurrected club.
It has already been reported that the crowd for last Saturday’s game was the highest ever recorded for a match between two teams in the fourth tier of a national league anywhere in the world, another notable achievement for follow followers of the Glasgow club.
This fact will now take pride of place beside some of the others that have made their way into the Rangers record books such as the one which saw the highest ever attendance for a British League match gather at Ibrox when 118,567 watched an Old Firm derby in 1939 and that which saw the biggest ever travelling support for any game in the history of European football when an estimated 200,000 visited Manchester for the UEFA Cup Final in 2008.
At a time when attendances are down throughout the rest of the country those that choose to take the decision in forking out money to watch Rangers playing in the Third Division should surely be given a pat on the pack no matter the real intentions of their continued support may be.
If, and in many cases it most certainly appears to be, countless bears have decided to attend games because they are sick and tired of a perceived injustice and agenda against the Gers and wish to attend games even when the team is playing in the Third Division then the word defiance is apt.
And despite many of those who have made no secret of their distaste for all things Rangers continued attempts to mock the legions of supporters who are flocking in record numbers to cheer on the Light Blues news of the fantastic loyalty of them is reaching all corners of the globe.
It is now a regular occurrence to bump into journalists from France, Germany, Italy and even further afield in the Ibrox press benches these days as there is a real interest in how the Gers are slowly but surely lifting themselves back up from the ashes of the disastrous Craig Whyte era.
To a large proportion of bears there is most definitely a sort of ‘F you’ attitude towards the games authorities who bungled over their handling of the club during the summer and towards the fans of he likes of Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hearts and Hibs who clearly hoped the Rangers fans would walk away and let the club rot.
But it has been anything but.
No matter how much they like to taunt Gers fans with stuff like ‘Sevco FC’ the fact of the matter is that the Rangers supporters have remained loyal to the cause and to have stuck by them in the amazing numbers which they have will continue to make headlines all across the world.