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Rangers ultras take aim at politicians with banners at Ibrox

A Rangers ultras group took the opportunity against Kilmarnock on Sunday, May 5, to take aim at various Scottish Ministers by displaying several banners mocking them.

The group in question are the notorious Union Bears, who are one of the most active ultras group at the club and appear to have an issue with the Scottish Nationalist Party.

Rangers ultras take aim at Scottish Nationalist Party

Rangers ultras in the stands against Kilmarnock
Photo by Icon Sport

Who are the Union Bears?

The Union Bears are a self-funded ultras group at Rangers who are responsible for a large portion of the incredible tifos we regularly see displayed at the Ibrox. While popular among the fanbase, they are a divisive group that can sometimes get themselves into trouble.

A vocal group, this is also not the first time the Union Bears have made clear their political stance, having previously taken aim at another member of the Scottish Parliament – Nicola Sturgeon.

Union Bears mock Scottish Ministers

The Union Bears are one of the most active and popular ultras group at the Scottish club. The reason for that is, whether it be rightly or wrongly, they are not afraid to make their voices heard. During the side's 4-1 comeback victory against Kilmarnock, they struck once more.

In the stands at the Ibrox, a multi-tiered banner was displayed, taking aim at various Ministers supposedly working for the Scottish Nationalist Party. The banner described several different politicians as “s****” before concluding with a short message saying “F*** the SNP”.

Fan reaction to the banner

While many fans were in support of the banner, there was also a substantial number of fans who criticised the group online.

Via a Rangers forum chat, one fan said “The criticism is deserved. Past banners have been great. Today the banners are not. Full focus should be on backing the team, not making petty digs at politicians, however godawful they are.”

While another echoed a similar sentiment, suggesting that all supporters should be “focused on our team when weโ€™re trying to chase a title.”


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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