Rangers captain James Tavernier has sent an open letter to fans urging them to to continue their support in the fight against racism.
In a message to supporters, Tavernier spoke of his continued desire to eradicate racism and has called on the Rangers support to unite as he looked to remove any doubts over what their stance is about.
Tavernier wanted to thank supporters for their continued backing of the team and the goal moving forward.
Speaking to Rangers TV, he said: "The last 16 months have been difficult, right across the world. Every single person has been impacted, with some losing their very lives from Covid.
"We cannot forget that we must use this opportunity to create as much positivity and unity within our famous ground.
"We brought home ‘55’ last season, in almost record time. However, there were some dark and difficult moments along the way.
Rangers star Glen Kamara received sickening racial abuse from Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela in a Europa League match. Kudela received a 10 game ban from UEFA, although Tavernier cites that all of Rangers' BAME players have received racial abuse.
He said: "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. 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.
"Many people have given arguments for and against certain political organisations. Arguments against their actions, and what they purport to stand for. I’ve no interest in all that, neither do my teammates or coaching staff.
"We will take the knee to stand against racism, nothing more, and nothing less.
"That is why we will take the knee prior to our games. This is a very simple, but we hope, effective gesture. It is a symbolic stance against racism, nothing more and nothing less.
"At the start of each game this season, and throughout the 90 minutes, please show the world exactly why you are a special fan base. Support every player who is proud to wear the badge of the famous RFC."
Tavernier has been nothing short of brilliant since his arrival at Rangers from Wigan Athletic in 2015. Since signing for the club he has made 289 appearances, scoring 65 goals and registering 90 assists.
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