The art of asking impolite questions

At the heart of journalism is asking questions that people would rather they were not asked.

I was heartened to hear that Mr Alistair McCoist does not have a problem with one of his Sevco players making the sign of the cross on the field of play.

At the pre-match presser he said that “it is not an issue now and never has been”.

It was good of him to clear that up.

Obviously it is just sheer coincidence that I, or anyone I know, can ever recall seeing a Rangers player in the past blessing himself while in clear view of the dignified patrons of Ibrox.

This is despite a large number of players from Southern Europe, who were almost certainly reared in the Catholic tradition, playing for Rangers in the last couple of decades.

Now that there is a new club at playing at Ibrox perhaps there is something else he can clear up.

With this £10 million transfer budget he has can we look forward to a Republic of Ireland international in the first team?

Because just like a player making the sign of the cross I have never saw a Republic of Ireland international in the Rangers first team.

The club that played at Ibrox before Sevco bought the stadium from them was unique in British football.

In the last twenty years of Rangers’ existence there was no Republic of Ireland full or Under 21 International player in the first team.

Every other senior British professional football club had such a player.

That is of 191 senior clubs in Britain only ONE had failed to source a Republic of Ireland player for their first team in over two decades.

Indeed  in the fifty years since the Football Association of Ireland was recognized by FIFA as the soccer entity representing the 26 county state playing under the tricolour Rangers failed to sign a single ROI player for their first team.

Is that going to change with Sevco?

However, we may not get an answer to that one because don’t expect such a question to be asked of Alistair by any of the Glasgow hack pack.

The Fitba Fourth Estate would consider such an interrogative impolite.

I consider it to be journalism.

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