Livingston chief Gordon McDougall has apologised to Rangers after the Ibrox club took exception to what they described as “outrageous and entirely unacceptable” comments made about them in Saturday’s matchday programme.
Rangers won the clash at the Energy Assets Arena thanks to a Lewis Macleod goal but, following the match, in which five fans were arrested, supporters of the Glasgow club were said to have bombarded the West Lothian outfit with complaints over comments in the publication. The programme called the Ibrox club “defunct” and talked of their 140-year success being “consigned to history”, and made other jibes regarding Rangers’ liquidation.
McDougall said: “If people have taken offence from it then we apologise. We are not looking to cause any stir.
“We don’t have a lot of staff and I don’t see the programme until Saturday night. We have a young programme editor whom I don’t know particularly well but he does a good job in the programme.
“I hate criticising people who work on the programme because they are unpaid but it has not been wise, we have said something that is not right.”
However, Rangers intend to make a formal complaint to the SPFL. A club statement said: “The content written about the football club and our players was outrageous and entirely unacceptable.”