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Rangers support women's game after criticism of Easdon

Rangers say they are "unwavering in our desire to further the women's game" and "will support all players in challenging those who hold extremely outdated and foul views of women's football".

Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ava Easdon was the target of online abuse following Sunday's SWPL Cup final defeat to Rangers, including from Joey Barton.

Easdon's father Lex hit back at Barton for trying to "belittle and bully" his daughter after the former Manchester City and Rangers player mocked Easdon on X for her role in Rangers' opening goal.

Barton has since responded to Easdon’s father and Rangers player Nicola Docherty on the social media platform, using homophobic comments to describe the women’s game.

Rangers released the following statement on their website: “Rangers FC has been made aware of discriminatory and misogynistic comments regarding the women’s game following Sunday’s cup final.

“As a club, we stand together against these homophobic and disgraceful slurs in the strongest possible terms.

“We are unwavering in our desire to further the women’s game across the country which goes from strength to strength, and will support all players in challenging those who hold extremely outdated and foul views of women’s football.”