Hearts star Taylor Moore made the most of his night off to make the trip to Glasgow and take in Rangers’ Europa League clash with Brondby – and the reaction from a small section of the Jambos support has been utterly bizarre.

Moore was present as Steven Gerrard’s side recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over the Danes but as news filtered through on Twitter that the on-loan defender was in Govan, some Hearts fans appeared to take it as a personal insult.

The Bristol City loanee would explain his reasoning – not that he should have had to – for heading across the M8 as he explained his late Glaswegian grandfather was a diehard Rangers fan who passed away last year due to Covid.

The defender travelled to Glasgow to pay his own personal tribute and the main things Hearts fans SHOULD have been taking from it was that the defender is eligible for a Scotland call-up.

Whether Moore travelled to Ibrox, Celtic Park, Pittodrie, Tannadice, St James’ Park, Old Trafford or any other ground, it shouldn’t matter to Hearts fans which teams he wants to watch in his spare time.

 

Even ignoring the personal aspect of Moore’s trip to Glasgow, it would make sense for any young player to go out of their way to watch players at a higher level and see what he can learn from them and take into his own game.

Surely Hearts fans would much rather players like Moore were taking the time out to watch games and learn rather than getting caught up in other off-field activities that could pose a distraction?

Some of the abuse directed towards Moore for the heinous crime of being a professional footballer watching a game of football is exactly why such a big deal is made of abuse on social media these days.

Fans can sit in the comfort of their own bedroom doling out abuse to players who have dedicated themselves to trying to make it as a pro and being the best player they possibly can.

However, for some fans, that shouldn’t include watching anyone other than the team that pays their wages.

Maybe the sooner fans remember players are people and not just shirt numbers, things will be a lot better for both sides.

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