Rangers allowed 17k fans in Ibrox for SPFL opener

July 20, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Rangers have been given permission to host 17,000 fans at Ibrox for their Scottish Premiership opener against Livingston and could have a “full house” for their Champions League third qualifying round fixture.

The club have also been told they can have 8,500 for Saturday’s friendly against Brighton and 12,750 for Sunday’s encounter with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Steven Gerrard’s side will host either Malmo or HJK Helsinki in the second leg of their CL qualifier on August 10 and are hopeful that they will be allowed to fill their 50,000 capacity for the match, says the BBC.


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Covid restrictions eased on Monday, two days after the Gers drew 2-2 in a friendly against Arsenal in front of a limited amount of fans.

Celtic will be allowed to host 9,000 fans for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.

On Thursday, Hibernian and Aberdeen will also be allowed to host fans for their Europa Conference League qualifiers against Santa Coloma and Hacken, respectively.

Elsewhere, Rangers proposed friendly against Blackpool on Wednesday has been cancelled after a Covid outbreak within the Seasiders’ camp.

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The Scottish club have advised fans not to travel to Blackpool after the cancellation of the fixture.

A Rangers statement read: “Due to an ongoing Covid-19 related issue within the Blackpool camp, both clubs have decided that it is sensible to cancel this fixture.

“We recognise that this will be frustrating for both set of fans, especially the 4,500 Rangers fans who have bought tickets.

“Nevertheless, the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19 require pragmatic and difficult decisions. The health of our players and staff is imperative.

“We advise fans to not travel to Blackpool now the game has been cancelled.”

Meanwhile, summer signing Nnamdi Ofoborh has vowed he will return to action after a scan revealed a heart issue. The start of the 21-year-old former Bournemouth midfielder’s Gers career has been put on hold after heart tests revealed what manager Gerrard described as a “red flag”.

Ofoborh is set to see some specialists and undergo more tests in the coming weeks. He wrote on his Instagram account: “God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles and a reward for your faithfulness. God is the only reason I’ve made it this far. I will be back.”