Rangers’ Champions League opponents Malmo have been handed a sizeable boost ahead of the QR3 clash between the two sides after the Swedes sold out their allocation for the match.
Steven Gerrard’s side will play in front of a reduced capacity crowd at the Eleda Stadium but all 5,500 briefs for the game have been snapped up.
Biljetterna till hemmamötet mot Rangers FC är nu slut! pic.twitter.com/Vw338b7QyF
— Malmö FF (@Malmo_FF) August 2, 2021
The ground traditionally holds 21k for European nights so this is around about 25% capacity but the Allsvenskan Champions will be boosted by this news.
Coronavirus regulations in Sweden mean that Gers fans based in the UK are not be allowed entry into the country for the match meaning that there is no away allocation for the game.
The Scandinavian club were the last side that Rangers faced in the Champions League and the Gers were infamously knocked out by the Swedes on 2-1 on aggregate in 2011.
This is a somewhat poetic opportunity for the Light Blues to set things right but Rangers will have to do so in front of a sell-out – if not reduced – Malmo FF crowd.
Rangers however could be welcoming the first full-house at Ibrox since March 2020 with the current Covid-19 route map removing restrictions from August 9th.
The Gers are set to welcome Malmo to Ibrox on August 10th with an announcement on the plans to be made later today (03/08).
Rangers have previously said they “expect” 50k to be in attendance for the return leg.
“Under current Scottish Government roadmap plans, it is our expectation that we will have a full house at Ibrox for our UEFA Champions League qualifier with Malmö FF or HJK Helsinki on August 10,” reads a Gers statement.
Both legs are being screened live by Premier Sports with either Olympiakos or Ludogorets lying in wait for the victors in the Champions League Playoff round.