Rangers allocations increased for Brighton, Real Madrid friendlies; GCC pressure tells
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Rangers allocations increased for Brighton, Real Madrid friendlies; GCC pressure tells

Rangers fans have been boosted by the news that club friendlies with Brighton & Hove Albion and Real Madrid have received increased ticket allocations.

The match with Brighton was originally supposed to be played in front of an 8500 crowd whilst the visit of Spanish giants Real was set to be played in front of 12750 supporters.

Rangers can look forward to increased allocations for their friendlies with Brighton and Real Madrid this weekend. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But now the club has issued an email to season ticket holders informing them that the game will be played in front of an increased capacity and inviting them to purchase tickets.

However, it is not clear by how much the allocations have increased.

“We are pleased to confirm that after discussions with the relevant authorities, we have received an increase in our allocations for the above games,” reads the email.

“Tickets have now been made available to season ticket holders who have not yet purchased a ticket for these games.

“Tickets are subject to availability and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

This comes after an Ibrox source told a leading Scottish football journalist that the Gers board were left incensed by a Glasgow City Council decision to hand Celtic an increased capacity.

The Parkhead club have been given a capacity of 18500 for their clash with Premier League outfit West Ham this weekend, which is scheduled to take place two hours before the Gers’ clash with Brighton.

This would see Ibrox 17% full for the Brighton match with Parkhead 30% full for the visit of West Ham.

“The board are not happy about this at all,” the source told Andy Newport [Daily Record].

“They simply cannot understand why Glasgow City Council are only allowing them to welcome in 8,500 fans to Ibrox when there will be double that at Parkhead for a game kicking-off two hours before. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Rangers fans celebrate lifting 55. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Glasgow City Council would explain that increases were to be made incrementally but given the entire reason fans are locked out is for health reasons, the decision looked unfair.

It is either safe or it isn’t to bring X amount of supporters or to fill Y percentage of the stadium at this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic and the pressure appears to have told.

Rangers fans had previously voiced their anger over the disparity in the council’s allocation and can look forward to an increased crowd for the match with Brighton tonight at 5:30pm.

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