Rangers have confirmed that the B team match against Celtic that was due to take place on December 31st at Ibrox has been postponed until a later date, in line with the latest government guidelines which have capped attendances at all matches to just 500 fans.
This was a great opportunity for the B team to play and gain vital experience at Ibrox with a decent crowd behind them against Celtic in what would have been a fascinating fixture on Hogmanay.
“Rangers can confirm that the Old Firm B team game scheduled on 31st December has been postponed.” A statement said [Rangers].
“Tickets purchased can be retained and used for the revised fixture. A new date will be communicated in due course.
“One of the key objectives and benefits of our involvement in the Lowland League is to expose our young players to playing in front of large crowds during games, especially an Old Firm.
“We look forward to rescheduling this game and thank supporters for their understanding.”
As disappointing as the decision is, it is the correct one. The whole point in the fixture being played at Ibrox was for there to be a good crowd to cheer on the Rangers team against Celtic, the current guidelines just don’t allow this now.
The Rangers B team is currently sitting second in the Lowland League, albeit 13 points behind Bonnyrigg Rose with a game in hand. They have won three of their last four league matches and this would have been the perfect time to take on Celtic in the Old Firm clash.
With youngsters such as Tony Weston, who is leading the scoring charts in the league with 19 goals, and Leon King featuring for the side, Rangers have some excellent youth talent coming through.