Rangers fans have been handed a semblance of hope regarding a return to Ibrox – but the club likely won’t have a full house on Flag Day.

The Ibrox legions faced a lockout from the famous ground for the entire season during the last campaign but there is growing hope we’ll see a full house this time around.

Rangers fans haven’t been inside Ibrox since the 12th of March 2020 when the club lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League Last 16. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, under new plans, only 2000 fans would be allowed to return to football stadiums come the day when Covid-19 rules are further relaxed.

As per this BBC Scotland report, the Scottish Government’s route-map out the pandemic will allow 2000 supporters into stadiums come July 19th.


There should then be full houses in Scotland by the 9th of August – the nation’s so-called Freedom Day – when “all major Covid restrictions” will be removed [Guardian].

This also comes after Rangers fans have sold out Ibrox’s season tickets ahead of the new campaign.

Clubs can apply for extra seats on a case-by-case basis – something most pertinent to Rangers and Celtic who have considerably larger stadiums than everyone else – but this does mean the SPFL season is primed to kick off with supporters.

Pre-season friendlies and League Cup matches prior to this date – including Rangers’ commemorative friendly with Arsenal on 17th July – will only have 1000 spectators under current plans.

Rangers v St. Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Ibrox will host Arsenal on the 17th of July but at present, there are only plans for 1000 spectators. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

The Ibrox club’s Flag Day – scheduled against Livingston on 31st July – will kick off in front of an audience of 2000 Rangers supporters unless extra space is agreed by the government.

This is not outwith the realms of possibility.

A total of 12.5k seats were allocated for matches at Hampden during Euro 2020, the national stadium holding around 60k seats.

Other governments are also moving quickly to fill up grounds.

Wembley for example is set to have 60k spectators for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final whilst Hungary has had a full 60k stadium for the entire tournament.

Hungary v France - UEFA Euro 2020: Group F

What a welcome sight the fans have been at Euro 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Denmark have supported 25k in their Copenhagen ground whilst the Scottish Government have even sanctioned a 16.5k crowd when the British and Irish Lions come to Murrayfield.

One leading Ibrox star is very exciting about the new campaign and has sounded the “56 pending” battle drum ahead of next season.

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