Rangers have advised fans to arrive early at Ibrox for Thursday evening’s clash against FC Midtjylland [Rangers.co.uk].

At the time of writing, the game is a near sell-out with ‘good availability’ remaining only in the extreme left of the Broomloan Rear. Elsewhere around the ground, it’s largely just single seats that remain.

A large crowd is a factor, but the main reason the club has reached out to the fans is because of a new ticketing entry system introduced last weekend.

As part of a summer of stadium upgrades, turnstiles have been changed and new smart cards produced with the intention of facilitating easier access.

For those unsure how to approach the new system, though, the club produced an instruction video to go alongside the press release. 

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Essentially, if you are using a smart card it must be fully inserted into the reader at the turnstile. When it the light turns green, you’re cleared to enter the stadium. If you’re using a barcoded ticket, it must be inserted facing upwards.

Should your smart card be invalid or significantly damaged, it will not work. In that instance, affected fans will need to approach a steward for help.

Ibrox has benefitted from multiple upgrades this summer. (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It all looks pretty straightforward, so you would like to think any delays won’t be too lengthy. Yet, it seems the club want to cover themselves by encouraging early arrival, just in case something goes wrong.

It’s a big game on Thursday evening, with Stevie G’s side looking to book a place in the play-off round.

After winning the first leg 4-2 in Denmark, the Gers are strong favourites. Yet, Celtic’s shock defeat to CFR Cluj on Tuesday night shows how disastrously things can go wrong when you get complacent.

While you’re here, why not check out our Predicted XI.

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