Rangers have warned fans not to travel to France to support the club after pre-season fixtures against Lyon and Nice were confirmed.
There has been speculation for several weeks that the Gers would be jetting off to Europe for part of their preparations for the 2020/21 season and on Friday afternoon, their pre-season itinerary was confirmed.
The Gers are set to play the well-renowned Ligue 1 clubs on 16th and 18th July respectively in a ‘new, prestigious European club tournament’ called the Trophee Veolia in Lyon.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 10, 2020
“It is pleasing that we have been able to secure high-quality opponents in France which will familiarise us with playing on the continent again in advance of our Europa League tie,” commented Steven Gerrard, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk.
Under normal circumstances, the fixture announcement would have prompted thousands of Bears to book flights to go and support their club in sunnier climes.
However, as touched upon by the manager, these games will take place in front of empty stands, with supporters banned amid the global health crisis.
With that in mind, the club have warned fans against travel.
“In-line with advice from the French Government and the football authorities, we strongly advise that our supporters do not travel to Lyon.”
“The tournament organisers have confirmed that Rangers supporters will be unable to access the stadium,” reads a section of the update [Rangers.co.uk].
Many fans will be disappointed that they will be unable to follow their team abroad but they will be able to watch the games on TV, with Premier Sports securing the rights to the tournament.
🔵 We are delighted to announce we will be showing live coverage of 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀’ 4 pre-season friendlies in July, and their away first European away game of the 2020/21 season!
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) July 10, 2020
Upon their return to the UK, the Gers will take on Motherwell and Coventry City at Ibrox on 22nd and 25th July respectively.
Those fixtures will also be screened by Premier Sports.