Rangers’ Europa League last-16 first-leg tie with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen is “not at risk” of being played behind closed doors, according to the Ibrox club’s supporters liaison officer (SLO).
Greg Marshall took to Twitter to allay fan fears as panic and worries multiply in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak across Europe.
There have been matches played behind closed doors across Europe this week – with more in the Europa League tonight – but the match at Ibrox won’t be one of them.
The game tonight is not at risk of being behind closed doors https://t.co/Hm2dSCY8OE
— RangersFC SLO (@RangersFCSLO) March 12, 2020
The tweet from the Rangers representative will allay the fears of Rangers fans travelling to Ibrox for the crunch European tie.
The return leg in Leverkusen – which is in one of Germany’s worst affected regions – will be played behind closed doors [BBC].
But with the threat expanding rapidly across the continent, there are serious doubts over whether or not both domestic and European competitions can be fulfilled this season.
Reports down south suggest that the UK government are set to announce matches are to be played behind closed doors until the end of the season [Times].
It is not clear if Scotland would immediately follow suit with this resolution, but it is looking increasingly likely action will be taken in the coming days.
Around 50,000 people are likely to attend the match against Leverkusen tonight, with the same number set to visit Ibrox on Sunday for the Old Firm derby.