Rangers will have to deal with a reduced ticket allocation for the final game of the season when they travel to face Kilmarnock – but it’s a decision that will only cause the Ayrshire side more problems.

The Killie board confirmed plans to only house the Rangers fans in one stand rather than the two normally given to the Gers support as they “celebrate” their club’s 150th anniversary.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: James Tavernier of Rangers battles for possession with Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock FC during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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The only problem is that Kilmarnock fans don’t tend to bother actually watching their team.

Instead of getting the Moffat and Chadwick stands, Gers fans will now only have the Chadwick and it’s a decision that will hit Killie in the pocket.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: James Tavernier of Rangers shoots from a penalty and misses during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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While they are perfectly entitled to sell tickets to their own fans over visiting supporters, it only makes sense if there’s actually a chance of selling the seats.

 

Given Killie can barely half-fill their usual allocation when Rangers come to town, it’ll take something special to do it this time around.

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KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jermain Defoe of Rangers battles for possession with Youssouf Mulumbu of Kilmarnock FC during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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With clubs scrapping for every penny in Scottish football, it seems a foolish idea to deprive themselves a substantial windfall by having to cut ticket prices to try to entice their own fans to attend while also refusing thousands of Gers fans entry who would have sold out their own allocation without a problem.

Each of the Gers’ visits to Rugby Park have almost doubled the average gate for Killie this season but it’ll almost certainly be much lower than that now on the final day of the season.