Rangers’ looming trip to Seville for the Europa League final has sparked a mad rush from supporters to try and get to the Spanish city for the final – and Rangers need to repeat the 2008 beamback to Ibrox for the thousands who won’t be able to make the trip.
When the Light Blues faced Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester 14 years ago, the club hosted thousands of supporters inside Ibrox as they provided a live broadcast of the game from the City of Manchester Stadium.
As many as 100,00 Rangers fans are expected to head to Seville with the Gers only having an official allocation of 9,500 for the 43,000-capacity Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
While the game will be shown on BT Sport, and likely streamed on YouTube by the broadcaster, there will be thousands who want to be as close to the action as they can – and for many that will mean a trip to Ibrox.
The big screens in the corner of the Sany Jardine Stand will allow some to view the game while screens positioned on the pitch would allow the club to use other areas of the ground too.
Given the interest from Rangers fans in this game – and who can blame us? – there is a good chance you could probably sell Ibrox out for the final.
Police, Rangers and council due to hold talks over final plans
Although there are no plans in place yet, Police Scotland, Rangers and Glasgow City Council are set to hold talks over how to police the Europa League final
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow Division, said: “The Europa League final in Seville will be a historic occasion and getting there is a great achievement for Rangers Football Club and Scottish football.
“A proportionate policing plan will be in place and we will be working with a range of partners, including Rangers Football Club and Glasgow City Council, to ensure we do all we can to maintain public safety and reduce disruption to the wider community.
“From the outset we hope that fans enjoy their day but ask that they take personal responsibility to behave appropriately and respect Glasgow, its open spaces and its communities.”
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