Rangers fans were left with a free weekend this weekend as the SPFL left the Premiership slate clear to accommodate the Scottish Cup semi-finals – but after the hectic schedule clubs had to endure during winter it is crazy they aren’t making the most of free weekends now.
After having to regularly play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday (or Sunday-Thursday-Sunday on Europa League weeks) clubs were stretched during the winter and fans left to travel the country in atrocious weather when it gets dark from about 3 pm.
It makes absolutely no sense that Rangers will have gone a fortnight between fixtures in the middle of April – and could potentially cost clubs in Scotland a sizeable sum of money in gate receipts.
While the winter just passed wasn’t particularly severe, in a country where the weather can be particularly horrific, there needs to be a rethink of the calendar.
Having games extra scheduled at this time of year will cause possible logistical problems – for example, if a team does particularly well in Europe – but there should only be few that will pose any massive issues.
Fans would also much rather go to games when the weather is a bit nicer, a bit warmer and a bit drier rather than watching games played out on muddy pitches in minus degrees.
Still, it seems a bit too much like common sense so it won’t be something introduced any time soon.