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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 04: A Rangers merchandiser sells hats and scarves in the sub zero temperatures at a snowy Ibrox stadium ahead of the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 07: General view outside the stadium prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.

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Still, it seems a bit too much like common sense so it won’t be something introduced any time soon.