SPFL sending Rangers to Dingwall on Xmas Eve is utterly pathetic - Our View
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SPFL sending Rangers to Dingwall on Xmas Eve is utterly pathetic - Our View

The release of the SPFL fixtures for 2022/23 is never likely to please everyone – but sending Rangers to Dingwall on Christmas Eve is one of the most pathetic moves from the league in a while.

With no Boxing Day fixtures this year, the SPFL have decided to schedule a full card on Christmas Eve instead, with Rangers having to head north to face the Staggies.

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Generally, the fixtures around Christmas and New Year are designed to keep travelling for fans to a minimum given weather conditions, road problems, public transport issues and the fact that it’s Christmas and many are spending time with their families.

However, it appears Rangers fans don’t quite count in that regard, with fans expected to make the long trip up the A9 (or not as is likely).

Christmas Eve is a date clubs and fans in Scotland typically avoid like the plague – only two cards have been scheduled on December 24 in the last 50 years, with one of them all being moved to Boxing Day after the fact.

SPFL fixture scheduling shows nothing but contempt for Rangers fans

Looking around the league and other fixtures, having Aberdeen travel to Paisley on December 24 while Rangers travel to Dingwall is the sort of incompetence that can only come from the SPFL.

Maybe the league don’t want fans to attend games over the Christmas period given the ridiculous scheduling of fixtures on Christmas Eve.

While the Rangers game v Ross County will likely get moved for TV, the fact the SPFL have scheduled it for 3pm on Christmas Eve shows the level of contempt the league holds fans in.

Hopefully, Rangers make their case to the SPFL over the laughable scheduling and make changes in the future but it seems unlikely.

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