Police in Lyon have banned Rangers fans from the city centre ahead of the Europa League clash on Thursday, report the Daily Record.

Around 3000 supporters are expected to travel to the French city, with 2,000 having tickets and another 1,000 traveling in hope rather than expectation to see the match.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Lyon defeated Rangers 2-0 at Ibrox in September on matchday one of the Europa League (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The tie is effectively a dead rubber, as Lyon currently tops Group A ahead of the Ibrox side, who are already guaranteed second spot due to their 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague in their previous outing.

The match takes place on the same day as Lyon’s famous Festival of Light which is held every year. The 2019 edition attracted 1.8m visitors over the course of the four-day event.

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This large volume of people entering the city obviously poses a security risk, hence why the police have banned the traveling Rangers fans from the city centre, with only official ticket holders being allowed access to the stadium.

Hopefully, the support can observe the current guidelines and there are no incidents. As COVID-19 prevented any travel to away fixtures last season, these games should be seen as a return to the norm and there should be enjoyed without causing any problems.

Lyon defeated Rangers 2-0 in the first match of the group phase back in September as the Gers got off to a rocky start.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League

Rangers tie against Lyon is basically a dead rubber as both teams have secured the top two spots in their Europa League group. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The club’s form has been much better over the last few weeks, combined with the French teams Jekyll and Hyde performances recently, we have a good chance of bringing three points back to Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Rangers have shown their support to the Rainbow Laces campaign.

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