Rangers’ rivals Sparta Prague have issued a series of ‘recommendations’ to their fans travelling to Glasgow for Thursday night’s Europa League Group A clash at Ibrox [Sparta.cz].
Both teams lost at the weekend, with the Gers downed 3-1 by Hibernian in a League Cup semi-final and Sparta hammered 4-0 by Slovácko in the Czech First League.
This game will be the first of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tenure as manager, though, and the hosts know a victory by two clear goals should send them through to the knockout stages.
Sparta fans will be jetting into the UK over the next few days and on Tuesday afternoon, the Czech club issued clear warnings regarding their conduct.
In a release on their website entitled ‘The Spartan Handbook in Glasgow’, fans were urged to ‘behave responsibly’ and ‘plan ahead’.
‘On Wednesday and during Thursday, move around the city centre. We do not recommend walking around Rangers FC and visiting one of the many pubs and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Ibrox Stadium [translated],’ reads a section of the release.
‘Do not provoke with loud chants outside the stadium. Also, avoid verbal provocations towards Rangers fans.’
Their supporters have also been warned against revealing Sparta flags, shirts or scarves anywhere but inside Ibrox and they have also been encouraged to stay in groups throughout their time in Scotland.
For the first meeting between these sides in Prague in September, Sparta were only permitted to admit children at their Letna Stadium following a UEFA charge for racist abuse [Sky Sports], but those in attendance still disgracefully targeted Glen Kamara with boos.
Sparta are clearly hoping that no further damage to their reputation is done by travelling fans in Glasgow but it remains to be seen whether or not their recommendations will be followed.