Rangers could play Blackpool friendly in front of full capacity crowd
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Rangers could play Blackpool friendly in front of full capacity crowd

The Rangers first team could be about to experience a full stadium for the first time in 16 months as Blackpool prepare to welcome fans to Bloomfield Road for a pre-season friendly.

The Seasiders are set to host the Gers at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday the 21st of July as both teams step up their preparations ahead of the new season.

It will be Rangers’ fourth game of a hectic pre-season schedule and a stern test against Neil Critchley’s Championship outfit.

But the Gers trip to Blackpool will also be the English club’s first home match since Covid-19 restrictions will be removed south of the border.

Full stadia can return south of the border as of July 19th [Reuters] with Rangers’ match against Blackpool set to take place two days later.

This means that theoretically, Blackpool are free to sell out their 17,338 capacity stadium for the match.

This would be the first time Rangers have played in front of a capacity crowd since March 2020, when the club were beaten 3-1 by Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

That match remains the last time Rangers supporters were allowed into Ibrox.

But should the Blackpool support pack in for the friendly match, Rangers fans have been encouraged by the Gers not to make the trip.

“We are optimistic of being able to invite supporters back to Ibrox this summer and are in close dialogue with the relevant authorities to discuss ways in which fans can safely return to Ibrox and any away fixtures,” reads a club statement.

Rangers have been locked out of Ibrox since March 12th 2020 when the club played Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We hope to be able to publish further information in the near future but until that time, we strongly advise supporters not to make any travel plans or commitments related to our summer fixtures.”

Whilst Blackpool prepare to open the gates at Bloomfield Road, Rangers fans have been left “confused” by the rules being implemented north of the border.