Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has asserted that he would rather his side’s fixture against Rangers was pushed back than played in front of a very small crowd.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that from Boxing Day for a period of up to three weeks, attendances at football matches in Scotland will be capped at 500.
It means that, once again, thousands of fans face the prospect of missing out on watching their team in the flesh.
However, there’s still a lot of uncertainty.
Rangers may not even be playing on Boxing Day, as their opponents St Mirren have requested that the match be postponed following a Covid outbreak in their squad.
And Celtic, who the Gers are scheduled to face on 2nd January, have requested that the winter break be brought forward so that upcoming matches can be played later, without restrictions on crowds.
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Aberdeen boss wants Dundee and Rangers games pushed back
Rangers’ only fixture between the scheduled matches against St Mirren and Celtic is against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on 29th December, and Dons boss Glass says he would also be in favour of fixtures being moved.
“The biggest impact is going to be the Boxing Day game with Dundee and the game with Rangers on the 29th,” he said [Afc.co.uk]. “There is no doubt that we would rather play that in front of people who have come home for Christmas to watch us and they have already bought tickets.”
“I think the club provide a safe environment but we don’t make those decisions. If it was played in front of very limited fans of course I would rather not play it and play it in front of a big crowd.”
Would moving the winter break suit Rangers?
Bringing the winter break forward would give the Rangers players an earlier rest following a busy run of fixtures and possibly allow the likes of Kemar Roofe, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun to get back fully fit following injuries.
However, it would also, to an extent, halt the significant momentum built up by the team under Gio van Bronckhorst and allow the Gers’ rivals time to regroup and get back to near full strength too.