Controversial SPFL chief Neil Doncaster is set to be at Ibrox next month for Rangers’ opening Premiership fixture.

The Gers were highly critical of the executive back in April 2020 after what they described as a ‘farcical’ vote to end the 2019/20 season following the onset of the pandemic.

Neil Doncaster will take in Rangers’ season-opener at Ibrox next month. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Rangers called for him to be suspended pending an investigation into his handling of the situation, stating that they wouldn’t be ‘bullied into silence’ [The Guardian].

However, Doncaster rode out the storm and continued on in the position that he has held since 2013.


Therefore, there may be a little tension when he rocks up at Ibrox for Rangers’ season-opener against Livingston on 31st July to oversee flag day.

He insists he’s looking forward to the start of the season, though, despite also having to make trips to Championship winners Hearts and League One champions Partick Thistle, both of whom were also vocal in their criticism of the SPFL at the time.

“Some people didn’t like the solution but no one else has been able to come up with a different or better way of dealing with it,” he said [Daily Record].

“We are looking forward to the new season with a freshness and I’m certainly looking forward to being at Ibrox, Tynecastle Park, Firhill Stadium and Queen’s Park for the handover of the league flags this summer.”

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It’s hoped that some fans will be able to get inside Ibrox for flag day. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers will hope it isn’t just Doncaster, other guests and selected media in attendance for the 2021/22 season opener after playing a full season of home matches behind closed doors.

In theory, 500 fans would be permitted if Glasgow was still in Level 2, 1000 in Level 1 and 2000 in Level 0.

However, the option will be there to apply for an exemption such as those that have been granted for Euro 2020 matches at Hampden.

In other news, Rangers have been dealt a possible blow in their alleged pursuit of a player who grew up ‘five minutes’ from Ibrox

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