Controversial SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has sent a message to Rangers and Celtic fans urging them to stay at home to watch the Old Firm this weekend.
Rangers requested for the highly paid SPFL chief to be suspended whilst an investigation was carried out into the SPFL’s handling of the end of season vote in April.
Scarcely seen since then, the SPFL boss has reappeared now to plead with fans to follow the rules, stay at home and enjoy the game safely.
“A huge amount of hard work has gone into ensuring a safe return to competitive action for Scottish football and we are all desperate for fans to get back into stadia as soon as possible,” said Doncaster [Scottish Sun].
“The overwhelming majority of clubs, players and supporters have been impeccable, consistently conducting themselves safely and responsibly.
“Clubs have gone above and beyond to make stadia and training grounds safe for their players and staff and it is only as a result of this combined, massive effort that we have made such positive progress.
“However, in recent weeks, we have seen how quickly the virus can re-emerge, highlighting the need for continued vigilance from fans as we look forward to the first Old Firm game of the season
“Given the very clear evidence that household mixing brings the highest risk of spreading the infection, we are urging supporters not to congregate in houses to watch matches.
“They put themselves and their loved ones at significantly increased risk.
“With such a high-profile round of fixtures ahead, the eyes of the world will be on Scottish football, offering a fantastic opportunity to showcase what makes our game so compelling and exciting.
“However, it’s now more important than ever that all supporters continue to stick rigidly to the latest Government guidance, as well as any specific local restrictions that are in place.”
Whilst the much-derided chief executive has a point in this situation, many Rangers fans will unfortunately believe that they lack any authority coming from Neil Doncaster.
Doncaster has all but ruined his relationship with the Rangers support – and the fans of many other clubs – with his continuing silence evidence of the impact the events of April have had on his reputation.
However, as the country looks to combat the spread of coronavirus and Scottish football looks to continue amid the pandemic then this is sound advice.
Meanwhile, a famous Rangers bar has shut its doors for the weekend after being inundated with requests to come and watch the game on Saturday.