As Rangers fans pine for a return to Ibrox Stadium, news of a vaccine on the horizon comes as a timely boost to the Ibrox support’s hopes.

Rangers fans have been locked out of Ibrox ever since March this year with the last time 50k strong cheered on the Teddy Bears, the team lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

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Rangers fans have been locked out of Ibrox ever since 50,000 crammed in to see the club fall to a 3-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Since then we’ve seen the league season shut-down, scandalously awarded prematurely and fans locked out of the ground as the club look to mount a title challenge.

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Fan safety is paramount amid the Covid-19 pandemic and there was a point earlier in the season that the notion Rangers could have fans back into grounds this campaign seemed fanciful.

But the news that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has produced a vaccine which so far has proved 90% effective will have football fans across the country in excited mood.

The idea that there could be a mass roll-out of vaccinations by the spring will have plenty hoping that they could return to a stadium before the campaign is called.

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With Rangers flying in Scotland and currently atop the Scottish Premiership, many have suggested that a lack of fans at Ibrox in the early part of the campaign has helped the side.

 

The stadium is a cauldron at the best of times and with the highest of standards expected sometimes players can shrink under the weight of expectation.

With so much pressure on this campaign in particular, that might’ve even more evident in the early part of the season.

But as the Rangers ship has steadied following a tumultuous end to the last campaign, there’s a strong feeling that all that is good at Ibrox right now will be carried through to the stands.

Should we still be showing fine form come March, then the idea an ever-increasing number of fans could return heading into the business end of the season is a tantalising one.

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Could empty stands be a thing of the past by the Spring following the news about a potential Covid-19 vaccine? (Photo by Robert Perry – Pool/Getty Images)

We might not have been in the stands at the beginning of this campaign – but just imagine the scenes if we are at the end.

So far Rangers have largely managed to evade any major issues from Covid-19 testing this season – can they keep that up until the end of the campaign?

 

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