Blackpool Rangers pub the Gallant Pioneer has been forced to close after being inundated with enquiries from Scottish people about visiting the bar for the upcoming Old Firm.

Pubs across Scotland are restricted from selling alcohol indoors whilst they have been closed completely across the central belt due to ever-increasing coronavirus cases.

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Rangers and Celtic fans have been warned off travelling to Blackpool this weekend. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

As a result, some cheeky fans have planned to head down south with people also banned from visiting each other’s houses in Scotland.

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The Gallant Pioneer is one of the most famous Rangers pubs south of the border and is one place being considered by some fans for the match.

But to avoid being inundated with supporters the popular Blackpool pub has decided to close its doors for what would normally be one its biggest matches of the year.

The decision comes after the pub was subject to 1500 booking requests for the match.

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Taking to Facebook, the pub’s management wrote:

 

“Believe us this has not been an easy decision as we live for days like Saturday and was part of the reason in opening the pub six-and-half-years ago but we feel it is the correct decision with everything taken into account.

“With the sheer amount of people wanting to come down from Scotland for the Rangers match on Saturday, the press up there lifting our post last week has highlighted us to even more to people wanting to come to the pub.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has previously warned Scottish fans off travelling to Blackpool for the match with around 200 recent Covid-19 cases in Scotland linked to the town.

“Do not travel to Blackpool this weekend to watch the Old Firm Match in a pub,” said Sturgeon [Glasgow Times].

“Blackpool is a place that many Scots love and like to visit at this time of year.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pleaded with fans not to travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“I need to advise you trips to Blackpool are associated with a large number of cases.

“That doesn’t mean they got it there. We can’t be certain but Blackpool is being mentioned in test and protect more than any other place outside Scotland.”

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