According to the Daily Mail, Hearts could make a formal complaint about Rangers to the SPFL by the end of the week as rival clubs continue to fume about a lack of away allocations.
Rangers and Celtic both had to make particularly significant adjustments amid the return of fans to stadia, with ‘red zones’ for players and staff required in main stands at Ibrox and Parkhead.
Most restrictions have since been relaxed and grounds are back close to or at full capacity, but neither Old Firm club have been making tickets available for away fans.
No Motherwell supporters saw their side come from behind to draw 1-1 at Ibrox earlier this month and as things stand, no Hearts fans will be granted access to the stadium when their team travels to Govan on 16 October.
Neither the Steelmen nor the Jambos are happy and both have now reportedly written to the SPFL seeking answers, while it’s claimed that Hearts could follow up with a formal complaint by the end of the week if a satisfactory response isn’t provided.
Rangers could be subject of formal complaint as rival clubs fume
The key issue here is the vagueness of the current SPFL rules on the matter.
They state that home clubs must make provision for the admission of a ‘reasonable number’ of away fans for any given fixture.
Perhaps with the imminent added complication of vaccine passports in mind, the Old Firm clubs clearly feel that away allocations of zero are ‘reasonable’ right now.
However, the risk with continuing down this road is that other clubs may opt to retaliate by locking Rangers fans out of return fixtures, so it could be in the Light Blues’ interest to work with the authorities and other Premiership clubs to find a solution sooner rather than later.