Gordon Smith, former Chief Executive of the SFA, has given his thoughts on Rangers’ end of season clash with Kilmarnock on PLZ Soccer, as quoted by the Daily Record.

On Tuesday, Kilmarnock announced they were slashing Rangers’ ticket allocation.

Rangers traditionally take big travelling support to Ayrshire. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Usually, Bears fill out two stands at Rugby Park, but they will be limited to just one this time around.

It comes with the opposition claiming they want to ‘celebrate all things Killie’, given it’s their 150th anniversary year.

Talk of future fan boycotts would make sense. It’s a bit rich from Kilmarnock to usually cash in when the Gers come to town, but then suddenly change the goalposts when it suits them.

The thoughts of Smith, are bizarre, though. The 64-year-old turned out for both clubs during his playing career and served as Director of Football at Ibrox after his role with the SFA.

Smith (left) watches a Scotland international at Hampden during his reign at the SFA. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“I can understand, to a degree, why they (Kilmarnock) have done, but I can also understand why Rangers would be annoyed”, said Smith on PLZ Soccer, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“What they’re saying is ‘we sell all these tickets for you this season, you get big crowds, we bring in a fair bit of money for you and now all of a sudden you’re halving our allocation? We’ll see if we take any future allocations in the stand’.

 

“Rangers might even say ‘we won’t come and play at Rugby Park anymore’. And that would be a big loss financially for Kilmarnock and that would be Rangers paying them back for what they’re doing to them.”

Killie’s Jordan Jones will move to Ibrox in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Despite all the positions Smith has held, these comments show an alarming level of naivety.

This is a frustrating development for Rangers and several thousand fans will now not be able to attend the club’s final fixture of the season.

However, that doesn’t mean Gerrard’s side can refuse to travel – to this game or to any others in the future.

The Gers have an obligation to fulfill their fixtures. Not to mention the fact that there will still be 4000 visiting fans in the ground.

It’s not as if the atmosphere will be partisan.

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