Former Scottish FA chief executive Gordon Smith has pulled back on bizarre comments he had made about Rangers potentially refusing to play the final match of the season over a ticket row.

Smith had suggested Rangers wouldn’t “come and play at Rugby Park anymore” on PLZ Soccer, as quoted by the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 24: New manager of Scotland, George Burley (centre), Gordon Smith (L) and George Peat (R) during a press conference at Hampden Park on January 24, 2008 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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But the 64-year-old former Rangers striker has now tried to calm the row that has ensued insisting he meant that the Gers would only refuse to take any ticket allocation.

Speaking to Football Scotland, Smith tried to clear up the mess by telling them: “Of course I wasn’t saying that Rangers would refuse to play the fixture. I know for a fact that the club can’t refuse to play at Rugby Park.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Gordon Smith (L) chief executive of the SFA and George Peat SFA president (R) watch the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match beteween Scotland and Macedonia Rangers at Hampden Park on September 5, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“What I was actually meaning was the club might want to refuse to take a future allocation. I hope this clears things up.”


Smith’s original comments seemed particularly out of character for the one-time Ibrox director of football and his clarification makes much more sense.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 17: A general view of the stadium's artificial pitch prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Celtic at Rugby Park on February 17, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Refusing to play the game would have had severe consequences for Rangers and, given Smith’s history, he’ll have been well aware of that.

Deciding not to take tickets though is something that could still happen and if the Gers support doesn’t take any allocation then the Ayrshire side will really be counting the cost.

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