Major development in Scottish game already negatively hampering Rnagers & Celtic
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Is lack of away fans a problem for Rangers & Celtic after stuttering draws?

After Rangers dropped points away to Livingston, it let Celtic off with doing the same at Rugby Park last weekend.

Our Old Firm rivals dropped points against Kilmarnock and then Boli Bolingoli-gate happened meaning the Gers could stretch out an 11-point lead before they next played.

Rangers struggled to pick up momentum without their fans in a behind-closed-doors match away to Livingston. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Whilst we can still stretch it to nine, the Livi draw was a major disappointment for Rangers fans who’re demanding the team bounces back against Kilmarnock at Ibrox next weekend.

But with both Old Firm sides dropping points on tough away days already this season, is it a sign of things to come with matches played behind closed doors?

Normally, both Rangers and Celtic bring massive crowds to the likes of the Tony Macaroni and until recently, Rugby Park.

These considerable travelling supports obviously lift the Old Firm sides and can help them achieve that extra percent to go and win the game, especially late on.

On top of that, the presence of supporters can have a negative affect on the opposition who have to perform in front of rampant crowds.

Away days are much more associated with a party atmosphere whilst at Rangers and Celtic home games are notoriously played out in front of incredibly expectant crowds.

As both the Rangers stalemate with Livi and Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock wore on, their respective opposition where emboldened rather than nervous.

Both sides appeared to run out of steam on tight, plastic pitches where the opposition was determined to make it a frustrating afternoon.

Similarly Celtic stumbled in a behind-closed-doors match away to Kilmarnock. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst there won’t be any real metric to measure the impact of BCD games until the season rolls on a bit further, it’s something to keep an eye on.

Do these two early results in the league season hint that Glasgow’s big two won’t have it all their own way on the road this season?

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