The secretary-general of FIFPro has painted a bleak picture for fans of Rangers and football in general by suggesting the entire 2020/21 season could be played out behind closed doors [Scottish Sun].

Jonas Baer-Hoffman, who took up the key post at the international players’ union in January, believes that the prospect of having supporters at grounds will not be realistic for some time.

There may be no capacity crowds at Ibrox for many months to come. (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The majority of the sporting world has shut down amid the global health crisis, with Rangers’ last game coming in the Europa League Round of 16 against Bayer Leverkusen on 12 March.

“In terms of fans being back inside stadiums that might likely not be possible until people are vaccinated,” said Baer-Hoffman, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

 

“So it may well be that we play a full season without spectators.”

Rangers fans mill around the famous main stand ahead of the Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.

Rangers fans mill around the famous main stand ahead of the Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Verdict

Public health is clearly the number one priority right now and with the UK still in a state of lockdown, there’s a general acceptance that sport is on hold for good reason.

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The game means so much to so many people, though, so the concept of fans not being able to attend matches for a full season is bleak.

Many will be hoping that Baer-Hoffman is theorising a worst-case scenario but with a vaccination unlikely to be available for many months yet, there’s a real chance that Ibrox and many other famous stadia around the world will be shut for supporters until 2021.

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