There will be no further SPFL fan test events this weekend despite initial pilots proving “resoundingly positive”, Premiership rivals Aberdeen have revealed.
The Dons released a statement on their club website explaining that there would be no matches played in front of fans this weekend as their hopes to get fans in for the match against Motherwell were rebuffed.
That means Rangers will have to wait to play in front of supporters with this weekend’s match against Hibs at Easter Road set to go ahead behind closed doors.
The news comes after both Aberdeen and Ross County piloted successful test events in their matches against Kilmarnock and Celtic over the weekend.
300 fans were allowed into both matches with Dons chairman Dave Cormack later suggesting the Pittodrie club could’ve applied similar measures for 10 times the number of supporters.
Aberdeen remain committed to the return of fans at the earliest possible convenience and have extended their gratitude for the success of the initial trial event.
“Despite Saturday’s successful trial event at Pittodrie, SPFL clubs have been informed that there will not be any trial events at Scottish Premiership matches this weekend,” reads the Aberdeen statement.
“This means that our plans to welcome an increased number of supporters to Pittodrie for the visit of Motherwell on Sunday will now not go ahead.
“We continue to adhere to and comply with Scottish Government guidance and will work with football authorities to be involved in any future test events which may take place in the coming weeks.
“We have received resoundingly positive feedback from both the supporters in attendance and the authorities following the test match at Pittodrie on Saturday and we will continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to build upon this experience and to help shape any future events.
“As a Club we’d like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters who were with us at Pittodrie last weekend and extend our gratitude for their co-operation and willingness to ensure the matchday was a safe environment for all.”
Rangers themselves have committed to getting fans back into Ibrox as soon as it is deemed safe as the club celebrate three straight years of sell-out season ticket sales.
“Rangers can confirm that we are in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government in relation to the return of fans to Ibrox stadium when it is safe to do so,” reads a Rangers statement.