Rangers have announced an ‘innovative’ virtual event for the Europa League Round of 32 second-leg clash against Royal Antwerp at Ibrox [Rangers.co.uk].
The Gers emerged as 4-3 winners of a crazy first meeting at the Bosuilstadion in Belgium on Thursday night and the tie will be concluded in Glasgow later this week.
As is now the norm, the match will take place behind closed doors due to the strict Covid regulations currently in place in the UK.
Supporters will be able to watch the action on BT Sport but that doesn’t solve the issue of substantial lost revenue from what would undoubtedly have been a sell-out at Ibrox.
Therefore, the club is offering fans the chance to buy tickets to a virtual watch party with commentator Clive Tyldesley and striker Jermain Defoe, in a ‘second screen viewing experience.’
Rangers say that the duo will be on hand to interact with supporters, as well as providing live commentary and analysis on the action as it unfolds on BT Sport.
#RangersFC are delighted to announce details of an innovative virtual watch party for our #UEL second leg tie with Royal Antwerp, featuring legendary commentator @CliveTyldesley and first-team striker @IAmJermainDefoe.
All the details 👇
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 22, 2021
Tickets cost between £3.99 and £5.99 and the club has urged fans to get involved: ‘Rangers continue to go from strength to strength on and off the pitch but equally remain impacted by the loss of matchday revenue on European nights.’
‘Supporters can back the club by purchasing a virtual ticket to the fixture and access the watch party and give their support from home.’
Rangers go on to acknowledge the remarkable support shown by fans so far in terms of purchasing season tickets, MyGers memberships and club merchandise.
This looks like a good way of raising funds during Rangers’ European run and by securing the services of both Tyldesley and Defoe, the quality of the analysis provided should be high.
Tens of thousands of supporters have already given a great deal to the club across the course of this season despite being unable to attend matches and it’s likely that many will also get behind this initiative, even if some don’t intend on making full use of the interactive platform during the match.
Rangers will be understrength for the contest after a double blow was confirmed while their opponents have received a triple boost with the return of three key players.