Rangers have apologised to affected fans before expressing their delight as their ticket allocation for an upcoming Europa League clash with Lyon was finally confirmed [Rangers.co.uk].
The Gers are travelling to France next week to take on OL in their final EL Group A fixture.
However, until early on Thursday afternoon, it was unclear how many away supporters would be allowed into the Groupama Stadium.
Rangers provided an update last week, assuring fans that they were pushing Lyon to provide clarity as soon as possible.
And it has now been confirmed that the French giants have set aside 2000 tickets.
‘Whilst we are delighted our travelling support will be able to continue to follow the team, we apologise for the delay whilst approval from the French authorities has been sought,’ reads the update on the club’s website.
Supporter Update – Lyon Away:
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 2, 2021
Of course, it’s no longer as simple as booking a flight and rocking up to the airport.
Rangers have advised fans that even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid, they will need to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test taken within 48 hours of their flight in order to gain entry to France without then having to isolate.
Given that there’s mandatory seven-day isolation for all non-vaccinated persons entering France from the UK, non-vaccinated fans are advised against travelling.
Upon their return to the UK, ‘all passengers will have to self-isolate until a negative PCR test result is received on or before day two.’
Travelling Bears will also have to fill out a passenger locator form.
The club weren’t able to provide specifics regarding the ticket sales and distribution process but they did confirm that tickets would need to be collected in Lyon.
Given that the match is now only a week away, it’s very late notice, but it’s clear that the timing was out of Rangers’ control.
2000 is a decent allocation and it ensures that Gio van Bronckhorst’s men will have substantial support from the stands as they look to finish their Group A campaign on a high.
Rangers have already secured the runners-up spot and therefore progression to a knockout round playoff, but they could bank over £500k in prize money with a win in France.