The Union Bears have confirmed their plans for Rangers’ Premiership opener against Livingston at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Gers are taking on Livi in a 1:30pm kick-off in Govan and the match will be played in front of the biggest home crowd since March 2020.
23,000 fans will be permitted to attend as Steven Gerrard’s men get their title defence underway.
Flag day has been moved to September in the hope that Ibrox will be full by that point, but fan group the Union Bears are still determined to make sure the weekend’s fixture has a special feel.
They are calling on all fellow fans to get to the stadium early to ‘welcome the champions’.
“The Union Bears will be welcoming the team as they arrive at Ibrox on Saturday before our first league match of the season against Livingston,” read a statement released via their Twitter page.
“We encourage all fans to join in with the celebrations outside of the main stand from 9am, join us in making as much noise and colour as the champions enter the stadium.”
— Union Bears (@UnionBears_07) July 28, 2021
There were incredible scenes outside Ibrox prior to the Gers’ home fixture against St Mirren in early March when the title was all but secured and once again on trophy day in May.
Similar celebrations are likely once again on Saturday and this time the atmosphere can be kept up during the game, given that the ground will be at close to 50% capacity.
It’ll be a brilliant experience for the players and particularly new signings Fashion Sakala and John Lundstram, who are yet to get a full flavour of the scale of the club’s following.
Here’s our Predicted XI for the first competitive game of the season.