The date and time has been set for Rangers’ Scottish Cup quarter-final with St. Johnstone – and Ibrox supporters aplenty have taken to Twitter to complain.
The Gers booked safe passage to the last eight of the national cup competition courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Celtic at Ibrox with Steven Davis scoring an overhead kick and Jonjoe Kenny netting an own goal after great work by Joe Aribo.
👉 St Johnstone (H) | 25 April | 6.30pm (UK) https://t.co/tp3E7KXjA6
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 19, 2021
As a result, the Gers have earned a home tie against Callum Davidson’s team in the next round which will be played on Sunday 25th April at the late kick off time of 6:30pm.
And it’s the late Premier Sports kick-off time which has frustrated supporters who also had to wait to see their side play Cove Rangers in the third round of the competition.
That game kicked off at 6:30pm on a Sunday evening with the Gers also kicking off against Celtic at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon in the last round.
It’s a source of frustration for supporters looking to enjoy the game with the unorthodox kick off times a sign of the times in global football and made easier by the continuing fan lock-out amid the global pandemic.
Rangers fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations over the decision even if the club can look forward to yet another cup tie at Ibrox Stadium:
Scottish Cup final update
New kick off time 3:30am live on Premier Sports
— Boab (@83boabobski) April 19, 2021
6.30pm 🙈 pic.twitter.com/xVkFddHWtK
— Craig McVicar (@mcvicar6385) April 19, 2021
6.30??? These kick off times are an absolute joke
— Peter Adam (@petera1872) April 19, 2021
these kick off times are getting worse
— beef (@bethhdalrymple) April 19, 2021
Soon these games will be kicking off at midnight…
— Iain (@IainWATP) April 19, 2021
Half 6 booooooooooo
— Alasdair Mair (@mair1872) April 19, 2021
Sunday kickoff again 😞
— mason 🇬🇧 (@18Mason72) April 19, 2021
Get that changed
— Jordi (@TMB_Jordi) April 19, 2021
Get that in the bin
— Iheartsectarianism (@nosurrendaeva1) April 19, 2021
What an absolute ridiculous time for a kick-off.
— Stillnotgone (@Stillnotgone1) April 19, 2021
@sjwilson84 6.30 on Sunday 🙄
— C (@CH_99_1) April 19, 2021
Those kick off times are great
— JSmith (@woofly32) April 19, 2021
What idiot picks the kick off times?
— Nerrad Nosrettap 💭 (@dazp21) April 19, 2021
— Jordan McKay (@jordanrmckay_) April 19, 2021
These kick off times are disgraceful to be honest, absolutely zero regard for the fans
— Jonny (@JonnyL1872) April 19, 2021
Late kick off time or not, whilst some may complain the Rangers fans will be looking forward to another competitive game against the Saints with two matches lined up against the Perthshire club this week.
The Gers’ 2-0 win over Celtic had the Ibrox side adding insult to injury beyond the final whistle with a string of digs aimed at our hapless rivals.