Rangers have been given a big boost in their quest to land a domestic double this season after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave the OK for some lower leagues and the Scottish Cup to return – leaving Gers fans on Twitter buzzing at the prospect of even more silverware.
The competition has been on hold since January but clubs should now see plans emerging for the return of domestic football in Scotland’s showpiece Cup.
— Not The Old Firm (@NotThe_OldFirm) March 2, 2021
The Gers are a matter of days away from winning the League title and will be hoping to add the Scottish Cup – as well as continuing to progress in the Europa League when they face Slavia Prague.
Scottish FA president Rod Petrie said he was “pleased” with the announcement, welcoming the return in a statement posted on the SFA’s website confirming the return, saying: “We are pleased that the First Minister has again recognised the importance of football in Scotland.
“The decision to temporarily suspend parts of the professional game played by predominantly part-time teams was not an easy one to take. None the less, given the sharp rise in infection rates caused by new strains of the virus at the start of the year, it was the right thing to do to assist the national effort to reduce its prevalence during lockdown.
“The preparatory work undertaken with representatives of affected leagues and their commitment to the inclusion of weekly PCR testing, has given ministers the confidence to permit the return of SWPL 1 and SPFL League One and Two.
“While we are pleased to see the return of these leagues, there remain significant numbers unable to return to play, including the remaining levels of the professional pyramid, elite youth football, club youth football and our amateur and grassroots clubs across both the male and female game.
“We are acutely aware of the desire within those levels of football to return to playing football and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government to ensure they are able to as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Gers fans are now looking at the prospect of even more silverware this season – and were quick to voice their delight on Twitter.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Scottish cup back? The league, Europa league & Scottish cup Treble is back on 👀 https://t.co/2ibaeYqmE9
— CJ (@cjnovo992) March 2, 2021
Award Scottish cup to rangers by zoom call just for a laugh🤗
— Michael Tagg (@MichaelTagg) March 2, 2021
Looks like the Scottish Cup is coming home too. Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/KidEiZ602A
— Stevie Souness (@steviesouness) March 2, 2021
Hopefully the Scottish Cup resumes. I’d love us to win that as well! https://t.co/uUya84pa20
— G (@garryhood1872) March 2, 2021
Let’s cram the Scottish cup in now
— fut (@graham13251541) March 2, 2021
Should never have been stopped in the first place https://t.co/AI2mCq9lOX
— 🇬🇧Coplandbear🇬🇧™ (@Coplandbear1872) March 2, 2021
Scottish Cup to resume then?! 🤔 https://t.co/73zQ9aLThT
— Iain (@IainWATP) March 2, 2021
Many are looking to the Old Firm later this month as the date when Rangers will seal the title, but it’s possible that the Gers could be crowned champions this weekend.