Rangers fans are set to be held to ransom following a broadcasting blackout of their midweek Scottish Premiership fixture with St Johnstone.
The Gers are set to visit McDiarmid Park tomorrow evening as the club looks to continue their unbeaten domestic run in the Scottish Premiership.
But the match – which has been rescheduled for a 7pm kick-off – will not be broadcast via official Scottish Premiership broadcaster Sky Sports.
This means the only way to watch the match will be via St Johnstone’s own SJTV platform with the price of the match set at a remarkable £17.50.
🆕🏆 | Wednesday nights game against @RangersFC will be available to purchase via pay-per-view!
The stream is priced at £17.50.
Click below for all the details 👇#SJFC
— St. Johnstone FC (@StJohnstone) April 19, 2021
For some perspective, this is more than the price of Rangers’ home matches amid the ongoing fan lockout (£9.99) and more than a month’s subscription to Premier Sports (£12.99).
Rangers’ weekend Scottish Cup clash with St Johnstone will be screen via the provider and for less than the cost of the Scottish Premiership dead rubber you’d get a month of sports coverage alongside it.
In these difficult times it’s hard to blame clubs for trying to maximise their revenue but plenty of supporters will be turned off by the high price meaning one of two things.
Fans will either not bother watching the game or go elsewhere and risk watching the match on illegal streams.
However, whilst some fans might have a fair point in thinking Rangers are being held to ransom by the Perthshire club, spare a thought for their own supporters.
According to research done by Pie & Bovril, by March they’d been forced to shell out the most for PPV games whilst Gers fans have been asked to hand over the least.
premiership PPV Costs
As at 15/03
Dundee Utd £207
Ross County £197
Total spend required to watch every away game over & above a SKY sub.
— Pie and Bovril 🏴 (@pieandbov) March 15, 2021
Rangers are set for a double header with St Johnstone this week with one match in the Scottish Premiership and the other in the Scottish Cup.
The Scottish Cup tie at the weekend also hasn’t been without its issues as one aspect of the match drew the ire of frustrated Gers fans.