First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has responded to the SPFL’s letter demanding urgent talks over a return to games for fans – but it looks as though Rangers fans may have a while longer to wait before they can see the Gers in action in person.
Chief Executive Neil Doncaster sent a letter to Sturgeon today pleading for talks as English fans look set to return in limited numbers to games south of the border.
The SPFL chief insisted that Sturgeon would need to explain the “clinical difference” between fans in England and Scotland, saying: “If the First Minister refuses to allow football fans all over Scotland to watch their beloved teams in carefully-regulated, limited numbers, complete with track and trace, she will have to explain to them the clinical difference between Scottish fans and English fans.”
Sturgeon’s initial response was rather curt and appeared to pour cold water on the idea, for the time being at least, and it will no doubt leave fans disappointed.
Sturgeon said: “However much Neil Doncaster, for reasons I understand, is only looking at football, we can’t see any sector or any part of society in isolation because there is only so much we can do overall to keep the virus under control.”
With the return – and safety – of supporters now looking as though it will be used as a political football in the coming weeks, Rangers fans will need to remain patient before we’ll get back into Ibrox.
Test events have taken place at a number of SPFL games this season, and clubs in tier one areas – such as Ross County and Inverness CT – have been able to get limited numbers of fans back to their games in recent weeks.
As Steven Gerrard’s side look like finally ending the club’s long wait for major silverware, it would be absolutely gutting if fans didn’t get in whatsoever this season.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case and the positive news regarding vaccines will speed up letting supporters back into games but it might be a while still before we get to wander down the Copland Road.