As Rangers prepare to become Champions of Scotland for the 55th time the club’s supporters will likely be locked out of the celebrations the moment it happens.
For 10 long years, the Ibrox support has yearned for that all-important first title since being demoted to the bottom tier of Scottish football and that moment is almost upon us.
The timing – the season in which indulgent Celtic fans had sung about for a generation – is almost perfect, as is the location primed to be should results go our way.
We’ll know by Sunday if Rangers can win the league title at Celtic Park but when the moment happens – be it before or after March 21st – even the Covid-19 pandemic won’t hold the Ibrox legions back from celebrating.
Any major title party might need to wait until May, when the club actually lifts the trophy, and almost parallel to this, restrictions about public gatherings are lifted by the government.
But given Rangers’ march to 55 this season – and the canter it’s been at times – fans have had a hell of a lot of time to get ready for the moment we officially become Champions.
Social media is awash with flags, banners, tributes – with some even for airplanes to drag through the sky – as fans gear up for the party of all parties.
Whilst we might not all be able to share it together the entirety of Scotland is preparing to be painted red, white, and blue in celebration of the event.
In town centres from Glasgow to Campbeltown, from Elgin to Dumfries, the Rangers flag will be hoisted high as supporters ensure the club is properly given its crowning moment.
That’s before we mention the smoke bombs, the fireworks, the sheer outpouring of joy which is bound to see people take to the streets, parks and neighbourhoods across the country.
And of course, there are all those blow-up sharks, Union Jack bowler hats, and the daftest memorabilia you can find on the internet as well.
What a bonus that we could’ve had so long to prepare for this that just about every Bear across the country can plan something special for the day we win the league title.
Rangers fans might not be present the moment we win the title, but even with the Covid-19 pandemic, it won’t stop supporters ensuring Scotland knows exactly who the Champions are.
Whilst the club remains on course to tussle for the title at Parkhead here’s what needs to happen to see the club secure the trophy this weekend.