Rangers will be able to provide fans with ‘virtual’ season tickets to watch streams of games when the new season gets underway – but initial impressions of the plan have left fans far from happy at the idea.
Sky Sports and the SPFL confirmed that they would be selling a package to fans to allow them to watch “all home games” however many of the fans having already shelled out for season tickets to actually be at Ibrox for those games.
Clubs have yet to confirm how they will operate the scheme and whether they will ‘reward’ those who have already bought a physical season ticket or if they will be expected to cough up again.
With most, if not all, Rangers away games in the league broadcast live, the likelihood is that will continue into the new season as part of Sky’s exclusive five-year deal.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster called the plan an “innovative” solution as he hailed Sky for working with them, saying: “This is an innovative and pragmatic solution to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and I’m grateful for the flexibility shown by our clubs and by Sky Sports.
“This agreement means that any liability for games not delivered during Season 2019/20 has now been settled, on terms that reflect Sky’s status as a committed partner and supporter of Scottish football.”
Fans were less than enthusiastic though and were quick to voice their feelings on Twitter:
Here are some of the comments from fans:
If they try and charge me for a virtual season ticket / RTV pass on top of the £700 I’ve just forked out for my actual season ticket I’ll not be a happy bunny
— Mr M (@MBS1872) June 3, 2020
Virtual season tickets(VST) will be a huge boost for Rangers the current ST holders then everyone else you'll see the club eclipsing 60-70 thousand season ticket holders but will home OF games be included in VST or will sky demand they have exclusive rights to those ones ?
— Scott (@ScottWi1son) June 3, 2020
"Each Premiership club will be able SELL a virtual ST at season ticket holders"
They better not be thinking of ADDING a cost on top of ST sales, any club doing that will be crucified. https://t.co/NvD4dDeHVN
— Richard McLuckie (@Acemcl) June 3, 2020
So…people who have bought season tickets need to pay again to watch their club? Can't see this going well. https://t.co/RFmS1kygH0
— Thomas (@Hyndman18_) June 3, 2020
The virtual season ticket has the potential to be great or an absolute disaster, with no room in between. It could encourage, develop, and make acceptable a change to the way we view and present the SPFL and take account of what drives that interest. Or it could all Doncaster 🤷♂️
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) June 3, 2020
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗿 (𝗮𝘁 🏠) (@SeafarerMichael) June 3, 2020