Rangers fans have responded to a big update from the club, as major progress is finally made regarding the return of fans to Ibrox.
Prior to Saturday’s 2-2 friendly draw against Arsenal, no supporter had seen a Gers match in the flesh at Ibrox since a Europa League Last 16 clash against Bayer Leverkusen in March 2020.
Just 2000 were permitted through the turnstiles at the weekend, but numbers are set to increase significantly over the next few weeks.
In an official update provided on Tuesday morning, Rangers confirmed that 8500 fans will be permitted at this Saturday’s friendly against Brighton, while 12,750 can attend the clash with Real Madrid the following day.
The allocation will increase further the following weekend, with 17,000 supporters set to take in the Light Blues’ 2021/22 Premiership opener against Livingston.
The official update ended with a prediction that, under the current Scottish Government Roadmap plans, a full house would be permitted for the second leg Champions League third qualifying round clash against either Malmo or HJK Helsinki on 10 August.
The logic behind permitting an additional 4250 fans at the Real Madrid clash compared to the Brighton game the day before is questionable and some fans don’t think any of the confirmed allocations are high enough.
However, this is still major progress after a full season of behind-closed-doors matches and many supporters were delighted.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
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— seanHamilton (@SeannHamiltonn) July 20, 2021
Excellent, going in the right direction. Full house for the old firm thanks x
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) July 20, 2021
— Scott Black (@Scott_Black03) July 20, 2021
— Magic morelos (@zane14222660) July 20, 2021
Superb news. Live overseas so can’t attend but delighted for my family with season tickets that can finally get back to the games.
— Jersey Ger (@NYCRFC) July 20, 2021
Good news 👍🏻. Things going in right direction 🔴⚪️🔵🏆
— Alfie Atkin (@AlfieBoy78) July 20, 2021
That’s better than I expected!
— Don (@BigBuffMadness) July 20, 2021
— Sauce, no salad (@dougierob) July 20, 2021
What an atmosphere it’ll be at the Champions League qualifier 😎
— Rangers Loyal (@RangersLoyal_) July 20, 2021
— Going for 56 (@davidfulton123) July 20, 2021
Full house for CL second leg 😍😍😍😍
— Saucy Glen (@38821090G) July 20, 2021
While Rangers don’t yet know who their opponents will be in the Champions League third qualifying round, it’s guaranteed to be a special tie for one of two Gers stars.