Rangers’ flag day is ‘likely’ to be moved yet again, according to a Scottish Sun report.
Last month, the Gers announced that a decision had been taken to push the occasion back from the opening day of the season to a home fixture against Motherwell on Saturday 18 September, so that all season ticket holders could be present.
However, it now looks as though another adjustment will have to be made.
The Scottish Sun report points out that regardless of whether the Gers are in the Europa League or the Europa Conference League, their group stage campaign is set to begin on Thursday 16 September.
It’s customary for clubs in European action on Thursdays to have their weekend domestic fixtures on Sundays in order to give players an appropriate amount of time to recover and therefore, the Motherwell clash will have to be shifted to Sunday 19 September.
The only way a change could be avoided would be if both Rangers and Celtic were due to play in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday 16th and the Gers’ tie was moved forward to the Wednesday.
Shifting flag day to the Sunday would also mean that there would be no clash with 34 orange walks that are set to take place in Glasgow on the Saturday.
Another change of date for Rangers’ flag day?
There has been no official word on a possible second change to the date and it’s unlikely that there will be until specifics about European ties are known.
However, it does now look inevitable and that could present some difficulties for supporters who have already made travel plans based on the club’s earlier assertion that it would happen on the 18th.
Whenever it does take place, it will be a memorable occasion for all there at Ibrox to witness it, but the squad’s focus is now very much on defending the title that was so emphatically won last season.