Feyenoord will be allocated 2600 seats when the Dutch outfit travel to Ibrox for Rangers’ Europa League Group Stage opener next week.
The notoriously feisty fan base will get a considerably larger allocation – as per UEFA rules of up to 5% [36.01 of Europa League regulations] – than the 800 briefs usually given in the Govan West Corner.
Combine that with the fact Rangers must close 3000 seats after a UEFA sanction for sectarian singing, and it means there will be around 5000 less Rangers fans than normal.
It promises to be a feisty atmosphere with the Feyenoord fans traditionally having a relationship with our Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Both side’s sing You’ll Never Walk Alone and both clubs have routinely clashed with supporters of Ajax – the Amsterdam club being their Rotterdam equivalent’s biggest rivals.
Rangers have already announced which sections of the stadium will be closed as per the UEFA sanctions.
The Union Bears (BF1) are set for a European return to the ground come next Thursday’s match with sections BR4, BF4 and CD1 being affected by the closure.
Rangers supporters will be hoping the 45,000 bluenoses inside Ibrox on the night can still generate an atmosphere which can inspire an iconic victory.
The Feyenoord fans will be hoping they can do the same for their side.