Rangers have been offered a semblance of hope in their mission to get fans back into Ibrox after Aberdeen announced they’d be hosting a test event this weekend.
The Dons are set to welcome 300 supporters for the visit of Kilmarnock on Saturday after confirming their application to the Scottish Government has been accepted.
We are now expecting confirmation tomorrow that our application for a test event with 300 season ticket holders for Kilmarnock (12/9/20) has been successful.
750 fans for our match with Motherwell should also be confirmed later in the week.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) September 7, 2020
The northeast club are also hoping to welcome twice as many fans (750) to Pittodrie little over a week later as they welcome the visit of Motherwell.
Should the plans go ahead, Aberdeen’s visit of Kilmarnock will be the first match played in front of a crowd in Scotland since Rangers hosted Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League in March.
The move also comes with Rangers hoping to get bodies inside Ibrox as soon as possible with the home match with Dundee United originally mooted as a possibility.
But with lockdown restrictions tightened in Glasgow and the surrounding area, the Scottish Government appeared to deal those hopes a blow.
“We are engaged with representatives from a range of sporting bodies for a small number of pilot events to examine the feasibility of having spectators in stadia and planning has been underway for a number of months to allow this to happen,” said a Scottish Government representative [Daily Mail].
“Discussions are still underway and further updates will be provided to stakeholders in due course but we are clear no proposed test events will take place within the three council areas for the duration of the restrictions.”
However, as Rangers sold out of season tickets for the third consecutive season, club managing director Stewart Robertson assured fans they remain locked in discussions about a potential return.
“Rangers can confirm that we are in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government in relation to the return of fans to Ibrox stadium when it is safe to do so,” reads a Rangers statement.
The situation with Aberdeen is a sign that things are moving in the right direction and will come as a considerable boost to Rangers’ hopes of getting fans back into grounds sooner rather than later.