Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has given his verdict on reports that Celtic want the first Old Firm game moved so supporters can attend – and the Ibrox boss stopped short of rejecting the suggestion but would be willing to play behind closed doors.
Gerrard wants fans back as soon as it is safe but admitted he doesn’t make the call on whether to “push back” against the idea of moving games to suit.
The Rangers boss’ preference would be to have fans in attendance when the sides meet for the first time in the new season, calling the atmosphere generated ‘special.’
“We want fans back full stop. As soon as we can when it’s safe to do so,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“That’s the reason why we’re all excited to be here, to perform in front of our supporters and there’s no better atmosphere than an Old Firm game when it’s full.
“I don’t make the decisions on whether to push back. When the fixtures land, we’ll deal with whatever comes our way.
“If we’re told that they fall when fans aren’t allowed we’ll face that challenge but if you’re asking me what I would prefer then of course I’d love a full stadium because the energy, the desire, the passion that comes from the terraces in these games is something special.”
Rangers should find out their fixtures soon ahead of the season starting in August and hopefully, there are no games moved to benefit the finances of a particular club.
Everyone wants fans back in grounds as soon as possible but moving fixtures around to suit Celtic would be beyond ridiculous.
While it’s hard to argue with Gerrard wanting supporters back, it’s disappointing that he hasn’t opposed the idea of moving fixtures to Celtic don’t miss out on some cash.