Rangers send firm warning to fans ahead of crunch Hearts clash
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Rangers send firm warning to fans ahead of crunch Hearts clash

Rangers have sent a firm warning regarding pyrotechnics to their travelling fans ahead of Sunday’s clash with Hearts.

The Gers are taking on the Jambos in the early kick-off at Tynecastle and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, with Celtic not in action until later in the day.

League-leaders Rangers are taking on third-placed Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Several thousand Bears normally travel to the capital for fixtures against Hearts but a reduced allocation of just over 1000 tickets was given to Rangers for this particular clash, much to the club’s dismay.

Hearts are giving their supporters the opportunity to maximise home advantage and it’ll be interesting to see how full the ground is by kick-off.

Even though there’ll be fewer Bears at Tynecastle than usual, Rangers have issued a firm warning in advance of the game.

‘We would like to remind supporters that the use of pyrotechnics is strictly prohibited in football stadiums across Europe,’ begins the ‘supporter update’ [Rangers.co.uk].

‘It is important that supporters are mindful of the potential for serious injury including loss of limbs or fingers due to their explosive power.

‘Pyrotechnics can burn at up to 2000 degrees centigrade which can cause further significant injuries including loss of sight or hearing as well as having carcinogenic emissions.

‘Put simply, there is no safe way to use pyrotechnics and we ask supporters to refrain from usage.’

Rangers fans have been warned about the use of pyrotechnics ahead of the Hearts clash. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s then asserted that there will be extra police officers and stewards on duty at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Supporters are warned that searches will be carried out and those found to be in possession of pyrotechnics will be arrested.

The warning comes after the use of flares by fans in recent away games, most notably during Thursday’s Europa League clash against Lyon in France.

Bears put on their own ‘festival of light’ inside the Groupama Stadium in a dig at the Lyon city centre event which caused the toing and froing regarding away fan access.

Kemar Roofe was a fan of the display but it looks like the club is keen to avoid a repeat.