Board took big risk pre-match - and it paid off
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Rangers took a big risk with ticket allocation – but it paid off

The run up to Rangers dominant Old Firm victory over Celtic was overshadowed by much talk of the ticket allocation situation.

Rangers had decided to cut Celtic’s near 8k allocation citing the hunger for season tickets on those seats. Whilst that might’ve been the case, it was also a major advantage to Celtic.

Celtic swaggered into Ibrox knowing they had that full stand of supporters. Celtic fans could compete with us vocally and their players had fans to rely on if it wasn’t going right.

Brendan Rodgers even laughably claimed cutting the tickets was to our disadvantage. They knew why we’d done it.

The Bears will be happy in Glasgow tonight. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Today we saw why the decision to cut the ticket allocation was justified. And what a difference it made.

The Rangers fans were a credit to the football club. Vocal, passionate and committed, we matched what was given on the field.

Celtic fans matched their team too. In that they were probably raging they showed up. Or that they didn’t, depending on how you look at it.

There wasn’t a peep from the Govan West all game. Except for some bad taste coughing during a minute’s silence for the Ibrox disaster. I’m sure both sides will condemn the idiots involved.

But you saw what the added number of Rangers fans did to their team. It was like they had jelly legs and couldn’t string two passes together. Particularly for the first half.

The Board took a big risk with that decision and could’ve been left with egg on their faces.

Today, it really paid off. It was a smart move by Rangers and added to the intensity of our performance whilst influencing Celtic’s.

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