Travel company Sport Options have issued an update after it was confirmed that Rangers fans would be allowed to attend Thursday’s Europa League fixture against Lyon after all.

After much delay, last week, it was asserted that 2000 tickets had been set aside for Bears.

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Travelling Rangers fans have been messed around by the French authorities. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

That decision was then controversially reversed on Monday, with the French Minister of the Interior – citing strains on police resources due to a ‘festival of light’ taking place in the city – telling Rangers that no away fans should travel and that those who did wouldn’t be admitted to the stadium [].

That news prompted Sport Options to cancel all planned travel arrangements to Lyon and commit to refunding all customers in full minus a £9 per person admin fee.


Less than 24 hours later, on Tuesday afternoon, Rangers issued a fresh statement confirming that the French government had reversed its previous decision, meaning that fans would be able to attend after all and that they were liaising with OL regarding ticket distribution arrangements.

However, Sport Option have since confirmed that they are not in a position to reinstate flights to France.

The company expressed their immense frustration at the situation they and supporters had been put in before once again stressing their commitment to providing refunds.

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Sport Option won’t be reinstating flights ahead of Rangers vs Lyon. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

‘The situation surrounding this match is like some sort of painful Get Me Out of Here show, the only thing is this has not been in the least bit funny,’ reads a section of their statement.

‘We have been in business almost 30 years and we do not survive by allowing ourselves or our clients to be pulled about by event organisers, people or authorities who have zero understanding of the fans that travel abroad to watch football.

‘Our flights were all cancelled yesterday and we are not in a position to reinstate them. As per our statement of yesterday, we will refund.

‘The travel industry has been battered in the last 18 months and we have been part of that battering. The arrangements for this match in Lyon have been a kick in the teeth for fans that wanted to travel and a kick in the head for Sport Options.’

Some Rangers fans will likely still make it to the game, but due to the shambolic pre-match toing and froing, it’s now almost certain that there’ll be significantly less than 2000 Bears in attendance.

Meanwhile, Rangers could benefit after Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou confirmed a major injury blow for the Hoops.

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