Dave Cormack, the chairman of Premiership rivals Aberdeen, has spoken out about “stringent” measures surrounding football as Rangers wait patiently for the go-ahead to invite fans back to Ibrox.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic football has suffered an almost near blanket shut out with the Dons and Ross County allowing 300 fans to visit their grounds this weekend.

There is every suggestion these events went to plan but Cormack has now come out claiming Aberdeen could’ve easily implemented the same measures for 10 times the amount of fans.

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Taking to Twitter, Cormack writes:

Football has implemented the most stringent of precautions at huge cost. We could’ve ensured safety of 3,000 yesterday. Chartered Jet to Stavanger cost us double to ensure socially distancing, yet BA flights to London are packed. Trusting @scotgov allows more fans and more tests!


The comments appeared to be a criticism of the strong measures being enforced on football amid the shutdown with Cormack clearly aggrieved at the financial cost of doing so.


The Scottish Government have taken a cautious approach to reintroducing fans to stadiums as lockdown restrictions tighten throughout the country.

But taking aim at commercial airline flights and the bubble that football has found itself in amidst the pandemic Cormack believes there is now room to step up football’s plans for a return.

Rangers were originally hoping to use the match with Dundee United as the club’s first in front of fans since March but following a spike in cases in Glasgow, this was rebuffed by the government.

It hasn’t stopped Rangers holding out hope for fans to return to the stadium in the coming months with the club reassuring fans they were fighting their corner as season tickets sold out.

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Rangers are patiently awaiting the go-ahead to invite supporters back into Ibrox Stadium. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

“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.

Rangers fans have been locked out of Ibrox ever since the club hosted Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-1 defeat back on March 12th in the round of 16 in last season’s Europa League.

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