Sparta Prague have confirmed a major boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Rangers after taking advantage of a UEFA rule.

It’s an important match for both sides after Rangers lost their opener against Lyon at Ibrox and Sparta were held to a draw by Brondby in Denmark.

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Peter Bosz defeated Steven Gerrard yet again at Ibrox earlier this month. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Gers’ hopes of a big away win were boosted some time ago when it was announced that Sparta had been ordered by UEFA to play the match behind closed doors as a punishment for racist chanting in their Champions League qualifier against Monaco.

However, Sparta were determined that some fans would see the match in the flesh and they’ve got their wish.

Taking advantage of an exception to the UEFA sanction, the Czech giants made tickets available to children’s groups for free and over the weekend, they confirmed that all 10,000 available tickets had been snapped up.

 

Given that the Letna Stadium has a capacity of under 19,000, the ground is set to be over 50% full.

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Sparta Prague have made the most of an exception to a UEFA ruling ahead of their clash with Rangers. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

While the atmosphere will obviously be different than it would’ve been had the stadium been full of season ticket holders and ultras, it’s still a big boost for the hosts.

Sparta have made a decent start to the season domestically, leaving them third in the Czech top-flight behind Viktoria Plzen and Slavia Prague, but Rangers are ranked a whopping 72 places above them in the UEFA club coefficient.

In other news, a player Rangers sold in 2019 is currently lighting up an overseas league.

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