Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Rangers, Hearts and a number of other Premiership clubs met with Scottish Government officials on Monday to discuss vaccine passport processes.
Much to the relief of some supporters, it was announced just two days before the Gers’ Premiership fixture against Hibernian at the weekend that no fan would be turned away if they were unable to produce proof of full vaccination or exemption.
That was despite initial plans for vaccine passports to be required at all large events and nightclubs from 1 October.
In preparation for the scheme to properly kick in later this month, though, Rangers did carry out some checks at the ground ahead of the Hibs clash.
“In relation to football fixtures over the weekend just past, while they had agreed that no fan would be turned away if they were unable to provide evidence of their vaccination status, both Hearts and Rangers tested their certification arrangements and managed to check around 20 per cent of their crowds,” said Sturgeon on Tuesday [Scottish Sun].
“Scottish Government officials met yesterday with those clubs, together with Aberdeen, Celtic, Hibs and the managers of Hampden, to consider and learn any lessons from the weekend experiences.”
Sturgeon says Rangers have met with officials after vaccine passport checks
Some supporters were hoping that after the latest setback in the chaotic vaccine passport saga, the scheme would be scrapped entirely.
It seems that the Scottish government are determined to press ahead, though, with proof of vaccination set to be required at Ibrox from the Europa League Group A clash against Brondby on Thursday 21 October onwards.
There’s one more home fixture that falls within the grace period and that’s the first match after the international break, when the Gers welcome second-placed Hearts to Govan on Saturday 16 October.