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These Rangers fans detest idea of SFA "league shutdown" in March

Some Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to oppose reported SFA plans to postpone Scottish Premiership fixtures in March to give Scotland the best chance of Euro 2020 qualification.

The national side is set to play two fixtures between the 26th and 31st of March, with qualification for what would be Scotland’s first national tournament since 1998.

According to the Scottish Sun, new SFA President Rod Petrie is set to call on league bosses to “impose a league shutdown” in the run-up to the fixture.

Some Rangers fans have rejected Rod Petrie’s reported proposal that the league should be postponed in March. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Why are some Rangers fans fuming at the notion that the Scottish footballing powers might do this?

Well, besides from a longer international break than usual – something which we can all be forgiven for dreading – Rangers fans haven’t forgotten the events of 2008.

Last season George Peat set a cat amongst the pigeons when he revealed that the influence of one club prevented the SFA giving Rangers more time to prepare for the UEFA Cup Final [BBC].

Five games in 12 days at the tail end of a monumental season gave Rangers the smallest possible chance of getting their hands on the trophy.

Celtic had also reportedly claimed that a tour of Japan would’ve prevented the league season being extended, in one of the grimiest examples of Scottish football’s tribalism yet.

Some of the Ibrox club’s fans are adamant it can’t be one rule for one, and not for the other, even if the other is the Scottish national team.

Whilst there’s a clear argument that this would give the Scottish national team the best possible opportunity to qualify for the tournament, some fans feel it’d be a huge slap in the face for the Ibrox club.

If they can do this for Scotland, why couldn’t they do it for Rangers back in 2008?

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