Hibs manager Jack Ross has hit out at the lack of away fans at Rangers and Celtic games as he calls on the SPFL to act on a situation he brands “unhealthy”.
Due to a requirement for Covid-19 red zones in the stadium, both Rangers and Celtic have placed these in the traditional away areas to accommodate their season ticket holders.
Whilst the situation might leave a bad taste for rival sides, the Old Firm are clearly putting their own paying customers before the needs of other supporters.
But there has been criticisms that the move is rather designed to remove an away support and give Rangers and Celtic a playing advantage, whilst others believe it harms the colour and occasion of the Scottish Premiership.
Jack Ross holds such an opinion and he has pleaded with the authorities to amend regulations to allow more away supporters back into Ibrox and Celtic Park.
“I went to Ibrox when I was Alloa manager and there was the trophy presentation and I think there were between 20-30 Alloa fans there, and a sell-out Rangers crowd,” said Ross [Scotsman].
“So I have actually been in a very similar atmosphere as an away manager, and we went ahead in that match!
“Look, it’s one for us to embrace and look forward to. It will be intimidating but one the players will enjoy.
“Hopefully it’s something as a league we address soon because I think it’s unhealthy for the league in general.
“Overall, without talking about any clubs specifically, one of the parts of Scottish football that’s so attractive is that the geography of the country means people can travel to away fixtures relatively easily.
“Subsequently clubs have always enjoyed good travelling supports.
“People have looked at it as part of the football fabric in Scotland – away days have always been a big deal for fans and I would hate for us to come away from that. It would spoil a part of our game that’s so good.”
Rangers are set welcome Hibs for a top-of-the-table clash this weekend with the Hibees currently sitting in second place, one point behind the Ibrox side.
Hibs are the first of three games in the Scottish Premiership matches in October which can lay down the mark of Champions for the rest of the campaign.