Rangers fans have railed against First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after she unveiled plans for Scottish sports stadia when the full country moves to Level 0 of Covid-19.
Sturgeon announced the new rule changes which will see only 2000 supporters allowed into football stadiums as of the 19th of July.
Nicola Sturgeon outlines what people will be able to do at level 0:
– More people can meet in homes, hospitality and outdoors
– Up to 200 people at weddings/funerals
– 2000 at sports stadiums, and organisers can apply to host larger events
— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) July 13, 2021
This is a blanket rule which applies to all stadia, giving rise to criticism due to the fact the amount is not calculated proportionally.
The likes of Dumbarton or East Fife can have 2000 at a game even though their stadiums are considerably smaller than the likes of Ibrox and Celtic Park.
Whilst clubs can appeal for special dispensation – as was awarded to Hampden at Euro 2020 – fans are still heavily critical of the approach.
“From Monday 19 of July all parts of Scotland not currently there will move to Level 0,” said Sturgeon [BBC Scotland].
“However, this move will be made with certain modifications applied consistently across the country to ensure we’re not easing up faster than is sensible.
“There will still be limits on the size of events and stadia attendances but these will increase outdoors to 2,000 seated and 1,000 standing.
“Like now, organisers will be able to apply to stage larger events.”
Whilst fans might rail against these rules they might not have much longer to wait until there is a full house at Ibrox.
Scotland is set to remove most lockdown restrictions by August 9th, with national clinical director Jason Leitch previously claiming that stadiums could be full from this date [Daily Record].
But given the sizeable jump plenty of fans are sceptical as Rangers supporters railed against the latest guidelines which will see only 2000 fans in Ibrox for Flag Day on July 31st:
2000 can cram into Dumbarton’s stand with 0 social distancing, that’s OK.
You could have 10,000 in Ibrox, each fan could be spaced roughly 5 seats apart, but that’s not OK.
Following the science! pic.twitter.com/EwEN9Uxkx8
— Rangers History 🏆 (@RangersFACTS) July 13, 2021
Have always tried to stay well clear of politics on here for obvious reason but to allow 2000 fans maximum seems ridiculous given that many more were allowed inside Hampden & Murrayfield recently.
— Willy (@spatestonbear2) July 13, 2021
When we were in level one, 12,500 fans could go to Hampden.
Now that we're in level zero only 2000 fans are allowed in stadiums.
On what planet does that even begin to make sense?
— Joe McKenzie (@McKenzieJoe9) July 13, 2021
A flat 2000 people in football stadiums in level 0 is a joke, especially after the euros. I know there are considerations like travel etc but no willingness at all to engage on solutions is typical of the Scottish Government’s general contempt for football fans
— bamelie (@spacegirlgail) July 13, 2021
A hope Rangers and Celtic fight the absolute nonsense of this 2000 fans allowed 🤦🏻♂️
— Uncle Waldo (@WilliamArmour1) July 13, 2021
So firhill with a capacity of around 10000 can have 2000 fans but Ibrox with a capacity of around 50000 can only have 2000 as well. Anyone else confused by this pic.twitter.com/R3ymcpSvQl
— Gary Bryson (@bryson1982) July 13, 2021
They let 3000 into a fan zone. Twice a day, for most of a month.
— Danny (@OnlyAnExcuse) July 13, 2021
@NicolaSturgeon @jasonleitch Could you please explain the science to me, as to why 12500 people allowed into Hampden and 16500 into Murray field in Level 1, not to mention 3000 in a fan zone and only 2000 people allowed into Ibrox and Celtic park? @GBNEWS
— Ian Watters (@iwatters_ian) July 13, 2021
2000 no matter how big your stadium is? Aye, that makes sense. pic.twitter.com/LWjZlXDC4C
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) July 13, 2021
Meanwhile, Rangers fans have been branding Old Firm rivals Celtic “tinpot” for taking a jibe at the Ibrox club as part of their latest kit launch.