Rangers and the rest of the Scottish Premiership clubs have been told to prepare for the imminent return of full crowds, according to a report.
The Scottish Premiership voted to bring the winter break forward after the Scottish Government imposed strict new rules on crowds that would limit stadia to only 500 fans.
Rangers had to play against St Mirren on Boxing Day in front of a reduced crowd as a result with the matches against Aberdeen and Celtic rearranged until later in 2022.
The clubs opted to vote for the postponements with fans in mind and now according to the Daily Record, it’s a move which has paid off with clubs set to welcome fans back when the game restarts later in the month.
According to that report, the SFA and SPFL have told member clubs to prepare to return to “business as usual” come the end of the winter break.
Rangers handed crowds boost despite Nicola Sturgeon comments
This is despite ominous comments from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon which appeared to suggest no decision had been made on the return of crowds as she extended the current restrictions to January 17th.
“With the virus so prevalent, we do consider it important to continue to apply some brake on transmission, particularly in settings posing the highest risk,” said Sturgeon [Daily Record].
“Accordingly, I can confirm that the restrictions on large gatherings, the requirement for distancing between groups in public indoor places and for table service in hospitality venues serving alcohol on the premises will remain in force for now and, I expect, until 17 January 17.”
The game is set to kick off again on Monday the 17th of January when Celtic prepare to host Edinburgh rivals Hibs at Celtic Park, with that game now set to take place in front of a crowd.
Rangers travel to Aberdeen to face the Dons at Pittodrie and if the Daily Record are correct, then that too will potentially be played in front of a full-house.
In other news, Rangers have reportedly made their move for a Scotland international defender the club have a “vested interest” in.