Rival chair in Boxing Day Nicola Sturgeon appeal that benefits Rangers
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Rival chair in Boxing Day Nicola Sturgeon appeal that benefits Rangers

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has appealed to Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government to allow full crowds on Boxing Day as Rangers prepare to welcome St Mirren.

The Scottish footballing winter break has been brought forward a week in lieu of new Covid-19 restrictions that mean outdoor crowds have a maximum capacity of 500 people.

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Before that happens, the Boxing Day fixtures will still be fulfilled but done so in front of reduced crowds.

With Scottish football relying heavily on matchday income – and with only one match to play before the break – Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack believes restrictions should be pushed back ahead of the weekend.

The Dons are set to play Dundee at Pittodrie on Boxing Day before stopping for just over three weeks until a clash with Rangers on the 18th of January.

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“On behalf of Scottish football fans, including those home for Xmas who plan ahead to attend games with their families, we at Aberdeen FC respectfully ask the FM to consider delaying the 500 fan limit on Boxing Day until midnight on 26th. Thank you in advance,” tweeted Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack.

Rangers fans would obviously revel in the opportunity to see one more full house at Ibrox before the winter shutdown and it’s unclear if Cormack’s Tweet has impacted the thinking at Holyrood.

The decision to reduce crowd capacities came before the fixture adjustments with the winter break being brought forward with respect of them.

Perhaps this could convince the authorities to allow one more round of full houses but at the minute the situation with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 remains particularly uncertain.

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Rangers are in a solid position heading into the second half of the season and are now six points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

With the main news surrounding Rangers’ rescheduled Old Firm clash with Celtic, the date of the fixture may raise hopes of increased capacity crowds.