Rangers fans urged not to travel to England for friendlies



Rangers have urged fans not to plan trips for their preseason friendlies after announcing two games in England.

Steven Gerrard’s side have confirmed matches at Tranmere and Blackpool as they prepare to defend their Premiership title.

Scottish football fans received high hopes of impending crowds over the past week with the announcement that all major restrictions are due to be lifted on August 9.

England’s exit from lockdown is expected to happen even earlier with a target date of July 19.

Rangers are set to face Micky Mellon’s Tranmere at Prenton Park on July 10 and face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road 11 days later.

But fans have been urged not to arrange a trip.

A club statement read: “The supporters, as always, are the heart of Rangers Football Club and welcoming our fans safely to watch the team play is our top priority.

“We are optimistic that we will be able to invite supporters to Ibrox this summer and are in close dialogue with the relevant authorities to discuss the means by which fans can return safely to Ibrox and any away game.

“We hope to be able to publish more information in the near future, but until then we urge fans not to make any travel plans or commitments related to our summer games.”

Blackpool said more details will be announced at a later date while Tranmere has confirmed their game with Rangers will only be open to season ticket holders.

A statement from the Rovers read: “The club can confirm that only home fans will be allowed to attend the game, and Tranmere Rovers and Rangers are kindly requesting that no away fans come to the game.

“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we will be operating with a reduced capacity of 3,400 spectators as we did for our semi-final first leg against Morecambe in May.”

Rangers came under scrutiny after thousands of fans broke lockdown rules to celebrate their title triumph in Glasgow on the weekends of March and May.

Rangers open their pre-season schedule against Partick Thistle at Firhill on July 5 and also host Arsenal on July 17 in a game announced several weeks ago.

They are also set to announce their plans for the final pre-season weekend before opening their home title campaign against Livingston on July 31.

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