Alex McLeish is delighted by the news that Glasgow Rangers will be able to have a substantial amount of fans at Ibrox for their Premiership opener against Livingston.
The Lowdown: Gers to have fans at opener
Last term, as the Gers won the Premiership for the first time in 10 years, fans across the country were unable to enter grounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, it has now been confirmed that Ibrox will be able to host 23,000 for that clash against Livingston (The Herald).
The Latest: McLeish delighted
Speaking to Ibrox News, McLeish has shared his delight at this update. He said:
“Goodness knows how excited those fans were.
“The fact that they’re getting back in there in numbers…we know over the last year or so the lack of fans has affected some teams, in fact, a lot of teams.
“There’s nothing like hearing the roar of your fans in your own stadium and in top competitions that is also massive.
“It’s fantastic news for everybody.
“The fact they can experience crowds again, I’m sure it always gives an adrenaline rush when you hear the roar and the motivation is there to play your best.”
The Verdict: Slowly back to normality
Finally, it seems we are somewhat approaching a return to normality. While 23,000 is not even half of what Ibrox can hold, it is still a considerable step in the right direction. Everyone in Scottish football will be hoping the country can soon follow in the footsteps of England, where stadiums will be full from the start of the new campaign (Reuters).
Will Rangers beat Livingston?
The Gers will be looking to defend their league title this coming term, while they will also be pushing to qualify for the Champions League group stages. The 55-time Scottish champions’ fans should hopefully have plenty to shout about, therefore, and they will even be able to be there to make their voices heard.
In other news, Rangers fans are livid at this article.
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