Rangers fans will have the opportunity to watch the Europa League final in a fan viewing area at a separate stadium in Seville, but the news has left some members of the Ibrox media bemused.
Rangers are due to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Spanish city on Wednesday as they look to clinch the first major European trophy in their history.
It’s the club’s first continental final since the 2007/08 season, when they lost 2-0 to Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup showpiece.
Heart & Hand, Rangers media partners and podcasters, offered their reaction to the development on Friday.
They called it ‘bizarre’ that the fan viewing arena is actually larger than the final venue and admitted that ‘UEFA logic’ had left them baffled in this instance.
One report has estimated that 100,000 of the club’s supporters will be descending on Seville, even though UEFA has strongly advised ticketless fans not to make the trip and warned against the risk of counterfeiting.
It’s worth stressing that Rangers have been allocated only around 25% of the seats in the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium (10,000). A further 13,000 spots will be up for grabs in a public ballot, but around nine thousand appear set to go to UEFA partners.
It’s clear that they could have filled out a far larger stadium or indeed a larger allocation with relative ease.
In other news, this Rangers star will leave on one condition.
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