Incoming Rangers chief suggests Old Firm games could have away fans next season
Rangers incoming chief executive James Bisgrove has suggested away fans could return to Old Firm derbies next season albeit a full allocation of visiting supporters is “highly unlikely”.
The two most recent cinch Premiership Glasgow derbies were played in front of home supporters only due to “safety and security” issues.
Previous to that around 800 away supporters were allowed, which in itself was vastly reduced from the approximately 7,500 tickets which were once allocated to visitors.
However, Bisgrove – who will officially take over the role on July 31 – said: “It’s definitely an area we are going to look at.
“We are going to have dialogue with all the right stakeholders and authorities, be that Police Scotland, be that Celtic, and we recognise all the different viewpoints on that and we will see where those discussions go for next season.
“There’s no specific date in the diary for those talks but I would imagine that during the summer and before the next Old Firm game that the dialogue would take place.
“For next season, the season tickets have not been sold in the corner of the Govan stand, where the allocation was previously.
“So for next season we do have the opportunity should we decide to restore that allocation of about 700-800, that’s our maximum for next season.
“Beyond that it’s a broader conversation. We need to have that dialogue with those stakeholders because there’s a lot of different views on it.”
Celtic fans had traditionally occupied the Broomloan Stand at Ibrox for Old Firm clashes, with Rangers supporters housed in the corner of the Main Stand and Jock Stein Stand at Celtic Park.
Bisgrove said: “We’ll take the decision that is right for Rangers and is right for our supporters.
“I think the question was, ‘is there the chance to go back to the traditional allocation of 8,000?’ I think that’s very unlikely at the moment.
“We need to see where the conversations go. But I don’t think that is imminent at the moment.”
The Viaplay Cup final and the Scottish Cup semi-final between Rangers and Celtic this season were played at Hampden Park with a 50-50 split of tickets.