Ibrox View: Sky Sports plan set to provide relief for Rangers fans
The 19/20 Premiership finished very unsatisfactorily, with Celtic handed the title while England’s top-two tiers are set to resume this month.
That leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and there’s still a lot of doubt about what’s going to happen when the Premiership restarts for the 20/21 campaign.
That was given the go-ahead for August but it looks highly likely that fans will remain shut out from Ibrox at least for the start of the campaign.
That’s a real blow for Rangers fans desperate to roar their side on in what is set to be a hugely important season for club and manager Steven Gerrard.
Rangers simply have to stop Celtic from getting to a historic ten-in-a-row and Gerrard’s future at the club probably depends on it.
One bit of relief for fans has come in the form of Sky Sports, who have agreed a deal with the SPFL to sell virtual season tickets for the 20/21 campaign.
This will enable Rangers fans to watch all the club’s home games while social distancing measures are still in place.
The new deal, that sees the Premiership move from BT Sport to Sky, will also see 48 games broadcast live with the season hopefully starting up again on August 1.
The virtual season tickets will provide an alternative revenue stream for Rangers and we think the club will benefit massively from the new deal with a very passionate fan base desperate to watch its team back in action.
It’s not an ideal situation. There’s nothing we want more than to be able to get back into Ibrox but that just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon.
In the meantime, this is a good consolation and Sky Sports should be applauded for this and for its agreement to spread the cost of uncompleted games from the 19/20 campaign across the new five-year deal.
That will really help clubs across Scotland in what is an unprecedented and very dangerous time for Scottish football.
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