By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

14th Jul, 2021 | 11:16am

Alex McLeish reacts to fan numbers for Rangers v Arsenal

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish was not left impressed by the number of fans Rangers have been handed for the friendly with Arsenal.

The Bears welcome the Premier League side to Ibrox on Saturday, but will only be cheered on by 2,000 fans.

McLeish believes that there should easily have been more, especially given the huge crowds elsewhere in the past week.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Look at Wembley with 60,000.

“It’s a poultry amount, but you’ve got to abide by the rules, and if the government tells you to do that, you’re breaking the law it not.

“Given what we’ve seen in recent weeks with sport, there have been packed crowds with no real surges, so it seems they could have upped the ante.”

Not good enough.

Nicola Sturgeon must be having a laugh.

Celtic have also requested 20,000 fans for their upcoming Champions League qualifier, and that answer could cause huge outrage.

McLeish believes that the EUROs and other events such as Wimbledon prove that large crowds can gather without huge consequences.

The Bears will be watched closely after the celebrations for the Scottish Premiership title, but this is no way to deal with that.

If we are wanting large crowds once the season begins next month, we need to be testing them before the opener, and we have missed an opportunity here.

The Gers were left disappointed, but hopefully, that number is increased for the Real Madrid game at Ibrox.

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