By Mike Slater

14th Jul, 2021 | 10:15am

Rangers granted 2000 fans for Ibrox friendly v Arsenal

Rangers have been granted 2,000 fans for their upcoming friendly against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Ibrox holds more than 25-times that number, but it appears after discussions with the local authorities, they are playing it safe.

The Bears are looking to run a ballot to hand tickets out to fans, with demand surely set to be through the roof.

We can’t believe this.

There were over 10,000 fans at Hampden Park more than a couple of weeks ago for the EUROs, and numbers were sky-high for COVID-19 then.

Now, with vaccinations rising, Nicola Sturgeon has appeared to have taken a huge backstep with this latest update.

Celtic have asked for 20,000 fans at Parkhead next week, as they start their Champions League qualifiers in Glasgow.

If that was granted, it would be a huge joke.

There is no chance that Sturgeon and the government can grant Celtic their latest request for another clash in Glasgow.

Should they do just that, it would be obvious that they are still holding a huge grudge against Rangers after those title celebrations.

The Bears were blamed for their fans gathering, despite the fact that the club warned Sturgeon and the government more than enough.

There would be a huge outrage if this hypocritical move was made, and we don’t expect it to be granted, despite there being no trust or consistency in these decisions.

Steven Gerrard will be watching closely, especially given that our own Champions League qualifier is on the horizon after this round.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are set for a £30m windfall at start of next season – Gordon Smith