By Jack Cunningham

25th Sep, 2021 | 7:10pm

DUP demands Scottish Government resolve confusion for NI-based Rangers fans

The DUP have demanded that the Scottish Government come out with clear guidance to help Rangers fans based in Northern Ireland.

Thousands of people based in Northern Ireland travel every week to Scotland to watch either the Gers or Celtic play, but “confusion” over travel rules has left many of them in “limbo”.

Therefore, Carla Lockhart demanded that the SNP do something about this situation as fans based in Northern Ireland are currently not allowed into stadiums in Scotland because of their Covid rules [News Letter].

Lockhart said: “Thousands of fans travel from Northern Ireland on a weekly basis to watch their clubs. Both Rangers and Celtic have many season ticket holders based here. The passion and dedication of supporters for both these clubs is well known.

“Regrettably, at the moment, the rules around entrance to these stadiums is causing great confusion, inconvenience and the loss of hard-earned money for fans.

“Supporters who have been double vaccinated in Northern Ireland are currently in limbo, as the rules set down by the Scottish Government for entry to these sporting venues demands that vaccination passports based on vaccination in Scotland be presented.

“There is little logic behind this decision.”

Bizarre rule.

It seems very strange that even if you have had both Covid jabs but are based in Northern Ireland, you can’t gain access to Scotland’s stadiums.

Surely, it doesn’t matter where you get your vaccine, and this just seems like a very bizarre stance to take, and it could deny thousands of Rangers fans from Northern Ireland access to watch the Bears.

Therefore, it is fantastic to see that a politician has made a stand and tried to get some clarity from the Scottish Government.

Hopefully, this weird rule is changed, and the loyal Gers fans from Northern Ireland are allowed to go over to Scotland to watch their side play.

You would also hope that the Bears would be trying to do something behind the scenes so that some of their most loyal and most dedicated fans are allowed to watch their team this season.

This is a messy situation, and we would hope it is cleared up soon enough.

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