By Adefunmiloye Alani

21st Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Heart and Hand hit out as Rangers v Celtic clash set to have just 500 fans

Rangers and Celtic will play their Old Firm clash at Parkhead on January 2 with just a crowd of 500 due to new restrictions, according to The Scottish Daily Mail.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed parliament on Tuesday (21 December) to set out the next steps in the battle against Covid-19, and the Bears’ official media partner Heart and Hand are far from happy with the decision.

The SNP leader wants proposed restrictions will that will ensure that there will be a limit of 500 people for outdoor events regardless of whether it is seated or standing as from Boxing Day, and that will see Scottish football effectively move behind closed doors for three weeks in a bid to slow the spread of Omicron.

Heart and Hand took to their official Twitter account to react, saying: “Shambles.”

Expected

This was always on the cards after games in the Premier League were postponed last weekend after members of some clubs tested positive for the virus.

There has been almost no proof of outdoor transmission in Scotland, though, so it can be argued that limiting stadium capacity to 500 fans could be a backward step for the mental health of the majority.

The Rangers clash with Celtic was supposed to have 60,000 fans, while Ibrox was preparing to have 50,000 in attendance for their clash against St. Mirren on Boxing Day.

However, those fixtures, until the Scottish top-flight is paused for the winter break, will now only have very small numbers of fans allowed in attendance.

Rangers fans will not be able to attend the game after Celtic opted against allocating tickets to them, and with just 500 now allowed for the Old Firm derby, it is safe to say that could be an advantage for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men.

They are top of the Premiership table at the moment, and victory at Parkhead will get them closer to successfully defending their title.

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