By George Hartley

30th Dec, 2021 | 9:19am

Rangers fans could be set for Old Firm disappointment after Swinney admission on BBC

Rangers supporters could be set for major disappointment as the Deputy First Minister fails to guarantee a full stadium for the Old Firm.

John Swinney has failed to assure Rangers supporters that restrictions on fans entering stadiums will change prior to February’s Old Firm tie.

The minister cast doubts on the idea that Parkhead may be full for the hotly contested match between the Glasgow rivals.

The match is due to take place on 2 February but no guarantees can be made by the government as of yet.

Speaking to BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, as quoted by Rangers News, Swinney said: “You can see already in the space of about a week or so we’ve gone from having an average daily case level in Scotland of about just over 5,000 to around about 10,000 over the course of the last few days.

“So people can see with their own eyes the galloping pace at which Omicron is moving through Scotland.

“Well that’s a long way off, the 2nd of February, so we’ll take that as it comes.

“What I would say is that the government doesn’t want to have these restrictions in place a moment longer than they are necessary.”

Hard times

As Omicron variant cases continue to grow in Scotland, it could be a very hard time for supporters.

The eagerly awaited fixture was initially scheduled for 2 January but was suspended for a month in light of an increase in cases.

With just 500 supporters allowed in stadiums for each team at current, it seems relatively unlikely that things will change prior to 2 February.

The only option for Rangers supporters is to hang tight and hope for a change in circumstances.

With COVID-19 restrictions ramping up again in Scotland, supporters can live in hope that things may change for the better across January.

This season, the fight at the top of the table is more competitive than ever. Only a six-point gap lies between top-placed Gers with Celtic on their heels.

Hope is the only way for the Rangers faithful right now. But we should manifest an eventful and atmospheric Old Firm.

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