By Daniel Feliciano

11th Jan, 2022 | 4:40pm

Nicola Sturgeon confirms return of full crowds for Rangers from January 17th

Rangers will be able to welcome a full crowd back at Ibrox from January 17th after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed restrictions would be lifted.

After a huge rise in infections of the COVID-19 virus at the back end of last year, Sturgeon had limited large crowds at outdoor events which had put the Scottish Premiership at risk.

The winter break was brought forward by the league after a vote to try and ensure positive cases were kept at a minimum and it has now been confirmed [Daily Record] that crowds can return when the league does.

Rangers are due to face Aberdeen in an away game on Tuesday January 18th and it will now be a full crowd at Pittodrie Stadium, before a Scottish Cup game against Stirling Albion later in the week at Ibrox.

The Blues can now trust that they’ll have the full backing of their fans in the run-in to the title race, as they look to make it consecutive Scottish titles for the first time since 2011.

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It was found last season that football just isn’t the same without fans so whether you’re a Rangers fan or a rival, this is good news if you like sports.

The fans make such a huge difference to the atmosphere of a game and the feeling of watching the beautiful game, so the fact they will be allowed to return in their numbers once again is a positive.

Fans will have to be able to provide proof of a negative test and/or vaccination, but this is now becoming normal and isn’t something to be particularly concerned by.

The club will be doing everything they can to ensure fans can get to games as they look to continue their excellent form under Giovanni van Bronckhorst in both Scotland and in the Europa League knockout round.

Rangers will face Borussia Dortmund in the knockout round playoff tie on February 17th before the return leg at Ibrox on February 24th.

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