By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Jan, 2022 | 3:40pm

Chris Sutton slams Rangers MD Stewart Robertson after comments on fans allocation

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has warned Celtic fans that they would not be allowed back at Ibrox in their numbers any time soon.

The Bears chief said on The Athletic Football Podcast that the covid-19 situation would continue to keep Hoops supporters away from the derby games at Ibrox, and Chris Sutton is not happy about that, slamming him on his personal Twitter account.

Celtic fans were traditionally handed the full Broomloan Stand before Rangers decided to cut their allocation to just 800, and Robertson insists that the Light Blues faithful are pleased with it.

Sutton said: “What a sad state of affairs. The game whether at Ibrox or Celtic Park is a much better atmosphere and watch with 6000 away fans.

“This is a guy who says Scottish football sells itself short and then limits away fans when our game is worse for it.”

Understandable

Sutton is fighting for both sides here, and both Old Firm fans would surely love to be at either stadium in their large numbers for the games.

Rangers used to hand Celtic around 7000 tickets for derby clashes, and vice-versa, but that is no longer the case after they withdrew an offer of 700 tickets when the Hoops were unable to guarantee their fans tickets at Parkhead.

There will be no Bears supporters in the stadium when both sides clash on February 2, but most fans would love to see the teams return to the old format of handing tickets to rivals fans for the derbies.

It is definitely a better atmosphere with both sets of fans in stadiums for this game, and Rangers need to have a rethink.

Nevertheless, the Premiership giants will always prioritise their own supporters first given the high demand for tickets for such games, and things could remain as they are for a long time.

In other Rangers news, a report has shared which players GvB will allow to leave Ibrox this month.