By George Overhill

21st Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Keith Hackett suggests disrespectful snub as Jeff Winter rejected for Rangers RB Leipzig tickets

Former PGMOL boss Keith Hackett suggested Rangers had shown disrespect towards ex-Premier League referee Jeff Winter by rejecting his ticket application.

Gers fan Winter had attempted to get a place on the official members trip to Leipzig for the first-leg of the Europa League semi-final (28 April) but was turned down on a points basis.

When he posted his frustration online, fellow former man in black Hackett suggested that as a previous official and long-term Light Blues fan his support should have been recognised, although Winter himself accepted it for what it was.

Replying to Winter on Twitter Hackett wrote: “Someone has failed to recognise the support and service that you have given to supporting Rangers and the wider involvement in your Refereeing career.”

Winter then replied to give context to how popular the historic European tie will be, saying: “Yeah but at a club the size of Rangers they literally have thousands of supporters , many of whom travel home and away for every possible game . In excess of 10,000 fans applying for away games in Scotland and incredible numbers following them abroad .”

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It is a measure of the achievement that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have achieved that members cannot even get tickets for this tie.

Gers are a massive club, and following this European run will no doubt pick up even more fans.

Plenty of decades-long supporters of the club will resent the idea that somebody should be entitled to get hold of tickets because they were involved in the game, especially considering how referees are unpopular enough at the best of times.

But that hasn’t happened and Winter doesn’t seem to feel entitled to special treatment.

Whatever happens in Germany in the first leg will be important, but the atmosphere that will erupt at the Ibrox return will surely be something else.

The crowd has lifted the players to some of their most impressive performances in recent memory during the knock-out stages.

And with a place in the final at stake, whoever is lucky enough to be inside the stadium will be part of a memorable occasion.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard listed all the things that were wrong with the club when he arrived, to the amusement of Gary Neville.