By Joe Ellis

11th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Rangers make big mistake in Napoli Champions League fans choice

Controversy never seems to be far away from Rangers and it has once again found its way to Ibrox, this time in the Champions League.

The decision has already been taken to move the game at home to Napoli 24 hours back to the Wednesday, as reported by Chris Jack on Twitter, but another eye-opening choice has been made.

Owing to a supposed lack of policing and security available, UEFA and Rangers have confirmed that no fans from the Italian league leaders will be able to attend the first home game of the group stage.

That might be fair enough but when a good number would have likely travelled from Italy to Glasgow, for the chance to experience that famous Ibrox atmosphere.

If that was the case, then they should have found a way to get the policing in place rather than very quickly give up on the away fans without a second moment’s thought.

As a result, Napoli have quite rightly decided that Scottish supporters will not be permitted to attend the return fixture later in the group stage to ensure parity between both sides.

That is a huge blow for Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his side who so often rely on the tremendous travelling support to help them when they need it most on the road.

They now have to go to Italy with nobody in the stands to help pick them up when things are going badly and given how well the Serie A table-toppers dismantled Liverpool in midweek, they are going to need it.

It is now too late for Rangers to be able to reverse that decision and the fixture change to the Wednesday will cause enough havoc for travelling Italians as it is.

But this has to be a moment that the Bears learn from and prevent from ever happening again.

In other Rangers news, Stephen Robinson has told van Bronckhorst that he should try managing St Mirren after complaining about his budgets.