By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

27th Mar, 2023 | 4:10am

Rangers and Celtic told to enter crunch talks after Sky Sports News story emerges

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus wants Rangers, Celtic and the SPFL to hold crunch talks over the fact no away fans will attend either of the remaining Old Firm fixtures in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Sky Sports reported via their website on 17 March that only home fans will pack Ibrox and Celtic Park in the coming weeks as the two rivals battle out the remainder of the league campaign.

It is understood that after a meeting, Rangers and Celtic “decided to only admit home supporters to the upcoming league matches” because of “incidents at recent meetings at both stadia”.

McManus is fuming that there won’t be any Celtic fans at Ibrox or Rangers fans at Parkhead in the coming weeks.

He wants the two clubs and authorities to come together to end such an issue.

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“It’s disappointing for Scottish football, to be honest,” McManus told Ibrox News.

For myself, I’ve grown up watching these games and it’s been 50,000 or 60,000 with thousands of away fans at the games.

It just adds to the atmosphere and to the colour of the game. You get people tuning in from England and from Europe to see the colour and the celebrations in the away end when the away team scores. It’s just great.

I don’t like it at all. It doesn’t sit well with me and it doesn’t sit well with the league.

It’s petty and they need to get around the table to sort it out.

It’s difficult now – I don’t know where we go from here.

There were 800 last year, now there are going to be none.

It’s really, really disappointing and it’s not a great look for the Scottish Premiership.”

Rangers travel across Glasgow to Parkhead on 8 April in the league before a Hampden Park showdown with Celtic on 30 April in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

They’re also due to play each other after the split.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox coach is being tipped to leave Govan for a “big club in England” as managerial speculation emerges south of the border.