The Blackpool cancellation was deeply unfortunate, but couldn’t be helped. The home side have a bit of a breakout of Covid, and it was felt safer for everyone if the friendly was dumped.
Rangers, inexplicably, have advised fans not to travel now that the fixture is off, but we’d have to ask exactly which supporters would go down south for a match that isn’t actually on?
Either way, of course we have to support the call – even though the vaccine is widespread, these little cluster breakouts are still there or thereabouts, and the safety of our club, as well, of course, as that of Blackpool, is paramount.
The issue of ticket refunds will be fine, Rangers will honour that, but the accommodation down south is a bigger issue, with fans paying for accommodation they now will not need.
And that probably won’t get refunded.
It’s very frustrating, and as much as anything else it slightly disrupts pre-season planning given the loss of a valuable fixture.
Thankfully Rangers secured the Real Madrid and Brighton friendlies which take place at Ibrox this weekend, so the squad only has to go 7 days without a match.
But that’s still 7 days and one less fixture and one we could have done with – going into the weekend playing two matches in a row without the extra 90 minutes midweek isn’t ideal for getting the squad properly up to speed.
But… it can’t be helped.
It is what it is in this ‘new’ (is it really new any more) Covid era.