Scottish Premiership football club Rangers’ upcoming UEFA Europa League match against Ufa will be played in front of a crowd entirely made up of home fans after the Russian Premier League team sold no away tickets for the fixture.
As a result, tickets in Ibrox’s away end have been made available for home fans to purchase. The match, which takes place on Thursday, is the first leg of Rangers’ Europa League playoff. If the club progresses it will reach the competition’s group stages.
General-sale tickets for the match went on sale yesterday (Monday) and although most of the stadium is sold out, Ibrox’s Govan West corner – the section normally reserved for away fans – has seats available.
The Daily Record newspaper reports that Ufa players had held concerns over visas ahead of travelling to Scotland, and so the prospect of the club’s fans travelling was always going to be slim.
Rangers, managed by Steven Gerrard, experienced a similar situation in an earlier round against Macedonian team FK Shkupi. Ibrox has a capacity of just over 50,000.
Rangers has not played in the group stage of a European competition since the 2010-11 season, when it competed in the Champions League.
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