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GERS CHIEF WON’T RULE OUT ‘SMALL CROWDS’ AT RESTART

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RANGERS supremo Stewart Robertson has not ruled out “small crowds” being allowed into grounds when the Premiership season kicks off on August 1.

The latest breakthrough in the bid for football to come out of cold storage comes with the announcement that an agreement has been reached with Sky Sports for clubs to sell virtual season tickets to locked-out supporters.

Ibrox managing director Robertson confirmed that every Gers season ticket holder would have access to a stream of home games.

He told Rangers TV: “We are working on the basis that the season is going to start at the beginning of August.

“That will obviously depend on the government restrictions, but at the moment it is looking as though it will be the beginning of August, probably behind closed doors initially, maybe with small crowds. There is a lot of work going on in that side of things.”

Discussing the return of the players for pre-season training, Robertson said: “We are hoping to be back round about June 15. There is a lot of detailed work behind the scenes there.

“We look forward to announcing a couple of pre-season friendlies, as well. We need to get the guys up and running again, but we need to do it safely and carefully.

“It looks as though the League Cup is going to be moved back to October/November time. That’s not been confirmed yet, but that’s the latest.”

Steven Gerrard’s team’s last outing was in the Europa League on March 12  when they lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the last 16.

Robertson added: “We are still waiting to hear from UEFA as to when we will be playing the second leg of the Bayer Leverkusen tie.

“Indications are early August, but we have not had that confirmed. There is a UEFA executive committee meeting in mid-June and we’re hoping to hear then.

“That, hopefully, will also confirm the details of the Europa League qualifiers for next season.”

Gerrard is gearing up his troops for a crucial season with Celtic looking to win a historic tenth successive title.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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