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Farce – Rangers effectively drop ‘vaccine passport’ requirements for Hibs game

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Rangers has confirmed that no supporters will be refused entry at the game against Hibernian on Sunday.

A botched roll-out of the app required to show the vaccine passports and a general poor preparation period up to the launch date, today, has resulted in an embarrassing farcical situation for the Scottish government.

They had announced a ‘grace period’ of around two weeks for the enforcement of the plans, which was a catalyst for confusion amongst the public.

Earlier today, Aberdeen FC announced that they would not be implementing the guidelines and now Rangers has followed suit.

The Ibrox club released a short statement ahead of the clash with Hibs which read:

“After further engagement with the Scottish government, we can confirm that although we are being encouraged to use this game as a “test event”, no supporter will be refused entry.”

“We apologise for the inconvenience regarding this confusion which has been beyond our control.”

Purpose

Many fans will see this as a victory for common-sense whilst some will point out that it oesn’t actually chance anything.

Proving two vaccinations does not mean that a person is not carrying the virus so what is it all about? That is yet to be fully explained.

Spot checks were due to be carried out in what would have been a “trial run” at Ibrox on Sunday but now no fans will be turned away, further highlighting the mess that has been created by the Scottish government who have rushed through the whole operation before it was ready.

As reported by BBC Scotland, Health Minister Humza Yousaf stated:

“Largely, the issues are down to volume of traffic but what I would say if you’re having persistent problems do feel free to call the Covid helpline.” 

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