Japanese reporter made 6,000 mile trip for Rangers game that was called off

Elgin City's Borough Briggs ground. Picture: SNS
Elgin City's Borough Briggs ground. Picture: SNS
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A JAPANESE sports reporter was left fuming after he travelled 6,000 miles to cover a football match that had been called off – which he only realised when he got to the empty stadium.

Daisuke Nakajima endured a 14-hour flight and five-hour train ride to report on a new life for Rangers in Scotland’s Third Division – as they took on Elgin City before finding out the match had been postponed. Fans were also left furious after The Scottish Football League stepped in because too many tickets were sold, fearing that more than 1,000 extra people could turn up to Elgin’s 4,500-
capacity ground Borough Briggs.

Mr Daisuke, who writes for Japanese magazine Footballista, lived in Glasgow for four years covering Celtic games while Japanese superstar Shunsuke Nakamura played for the Hoops. So, his editor in Tokyo thought he was just the man to file a report on Rangers. Mr Daisuke said: “There are a lot of fans of Scottish football in Japan and the story of Rangers is of great interest to them. The match at Elgin looked particularly interesting.”

He flew into Scotland on Friday. Tired from his journey, and with his ticket booked for an early train on Saturday, he headed to bed, unaware the match had already been postponed.