Rangers issue response to fan 'jubilance' as club highlight Steven Gerrard 'stay safe' message
Rangers have released a statement regarding the celebrations following the club’s Scottish Premiership win.
Thousands of fans visited George Square, Ibrox and the club’s training ground over the weekend to pay tribute to the team and celebrate winning the league.
Rangers revealed they have “proactively engaged" with key stakeholders and will continue to do so with future possible milestones.
They noted their understanding at the jubilant scenes which met the title win following Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Dundee United but reiterated a message from manager Steven Gerrard – to stay safe and socially distance.
The statement: “During the last number of weeks, Rangers can confirm that we initiated open dialogue with key stakeholders in relation to the possibility of us achieving a historic 55th league title.
“We have proactively engaged with our local MP, the Justice Minister, the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the SPFL in relation to maintaining a cohesive message regarding public safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We understand the jubilance of our support across the world who recognise this has been a historic year for the club.
“Nevertheless, it has been of great frustration for all football fans across the world that they have not been able to watch their team within stadiums, especially for the loyal Rangers season-ticket holders who have stood by this football club through thick and thin in the last decade.
“We reiterate the message from our manager, Steven Gerrard, who highlighted that fans should adhere to government guidelines – stay safe, socially distance and look after each other in this difficult time.
“We are aware there is the possibility of more, significant milestones within this season, and we will continue to proactively engage with key stakeholders to maintain a cohesive message in relation to government guidance at this present time.
“We look forward to further open dialogue with the government, police, SPFL and other key stakeholders.”
Rangers fans have been criticised from a number of key figures, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who requested on Twitter on Sunday for Rangers to tell supporters to go home.
Meanwhile, Kris Commons branded them “selfish” for their actions.