Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to react after Bayer Leverkusen confirmed that their meeting with Steven Gerrard’s side in the last 16 of the Europa League would be played behind closed doors, meaning no fans can attend the tie in Germany.
It is perhaps a sensible decision, although a heartbreaking one for those supporters who have already sorted their tickets, travel and accommodation – calling the game off altogether would probably be a better call.
As things stand however, the first leg at Ibrox is still set to go ahead with supporters present on Thursday evening, which is slightly confusing given Leverkusen’s announcement – where is the consistency?
It means that Gerrard’s men will have to take on the likes of Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey without their fans blowing wind into their sails at the BayArena – having said that, we all know how passionate German football fans can be, so perhaps it might actually be beneficial to the Gers in some sense.
Only time will tell if Ibrox goes behind closed doors as well before Thursday’s tie, but in the meantime, let’s see what the Rangers fans on Twitter have been saying about this news…
Absolutely distraught missing the game. Mind a friendly in the summer you owe the thousands of Rangers fans an away trip.
— RFC🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@BroBobbyTait) March 10, 2020
— Graham Thom (@gthom88) March 10, 2020
Confirmation of what we were all expecting 🙁 Fully understand the reasons behind the decision but still a sore one for any fans who had booked to go. https://t.co/biWzm0KKoq
— WalkingDownTheCoplandRoad (@WDTCR) March 10, 2020
To kick off the reaction, these three fans were understandably upset by the news.
“Gutted” and “absolutely distraught” were the main emotions on show, and while it must be devastating to see what would presumably have been an amazing away day ruined, Coronavirus is spreading at an absurd rate and football must sadly take a back seat while measures are implemented to try and control it.
Can we blame tav’s Lamborghini?
— Rabmcd® (@RobertMcdermid) March 10, 2020
— Matthew Turvey 💧🔥 🏈⚽🏁⚾ (@MattATTurvey) March 11, 2020
Looking for any ball boys next week? 👀 https://t.co/RMUtVNOzER
— Stevie English (@StevieEnglish92) March 10, 2020
Elsewhere, three other fans weren’t as devastated by the news, but instead saw the funny and the positive side.
One echoed our aforementioned point that the absence of passionate German fans might actually be a benefit for Gerrard’s side.
Hilariously, another asked if supporters could blame James Tavernier’s Lamborghini – paying reference to Kris Commons’ bizarre comments recently, in which he stated that the full-back’s choice of car won’t help the anger directed towards him for his poor form (The Daily Mail via The Scottish Sun).
In other news, these two words from a journalist make Commons’ statement look even more stupid…