Rangers supporters were quick to pick up on a particular reference in their club’s offer to use Ibrox as a vaccination centre

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Rangers have joined Celtic in offering their stadium up as a vaccination centre, but the wording of their offer has raised eyebrows.

Celtic offered their facilities up last month, and now that gesture has been replicated by their Glasgow rivals.

In most cities, these gestures would only be met with approval.

Glasgow, of course, is not most cities.

Rangers released a statement on Wednesday reading: “This morning, our Managing Director wrote to Her Majesty’s Government and the Scottish Government to offer Ibrox Stadium as a vaccination centre.”

They included the text of the letter, but it was the ‘Her Majesty’s Government’ reference that caught the attention.

For Rangers fans, it was something of a staunch whistle. For their Celtic counterparts, it was an opportunity to get in some HMRC digs.

The letter sent to Her Majesty’s Government read: “I write to offer our facilities at Ibrox to assist the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

“We are living in unprecedented times which require cooperation, action and input from all across society. Rangers Football Club would be delighted to support staff from the National Health Service, and the British military personnel involved in the country-wide vaccination process.

“I have already identified relevant expertise within my staff who can be placed at your immediate disposal, and we all stand ready to do everything we can to support the national effort, to vaccinate the population.

“We have large areas around the stadium normally used for matchday parking, and we have other facilities which could also be of use.

“As a club, we have ongoing and excellent relations with Police Scotland, with whom we regularly work to ensure the safe and efficient management of people and vehicles.

“In the meantime, please pass sincere thanks from all at Rangers Football Club, to the health and other professionals involved in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have written in similar terms to the First Minister/ Secretary of State for Scotland.

“I look forward to hearing from you.”

The title race resumes on Saturday, with Celtic welcoming Livingston as they aim to cut into Rangers’ 21-point lead.

Steven Gerrard’s men play the following day against Motherwell at Fir Park.

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