Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell has insisted they are “absolutely committed” to fans being inside Hampden for this summer’s Euro 2020 finals, even if Glasgow remains under Level 3 Covid restrictions – and Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to hammer the “disgusting” decision.
Hampden will host several games this summer with around 12000 fans expected inside the 52000 seater stadium despite fans being locked out of Saturday’s Scottish Cup final between St. Johnstone and Hibs altogether.
“The decision was made when Scotland was in a similar position in terms of the pandemic so nothing has changed if you think about it in that regard,” Maxwell said.
“Until we are told otherwise, we are absolutely continuing full steam ahead and looking to 12000 fans to cheer on the team and use the power that generates to help football inspire the nation.”
As well as hosting Scotland v Croatia and Scotland v Czech Republic, Hampden will also host the match between the Croats and Czechs and one round of 16 fixture.
That could see Rangers pair Jon McLaughlin and Nathan Patterson making their first appearance in a major tournament at the National Stadium.
Having been denied permission to allow 10000 fans into Ibrox to celebrate the club’s historic title success, with the Level 3 Covid restrictions cited as the reason, Rangers fans were furious at the news that thousands of fans from across Europe could be allowed to attend Hampden.
It wasn’t just the ‘Trophy Day” lockout that Rangers fans were upset at with several feeling sorry for fans of Hibs and St. Johnstone who were also locked out – having previously been given permission for a paltry 600 to attend.
Here are some of the comments from fans on Twitter: