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Rangers match postponed because too many tickets were sold

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Borough Briggs Stadium. (Suxamethonium/Wikipedia)

It didn't take long for Rangers to set a new Scottish Third Division attendance record upon being dumped into the fourth-tier league this season and now the club's overwhelming level of support has led to this weekend's match at Elgin City being postponed. The match was to be the second meeting of the season between first-place Rangers and second-place Elgin City, but tickets were oversold at the Borough Briggs Stadium (which had the league's best average attendance last season with a whopping 628).

From the Press Association:

Match Commander Superintendent Mark Cooper said: "On Friday afternoon it came to light that tickets for Saturday's Elgin City v Rangers fixture had been substantially oversold. After discussions with the club it was clear that we were faced with the prospect of at least 1,100 extra fans turning up for what was an already sold-out fixture.

"We understand that fans will be disappointed with the cancellation of this match but our primary concern always has to be safety and we could not allow a situation that potentially put lives or the welfare of the general public at risk."

Elgin apologized to Rangers for the goof-up and Rangers accepted, as everyone just seems happy that this problem was recognized now instead of the moment an angry and confused crowd turned up at the ground.

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