Date: 22nd February 2018 at 8:00pm
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Rangers could be set to welcome Kilmarnock or Hibs to Ibrox for a third time in the Scottish Premiership leading to complaints from Kilmarnock and from Hibs boss Neil Lennon.

With the top and bottom six set to split into mini-leagues after 33 games, either the Rugby Park or Easter Road sides face a trip to Ibrox despite having already faced the Gers away from home twice.

The complaints coming from Kilmarnock and Hibs are nothing more than the same hot air that comes out every year at this time and the solution lies with the same people who fail to take action to change it every year – the clubs.

Partick Thistle threatened legal action last season when they missed out on a money-spinning third visit to Firhill by Celtic with Motherwell also getting in on the act.

What is rarely mentioned is that during the time the split has been operated, Rangers have faced 6 seasons out of 12 where they have had to face someone away from home three times in a single season.

While many clubs rely on the gate receipts that come when the Old Firm visit, there’s few who bother to voice the same complaints when it is Rangers being forced to travel to Easter Road or Pittodrie three times in a season – Celtic have been on the opposite end of the spectrum and have regularly hosted teams three times in a single campaign.

If clubs and managers really want to change the Scottish Premiership set-up and avoid the split and the prospect on an imbalanced schedule then they are the ones who are in control of the SPFL and vote consistently to keep it in place.

Most clubs want the benefit of having Rangers and Celtic visit three times a season – or even both if they are really lucky – but complain when it goes against them.

Unfortunately, they can’t have their cake and eat it too.

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