Jackie McNamara has agreed with the bold decision made by the Rangers board to not request tickets to their next European away game after coming under fire for the behaviour of their fans.
The former Scotland international, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, says that Dave King and the rest of the Light Blues’ board have done the right thing in taking away the chance for supporters to watch their side’s next away match in person.
Rangers revealed on their official website that they would not be asking for any tickets from UEFA for their next European away trip after allegations and punishment over sectarian singing from some members of the Bears faithful.
McNamara says that it is important that the Gers chiefs ensure the fans know the severity of the charges against them and that the self-imposed punishment can help turn their focus to the pitch rather than the chants and songs.
Asked if the Gers’ board deserved commending for their actions, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, I don’t think they’ll want any repeats of what’s happened, or every time they go away to be looking over and what’s coming.
“You can understand that, hopefully it’ll allow things to settle down and make it all about the football.”
Rangers have been ordered to shut a section of Ibrox for Thursday night’s clash against Legia Warsaw after their fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, the board warning that further incidents could lead to a ground closure.
The first charge was for behaviour at home to St Joseph’s back in July, while there is also a second charge which relates to the first-leg against Legia Warsaw.