Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has admitted it is a “major concern” that his side may face a third trip to Ibrox after the Scottish Premiership splits next month.
The Easter Road side could have to travel to Ibrox for a third time this season as a result of the imbalance caused by having a 12-team top division.
Lennon is upset that it gives the Gers an advantage on the pitch as well as denying Hibs a sell-out crowd at Easter Road.
“I’m assuming that because we’re the lowest seeded team we will be going there for the third time,” said Lennon, as quoted by the BBC.
“If that does happen it will be a major concern.
“It will be a major disadvantage – not only for our chances of finishing second, but also from a financial point of view as we lose out on a sell-out home crowd, which I think we have earned the right to have.
“We will just have to cross that bridge when it comes to it.”
After completing the initial 33 games, Rangers will have played 17 home games and 16 away and – based on the current standings – will be due to visit Celtic, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, having already played those sides twice this season and playing at Celtic Park, Pittodrie and Rugby Park just once.
Football Insider verdict:
This is the same structure that has been in place for almost 20 years and every year without fail there are teams who have to visit certain grounds three times and lose out on a home game. Rangers have been on the wrong end of it plenty of times in the past and will again in the future however, were the Gers to be forced to travel somewhere for the third time in a season there wouldn’t be a peep out of Lennon. Instead of moaning about it in the papers and to broadcasters, managers should perhaps speak to the people who vote to retain this structure every year – their chairmen.