Rangers withdraw from friendly against Celtic in Australia

RANGERS pulled out of a friendly in Australia, where they were due to face city rivals Celtic outside Glasgow for the first time in their history due to protests from their supporters.

The two Scottish clubs are scheduled to face off in the Sydney Super Cup in November, in the wake of the 2022 World Cup.

“Rangers can confirm that we will not be participating in the Sydney Super Cup, next November,” the Scottish League champions said in an official statement.

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“After the organizers refused to live up to their commitments to Rangers, we immediately canceled our agreement with them,” Rangers continued.

Rangers are said to have concerns about a commercial deal related to the match.

Celtic and Rangers supporters responded strongly to the match plan and accused the club’s management of commercializing the rivalry between the two clubs.

Rangers supporters were further angered by promotional material for the tournament which focused on the return of Celtic’s Australian coach Ange Postecoglou.

They showed their anger in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Dundee earlier this month by throwing tennis balls onto the court which resulted in the game being stopped several times. (AFP/OL-1)