Raith compromise as Rangers get allocation of tickets for Stark’s game

Action from Rangers' last visit to Stark's Park in September  -  FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -
Action from Rangers' last visit to Stark's Park in September - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

Raith Rovers have had a change of heart and provided Rangers with an allocation of away tickets to sell for the upcoming match at Stark’s Park on February 20 after being reassured over the Ibrox club’s financial situation.

The Kirkcaldy club’s decision to sell away tickets directly to Rangers fans caused a national media storm last week, and provoked an angry response from some Rangers fans on social media.

However, after the developments this week which resulted in Rangers receiving a £10m loan from Mike Ashley’s company, Sports Direct, Rovers reached an agreement to hand over a number of briefs to the Glasgow club.

Eric Drysdale, Rovers’ chief executive, explained: “We’ve reached a compromise with Rangers following developments this week.

“The temporary funding situation has improved so we have given them a smaller than normal allocation.

“We are continuing to sell directly to Rangers fans from Stark’s Park and we’ve sold around 1000 tickets so far.”

Drysdale defended the club’s initial decision to sell its own away tickets amid concerns over Rangers financial situation.

“We took the view quite simply that we needed to do what we considered to be right in order to protect our own position,” he said.

“We had to limit any risk of our own finances being affected by the on-going difficulties at Ibrox.”

Meanwhile, a Raith Rovers supporters group is raising funds for a new flag after its last one was stolen and destroyed following a trip to Ibrox.

Fife’s Finest are organising a pool, darts and dominoes day at Styx in Kirkcaldy on Saturday, February 7, to help raise money for the new flag.

Organiser Gavin Quinn explained: “We had a flag taken off one of our lads the last time Raith played Rangers at Ibrox where photos of it were then posted online, before being cut up and then posted up once more.

“We have had offers from some Rangers fans to donate towards it, which was good of them.”

A quiz competition will also take place in the Lyrx lounge in the evening, starting at 7.30 p.m. The cost is £10 per team of four which can be paid on the night.

The winners will receive £100 plus there will be a buffet and raffle.

Anyone interested in entering a team can contact Mike Keddie at Styx on (01592) 265483 or Gavin Quinn.