Rangers have told supporters they are unable to offer a dedicated trip to next week’s Europa League qualifying clash against Osijek with their official travel partner.
The club’s supporters liaison officer informed fans of the decision this afternoon – six days before the tie in Croatia – and said it was made after “lengthy discussions” with Thomas Cook Sport.
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It follows a similar decision taken ahead of last week’s trip to face Shkupi of Macedonia in the first round.
Like on that occasion club chiefs say the problem arises because of a lack of aircraft at the height of the holiday season.
Rangers SLO Greg Marshall said: “Unfortunately we are unable to offer supporters a dedicated trip to Croatia for our next Europa League match. We were forced to take this decision only after lengthy discussions with our travel partner, Thomas Cook Sport.
“Again the problem arises from the limited aircraft available at this time of the year as well as the excessive costs. We apologise for any inconvenience this decision might cause.”
But today’s announcement met with anger from Rangers supporters on social media some of whom called for an end to the travel partnership.
Rangers’ three-year travel partnership with Thomas Cook was announced last month.
Back then Rangers said the partnership would provide “official supporter travel products for domestic and European games, as well as travel for the first team”.
Rob Slawson, Head of Thomas Cook Sport said last month: “We have a long-standing relationship with Rangers, so we’re delighted to sign this new partnership with the famous club as they embark on a new era with Steven Gerrard.
“We’re proud to deliver our industry leading supporter travel and team travel services and we’ll be looking to make sure both the club and fans travel comfortably across Europe for future games.”