Rangers could demand no Dundee United goal celebrations at cup tie

Written by Andrew Southwick.

Rangers could be set to demand a ban on all goal celebrations, tangerine and the BBC's Jim Spence at the powder keg Scottish Cup clash with Dundee United.
 
Tensions have been raised between the two clubs ever since 'Gers supporters announced a boycott of the fixture.
 
Despite Charles Green's plea to stay away, 200 away fans have snapped up tickets, which could now lead to the Ibrox club making a list of demands to avoid trouble.
 
Ahead of the explosive fixture, Rangers have already slammed the "provocative" wearing of Craig Whyte masks by home fans, fearing it will spark war.
 
The Away End understands the club may be set to go further than that, with a list of diva like demands which will ban goal celebrations and the wearing of Dundee United's traditional home shirt.
 
Earlier this week John McMillian of the Rangers Supporters Assembly reacted furiously to news that United fans were planning to don Craig Whyte masks to taunt their rivals with.
 
Dundee United fans plan to taunt their rivals with Craig Whyte masks
 
He said: "I was anticipating the United supporters doing something but I didn’t think they would stoop to this.

“It’s out of order and Dundee United as a club should do all they can to prevent their fans from carrying this threat through.

“The majority of Rangers fans will not be at the game and observe the boycott but unfortunately I’m certain some of them will go to Tannadice so this is a recipe for trouble.

“It’s inflammatory to wear these masks and it’s disgraceful to even be thinking about it.

“This game is already raised tensions and I fear any move to mock our support could have serious consequences.” 
 
On the back of United's threat to don the scary masks, Rangers are considering handing their counterparts a list of new rules for the cup tie.
 
A source said: "We feel with tensions already heightened for this fixture, that it would be inflammatory to our support for United to wear Tangerine.
 
"We will therefore provide strips for them to wear on the day.
 
"We also feel it would be dangerous for the home fans to taunt our supporters by celebrating any goals.
 
"We call on Dundee United as a club to ensure this does not happen in the interests of safety and sporting integrity. 
 
"Further to this, in order to avoid confrontation between fans, we will also discuss with the police the possibility of the home support being seated in a boy-girl-boy-girl arrangement to ensure a calming atmosphere.
 
"We have also written to the club and demanded that the BBC's Jim Spence be kept away from the game. We are of the opinion that his dangerous and provocative Dundonian ways will only unsettle the away fans who have chosen to travel."
 
 
 
 
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