Rangers match cancelled because Scottish rivals couldn't get down snow-covered A-road


Rangers’ Scottish Premiership clash with Ross County at Ibrox was cancelled on Wednesday afternoon because the away team were unable to travel to Glasgow due to the A9 being covered in snow. The visitors were set to make the trip south on the day of the match, but the adverse weather conditions meant the players weren’t able to complete their journey.

With Celtic moving five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Boxing Day following their 3-0 victory over Dundee, Rangers were supposed to have the chance to close the gap to two points against Ross County, who are 10th in the table after winning just four of their 17 matches this term.

The Staggies allowed their players to stay home and enjoy Boxing Day with the plan to travel to Glasgow on matchday, despite the two clubs being located over 200 miles away from each other. But that decision backfired as the team were unable to reach their destination in time for the match to go ahead.

With Storm Gerrit hitting parts of Scotland, some of the country’s main A-roads are covered in snow. The A9, which links the Highlands to Glasgow and Edinburgh is particularly bad, with a number of yellow warnings in place.

And on Wednesday morning, Traffic Scotland took to X (formerly Twitter) to warn drivers: “Traffic heavy this morning in both directions due to adverse weather conditions. @NWTrunkRoads are advising to avoid the route as much as possible and delay travel.”

Rangers, who defeated Motherwell 2-0 on Christmas Eve, may be frustrated at their lack of match action but will return to the pitch to take on Celtic in the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park on Saturday.

And the club released a statement just after 1.15pm to confirm they had been ready to take on County. “Rangers can confirm this evening’s Scottish Premiership fixture with Ross County has been postponed,” they wrote on X.

“Despite the Ibrox playing surface being in good condition and ready to host the match, adverse weather conditions on the A9 means our visitors have been unable to reach Glasgow.”

Before the game had been cancelled, Ross told their fans on X: “All supporters travelling to Ibrox for this evening’s game should be aware of the adverse weather conditions on the A9 currently. Safe travels to all Staggies making the journey.”

But the club then returned to the social media platform to inform supporters: “Following consultation with Police Scotland regarding today’s weather conditions on the A9, this evening’s match against Rangers has been postponed.”

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