Dundee vs Rangers to be switched to McDiarmid Park WITH fans if Dens Park unplayable as SPFL confirm plans

McDiarmid Park -Credit:SNS Group
McDiarmid Park -Credit:SNS Group

The SPFL have confirmed the clash between Dundee and Rangers will be moved to McDiarmid Park should Dens Park fail a Tuesday pitch inspection.

The Dark Blues are looking to get the Scottish Premiership clash with Philippe Clement's side on at the THIRD attempt. SPFL chiefs have already hit Dundee with a number of charges following the washout at Dens Park - the fifth time a game has been called off so far this season by the club - with league bosses now revealing the alternative plan for the pitch.

The game will be subject to a pitch inspection on Tuesday - where a "final decision" will be made on the surface. Should Dens Park fail once again it will be shifted to St Johnstone's McDiarmid Park. A statement read: "The SPFL has announced a series of contingency measures regarding the previously postponed Dundee v Rangers cinch Premiership match on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

"The SPFL has appointed an experienced pitch consultancy, which is regularly used by UEFA and other sporting bodies, to report back to the league with guidance on the condition of the pitch in advance of Wednesday’s match. Dundee were also informed on Thursday that they must provide the pitch consultants, SPFL and Rangers with daily updates on the playing surface and weather forecast, and immediately report any concerns regarding Wednesday’s match being played at Dens Park.

"It has further been agreed that the match official will carry out an inspection of the playing surface on the morning of Tuesday, April 16, after which, taking weather forecasts into account, a final decision will be taken on whether to play the game at Dens Park.

"If the game cannot be played at Dens Park, the SPFL has confirmed that it will be moved to St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park on Wednesday, April 17, with Dundee making arrangements for fans of both teams to attend. If the game requires to be moved to McDiarmid Park, it will still be categorised as a Dundee FC ‘home game’. The SPFL is grateful for the assistance of St Johnstone and will make a further announcement tomorrow."

Referee Don Robertson calls off Dundee vs Rangers
Referee Don Robertson calls off Dundee vs Rangers -Credit:SNS Group

In a statement, Rangers also confirmed that visiting supporters would be able to attend the game amid speculation over a closed door game. It read: "Should the pitch at Dens Park again be deemed unplayable or likely to be unplayable, the game will be moved to McDiarmid Park, Perth, with an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday, April, 17.

"Following strong representations from Rangers, supporters who have tickets for Dens Park will be able to attend the game at McDiarmid Park, should it move. Further information will follow tomorrow following the outcome of the pitch inspection. Rangers thanks our supporters for their ongoing patience with this situation."

St Johnstone have also stated they will assist in the "smooth transition" for supporters. They stated: "A pitch inspection will take place on the morning of Tuesday 16th April after which we will know if McDiarmid Park is required.

"St. Johnstone have already put plans in place to host this game and will work with Dundee FC and Rangers FC to ensure a smooth transition from Dens Park ticketing to McDiarmid Park seating arrangements. Further details regarding this possible change of venue will be made by Dundee FC and Rangers FC."