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Rangers fan travels 10,000 miles to surprise dad with Old Firm tickets only for coronavirus to cancel the match

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John Palmer, 41-year-old Rangers fans travelled more than 10.000 miles from Australia to Glasgow as he aimed to take his pensioner dad, John senior, 72, on a surprise trip to Ibrox for their first-ever Old Firm match together.

However, the match has been cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak.

Palmer, who works in Australia, had secretly planned the trip for six months.

John said: “I heard it was off when I walked through customs on Friday morning. I actually watched the Rangers game in Europe on the flight at 34,000 feet which for me was the early hours of Friday morning. So I was sure the Old Firm game would not be affected. I had great hope it was never going to get canned.

He continued: “You can imagine, I felt gutted and a bit stupid paying $AUS 2,000 to come all this way in this climate. I booked this six months ago as a complete surprise. Me and my dad have been Rangers fans all our lives. But we’d never gone together for an Old Firm game.

“Just never managed it. We’ve been season ticket holders at different times, but never made it to the Old Firm.”

That’s not the only disappointment for John, as under new coronavirus rules announced by Australian Premier Scott Morrison travel home for John will not be straightforward either. He should still be able to get his flight on Wednesday.

Moreover, on arrival back home John will face two weeks of quarantine.

Source: Daily Record

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