RANGERS have issued updated advice for their travelling supporters ahead of tomorrow night’s Europa League second leg clash in Belgrade.
After attending a UEFA security meeting in the city, they told fans NOT to travel in small groups or on their own.
They also strongly advised that Gers fans clear the streets by 11pm – as they announced that additional coaches will be put on to assist independent supporters travelling to the Marakana Stadium for the match.
The update came as claims were made of gangs of Red Star fans attacking Gers fans gathered at popular tourist hotels in the city.
The statement read: “Following tonight’s UEFA security meeting, we can confirm that Serbian Police have advised that supporters coaches can collect fans from Student Square from 4pm.
“After the fixture, there will be a holdback of up to two hours and following this coaches will be available to take supporters back into the city centre.
“Additionally, Serbian Police advised strongly against Rangers Supporters travelling alone or in small groups and recommended against the wearing of colours throughout the city.”
The advice came as fans on a popular Rangers messageboard claimed that groups of 15-20 Red Star Belgrade Ultras wielding baseball bats had turned up at hotels being used by Gers fans.
The match comes at a volatile moment – with Red Star the only one of three European clubs to stick with their Gazprom shirt sponsorship among condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Their fans have form for hooliganism with supporters known to chant Russia and display the Russian flag at matches.
A group of the Serbian players clashed with stewards when they were stopped from going over to their fans in the wake of their side’s 3-0 Europa League defeat at Ibrox.
The Serbian fans, some of the most notorious fans in football, let off flares in the away end during the course of the match.
“They also strongly advise that supporters are off the streets by 11pm.”