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Commonwealth games - pain in the arse

Captain Hilts

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RANGERS’ return clash with Queen’s Park is set to be played in front of a reduced capacity at Hampden.

The original Glasgow Derby attracted a world record crowd for a fourth-tier match on Saturday as 49,463 went to Ibrox to see Rangers beat Queen’s Park 2-0 to go top of the Third Division.

The return fixture will take place on December 29 and a full Hampden would beat that record, with its 52,063-capacity.

But that won’t happen because Hampden’s North Stand will be closed due to preliminary work being done ahead of the stadium closing for a year in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

The concourse of the stand is being extended and that means the seating will be out of action with safety concerns limiting the capacity.

Hampden’s North Stand holds 9,100, which would reduce capacity to 42,963 for the oldest derby in world football, which was first played in 1875.

That will still guarantee the amateurs of Queen’s Park a hefty pay day but not as much as a full house would have generated

will still be a decent crowd but we are denied the chance of beating our own record from the weekend

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