Blackpool's Rangers pub will not open for Old Firm match against Celtic

The resort's popular Rangers pub will not be open for football fans for the Old Firm game this Sunday.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:30 pm

A spokesman for The Gallant Pioneer, in Station Road said they were "sorry to say they would not be open" for Rangers fans to watch the team's match vs Celtic on Sunday, April 18.

It remained closed when lockdown restrictions lifted on Monday April 12, which allowed pubs to reopen to serve customers outdoors, but looked to "reopening in May."

Blackpool Council recently granted planning permission for The Gallant Pioneer to build a first floor roof terrace, under the condition it avoided any noise disturbance.

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Blackpool's Rangers pub, The Gallant Pioneer.

The permission specified there was to be no loud music, and an 11pm curfew was imposed.

The pub made headlines in October last year, when it was forced to close after receiving 1,500 requests from Scottish football fans.

The move came after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots not to visit Blackpool after more than 180 cases of coronavirus in Scotland a month earlier were linked to the town.