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The National (Scotland)
David Irvine

'Out of our hands' - MacGregor says Rangers vs Ross County call-off was SPFL decision

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor has insisted the decision to postpone the match against Rangers was taken by the SPFL.

The Dingwall chief has explained the call-off decision was "out of our hands" as consultations between the SPFL and Police Scotland led to a postponement.

The match was officially postponed with an announcement made at around 1pm on Wednesday with the Ross County team bus unable to reach Glasgow.

Adverse weather had led to road closures on the A9 with drivers advised to avoid the route amid chaos caused by Storm Gerrit.

An SPFL statement confirmed: "Following consultation with Police Scotland regarding today’s weather conditions on the A9, the Rangers v Ross County match has been postponed."

Now, MacGregor has opened up on the call-off as he suggested there was nothing more Ross County could do to get the game played.

Speaking to the Daily Record, MacGregor said: “It was an SPFL call, it was neither Rangers or Ross County’s decision to call the game off. It was really unfortunate for us because it was a game we wanted on.

“We missed a game last week (Hibs) and so we wanted to play this game. Unfortunately, it was out of our hands the SPFL made the decision after discussions with Police Scotland.

"The SPFL went to the police and they couldn’t give us any guarantees that the roads would be clear to get down in time for the game, so the decision was made to call the game off.

"It was difficult for the fans but what can we do when the road was shut? Rangers were also looking for an early call. They had a lot of people travelling long distances and there are also their match day costs.”

A Rangers statement added: "Rangers can confirm this evening’s Scottish Premiership fixture with Ross County has been postponed.

"Despite the Ibrox playing surface being in good condition and ready to host the match, adverse weather conditions on the A9 means our visitors have been unable to reach Glasgow.

"A new date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course."

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