‘Don’t make children start school when they’re not ready’

Many four-year-olds aren't guaranteed a funded nursery place when parents decide to defer school.

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Four-year-old Emma Murdoch could start school in August, but her parents don’t think she’s ready and want her to spend another year in nursery.

They have a legal right to hold her back because she won’t be five when term starts, but their application for a funded nursery place has been rejected.

Had her birthday been in January or February, funds would be guaranteed, but for those born between August and December, like Emma, it’s up to local councils.

Emma’s parents aren’t alone – many believe forcing youngsters to start school when they’re not ready could have long-lasting and damaging effects.


Scotland Tonight – to be broadcast on STV at 7.30pm on Thursday – has been exploring the issue.

It’s just not worth it

Emma turns five in November, but mum Sarah believes sending her to school in August would damage her wellbeing.

The mum-of-three said: “Part of me would love to see it, but I don’t think it would be in her best interest.

“I’m thinking about her coming home at the end of the day and what kind of state she’ll be in, and it’s just not worth it.

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Children play at Wester Coates nursery in Edinburgh.

“Sometimes I need to translate her speech for people – they can’t always understand her and that leads her to become frustrated – and we see lots of temper tantrums at home.

“There’s a question mark over her hearing – we’re waiting for it to be checked again, so I don’t feel I can confidently send her into school with that hanging over her head.

“We know she’s been a wee bit later to meet her developmental deadlines – if she continues to be just a wee bit on the slower side, then how is that going to affect her when she’s older, when it comes to sitting exams, transitioning to high school?” 

Mrs Murdoch’s application to Stirling Council for ‘discretionary deferral’ was rejected, as was an appeal. Despite sending a 2000-word statement, she says she received “generic rejection reasons” which she found “quite offensive”.

She added: “All the reasons we’ve been given focus on how she’ll get support in school. It’s not clear that they’ve taken into account her wellbeing outside of school, which is where our concerns lie. 

“I think they maybe need to demonstrate that they’re taking into account parents’ opinions, and give it maybe more weight. It’s very impersonal – the panel have never met me or my child.” 

Emma does have a nursery place for the next year, but as it stands it will be up to her parents to meet the cost.


Her mum added: “We are sure of our decision, that it’s the best one for Emma to defer her. 

“But with me being on maternity leave just now, we might have to reduce her hours, which is the complete opposite to what we would hope for.”

A spokesman for Stirling Council told STV that all requests were “carefully considered on an individual basis”. 

He said: “This decision was made in line with council policy and the reasons were clearly set out in the letters sent to Mrs Murdoch.

“We also offered an opportunity for Mrs Murdoch to contact the service manager for Early Years and Education following the initial decision.”

Postcode lottery?

The Scottish Government has tabled new legislation designed to bring councils into line when deferring P1 places. 

From August 2023, any child who is still four at the start of the school year will be entitled to funding for an extra year of nursery. 

The Scottish Government said: “This will allow families to make decisions for their children, based on what they feel is in the best interests of the child, without the financial barrier of additional costs.”

Five councils – Angus, Argyll and Bute, Falkirk, Scottish Borders and Shetland – have already put this policy in place, fuelling concerns about a postcode lottery. 

‘Kindergarten would suit all children

Alison Hawkins, who runs Wester Coates Nursery School in Edinburgh, believes the transition from nursery to primary is too abrupt.

She wants a major revamp of early years education and the introduction of a Scandinavian-style kindergarten stage up to the age of seven. 

“To parents, I would say ‘look at your child, can your child throw a ball and have fun with you, can they catch that ball and if they can’t, why on earth is there a pencil in their hand?’,” she said. 

“Can they climb upside down on a climbing frame and get an idea of their own space around them, and if they can’t then why are you expecting them to sit still?

“Schools are trying to introduce a play-based pedagogy but they’re not supported with the correct number of staff. 

“Children need to be independent, they need to respond to their own motivation, not because somebody instructs them, and sadly that’s how school has been… I think it can move beyond that.” 

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Children play at Wester Coates Nursery School in Edinburgh.

Alison believes investing in kindergartens now would also act as a long-term preventative health measure.

She said: “You don’t need many resources – you need good outside places, good waterproofs and qualified staff being paid a good salary. 

“If they don’t spend the money on the early years, then that money’s often needed later for mental health intervention.”

‘Break with tradition’

Developmental psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk agrees – she thinks “tradition” is the only reason children in Scotland start school so early.

She said: “It’s absolutely true that some children will cope fine with the system we have, but there are lots of children who don’t. 

“Their self-regulatory system – which means how you manage strong, big feelings – is immature, it’s fragile.

“Experiences that you have of play, social interaction, of hanging out with friends, settling disputes – if you have time doing that earlier in life then your stress system is more robust, you’re ready to sit down and focus.”

Suzanne believes the introduction of kindergartens would take the pressure off parents who struggle to make such an important decision.

“Some councils will argue that we have enough play in P1 and P2 that we don’t need deferrals, and if that’s true that’s something we need to consider,” she said.

“The point of a kindergarten stage is that parents wouldn’t have to choose.

“[It] would meet the needs of all the children, children would have the play experiences, the free-flow experiences, the time with peers, the ratio between adults and children that would have the best impact on their biological development. 

“We see the cost, the changes, without also seeing the opportunities, so part of this is a cultural shift about our understanding of the importance of childhood and how human development works.”

Mum tells inquiry her world was ‘torn apart’ by Manchester Arena bombing

Marion MacLeod's 14-year-old daughter Eilidh died at the Ariana Grande concert, a public inquiry into the terror attack heard.

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Eilidh died in the Manchester Arena bombing.

A mother told how she heard an enormous explosion and her world was “torn apart” as her teenage daughter died in the Manchester Arena bombing, the public inquiry into the terror attack heard.

Marion MacLeod had arrived outside the arena to collect her daughter Eilidh, 14, and her friend who had been to the Ariana Grande concert.

Mrs MacLeod, from the island of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, had travelled south with her daughter, a music lover and bagpipe player, staying over in a hotel in Manchester close to the Arena.

Her daughter, the middle one of three sisters, was “beyond excited” to be attending the event, Mrs MacLeod said in a statement read to the inquiry, the pair using Facetime and swapping messages during the show.


Mrs MacLeod said: “She was loving life and I told her to sing her heart out and dance the night away.

“I told that I would be there to collect her later and that I loved her.”

Later she went to meet her daughter and her friend when the show was due to finish.

She added: “As I left our hotel I messaged Eilidh asking if the concert was over and she messaged back saying it was the last song.


“It was 10.29pm.

“I was just about at the corner across the road from the Arena where I told Eilidh I would be waiting for them when I heard an enormous explosion.

“The ground shook and that was when our whole world was torn apart.”

Eilidh entered the City Room, the foyer to the Arena, at 10.30pm at the end of the show.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his device, packed with thousands of nuts a minute later with Eilidh standing just four metres away.

Footage from the City Room minutes later showed Eilidh, who attended Castlebay Community School, lying on her right hand side and not moving and by 10.51pm she had been covered with clothing.

At 23.45pm a label was placed on her by a paramedic to identify her as deceased.


A post-mortem examination and reports from bomb blast wave experts and pathology reports all concluded Eilidh’s injuries were not survivable.

Sir John Saunders, chairman of the inquiry said: “Eilidh lived on the beautiful island of Barra and the beauty of the surroundings where she was brought up shone out in her personality.

“She enriched the lives of many.”

The inquiry, sitting in Manchester, is look at how and in what circumstances each of the 22 victims died on May 22 2017, and to probe whether any inadequacies in the emergency response contributed to individual deaths and/or if they could have been prevented.

The hearing continues.

Demand for petrol should ease in ‘coming days’, says suppliers

BP, Esso and Shell said that with many cars now carrying more petrol than usual, pressure on filling stations should start to ease.

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Demand for petrol should return to normal levels in 'the coming days'.

Demand for petrol should return to normal levels in “the coming days”, the fuel industry has said as ministers again appealed to motorists to stop “panic buying”.

In a joint statement, leading suppliers, including BP, Esso and Shell, said that with many cars now carrying more petrol than usual, pressure on filling stations should start to ease.

Earlier Boris Johnson drew back from implementing plans to send in troops to deliver fuel to the forecourts as Downing Street insisted there were “ample” supplies.

In their joint statement, issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the industry urged drivers to return to normal buying patterns.


“There is plenty of fuel at UK refineries and terminals, and as an industry we are working closely with the Government to help ensure fuel is available to be delivered to stations across the country,” it said.

“As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts.

“We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they usually would.”

Girl’s chemotherapy was stopped due to hospital infection, inquiry hears

The young patient was being treated for leukaemia at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

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The Scottish Hospital Inquiry.

A mother has told an inquiry that her daughter’s life-saving cancer treatment had to be terminated early after she contracted a hospital-acquired infection, which she is still fighting three years on.

The young patient was being treated for leukaemia at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) when she started developing painful lumps and lesions on her body in 2019.

She had been first diagnosed with cancer in 2014 when she was nine years old.

The Scottish Hospital Inquiry heard test results showed the patient had developed mycobacterium chelonae – a rare infection – that likely came from a water supply in one of the hospital’s operating theatres.


Her life-saving chemotherapy had to be finished early due to needing an immediate course of treatment for the hospital-acquired infection, an inquiry heard.

QEUH and Royal Children’s Hospital in Glasgow are currently at the centre of an investigation over issues at the flagship Glasgow hospitals which have been linked to the deaths of two children.

It was ordered after patients at the Glasgow hospital died from infections linked to pigeon droppings and the water supply.

A hearing on Monday heard the patient caught the infection when she had her line – a catheter used to give chemotherapy treatment – removed during surgery in February 2019.


Three years on, the mother said her daughter is still suffering with the infection, which she claims doctors said could take up to five years to fight off.

Speaking at the inquiry in person, the patient’s mum spoke about an independent case note review that looked into how her daughter contracted the infection.

She said: “The panel found that it was very highly probable that the mycobacterium infection came from the water supply in the operating theatre in the RHC.

“It concluded that the infection has had a severe impact on my daughter’s life, and it is continuing to have a severe impact on her life.”

She told the inquiry she was aware about water issues in Ward 2A of the RCH, but was told “umpteen times” that other areas of the hospital were safe.

She said: “When you’re faced with something (the infection) that’s very rare and told that the doctors don’t actually know if they can fight the infection and it’s caused by a hospital that should be safe and there to protect some of the sickest children in Scotland is horrendous.

“To find out the hospital has inflicted more pain and could have taken our child’s life is devastating.”


The patient’s mother also pointed to issues with Ward 6 in the adult hospital where her daughter was moved to after rooms at the children’s hospital were closed due to water contamination issues.

She said part of the roof at the adult hospital “blew off” and windows “fell out” of their frames.

The mum added she saw sewage bursting through tiles in one of the hospital’s corridors.

Alastair Duncan QC, counsel to the inquiry, asked how she felt about her daughter contracting an infection which prevented her from receiving her chemotherapy to fight off cancer to which she replied: “I actually can’t put into words how I feel about that.

“I am devastated and angry.”

In a closing statement, she said: “I don’t feel safe in the hospital, and I know for a fact that my daughter certainly doesn’t feel safe.

“It is not just the infections, I don’t even feel the actual building is safe. I don’t feel that the structure of the building is safe.

“I don’t feel that the health board has got the kids’ best interests, or their care is at the centre of it.”

Earlier this year, an independent review found the deaths of two children at the QEUH campus were at least in part the result of infections linked to the hospital environment.

The review investigated 118 episodes of serious bacterial infection in 84 children and young people who received treatment for blood disease, cancer or related conditions at the Royal Hospital for Children at the campus.

It found a third of these infections were “most likely” to have been linked to the hospital environment.

Two of 22 deaths were “at least in part” the result of their infection, it said.

The inquiry in Edinburgh, chaired by Lord Brodie, continues.

Health boards are due to give their evidence at a later stage.

Hotel guests taken to hospital after evacuation over chlorine smell

Emergency services attended the Inchyra Hotel due to concerns over strong smell of chlorine from swimming pool.

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Seven people were taken to hospital after a luxury hotel was evacuated due to reports of a strong smell of chlorine coming from the building’s swimming pool.

Emergency services attended the Inchyra Hotel in Grangemouth when the alarm was raised at 7.30pm on Sunday.

Guests and staff were told to leave the building while the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) investigated.

Police said on Monday the incident was caused by “chemicals being used in the spa area”.


A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 19.34hrs to attend an incident at Inchyra Grange Hotel in Polmont.

“We dispatched several resources to the scene and seven patients were transported to hospital.”

NHS Forth Valley said a small number of guests were taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Sunday night for assessment and all have been discharged.

A spokesperson for the hotel’s operator Macdonald Hotels said: “Following reports of a stronger than normal smell of chlorine from the swimming pool at the Inchyra Hotel in Grangemouth, guests were initially evacuated to the car park, then accommodated in another wing of the hotel as a precaution whilst the fire brigade carried out investigations into the cause.”


SFRS sent two appliances and a specialist detection, identification and monitoring unit to the scene.

An SFRS spokesman said: “We were called at 7.30pm on Sunday to assist as part of a multi-agency response to an incident at a hotel on Grange Road.

“Operations control sent two appliances and specialist resources to the scene.”

Firefighters left the scene at about 11pm.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 7.40pm on Sunday, 26 September, officers were called to assist at a hotel in Grange Road, Grangemouth, following a report of a chemical leak. Following a multi-agency response it was discovered that the incident was a result of chemicals being used in the spa area.

“A number of people were evacuated from the hotel as a precaution, but later returned.”

Police also confirmed some guests were taken to hospital, while others were examined by the Scottish Ambulance Service on site.

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Trade unions set to stage protests over Glasgow ‘cleansing crisis’

GMB has urged the city council to work with them and not against them to tackle the problem. 

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There have been growing complaints over rat infestations and anger over rubbish and fly-tipping on Glasgow’s streets.

Members of two Glasgow trade unions are set to join forces to stage a day of  protests to challenge the City Council’s response to the “cleansing crisis”.

GMB branch 40 say they are working with Living Rent to “push” the council into investing more in the cleansing services for the city and are planning a day of action very soon.

It comes after the council leader councillor Susan Aitken made comments on BBC Scotland’s The Nine, about the amount of graffiti near the SEC Centre which is expected to host Cop26 in November.

In recent months there have been growing complaints over rat infestations and anger over rubbish and fly-tipping on Glasgow’s streets despite the council’s street cleaning budget sitting at £18m and employment of 598 refuse collectors this financial year.


The GMB has also urged the city council to work with them and not against them to tackle the problem. 

Convener Chris Mitchel explained: “We had a public meeting last week which was very well attended by a number of citizens who are totally behind the campaign that Glasgow deserves better. 

“We have had enough of the council denying there is a crisis. The public, the workforce and the GMB  alongside Living Rent are now standing together. We are demanding action now from the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. 

“You only need to look at the comments last week again from the council leader on the BBC’s  The Nine show. Referring to a wee ned with a spray can is totally unacceptable and has caused a lot of anger in Glasgow.”


Glasgow City Council was asked to comment on the situation. The council has previously said it welcomed reports from the public as the information they provide helps them tailor our services to the needs of Glasgow citizens.

Children aged 12 to 15 set to receive Covid jab appointments

Scheduled appointments offering children a single dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccination will arrive this week.

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Vaccine: Appointment letters will arrive this week.

Appointment letters inviting children aged between 12 and 15 for a coronavirus vaccine will be dropping through letterboxes this week.

Drop-in clinics have been available to this age group for the last week and now scheduled appointments, starting this week, are being issued to all those eligible.

Children aged between 12 and 15 will be offered a single dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine.

Parents and carers are being encouraged to accompany their children to community-based appointments where possible so they can discuss any questions they have with staff at the site.


The appointment letters, which will be arriving from Monday, contain an information leaflet, which all parents and carers are urged to read with their children so they can make an informed decision about getting the vaccine.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to all children and young people aged 12-15 marks a significant milestone in the vaccination programme.

“It has been demonstrated that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective in this age group, and vaccination offers the best chance of protecting young people from Covid-19 and preventing further disruption to education. Many countries around the world have already been safely vaccinating children and young people in this age group.

“Getting the Covid-19 vaccine is a decision to be made jointly between parents or carers and their children, but it’s really important to use reliable and trusted sources such as NHS Inform when making a decision and assessing the potential benefits, risks and side effects.


“Individual choice should be respected for the decisions young people and their parents or carers make in accepting, or not accepting the vaccine offer.

“Where possible, parents or carers are welcome to attend appointments with their children and both can ask questions about any queries they have before the vaccination is given.

“I would like to thank all of the vaccinators and vaccine site staff who have worked so hard to get us to this stage of the Covid-19 vaccine programme.”

In some rural areas, 12 to 15-year-olds will be offered the jabs through their school vaccination programme instead of a community setting and they will receive letters and leaflets home from school.

Sarwar: Don’t allow SNP and Tories to ‘define Englishness’

The Scottish Labour leader addressed Labour conference in Brighton.

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The Scottish Labour leader said that England is Marcus Rashford, Gareth Southgate and Emma Raducanu.

Anas Sarwar has insisted that the SNP and Conservatives should not be allowed to “define Englishness”.

The Scottish Labour leader made the remarks as he addressed the Labour party conference in Brighton.

In a speech on Monday afternoon, Sarwar also set out his desire to see Labour in power at Holyrood and at Westminster.

Outlining the challenges facing his party, he said “We hear a lot about the red wall. The first red wall to fall was Scotland and unless we rebuild there we won’t get a UK Labour Government.


“But to do that we need to present a different, more positive vision of Scotland and Britain. One that is outward looking, diverse and tolerant.”

He continued: “Don’t allow the SNP and the Tories to define Englishness. England isn’t Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Nigel Farage. England is Marcus Rashford, Gareth Southgate and Emma Raducanu.

“And don’t believe that the political values of Scotland are those of Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP – of division and grievance. The values which drive Scotland – Hope, opportunity, solidarity. Our values. Labour values.”

Sarwar said that “winning matters” as he pointed to the work of Labour leaders in power across the UK.


He told the conference: “Now of course we must oppose these two governments. But it is not enough to just oppose this Tory government, I want us to replace this Tory government.

“And it is not enough to just oppose the SNP government, I want us to replace this SNP government.

“We have heard from this stage this afternoon the difference Labour makes in power.

“Tracey Brabin, Sadiq Khan, Mark Drakeford, Andy Burnham. Labour leaders not just talking Labour values. Delivering Labour values in power. And that’s why winning matters.”

The Scottish Labour MSP also set out his party’s plans for an Energy Transition Commission ahead of the UN climate conference in Glasgow.

“In November, the eyes of the world will be on my home city of Glasgow for COP26. We want the world to see a country united in the fight against climate change,” he told Labour members.

“But as Labour, we must be clear – There is no just transition if it decimates entire communities and sacrifices tens of thousands of jobs.


“We can’t allow a repeat of the end of mining, where communities were hollowed out, workers were stripped of their dignity and our industrial base was destroyed.

“That is the path that the SNP and the Tories currently have us on. The only way to avoid that injustice is to demand a Jobs First Transition.

“That is why today I am announcing an Energy Transition Commission –  led by former energy minister Brian Wilson, to help create a greener, fairer and more prosperous future.

Family of organ donor hope others share their wishes to save lives

Gillian Wilson's husband, Gavin, helped to save the lives of four people following his sudden death in 2020.

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By Jenness Mitchell & Polly Bartlett

The family of a man who helped save lives following his sudden death has spoken of the importance of sharing organ donation wishes with loved ones.

Builder Gavin Wilson, 55, died unexpectedly in December 2020.

He went on to become an organ donor, saving the lives of four people.


His wife, Gillian, told STV News she’s “incredibly proud” of her late husband.

Speaking during Organ and Tissue Donation Week, Mrs Wilson said: “We wanted to support organ donation week really because I’d always been passionate and up for organ donation, but after experiencing it from a family’s point of view and what it’s actually given us back as a family has been incredible, and I want everyone to know the positive side of it.

“Also, I’m incredibly proud of my husband and I want everyone to know that as well, what he had actually done.”

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Tribute: Mrs Wilson described Mr Wilson as ‘loving and giving’.

When Mr Wilson went to work that fateful day, he was said to be “fit and healthy”. But then his family received the devastating call.


Despite initially being able to breathe by himself after being placed into an induced coma, doctors later told the family that there wasn’t any brain activity.

Mrs Wilson said the West Kilbride family had always spoken openly about organ donation and knew “all we had to do was fulfil his wishes by saying yes”.

Praising the care received from Crosshouse Hospital, Mrs Wilson said: “From something so sudden and tragic, we were taken on a journey with the donor process.

“From when we said yes, it was a very precious and special time for us all.

“We got to spend time with my husband, Gavin, and we weren’t rushed in any way and we were able to spend lots of time with him.

“And even after that, on a daily basis we know that he saved four people’s lives, and there’s not many people can say that.

“And it’s four people’s lives and four families with hope and a future, and it doesn’t make everything okay but it certainly gives some comfort and some solace to a really tragic situation.”

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Memories: Mr and Mrs Wilson on their wedding day.

Mrs Wilson, who received the Order of St John UK Award for Organ Donation on behalf of her late husband, described him as “just perfect”.

She added: “He was so loving and giving.

“He was incredibly generous with his time, with everyone. He’d always be helping somebody all the time, always looking out to help somebody.

“You always found him the same way. He was always happy, a really positive person. He would always see the positive in any situation.”

It has been six months since Scotland moved to an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation.

New figures show more than half of Scots (54%) have now registered their donation decision – 51.5% to be a donor and 2.8% choosing to opt-out.

The opt-out system was introduced on March 26 to save and improve lives.

If Scots aged 16 and over haven’t opted out of donation, they will be considered a possible donor if they die in circumstances in which they are able to donate.

Under the opt-out system everyone has a choice – to be a donor or opt-out of donation – but it’s important to make that decision known.

In Scotland, there are an average of around 500 people currently waiting on an organ transplant, however only around 1% of people die in a way that makes organ donation possible.

Highlighting the importance of sharing your organ donation decision, Mrs Wilson said: “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in that position and not know what my loved one’s wishes were. I think that would be incredibly difficult.

“And the thought of leaving my loved ones – I wouldn’t want to leave them with doubt. I wouldn’t want them to have regret.

“And in Gavin being very open about what he wanted, we don’t have any doubt, we don’t have any regret, and there’s not one aspect of the whole thing that we would ever regret.

“For the sake of having a conversation, make your wishes known.

“You know that your family – they’re going to be okay with the decision. Because it’s a tough time if you’re in that situation – you’re not thinking straight, it’s not clear and it’s really hard, and I think it would be even harder if you didn’t know what the answer would be.”

Rangers ask fans for hard copies of vaccine passport to enter Ibrox

The club has updated supporters with details of what will be required to watch the Premiership game against Hibs on Sunday.

Anyone attending a large event in Scotland is required to prove their status after October 1.

Rangers have asked their fans to bring hard copies of their vaccine passport to Ibrox if they want to gain access to games from this weekend.

The club has updated fans with details of what will be required to watch the Premiership game against Hibs on Sunday, two days after Scottish Government legislation is introduced requiring vaccine certification for all large events.

The measures, designed to halt the spread of Covid-19, mean that anyone attending an event with a crowd of more than 10,000 people, will be subject to checks to prove that they are fully vaccinated “with a MHA recognised vaccine in line with the MHA recommended number of doses for the vaccine used, and two weeks have passed for the vaccine to take effect”.

Initial plans to ask for all fans to have their status checked were opposed by the SPFL before agreement was reached for spot checking.


Rangers will be one of the first clubs to be subject to the new rules at their match and have given fans further information.

The club say that they will accept digital copies of vaccination ceretificates but have asked that fans bring a hard copy if they can. Certificates from all parts of the UK will be considered valid.

Rangers said that some groups would be exempt from the rules. Fans under the age of 18 will not have to show proof, nor will workers or volunteers, vaccine trial participants or people who cannot have the vaccine for medical reason and carry a letter to confirm this.

The Premiership club, who thanks fans in advance for their cooperation, also asked that supporters continue to wear face coverings and follow all other rules and guidance.


The new legislation is expected to affect a number of Scottish Premiership teams and will also be in place for international games at Hampden.

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