Organisers of a highly-anticipated football fundraiser in Shotts are hopeful of a capacity crowd when the game kicks off.

A team of Rangers legends were due to take on a Shotts select side at Hannah Park last June, with all proceeds being split by Wishaw-based suicide prevention charity Chris’s House and St Andrew’s Hospice.

However, the game had to be postponed due to lockdown restrictions.

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The game has now been rescheduled for Friday, September 17, at 7pm, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Event organiser Stuart Thomson said: “We are going ahead with our plans at the moment although we realise restrictions could change at any moment.

“My background is in the healthcare profession so I know the damage that Covid can cause.

“But we are hopeful that with the vaccine rollout we will be able to have a pretty big crowd at the game given it is in the middle of September.”

Former Rangers stars Marvin Andrews, Alex Rae, Gordon Durie, Gregory Vignal, Andy Little and Colin Hendry will form the Ibrox side’s squad.

Reality star Brian Matthews has also signed on to guest for Rangers while podcaster James English, who is sponsoring the event, will guest for a Shotts side which will include members of the 2013 Scottish Junior Cup winning team.

Stuart added: “We are expecting a big announcement from the First Minister in a couple of weeks regarding the lifting of restrictions.

“It could be people will be more inclined to come out because they haven’t had the chance to go to a lot of football since the pandemic.

“We had 2500 at the game a couple of years ago so fingers crossed we are able to get a crowd like that in this time.”

In 2019, a challenge match between the legends and a Shotts select raised thousands of pounds in memory of Stuart’s brother Gordon, who died after a short battle with cancer.

An impressive £14,000 was raised on the night for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Match tickets for the 2021 clash, priced £10 for adults and £5 for kids, are available and selling well in Shotts at the Bon Accord Club, from John Murphy at the 32 Club, and from both charities.

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