The scheduled Scottish League One match between Rangers and Stenhousemuir was called off on Saturday due to safety concerns.
Rangers traveled to Ochilview Park for the weekend clash, but it was scrapped shortly before kickoff, according to the Scottish Sun:
MATCH ABANDONED: Stenhousemuir vs. Rangers - it was scheduled to be a 5:30 kick-off. Called off for safety reasons.— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) December 14, 2013
Sky Sports Scotland provided more information, which stated the temporary stands brought in for fans suffered wind damage and were unsafe for fans to watch the match:
Stenhousemuir v Rangers POSTPONED. The temporary stand constructed for Rangers visit to Ochilview suffers structural damage in high winds.— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) December 14, 2013
The Scottish Sun added there was also some flooding issues in the area:
"Weather related flooding and structural damage" - the reasons for Rangers away trip to Stenhousemuir being cancelled.— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) December 14, 2013
It's disappointing news for the growing legion of Rangers supporters. They have watched their club win the first 15 matches of the campaign with an eye-popping 59-7 goal differential. The Gers have already opened up a 16-point lead in the table.
A road clash with Stenhousemuir is probably going to be one of the toughest tests of the campaign. The Warriors are capable of at least putting up a good fight in front of their home fans, something few clubs have been able to do against Rangers in league play.
That said, safety always comes first and it's not worth putting anybody at risk in order to play the match. Clearly, the club and match officials didn't feel comfortable playing the fixture in poor conditions with very high winds.
Fiona McKay of The Herald reports that gusts of up to 70 mph are forecast for the area:
The scheduled League One match between Rangers and Stenhousemuir has been postponed due to the current bad weather hitting Scotland this weekend.
Winds of up to 60-70 mph have been forecast for parts of Scotland and the Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for for all parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the north of Wales and north west England.
No further details about the extent of the damage was immediately released. Also, a make-up date for the League One fixture was not announced.