Talks underway: Major Rangers shareholder pushes for groundbreaking move
By James Black
Rangers’ second-largest shareholder Club1872 have revealed they plan to hold talks with the Rangers board over implementing a safe standing section at Ibrox in their attempts to restore a “loud, intimidating and positive atmosphere” at Ibrox.
In recent weeks fans have been vocal on social media over a proposed safe standing area and Club1872 have confirmed they have had talks with fans’ group Union Bears – who have been at the forefront of the push for change at Ibrox – but admit they are mindful over sensitivites surrounding the Ibrox disaster which claimed 66 lives in 1971.
Club1872’s statement, released on their website, confirms that the club have already conducted a feasibility study into converting an area of the stadium into a standing section and are aware of a number of supporters’ clubs who back the idea.
Celtic are currently the only side in Scotland with a safe standing section and, despite repeated incidents involving the supporters in that section of Celtic Park. it has been widely regarded as a success in improving the match day experience at Parkhead.
Under current regulations a safe standing area wouldn’t see any change to Ibrox’s capacity, which currently sits at 50,817.
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Fans are keen to see the front of the Copland Road stand converted to rail seating like their Glasgow rivals.
The safe standing section at Celtic cost around £500,000 to install and it’s expected that a similar sum would be required for the Gers to introduce their own.