By Kieran Maguire

1st Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Kieran Maguire hails Rangers finance boost amid 'amazing' Ibrox development

The return of fans to Ibrox is “amazing news” for Rangers employees – and even in limited numbers they can provide “significant income”.

So says finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Steven Gerrard‘s side’s 3-0 win over Livingston last night (31st July).

The 23,000 season ticket holders at Ibrox for the season opener won a ballot to attend the match amid continuing COVID restrictions in Scotland.

That means that Rangers will not have received any additional revenue for the fixture in terms of single matchday tickets.

But Maguire argues that catering and in-store purchases will have been boosted following the demolition of Livingston.

“I think the return of fans is symbolic as much as anything else,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“It’s also providing employment which is amazing news for those people who work for Rangers on a match-to-match basis.

“The big thing about matchday is that you get impulse buys. So they have gone and pasted Livingston, the fans have come out and will be on a high.

“They feel they are going into the season with a real chance of retaining the Premiership and making real progress in Europe.

“They’ll be thinking: ‘I quite like the away kit and we’ve just hammered Livingston so I’ll go and buy it’. So from that perspective, it can be very beneficial.

“I always cite that Spurs make £800,000-a-match from catering, which is staggering. That’s £13 per person. So it can be a significant income stream.”

In other news, pundit claims Rangers will sell Alfredo Morelos to appears “fuming” teammates after Auchenhowie update.