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Rangers FC weigh up stadium expansion

Rangers FC weigh up stadium expansion
Rangers FC could potentially expand the capacity of Ibrox in the future, according to the club's chief executive Charles Green.

The Glasgow side is currently playing in the Scottish Third Division but Mr Green believes that extra capacity could be added to the stadium once the team is back competing in the Champions League. Despite 9,000 Rangers supporters deciding against renewing their season tickets following the team's demotion from the Scottish Premier League to the bottom division, the club said it has sold 38,000 annual passes which eclipses any previous figure when they were playing at the top level.

Mr Green is keen on bringing in institutional investors to the club once it is back in a position competing for top honours in Scotland as well as regaining their place within Europe's elite football competition. He stressed that Ibrox's current capacity of 51,082 may not be enough to satisfy the demand of the supporters coming every week to support their team. The chief executive explained that he had already met with fans to discuss the future of Rangers and how to get them back to the top level.

"With the way the ground is configured, there is great opportunity to fill in the two corners, put another deck above the Argyle (Suite) and that would substantially increase the stadium capacity. We wouldn't be frightened of doing that once we know we have got the demand, and the top league in Europe would deliver that," Mr Green added.

Since being plunged into administration during the 2011/12 season Rangers have gone through a turbulent time. They have been on the brink on liquidation and were subsequently demoted to the Third Division. However, the 2012/13 campaign has been highly positive on the pitch with the Gers sitting top of the league and a comfortable 20 points clear of second-placed Queen's Park.

Despite their lowly position within the Scottish football structure, the club still commands one of the highest league attendances throughout the country with only arch-rivals Celtic attracting similar crowd numbers.

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Date: 30/01/2013 13:57:00

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