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IN FULL: Rangers statement over supporters group meeting

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Rangers last night published a statement, rubbishing claims made by the Union of Fans and reiterated their stance that they ‘will not accept season ticket applications from third parties on behalf of supporters’ and that they would ‘not grant security over Ibrox to any organisation’.

The club rubbished claims made by the Union of Fans that the club were looking to grant legally-binding undertakings protecting Ibrox and Murray Park.

The statement, published on the official club website, read:

“Representatives of Rangers have met with a number of supporter groups over the past few days and discussed a wide range of topics. We again made it clear during these meetings that the club will not grant security over Ibrox to any organisation and therefore the ‘Ibrox 1972’ scheme can never achieve its objectives. In addition the club will not accept season ticket applications from third parties such as ‘Ibrox 1972’ on behalf of supporters.

“In some of our discussions with fans, it was indicated that there was a wish for the Board to confirm that our statement of intention not to grant security over Ibrox could become a commitment that would last for 12 months. This has subsequently been discussed by the Board and the Board confirms that it will not be seeking to effect a sale and leaseback or grant security over Ibrox during that period of time.

“The Board is rebuilding the Club by ensuring its financial stability and the integrity of its assets.

“Whilst the Board is reported to have offered legally binding undertakings during a fan group discussion in relation to Ibrox and Murray Park, this is not the case. The Board is committed to high standards of corporate governance and is comfortable that it has at all times been very clear in providing consistent and unequivocal public comments on this subject.

“Season ticket sales have continued at a good pace over the last few days and we appreciate the continued support shown by our loyal fans.

“We trust that any supporters who may have been in any doubt about the Board’s previous statements regarding Ibrox now have an additional level of comfort and any who may have made, or were considering making, a pledge of their season ticket money to ‘Ibrox 1972’ are clear that there is no prospect of that group achieving its aims.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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