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Rangers board open to safe standing section at Ibrox after launching feasibility study

RANGERS are open to the possibility of introducing a safe standing section at Ibrox after commissioning a feasibility study into the proposal.

Members from the Union Bears have called for the Light Blues board to consider converting an area of the stadium to rail seating.

Celtic introduced a 2,600 capacity section at Parkhead last season and Rangers could now follow suit.

A Rangers spokesperson told SportTimes: “The current board has always been open to the introduction of a safe standing area. In fact, a feasibility study has been commissioned and the findings will be carefully considered.”

The Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster recommended that all major stadiums should become all-seater and it took Celtic several years to be granted permission to install their rail seating section that houses the Green Brigade.

Many Gers fans would like to see a similar setup put in place in the Copland Front at Ibrox and an online petition launched this week already has several thousand signatures.

The Union Bears group currently occupy a section of the Broomloan Front and a statement read: “We believe that a safe standing section at Ibrox, large enough to accommodate all supporters who wish to participate, is not an issue which should be pushed to the back of the queue but an absolute requirement.”

A number of supporter organisations in England have urged their clubs to follow Celtic’s lead and a poll on behalf of the Spirit of Shankly last month overwhelmingly backed the introduction of rail seating at Anfield.

Further discussions will now be held about the possibility of a new section being created at Ibrox and a statement from Club 1872 read: “We can confirm that we have met previously with the UB and the club to discuss the creation of a safe standing section and that we will do so again in the coming days as we are keen to progress positive discussion on this issue.”

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