Rangers could be set to take control of the Ibrox Community Complex opposite the Bill Struth Main Stand with councillors asked to approve a 25-year lease for the facility to be managed by Rangers’ Charity Foundation.
The complex was caught in the middle of a political row last year when the Gers applied to use it as a fan zone however it was blocked by Glasgow City Council with various allegations made across the political spectrum.
💙 CHARITY: @RFC_Charity has submitted a proposal to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex and significantly boost the use of the facility.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 19, 2019
With serious funding cuts hampering the ability for the complex to be used to its potential, operators Glasgow Life sought external investment and the proposal put forward earlier this year will now go before councillors for final approval.
As part of the deal, as reported by the Evening Times, Rangers will not be allowed to use the premises as a fan zone or sell alcohol however the club’s charity arm is preparing to invest £250,000 in upgrading the facilities for community use.
The foundation will only pay £750 per year in rent for the complex, reviewed every five years, and it seems to be the right move to benefit the local community and the various stakeholders.
While fans might be unhappy that it can’t be used as a fan zone, it is good to see Rangers engaging more with the local community and taking the lead on trying to improve the facilities around Ibrox.