Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock have revealed they plan to install safe standing areas in Rugby Park.
The move will be funded by the supporter-led Trust in Killie group and is aimed at improving the matchday atmosphere for U16 supporters.
The move will see areas of the East End and Moffat Stands have rail seating installed. It will also see great frustration from Rangers fan group the Union Bears.
The Union Bears staged a range of protests in the latter half of the season as they continue negotiations with the club for the same rail seating to be installed in areas at Ibrox.
The group withdrew participation at a range of matches to highlight just how much their influence adds to the Ibrox atmosphere. They also released a range of statements on the subject.
Their protests and comments split supporters. Many sided with the group, many sided with those long-term season ticket holders who may have to move seats.
Whatever the case, the group will be asking why a provincial club like Kilmarnock can install safe standing, and Rangers seemingly can’t. The Ayrshire outfit will become the second club in the country to do so too – behind Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Whether the Union Bears look at the Killie example and ask supporters to dig deep or continue to negotiate with the club, you can bet they’ll be using this example in their discussions.
The group recently praised discussions with the club, with a new 2020 target cited for the group’s move.