Rangers have been thanked for their ‘very generous’ offer to turn Ibrox into a Covid mass vaccination centre by the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Jack.
The Gers confirmed yesterday that they would be happy to hand over facilities and staff to aid the Government’s vaccine plan as they look to ease the strain caused by the pandemic.
A very generous offer. https://t.co/fImDXkS1mh
— Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (@ScotSecofState) January 14, 2021
The first response came from Jack’s office on Twitter, calling it a “very generous offer” – although it is unclear if it will actually be taken up.
Rangers wrote to both the UK and Scottish Goverments offering the expertise and areas in and around the stadium for use, with managing director Stewart Robertson saying the club had identified “relevant expertise” at the club.
“We are living in unprecedented times which require cooperation, action and input from all across society,” read the letter [Rangers.co.uk]. “Rangers Football Club would be delighted to support staff from the National Health Service, and the British military personnel involved in the country-wide vaccination process.”
“I have already identified relevant expertise within my staff who can be placed at your immediate disposal, and we all stand ready to do everything we can to support the national effort, to vaccinate the population. We have large areas around the stadium normally used for matchday parking, and we have other facilities which could also be of use.
“As a club, we have ongoing and excellent relations with Police Scotland, with whom we regularly work to ensure the safe and efficient management of people and vehicles.
Dunfermline were the first club to hand over their stadium and work on turning East End Park into a makeshift hub should be completed by next week.
Aberdeen and Celtic have also offered to make their grounds available for use as the vaccination programme picks up speed.
The gesture was well-received by Bears, who were quick to praise the club for pledging to do their bit while Adam Tomkins, a Conservative MSP for Glasgow, also praised the the offer.
Rangers were also involved in an SPFL meeting on Wednesday and afterwards, the chairman of a fellow member club released a demand for ‘urgent’ change at the top of the Scottish game.