Rangers to investigate ‘standing area’ option at Ibrox

RANGERS have revealed they are “willing to explore the possibility” of introducing a safe-standing section at Ibrox.

The Scottish Premier League’s 12 clubs were last week given the green light to pilot safe-standing schemes in their stadiums after the SPL announced a relaxation of their rules on the issue at its general meeting.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster has already stressed the plans do not signal a return to old-style terracing, pointing instead to modern systems used in Europe like ‘Rail’ - where there is a safety barrier and a seat on every row which can be locked for SPL games and unfolded for other competitions - as options for interested clubs.

Celtic and Motherwell are among the clubs who have expressed interest in the idea and Rangers have now followed suit with chief operating officer Ali Russell saying: “The fans have intimated for some time their desire for a standing area and following the feedback we have had it is only right that we are willing to explore the possibility.”

Scotland is not bound by the law which banned standing areas in the higher-levels of English top-flight football following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.