Rangers issue fan update as club in 'final stages' of negotiations with SFA following Ibrox crisis

Ibrox Stadium faces a botched summer renovation
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Rangers has issued an update following talks with the Scottish FA to secure Hampden Park as its temporary home following an Ibrox renovation crisis.

The club confirmed today that bosses are in the 'final stages' of negotiations with the SFA as they attempt to seal the deal on securing the national stadium as their acting grounds while Ibrox undergoes renovations.

Last month, it emerged the Ibrox club was dealing with a botched summer renovation plan on the Copeland Road stand which was given the green light by former CEO James Bisgrove, who left for a new role in Saudi Arabia.

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The delayed project has left season ticket holders in the dark with current chairman, John Bennett, urgently seeking an alternative venue with the frontrunner being Hampden Park.

John released a statement today, confirming that the club will have further clarity for fans by the end of July. He remains hopeful that they are "closing in" on a deal with the Scottish FA which will allow the club to fulfil their fixtures and house support.

Chairman John Bennett said: “First I’d like to apologise on behalf of the club for the uncertainty that this delayed project has caused to our season ticket holders, hospitality clients, partners and the wider support of this football club.

"The number of variables in this situation has made it extremely difficult to bring the one thing we all crave – certainty.

“Nevertheless, we are closing in on the most immediate solution - a suitable venue at which to fulfil our fixtures and house our support.

"While the ongoing delay means that the club is unable to fix a date for our return to Ibrox, we anticipate that this will become clearer upon delivery of the necessary materials to Glasgow.

“Rangers thanks the Scottish FA and the SPFL for their strong support in working to this solution.

“The club wholeheartedly appreciates the continued patience of our supporters while we work through this most trying of situations.

“I intend to give a fuller, personal update by the end of July.”

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