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Rangers exploring plans to increase Ibrox capacity

Rangers exploring plans to increase Ibrox capacity
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More than 44,000 fans have already snapped up season tickets

Rangers are exploring plans to increase the capacity of Ibrox.

Demand to see Steven Gerrard's team back in action after a year of closed-door clashes is soaring on the back of a 55th Scottish championship.

More than 44,000 fans have already snapped up season tickets ahead of next term's title defence.

Now vice-chairman John Bennett has revealed the Light Blues are looking into ways to top up the 51,082 seats Ibrox can currently hold.

The preferred initial plan would see extra seating installed in front of the Argyle House hospitality suite at the back of the Sandy Jardine Stand.

The club have already invested in a new museum project at the Edmiston House site next door to the stadium, which will open next year as part of Rangers' 150th anniversary celebrations.

But Bennett believes a longer-lasting legacy would be allowing more supporters to see their team each week.

Asked if there were plans to increase the capacity of the ground, Bennett told the Louden Tavern podcast: "Yes there are. The most immediate one is something around Argyle House which will involve extra seating.

"There are longer-term plans that might be able to add more seating but I'm going to describe that as 'mid-term' as we want to do Edmiston House, we want to get that museum up and running.

"I'm a real backer of the museum, I do think this is a real legacy moment for the club.

"We're making this bridge from a recovery phase to a growth phase.

"When you see us putting in some new, premium seating and ally that with Edmiston House, the museum, I think you can see then that this club is putting the dark years behind us.

"It won't be in one year's time but I don't think it's as far away as five years' time that you will see a bit more stadium expansion happening."

Rangers finally got their hands on the Premiership trophy last week after a decade spent in Celtic's shadow.

But Bennett says the club do not plan on letting go of it any time soon.

"Rangers is about being serial winners and that's why 55 was so important," he said. "It's been said to me that it was the most important in this club's history.

"I do feel it's difficult to disagree with that. It's enormous.

"But do you kick back and self-congratulate? Never in my business life have I done that. The DNA of Rangers people is to push on and be serial winners.

"Let's do 56 and celebrate 150. Boy do we deserve to celebrate for everything that has gone on in the last 10 years and also the last 150.

"Winning 56 in the 150th year will be enormously important.

"The hunger in Steven and his team is a hunger that is shared by every fan and every member of that board.

"We're ready to go again."

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