AHMED Ismail saw his dreams come true when the club invited the lifelong fan from Sudan to Ibrox.

He came to Glasgow in 2015 as a refugee and chose the city to settle because of his love of Rangers.  

Ahmed is a Glasgow Housing Association tenant from Lambhill and applied for 955 jobs after being granted leave to remain in the UK.

It was only in July of 2017, through Wheatley Group’s Changing Lives programme, that he landed a full-time job with a GHA environmental team.

It is through that job that Ahmed got his first chance to watch Rangers, and visit Ibrox in person, when his manager lent him his season ticket.

To celebrate his story the club invited the 29-year-old to watch the home against Dundee last month.

 Here is Ahmed’s story:

 “I arrived in Glasgow in 2015 as a refugee from Sudan. I was in danger there. I was hurt and my family was hurt, so I had to leave.  

“I came to Glasgow because I support Rangers – my whole family does. So when I was asked at Heathrow where I was going, straightaway I said Glasgow. 

“At first it was difficult to understand people. There are a lot of slang words, and people speak very quickly, but I kept practicing. But Glasgow people are lovely – they helped me a lot.  

“When I was given leave to remain, I wanted to start working straightaway. I have always been a hard worker. I find it very hard to just sit around. 

“But I struggled to get a chance. Even though I have a lot of experience and qualifications, and work really hard, I couldn’t get an interview.

“My housing officer told me about the Changing Lives programme. I just felt eager every day, and determined to make the most of the chance I was given. 

“After a few months, I was given a full-time job in the environmental team in Milton. I am outdoors a lot – and part of a great team 

“GHA hasn’t just changed my life, they’ve saved it.  GHA has opened so many doors for me and shown me that a way out is possible. They have really helped me a lot.

“I like working with my colleagues and I love the job. I am still so new here, and I don’t know what the future holds for me or what my ambitions are yet but GHA is a great organisation, and is very supportive of employees like me. 

“I speak to my family every day. My mother is a teacher and my father is a dentist – and a Rangers fan. They are so proud of me. 

“I miss my home, and I miss my people, obviously – but there are good people around me here too. They are so nice.”

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