RANGERS has continued its unwavering commitment to improving relations with the wider Govan community by launching a new Community Engagement blueprint which will strive to enhance relations with local residents.
Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson joined Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke from Police Scotland and midfielder Andy Halliday – who was born and bred in Ibrox – at the stadium today to launch the programme.
Following a series of fact-finding meetings with councillors in order to understand local concerns, the Club has been proactive and confirmed a number of measures which will encourage positive behaviour in and around the Stadium.
- A new video has been created which will be played on the giant screens at all matches encouraging supporters – home and visiting – to respect their local environment
- Visible police and steward patrols in the local areas have already commenced and have earned praise from the SPFL delegate at the home match against St Johnstone earlier this month
- More portable toilets will be installed around the Stadium footprint
- The Club will arrange, with the assistance of Glasgow City Council, more recycling bins to be brought in to the surrounding streets to minimise littering
Stewart Robertson commented: “Rangers Football Club fully respects the residents in the local and wider Govan community and we have a responsibility to ensure all areas around Ibrox Stadium are kept in good order.
“We have introduced dedicated stewards, paired with Police Scotland officers, who will be on patrol at all home games and urge supporters, as the majority already do, to act as ambassadors for their Club when making their way to and from Ibrox.
“This initiative is the start of the Club looking to improve the wider matchday experience for fans and the community alike and although still in its infancy, we have already received positive feedback.”
Andy Halliday added: “I remember growing up on Copland Road and on a matchday there was a buzz and excitement about the place. But we all need to remember there are residents in the area and it’s important to respect the street as if it’s your own.
“On a normal day it is just like any street so we should all try and remember that. When you come to Ibrox please treat the surrounding area like it belongs to you.”
Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke of Police Scotland commented: “Dealing with anti-social behaviour on matchdays is a priority for Police Scotland. We want to encourage all football supporters to act responsibly and respect the residents and businesses in the vicinity of the stadium. Police officers and stewards will be carrying out joint patrols on matchdays to address anti-social behaviour and encourage positive behaviour.
“This initiative is a great example of how, by working together, we can more effectively tackle this problem and improve the well-being of our community.”