SPFL break silence on Rangers Ibrox eviction as club draws up contingency plans

Rangers will be forced to play their games away from Ibrox
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The SPFL have confirmed they are working with Rangers to find a solution after it emerged Ibrox will be out of bounds in August.

Red-faced Gers chiefs have been forced to scramble for a new venue to host their opening games of the new season after redevelopment work at their stadium was hit by a significant shipping delay. The Light Blues are upgrading their disabled facilities and upgrading the capacity of their Copland Stand but the multi-million pound project won't be completed in time ahead of the big kick-off.

Rangers have been busy drawing up contingency plans as they look to secure an alternative venue, with Murrayfield the likely option as Hampden has been ruled out until September due to concerts and renovation work. The bombshell news will be a massive headache for Philippe Clement as he prepares for upcoming Champions League qualifiers which could net the club a massive £40million windfall.

Now, Gers will have to stump up to play away from their Govan ground and the club are working with league chiefs as they attempt to find the best solution.

An SPFL spokesperson said: “We have received notification from Rangers FC that they may be unable to host SPFL fixtures in August at Ibrox Stadium due to ongoing stadium works. We have agreed to work with Rangers on how we can best mitigate this situation following next week’s publication of the fixture calendar for season 2024/25.”

Earlier today, a Rangers statement read: "Rangers has recently been advised of a delay in a materials shipment from Asia which is likely to have an impact on the programme for the completion of the Copland Stand works. It is therefore expected, unfortunately, that there will be an impact on matches at Ibrox at the beginning of the 2024/25 competitive season.

"The club has engaged with the SPFL and UEFA in order to review planned contingency arrangements. Naturally, everyone at Rangers is deeply disappointed with this news. The club is working intensively to ensure that all steps are taken to deliver the project at the earliest possible date and a further progress update will be issued to supporters in due course."