Rangers fans ponder next move on season ticket trust fund

RANGERS fans could bring forward plans to set up a season ticket trust fund after prices for the 2014/15 campaign were revealed yesterday.

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Chris Graham says talks will take place on whether to bring forward plans to set up a season ticket trust fund
Chris Graham says talks will take place on whether to bring forward plans to set up a season ticket trust fund

The Light Blues have sent out letters to more than 30,000 supporters to renew their season books for next year as Ally McCoist's side look to make it three-in-a-row and clinch their return to the SPFL Premiership.

But doubt remains over how many fans will give their cash to the club this time around after months of wrangling between the boardroom and the terraces.

The Rangers Union of Fans have backed a plan by former Gers director Dave King that would see money placed in a trust and only given to the club when assurances have been given by the under-fire board, with a proposal to ring-fence Ibrox and Murray Park knocked back earlier this month.

Chief executive Graham Wallace has yet to reveal the details of his 120-day review and Union of Fans spokesman Chris Graham told SportTimes: "We stated that we would give the board time to put the review out, in line with what Dave King said.

"We will now have to discuss how we move forward based on the fact that the board have put the renewals out ahead of the review and whether we have to take action ahead of that review.

"We have been working on the Season Ticket Trust in the background but took the position that we would give the board the chance to put forward their plans.

"The renewals coming out before the review means we will need to decide over the next couple of days how we proceed and whether we need to bring that forward.

"The idea of securing Ibrox and Murray Park is something we are very focused on and feel it is an important thing to do.

"This move by the board doesn't give people confidence in terms of the financial position and we would like to secure the club's two most important assets. It is still something we want to do.

"But it is hard to make any informed decisions until we see the review, which is why the renewals coming out at this time seems very odd."

After selling around 72,000 season tickets for the Third Division and League One campaigns, Rangers have made an early push for punters' cash as fans continue to worry about the financial picture at Ibrox.

Some supporters will see the cost of their briefs rise by 25%, but Graham admits it is the timing that will concern the Light Blue legions.

He said: "With the renewal date being May 6, assuming the review is out next week, it doesn't give people much time to digest it and make a decision. It all appears to be very rushed and that obviously leads to speculation as to why the board are trying to get the money in so early.

"I don't think there is a great surprise there is a price increase or that it is that much of an issue. Prices were always going to have to go back up prior to getting back into the top league so there wasn't a huge jump from one season to the next.

"The way it has been rushed out and the renewal deadline coming so soon is disappointing."

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