Light Blues on the up Down Under

MY old Rangers strike partner Gordon Smith and I got back from a whirlwind trip to Australia earlier this week.

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Derek reckons fan ownership should be explored
Derek reckons fan ownership should be explored

We were taken Down Under by the Perth Rangers Supporters Club to help them celebrate their 25th anniversary.

They have over 250 registered supporters in that part of the world and Gordon and I had a fantastic time.

We had a golf day and a dinner and one morning we all got up at four o'clock and went down to the club to watch Rangers play Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup.

There were boys who drove hundreds of miles to come and see Ally McCoist's team win 4-0 and book their place in the quarter-finals.

It really drove home to Gordon and I just how large and how passionate about the Ibrox club this "Rangers Family" that we speak of is.

And it made me believe that fans' ownership could work.

BuyRangers, the scheme being run by the Rangers Supporters Trust, increased their stake in the club this week and that was good to see.

Supporters Direct Scotland is holding a meeting with various supporters at the Louden Tavern in Glasgow today. On the agenda is how Rangers fans can go about setting up a Community Interest Company.

This is the vehicle that both Dunfermline and Hearts fans have used to take control at their clubs. I think it is a fantastic idea.

If you have 20,000 fans, or more, investing around £20 a month then anything is possible.

I saw over in Australia this week their are many Rangers fans all around the world who still feel strongly about their club.

Fan ownership gives them the chance to have a say in how every part of their football club is run. I certainly think in the future there has to be a representative of the fans on the club board.


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