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SBD Global/January 25, 2013/Franchises
Rangers Fans Agree To Rename Ibrox With Sports Direct Likely To Secure Naming Rights
Published January 25, 2013
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SOME OPPOSITION: In Glasgow, Gary Ralston reported Green "is likely to conclude a short-term deal as Rangers battle back to the top flight of the Scottish game," and he has "not ruled out a long-term tie up in the future, maybe for even up to 25 years." Rangers Supporters Assembly spokesperson Ross Blyth said: "There was a bit of opposition from some fan groups, that was actually welcomed by Green. There are valid reasons for their reluctance to back the proposal, particularly the heritage and history around Rangers and Ibrox. But the majority of fans were with him in considering any proposals, so long as the Ibrox name was retained and logos placed carefully around the stadium" (DAILY RECORD, 1/24).
GETTING BACK ON TRACK: Also in Glasgow, Chris Jack wrote Green's "bid to find a sponsor for Ibrox is just one of his plans to increase income streams for the club." He also revealed that a new shirt sponsor and manufacturer "will be announced a week on Monday, with any deals only being done on a one-year rolling contract basis" (EVENING TIMES, 1/24).