Scotland

Rangers Become First British Football Club To Receive Top MOD Award

The Glasgow side have received their Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their support of the Armed Forces.

(Picture: MOD).

Rangers Football Club has become the first British football team to win a top award from the Ministry of Defence.

The Scottish team signed the Armed Forces Covenant and have been working to supporting the forces through services, policy and projects.

For their work, the club has been given an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

The Gers, who are one game away from reaching the Europa League group stage, run a Ticket For Troops initiative to welcome serving regulars and reservists to games at Ibrox Stadium and also offer serving personnel a 20% discount on all home tickets.

The club's Managing Director Stewart Robertson said it the gold award was "wonderful recognition".

"We are committed to doing whatever we can to support those who serve and promote an armed forces-friendly environment," he said.

Thumps up for a selfie as Rangers celebrated their award (Picture: MOD).

The director of the Rangers Charity Foundation is Connal Cochrane and he is said the award was "terrific news".

"As well as embedding forces-friendly policies, there are so many ways in which we have been proud to make a difference over the years," he said.

Former England captain Steven Gerrard is the manager of Rangers and wants to continue to support the Armed Forces.

"This is proud moment for everyone at the Club and Foundation, who I know work hard to support serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans each season," he said.

"I hope that the fans will join us all in celebrating this special award – it’s well deserved."