Scotland

Rangers Fans Raise Money For Red Arrows Display To Celebrate Title

More than £30,000 has been raised to get the RAF display team to join the celebrations, should the club win its first title in 10 years.

Supporters of Rangers Football Club have raised more than £30,000 in a bid to get a Red Arrows flyover if their team wins the Scottish Premiership.

Fans are hoping the Royal Air Force aerobatic display team will fly above Ibrox Stadium, George Square in Glasgow city centre and Bridgeton in the east end of the city to mark what would be the team's first title in 10 years.

Steven Gerrard's side currently has a 23-point lead at the top of the table and supporters have been planning ways to mark what would be the club's 55th title win.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Lee Calder, on behalf of the Bridgeton Loyal Rangers Supporters Club.

It set an initial goal of £14,000, but that was smashed as more than 3,000 fans pledged their money.

If the flypast is not possible, all cash raised will go to charity Erskine, which supports former military personnel and their families, and the Emmie Smillie Charity Foundation, which raises money to fight cancer.

On the GoFundMe page, the fans group said: "In what has been an incredibly difficult time for all across society, the true spirit of football has been realised, offering a temporary escape from the pandemic.

"Supporters of Glasgow Rangers in particular have been spoiled by the quality of product on the pitch, with Steven Gerrard's team looking set to break a 10-year duck and bring home title number 55.

Fans are hoping the Red Arrows will conduct a flypast over Rangers' Ibrox Stadium.

"There will never be a support more deserving of this success; backing the team in their hordes throughout all divisions of Scottish Football breaking records on the way back to the top of the domestic game.

"This loyalty should never be understated - and this is what makes it even more disappointing that supporters will not be able to see the team lift that trophy at Ibrox.

"For this reason, the Bridgeton Loyal Rangers Supporters Club are attempting to raise money in order to arrange a fly over by the Red Arrows on the day the league trophy is lifted.

"The plan is to have the arrows fly over Ibrox, George Square and then Bridgeton in what will be a historic day by all involved at the club.

"Although not yet definitively clear if this will be possible, in the event that it does not materialise, all proceeds raised will be donated to a number of charities close to the wider Rangers family's heart.

"These will include the Erskine Charity and the Emmie Smillie Charity foundation - both causes all bears can get behind."

Cover image:  The Red Arrows display team (Picture: RAF/MOD).