The Rangers hierarchy will discuss plans for further expansion of Ibrox during their final board gathering ahead of the Annual General Meeting next month.

And ambitious proposals that would see capacity boosted to around 70,000 could be put on the table in the longer-term future as the Light Blues chiefs consider all options as part of an ongoing multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Rangers Review revealed in September that a feasibility study to assess a potential safe standing area with the stadium had been undertaken following sign-off on significant investment in class-leading disabled facilities.

Two platforms will be installed in parallel with a new cantilever structure behind both goals as work commences as soon as possible next summer. It is believed the overhaul is part of a single-digit multi-million-pound investment and any downturn in terms of revenue as a result of lost seats will be offset by the increase in the overall capacity to around 51,500 as the number of wheelchair-accessible spaces rises to 270.

And the topic of a safe standing section will now be discussed when chairman John Bennett and his board meet in the coming weeks before their shareholder summit in Glasgow.

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Rangers are continuing to engage with the supporters who might be impacted by any overhaul of the stadium and factors such as the proximity of the singing section to the away fans are being considered in line with UEFA and Police Scotland requirements.

A recommendation on the redevelopment blueprints will be put to the board as Rangers seek to move forward with the plans in the coming months.

A potential overhaul of the areas between the Sandy Jardine Stand and Copland and Broomloan Stands has also been muted and could add around 700 seats per section to the capacity of Ibrox. Rangers have also investigated the possibility of lowering the pitch and adding half a dozen rows of seats around the perimeter of the park.

But hugely ambitious long-term plans for expansion of the Copland and Broomloan Stands – beyond the cantilever work that has already been signed off – have also been floated.

Those costly conceptions could see between 8,000 and 10,000 seats installed at both ends of the stadium and could boost total capacity to around 70,000 to make Ibrox one of the largest arenas in the United Kingdom.

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Such an idea is still at a very early stage as Rangers continue to consider a range of potential options alongside their directors and investor group in an attempt to meet the demand from supporters.

The Rangers Review reported earlier this year that further works - including the tarmac access roads and stadium steelwork - will commence on the footprint of Ibrox as the board continue to invest in the infrastructure in and around the stadium.

And that will include a statue for Walter Smith as a permanent tribute to the legendary former manager is erected in the coming weeks.

Work on a statue of Smith – who died in October 2021 – has been ongoing for some time and it is expected that it will be unveiled in the New Year as fans are given the opportunity to pay their respects once again.