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Over the weekend, Storm Isha made its way through northern parts of England and Scotland with wind speeds getting up to 107mph in some places. Many houses and buildings in Scotland suffered serious damage and unfortunately, football stadiums were no exception.
The most high-profile stadium in Scotland to be damaged was Ibrox in Glasgow. The home of Glasgow Rangers was battered by high winds last night. The Broomloan Stand suffered the most damage with a gaping hole now replacing part of the stand where a banner of the club's badge and ‘RANGERS FC' used to sit.
Additionally, a “Welcome to Ibrox” sign and another one featuring the first team squad were also blown off the exterior of the stadium making it look bare. This was despite both signs being hammered into the ground which illustrates just how powerful the winds were in Govan last night.
The damage was perhaps expected as the Met Office were forced to issue a “danger to life” warning in the north of Scotland last night. Despite that, the cost of repairs won't be cheap for Rangers and they now have just over a week to get it sorted in time for their next home game against Livingston on 3 February.
Greenfield Park takes a battering
To the East of Govan, Glasgow United also suffered severe damage to their ground, Greenfield Park. The club, who play in the West of Scotland League Third Division, took to X to release a statement confirming the damage along with a picture of their now roof-less changing room building. It read:
“The club today was devastated by the destruction caused by last night's storm that caused a sizeable amount of damage taking the roof off our changing room building and causing parts of the pitch to be ripped up by fly metal roof parts. This will have a substantial impact on the club.”
Shortly after the post, a fundraiser was created to help the club with the repairs. They are seeking to raise £10,000 which should cover the costs of a new roof.