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Rangers announce new ultras section in seating update for next season

Rangers have announced that their ultras fan group, the Union Bears, will be relocated from the beginning of next season.

The Union Bears will be moved from their current spot at the bottom left corner of the Broomloan Road to behind the goal in the Copland Front from the start of the 2024/25 season.

The Copland Front is traditionally known as the ‘Rangers end’ because Rangers normally shoot towards that end in the second half of home matches.

Included in the seating update for next season by Rangers is an increased number of wheelchair-accessible spaces in the Copland Front.
The Union Bears will be located in the Copland Front from the beginning of next season / Photo: Icon Sport

In a statement, the Union Bears said: “Following successful trials throughout the last 18 months, we can confirm that the Union Bears will be located in the Copland Front next season.

“During these trials we showcased a small glimpse of what benefit this move could have and would like to thank fellow fans for their support during this time.

“We've always believed that the active Rangers fan scene should be at the heart of ‘the Rangers end' and anticipate now unlocking the full potential this opportunity gives not only us as a group but the Rangers fan scene as a whole.

“We have been encouraged in recent weeks to see positive feedback from the club, players, and manager alike. We now look forward to not only repaying the trust in today's decision but continuing to provide the support from the stands as we go into the vital second half of the season.”

Moving the Union Bears to the Copland Front will affect 600 current season ticket holders. Rangers will relocate the affected fans to a new cantilever that will be built at the front of the Copland Rear.

In a statement, the club said: “Those being displaced will have the first opportunity to renew within the new cantilever, and they will also be automatically offered seats beside their current friendship and family groups, should they be impacted by the changes.

“Supporters who move to the new cantilever section are sure to enjoy the upgrade to these fantastic new seats. Of course, that change may not be the preference of individuals, and in those circumstances, they will have priority for seat moves following season ticket renewal.”

Included in the seating update for next season by Rangers was also the announcement of a new disabled section located in the rear of the Copland Front from the start of next season.

This new section will include 153 wheelchair-accessible spaces, which is higher than any other stadium in the Scottish Premiership.

Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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