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‘He moved quickly’ ‘honest with the supporters’ ‘has been open about it’ Ferguson praises Ibrox chief over stadium closure!

Barry Ferguson has praised John Bennett for not pulling wool over anyone’s eyes over the closure of Ibrox.

Sixteen days after a brief club statement that Ibrox wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season there has been no further information out of the club.

There has been nothing on where home matches will be played and no timescale on when Ibrox will be open again.

A rogue Asian supplier was blamed in a club statement for the delay in construction work, most media messengers reported on the sacking of an un-named club employee while an award winning reporter used the incident to share his animosity towards former CEO James Bisgrove.

Ibrox was listed as the venue for matches against Motherwell and Ross County on August 10 and 24 despite knowing that the stadium won’t be fit to host those matches.

Across social media loyal Season Ticket holders are screaming out for information but Ferguson only has praise for the silent club Chairman.

Explaining the situation to Daily Record readers the former Alloa Athletic boss writes:

The situation with the stadium is hardly ideal and it’ll be an embarrassing one for the people in charge.

I’m sure no one will be more frustrated about it than chairman John Bennett but I must say take my hat off to him for the way he’s gone about trying to address it.

As soon as he realised the scale of the problem he moved quickly to meet it head on. He didn’t hum and haw or try to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. He was honest with the supporters and he promised to rectify it as soon as possible.

Yes, I understand there’s a lot of anger and disappointment among the fans because the whole thing is very far from ideal.

But at least Bennett has been open about it so that no one is going to be caught by surprise – and that includes the players themselves.

If I was still in that dressing room I genuinely wouldn’t care where we ended up playing our home games while Ibrox is out of action. Murrayfield, Hampden, Benburb Juniors? Who cares, so long as you’re wearing that badge and representing that club?

The job is still the same. You have to go out there and win, no matter where you’re asked to do it. That said, I can see why Hampden might be the club’s first choice because it probably makes more sense for the supporters.

The closing comments are trademark Ferguson, as staunch as they come from a man who lives, breathes and sleeps the Ibrox traditions except when he twice left to pick up the wages at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

Hampden and Murrayfield have both been suggested as alternative venues but both come with significant drawbacks and costs at a time when Matchday income takes a big hit.

A pitch won’t be ready at Hampden until September with the viewing from the majority of the seats inferior to Ibrox.

Murrayfield involved an additional 90 mile round trip for most bears and a commercial price. It does offer an additional 17,000 seats but it is unlikely that many non Season Ticket holders will be splashing out £30 a match to watch James Tavernier, Cyriel Dessers, Todd Cantwell and Ben Davies toiling against Motherwell, again.

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