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#4m complex opened by Rangers

THE latest phase in Rangers Football Club's plan to make Ibrox Stadium one of the best football complexes in Europe opened yesterday.

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Argyle House, which is part of the Govan Stand and cost #4m to build, houses five function suites, a restaurant and 36 executive boxes.

Companies which have paid #25,000 for the privilege will be able to entertain up to eight clients to drinks, a meal, and a bird's eye view of the game from glass-fronted boxes.

Mr Bob Reilly, Rangers' commercial manager, chose a phrase fitting the surroundings when he said that his clients were ''over the moon'' about the standard of catering and accommodation in the suites and boxes.

He added: ''We are trying to build the best team and the best facilities for the best supporters in the land. We believe we are getting there despite recent disappointing results.''

The executive boxes, which stretch the full length of the pitch, all have been booked and there is a waiting list.

Mr Reilly also disclosed that there have been 15 firm bookings for the 24 boxes which will be created in the next stage of the development in the main stand at Ibrox.

As well as the corporate facilities, Argyle House also provides two floors of offices, one taken up by Scottish Brewers, and a restaurant which is open to the public, as well as space for special functions such as weddings, christenings and supporters' functions.

Mr John Greig, public relations officer at Ibrox, said: ''Argyle House is a continuation of investment in the stadium, bringing Rangers Football Club closer to the fans seven days a week.

''In addition, the redevelopment is sound commercial judgment, with the outlay being recouped within two to three years and thereafter generating income for further investment in players and facilities.''

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