Rangers examine the return of standing at Ibrox

Rangers are considering making changes to Ibrox Stadium
Ibrox has been an all-seater stadium since 1991

Rangers are to explore the possibility of introducing a safe-standing section for supporters at Ibrox.

The SPL announced a relaxation of its rules on standing following a general meeting of all 12 clubs on Monday, in response to demand from fans.

"The fans have intimated for some time their desire for a standing area," chief operating officer Ali Russell told the Rangers websiteexternal-link.

"It is only right that we are willing to explore the possibility."

Ibrox has been an all-seated stadium since 1991, 20 years after 66 people were killed in a major crush as fans exited after an Old Firm match.

"Safety is of paramount concern and we want to look at how that can be balanced with the need to enhance the atmosphere on match days," added Russell.

"There are examples in other parts of the world where this has been achieved and we will look at the feasibility of a trial.

"This is not something that can be achieved overnight and this club is acutely aware of the issues involved.

"Any standing area in the stadium would require the support of the Glasgow City Council safety team and the police, as per SPL rules."

Strathclyde Police expressed surprise at the timing of the SPL's announcement, saying they had not been consulted.

When revealing the rule change, SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was at pains to stress the plans do not signal a return to old-style terracing.

He pointing instead to modern systems used in Europe like 'rail' - where there is a safety barrier and a seat on every row which can be locked for domestic games and unfolded for other competitions or events.