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Football: IF WALTER GIVES ME A... DREAM TEAM I'LL GIVE RANGERS A... DREAM HOME; EXCLUSIVE Murray pledge over Ibrox revamp.

Byline: By Keith Jackson

RANGERS are planning a major redevelopment of Ibrox - but it won't be completed until Walter Smith has finished his rebuilding.

Record Sport understands plans have already been drawn up to increase the stadium's capacity to around 57,000.

Architects have found room for around 5000 new seats by ripping out the jumbo TV screens in two corners of the ground and lowering the pitch.

Two new cantilever extensions - similar to the one which was added to the Govan Stand last summer - have been earmarked for the Copland Road and Broomloan Road stands at each end of the ground.

But the massive revamp will be phased in gradually over the next three years - and its completion will depend on the success of Smith in building a team worth watching.

Rangers chairman David Murray would be reluctant to finance the entire facelift unless he is sure Smith is in charge of a side which is attractive enough to fill the increased capacity.

That means Murray will have to find the cash to help Smith overhaul his squad this summer, with the manager believing he will need as many as seven new first-team regulars if he is to recapture the SPL trophy from Celtic.

In fact, Rangers have now gone two seasons without winning any silverware and Smith will need a fighting fund in excess of pounds 10million to enable him to stop the rot.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 27, 2007
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