There was definitely a silver lining from Rangers’ postponed fixture with Ross County – the club’s catering partner Levy donated all food supplies for the match to the needy with Simon Community Food Bank benefiting from a glut of donations of much-welcomed grub.
With the time of year being especially hard on the most vulnerable, Rangers had the usual massive stock of food brought in for the match, but with the slightly unexpected postponement due to our opponents being unable to negotiate their safe passage to Govan, it was decided to donate all food supplies to the bank in Glasgow.
Rangers of course have, for many years, done the big sleep at Ibrox, where dozens to hundreds of fans sleep ‘outside’ inside Ibrox, on the pitch et al, to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, and the club’s decision to have all the food supplied to charity meant it did not go to waste and shows a fine gesture where it would have taken the club time and effort to deliver it.
CEO James Bisgrove said:
“While of course, everyone at Rangers was hoping for tonight’s match to go ahead, we were very keen to support Glasgow’s homeless community with a donation of some of the unused food from our sold-out hospitality suites and kiosks. We are extremely proud of our community roots at Rangers, and we felt this was the least we could do, particularly at this time of year. I’d like to thank our partners, Levy, for their excellent support in making this possible.”
It was of course a pity the match had to be called off, but this gesture, which will help hundreds of those in time of need, is in many ways worth it for the assistance they got at no small expense to the club.
It would be hard to put a number on the effective donation, but match food isn’t cheap and the delivering of all the supplies took time and effort to secure.
So it was a good gesture and meant something worthy came out of a disappointing postponement regardless.
Classy touch Rangers and Levy.