A senior figure at Rangers lost their job over the Ibrox construction delays which will see the club forced to play home matches at an alternative venue at the start of next season.

The club confirmed on Thursday that a delay in materials shipment from Asia will mean work on the Copland Stand won't be finished in time for the new season.

Therefore, the club will now seek an alternative venue to host home matches until the work is completed - which could be in September.

It's understood contingency plans have been worked on in recent weeks but no finalised plans have been made and no deal for a venue agreed.

The nightmare situation will see Rangers forced to pay a fee for an alternative venue.

And the debacle has resulted in one senior figure at the club losing their job over the situation.

A club statement confirmed: "Rangers has recently been advised of a delay in a materials shipment from Asia which is likely to have an impact on the programme for the completion of the Copland Stand works.

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"It is therefore expected, unfortunately, that there will be an impact on matches at Ibrox at the beginning of the 2024/25 competitive season. The club has engaged with the SPFL and UEFA in order to review planned contingency arrangements. 

"Naturally, everyone at Rangers is deeply disappointed with this news.

"The club is working intensively to ensure that all steps are taken to deliver the project at the earliest possible date and a further progress update will be issued to supporters in due course."

An SPFL spokesperson said: "We have received notification from Rangers FC that they may be unable to host SPFL fixtures in August at Ibrox Stadium due to ongoing stadium works.

"We have agreed to work with Rangers on how we can best mitigate this situation following next week's publication of the fixture calendar for season 2024/25."