Rangers meet fans chief ahead of Belgrade trip
Rangers supporters have vowed to step up their self-policing initiative after talks with club bosses earlier today. Chairman Sir David Murray and chief executive Martin Bain met with representatives of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, Rangers Supporters Association, Rangers Supporters Trust, Scottish Delegates and Oceana Rangers Supporters Association at Ibrox to discuss fan behaviour. Murray said : 'We had a very positive meeting today and the supporters and the club are looking ahead to a successful season. We are united on the issues we face and how best we move forward.' The move followed instances of sectarian chanting heard within the travelling support at last week's Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener at Inverness, which was reported to the SPL earlier this week. Rangers have already been fined on two occasions by UEFA for offensive chanting in Champions League and UEFA Cup matches, amounting to in excess of £21,000. Jim Templeton, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly said: 'We had a very constructive meeting with the club and we are united in our desire to eradicate offensive behaviour. 'All the supporters' groups involved today agreed to increase our self-policing drive, which achieved significant success towards the end of last season. 'We are unanimous in our belief that self-policing is the way forward and acknowledge that the club can only do so much - the rest is up to the fans. 'The message will be delivered by fans through the network of supporters' clubs and season-ticket holders and will be reinforced on supporters' buses travelling to away matches. 'We also need the help of the police and stewards at away games so that people who are involved in this kind of behaviour are dealt with appropriately. 'We believe that Rangers supporters and the club have made tremendous efforts on this issue and deserve credit for that. 'Unfortunately, there are still some people who let us down but we are united in our commitment to ensure they will not be allowed to prevail. 'We are determined to protect the reputation of this great football club.' Rangers operations and security manager Kenny Scott also highlighted concern for supporters' welfare at the forthcoming Champions League qualifier in Belgrade against Red Star. It was agreed that Rangers would take a ticket allocation of 1,000 for the match.