Sale and leaseback, Ibrox, Murray Park, Albion


You’ll remember in October last year I told you I was in receipt of a Heads of Terms for the sale and leaseback of Ibrox, Murray Park and the Albion Car Park.  The internet has been full of chatter around this subject for the last week but I didn’t have an update on the subject until last night.

At the time I said the deal would not be signed until after the share issue, which took place in December. Charlie is back in town, and I hear the Sale and Leaseback-ball is in play.

According to the Heads’ the buyer will pay £7.285m for all three properties and, in addition, will provide a loan to the tenant of £6.9m at an interest rate of 15% p.a.

Rent will be reviewed every five years, on an upwards only basis, either at RPI or 2% p.a., whichever is greater.  RPI is currently 3.3%

Say Goodbye to Murray Park

The tenant “will take a lease for the stadium and the car park on a 20 year lease at an initial rent of £1.8, per annum”.  Murray Park is offski, gone, no longer available to Rangers International, or any of its successor clubs.

Interest on the loan works out at £985.5k per annum, so rent plus interest would be £2.835m p.a.

Top line figure for both sale and loan is £13.835m, however, the first three years rent (£5.4m) will be held back as no one is prepared to guarantee the rent, so actual cash into the business will be £8.435m.

Murray Park planning permission

If the new owner of the properties attains planning permission for residential properties at Murray Park within three years of the deal being signed, a provision releases the seller from having to repay the outstanding portion of the loan.  If planning permission is achieved after three years, no element of the loan is forgiven.


The buyer can do whatever they like with Murray Park.  Can you suggest a suitable use?  Perhaps they’ll plant potatoes.


“Rents will be guaranteed from ticket receipts and a first charge on the season tickets income will be granted.”

The tenant has the option to buy-back the stadium (only).  If the stadium is bought-back in year one the cost will be £10m.  Thereafter the purchase price will increase by 12% p.a. until year 10.  After year 10 the right to buy-back the stadium will be at “Market Value but no less than £20m”.

Should they buy-back the stadium, the lease will remain in place for Albion Car Park at a rate of £250k p.a. (subject to same rent review arrangements).

So what does this mean?  The cash will be welcome and will enable to club to survive until into next season.  If they spend the money on lottery tickets, there’s a chance they will get lucky and survive well into the season after next.

Suggestions that some people are preparing to squeeze the last penny out of a busted brand are contemptuous.

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  1. coatbridge paper bhoy on

    Aye Paul…. Potatoes , at least they’ll have something to lift at the end of the season ;) ,



  2. P67



    Good article – supports the hypothesis that a number of us were posting Oct/Nov 2011.

  3. Please let this be true !!!!! Does the ‘Green Team’ have the power at board level to push tis through ???????????????

  4. Paul67- again, an interesting article- But, why the continuing focus on another club???



    CELTIC FC have an important league game followed by a potentially crucial CL qualifier in the next week.



    WE have sold some of our best players without replacing them with only days left to said CL qualifier.



    As CELTIC FC move from Finborgason to Doyle to Pukki, does this represent plan a, b, c???



    Where do WE end up? An SPL striker? A Cliftonville striker? A loan?



    This is a joke. Should’ve had at least a striker in long ago. Every day, CELTIC FC are losing preparation and training time for any new players and for the rest of the squad.



    If the fans’ dedication is not reciprocated by the board, CELTIC FC will have SPL attendances under 30k this season, in spite of official figures.



    Lets shine the light on CELTIC FC. Not on other clubs.



    HH to the GB

  5. Btw – I read the article first.



    Very carefully I might add.



    …and very enjoyable and informative it was too.



    CFC could buy Minty Park, and then bring in an exorcist to rid the place of unwanted entities.



    Lennoxtown can be a bit bleak in the winter months.




  6. For sale, for sale!



    Orcdome for sale……. anybody?…….is anybody there?……for a pound then.



    Zombie “huv we naw been here before?”




  7. With only a year left on his contract, Pukki would not be as expensive as the Icelander. They are about the same age. Pukki has not been able to establish himself in the Schalke team, but the Bundesliga is much stronger than the Dutch league.


    I saw him in that Europa League game when he scored twice for his Finnish team against Schalke. He looked really good then. I would be pleased if we signed him.

  8. If I was dermot… i would buy murray park. … rename it the ” big jock knew how to win the big cup training centre” and use it for the yoofs

  9. If a company buys a goal scorer can be be leased to Celtic on a goals per profit ratio?



    I see the old CQN software version 2.5 kicked in again, whereas more than 5 bloggers on the page talk about a goalscorer then a new article about the deid club pops up

  10. Dia Daoibh agus maidín maith daoibh uilig



    Need a bit of help,my f5 button is used for another function on this laptop,toshiba satellite.



    Can’t refresh the page,please help




  11. Great article…………



    Potatoes………. Dinosaurs……….Tar Pits……….Extinction



    Its a matter of when….not if.

  12. Spot on, Gordon J.



    Bomber cut through all the nonsense.



  13. cliftonville celt from belfast on

    Oh my my my my my



    I wonder what part Craigy plays in all this ? Will he turn up with the deeds and a load of baliffs and turf Chaz and his mates out ?



    Wonder how much it would cost to rent Coventrys stadium ? I think they may require a new ‘home’ soon if Craigy isn’t getting paid.



    I love Craigy White he’s my favourite character in this whole soap opera

  14. 79 Pukki is not expensive as finbogason as unlike finbogason who scores goals, pukki doesn’t

  15. Extinction looms, who’d have thunk it?



    Rumours, who believes them?



    Tomorrow’s chip wrappers if anybody is daft enough to buy the papers these days……

  16. celt for life





    Aye, he decided to call it Waitrose Milngavie, which I think you’ll agree hits just the right note of Rangersness.

  17. Am I getting this right:



    Basically they’re selling the stadium, car park and Murray park for £7.285m (the assets) and including a £6.9m (loan) of which they’re pretty much exchanging £5.4m for 3 years rent.



    So they’ll be up £8.785m but lose all their assets (although these should have been sold off after liquidation so that’s probably not too bad a deal).



    How long is the term of the loan? What happens if payments are defaulted as there is no security left? (Shares in club?)



    If Murray Park is made into flats within 3 years (probably a good chance of planning permission going ahead – can they just wait 3 years to apply?) does this mean the £6.9m loan is not repayable at all meaning the total is £14.185m for the assets?

























    LAST 16




  19. Henriks Sombrero on

    Paul – When do you expect this to happen ? Are we talking this next week or 6 months down the line ?

  20. Sydney Tim



    I don’t think you can assume that Finbogasson is better than Pukki. The Dutch league is not known for its defending. Quite a few big scoring strikers have gone from the Dutch league to a bigger league and have failed. (Sami was an incredibly prolific scorer at Finbogasson’s club, not so now, though a very good player.)



    If you can find a video clip of the Schalke v. HJK Helsinki match, you’ll see how good Pukki can be.

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