Gordon Ramsay has rekindled his association with Rangers through a new partnership between his restaurant group and the Scottish Premiership football club.
The collaboration is Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ first in sports and will include the opening of a new hospitality lounge, ‘Menu by Gordon Ramsay’, at Ibrox stadium. The newly opened Blue Sky Lounge restaurant at the Glasgow stadium is also set to transform its menu, welcoming a range of Gordon Ramsay signature dishes.
Ramsay, who was born in Johnstone, a town west of Glasgow, famously appeared for Rangers’ youth teams and had ambitions of forging a career in professional football. However, injury cut this dream short, leading him to enter the hospitality industry and become one of the world’s most famous chefs.
Ramsay said: “From a very young age I dreamt about having my name up in lights at Ibrox. Whilst my football career may have ended prematurely, I’m proud and delighted to have partnered with the Rangers team to develop an exclusive menu for the iconic stadium.
“‘Menu by Gordon Ramsay’, features a stunning menu of seasonal produce and stand out dishes, all personally chosen by myself to offer a world class dining experience at the home of Scottish football.”
James Bisgrove, who is set transition from his current director of commercial and marketing role to become Rangers’ new CEO on July 31, added: “Gordon visited Ibrox and the Rangers Training Centre last July, and we’ve been discussing ways of working together ever since. We’re delighted to officially partner with Gordon Ramsay and his team and can’t wait to launch the ‘Menu by Gordon Ramsay’ concept at Ibrox next season.
“The Blue Sky Lounge restaurant has already been incredibly popular with our supporters and with Gordon’s signature menu being introduced soon, I’m sure it will continue to be a ‘must visit’ restaurant in Glasgow. Ibrox is quickly becoming a destination in its own right for Rangers supporters and for visitors from all over the world.
“With the recent launches of our multi-purpose venue; Edmiston House, Blue Sky Lounge restaurant, and the new Club Museum, plus a Sports Bar set to open soon, this unique partnership with Gordon Ramsay Restaurants will only serve to elevate Ibrox even further.”
In December, Rangers revealed plans that will expand capacity at Ibrox through a project focused on improving the stadium’s accessibility and facilities for disabled supporters.
The plans were disclosed at the club’s annual general meeting, with the previous year’s AGM having seen deputy chairman John Bennett label the current provision for disabled fans as “unacceptable”.