A relic, like the ground its housed within.

Only last Saturday there I found myself in the worst of all positions, no football on and a toddler to entertain. 

My normal go-to list of swimming, soft play, a trip to the park had been exhausted in recent weeks, and with my wife looking for some quiet time it was just me and the wee man.

After a trip to the riverside transport museum, we still had plenty of hours left in the day so I thought why not pop into the national football museum at Hampden. A trip I had not made since the museum had initially opened a large number of years ago.

Now, I am no fan of Hampden, with its poor sightlines, none resistant transport links, bottlenecks and the way in which it has been redeveloped over the years, nor am I a fan of the governing body housed within the building. 

First of all, let me say the staff were all very polite and I can't thank them enough. The cafe is bright and has plenty of space a decent enough selection of food is available. The admission was £8, a price I felt was very reasonable pricing for myself and my son to enter what I hope would be a fun afternoon. That is where I must stop in its praise. 

Why in this country do we have a habit of doing things half-arsed?. That's what the museum is. Over 150 years of history can be seen in around 45 mins. It has not been updated since its opening, aside from a few new strips on display and the addition of some Xbox stations. Woo, I hear you say. There was nothing at all for kids to interact in, apart from a Queens Park crest jigsaw placed at the entrance and too high for my son to see  (who unlike his dad is tall for his age) let alone attempt. Do you know what kids love? , they like to push buttons and have things they can touch, there wasn't even a ball in the whole place for adults or kids to interact with, the place has not moved with the times and is now as outdated as the stadium it sits within. 

I am not moaning for the sake of it, I have been to many sports museums all over the world, including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, The NFL hall of fame, Chicago Cubs, Hertha BSC and the English equivalent National football museum, all of what have far better all-around experiences, not just Stuart Cosgrove speaking on a 23inch tv. 

The reason I write this is like many Rangers fans I would love to see a Museum one day at Ibrox, I hope it will be on the list of long term projects that Club 1872 can help achieve with the backing of our magnificent support. 

My hope is if that ever does come to fruition we don't follow the Hampden blueprint. That we actually take the time to study others and do it right, the Rangers way. It is my view that we should ask the people involved in the Founders trial to take part in how the presentation and story of our early years are displayed, they do such a fantastic job currently that only seems right and fair to me. We could even have either a replica or dare I suggest the actual dressing room moved to the premises, where you could sit and soak up what a pre-match atmosphere was like, the lights them dim as a hologram of Bill Struth and Walter Smith provide you with a team talk, instantly transporting you back in time to a famous game or point in our proud history.  Interactive displays are a must, for adults and kids alone, simple things like a place where you can measure your speed of shot, and test out your free kick accuracy not only gets all ages active but gets the competitive juices going. 

Something I noticed at the Scottish football museum was that 99% of the strips on display were on loan from either ex-players or fans who have kindly donated them for the benefit of others to see, many of them coming courtesy of ex-Rangers players. I'm willing to bet many of our ex-players and fans who have something that could well be of interest or importance would be willing to either donate or loan their possessions so that we can all enjoy them. This no doubt would help with the costs. 

Most importantly of all would be the section where we could all pay our respects to all the men, woman and children who never made it home from Ibrox over the years, this would be the most vital room in the whole museum and requires due care and consideration on how this is presented. The cafe should provide simple, cost-effective food together with some decent hot beverages the adults can enjoy. Of course, no tour or museum would be complete without it ending in the club store, so that the kid's whos imaginations have just been captivated can pick up they all important souvenirs to remember the magical day they would have just experienced. 

I am not calling or wishing to see the end to stadium tours or do away with our magnificent and stunning trophy room, merely offer something else in addition to what we already have in place at present in the stadium and Founders trail tours, I see no reason why all can't flourish and coexist. In turn, it would increase the clubs revenue and as fans, it would be another experience we would all enjoy and feel immensely proud of.  

I hope one day in the not too distant future I have the privilege of taking my children to a museum of our own. 

Let me know your thoughts and what you would like to see and how it is displayed. 

Steven Harrigan.

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