THE big freeze has played havoc with the sporting calendar, but for one local football team it provided the chance of a lifetime.
Like many youth sides, Lenzie Youth Club have been left frustrated as the wintry weather has left local pitches unplayable.
And while struggling to find training facilities, they were
offered the unlikely chance to be put through their paces at Rangers' Murray Park training base.
Ian Stevenson, Lenzie's club leader, said that the opportunity to train at the home of Scotland's champions was exciting for the under-14 squad.
He said: "It has been very difficult to find places to train. We use school facilities, but from early December they are closed to us, while the astro parks have been covered in snow.
"The only local indoor facility available is in Bishopbriggs, but it's like finding hen's teeth trying to book it. So when Rangers offered to help, we were delighted to accept."
Rangers youth coach Jim McNee hosted a training session for Lenzie's starlets before they and their parents were given a guided tour of the 14million facility.
Ian said that although the Glasgow giant's offer had come out of the blue, the club's run to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup may have made an impression.
He commented: "The break from playing has come at a bad time for us because we've been on a good run and the team we played in the last round of the Scottish Cup hadn't lost for around three years.
"I think there may have been some Rangers scouts at the match and it started from there.
"The boys thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope that the experience will inspire them to try and reach that level."