WITH almost a month to go before the start of the new Ladbrokes Premiership campaign Rangers can announce that season-tickets sales have again reached record levels.
Last year’s figure of 45,419 was itself a record but, as of today, 45,757 have been sold and we have a waiting list of close to 14,000.
These numbers not only reflect the undying loyalty Rangers supporters have for their club but also demonstrate the strength of belief they have in the present management team.
No one is more conscious of that than Rangers chairman Dave King, who said: “Once again Rangers supporters have stepped forward and reminded us that we, the directors of this special club, are in a fortunate and privileged position to be able to work for them and with them.
“The loyalty shown by Rangers fans towards their club never ceases to amaze me and, on behalf of my fellow Board members, I again express my gratitude and admiration.
“Rangers has always been a leader on and off the pitch and with the support that our fans continue to demonstrate we will maintain that tradition.
“I have said before, but it is worth repeating, that Rangers is special and, having won more trophies than any other club in the world, we have a genuinely unique place in football history. We must keep it that way while welcoming everyone who wants to be part of this wonderful institution.
“This is an inclusive and diverse club and we are close to announcing initiatives which will make Rangers even more special to so many more people.
“I said recently that it would be remarkable if we could get to last season’s figure for season ticket sales but you have done more than that.
“You have set a new high and I am immensely proud to be chairman of this great club. Let’s continue to do the right things and project Rangers as the country’s premier club and again, thank you for your wonderful support.”
The club’s managing director Stewart Robertson echoed those sentiments and said: “We all know how big a club this is but these ticket numbers just reinforce the depth of feeling so many people have for Rangers.
“Apart form making sure our facilities, Ibrox and the Hummell, – a great deal of work, which costs lot of money, has been going on at both centres to maintain the standards our fans demand and deserve – remain the best, our job is to help the management team secure the players they want.
“We are doing that and we hope the team will be stronger and better when the new campaign starts. These are exciting times and it certainly feels as though things are moving into place.
“The fans deserve success and we must try to give them what they want. But I must express my thanks to them for the belief they continue to show in their club.’
Manager Steven Gerrard added: ‘We need to thank the supporters. But we also need to take is as a complement as they are obviously enjoying what they are seeing on the pitch.
“They are educated fans, they know there has been progress and I think they can sense there is something exciting brewing. That’s how we all feel.
“It is brilliant news and I think they deserve to be rewarded – the players need to realise that. The fans were one of the highlights for me last season. I really loved being in front of them and coaching and managing in front of them. I am really looking forward to being in front of them again.
“They are top-drawer. They were with us in every game through thick and thin last year and we are hoping we get the same support this year.”