RANGERS manager Mark Warburton has admitted he has been highly impressed with the level of sales of season-tickets so far ahead of the new campaign.
At the end of the renewal period, more than 22,500 briefs had been snapped up and that number will continue to grow after the public sale began yesterday, with fans turning out in force at the Rangers Ticket Centre.
And while Warburton is delighted with the backing so far, he is urging his players to remain mentally strong in front of what should be such a vast support.
In an interview with RangersTV.tv, he said: “To see backing of that level is magnificent and the players and staff are well aware of it. You have to relish that weight of expectation and that type of challenge and not wilt under it.
“The players are well aware of the support and the backing we can expect at Ibrox, and our job is to deliver the type of football and the type of performances which merit such a strong support.
“It’s easy to ask the fans for patience, but I understand that they are the paying public and they want to come and support their team and see the team play well.
“I hope very much they can see differences and what we’re trying to do and trying to achieve with a younger team. Our way will be to have young, hungry players who are well monitored by the senior players in the squad, although they’ll be smaller in number.
“I hope the fans can be patient with us if we can, but our job is to go out there as quickly as possible with a plan and make it very evident.”
Supporters will get their first chance to see Warburton’s new-look team in action against Burnley at Ibrox on July 21, and the manager is very much relishing the prospect of coming up against old friend Sean Dyche.
“It will be a tough test,” he continued. “I’m looking forward to playing at Ibrox obviously, but there are another tough two weeks of training for us before then.
“We’re starting to get the structure and intensity levels to our play, and the fitness levels are starting to come, so hopefully in two weeks’ time we will be a lot nearer where we need to be.”