AS the start of the season draws closer, players have thanked Rangers fans for their loyal support which saw a record breaking sale of season tickets.

The club announced yesterday that 45,757 season tickets had been sold with a waiting list of close to 14,000.

Now the players can’t wait to get out on the Ibrox turf and hope to repay them for their support.

Midfielder Steven Davis said: “We know how important a role the fans play, they obviously give us great backing. There have been some difficult times for the club over the last number of years and they have been the one constant.

“We know how important they are so it is great to see those numbers renewing and hopefully we can go on and give them something to celebrate this year.”

Ryan Jack is also familiar with the Ibrox faithful and said it comes as no surprise that fans have renewed in their numbers.

He added: “It’s phenomenal the support that we get and even throughout last season through the good times and even when we had bad times and disappointing results they always turn up to the match whether it’s home or away the fans are there and they get behind the team and make a difference so to be honest it’s not surprise, but it is incredible.

New signings Jordan Jones and Sheyi Ojo are excited about the opportunity to perform in front of so many fans every home game.

Jones knows how it feels to be on the visiting side at Ibrox, but can’t wait to run out as a Rangers player.

He said:

“I think it is a massive thing for the club to get 46,000 already is unbelievable and they boys are really looking forward to it.

“It was a bit intimidating playing at Ibrox, you weren’t just coming up against the 11 players on the pitch it’s the 40 odd thousand in the stands which is testament to Rangers. The first game can’t come quick enough and all our focus is on it.”

Sheyi Ojo added: “It’s a great feeling, obviously I have played at Anfield but to play at a stadium like Ibrox with over 40,000 fans every game is going to be exciting.

“Everyone is looking forward to the first game but to know that we have got all the fans coming out to support us is an extra boost and we are just looking forward to the first game and hopefully we can start off with a win.

“I think I said in my last interview I’m in love with Rangers but the fans are the best I have come across so I’m looking forward to seeing them all in the stadium.”

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