500,000 reasons for Rangers to be cheerful

RANGERS will smash through the half-million barrier in home league attendances this season when they play their next match at Ibrox ...

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Rangers' fans have backed their heroes
Rangers' fans have backed their heroes

despite being in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

And the Light Blues have now attracted more fans this term than the combined attendances for the past FIVE years in the Third Division.

Ally McCoist's men have the fifth-biggest average attendance in the UK.

A crowd of 44,976 watched Rangers beat Berwick Rangers 4-2 in Glasgow last Saturday to ease them 19 points clear at the top of Scottish football's bottom tier.

That pushed their total home league gates for the season to 468,977 after 10 games – a huge average of 46,897. And they will smash through the 500,000 barrier when they welcome Montrose to Ibrox a week on Saturday.

Only Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Manchester City boast higher attendance averages, with the English champions only a couple of hundred ahead.

And Rangers still remain ahead of SPL champions Celtic, who are just behind with an average of 46,551.

The combined total for the past five seasons in the Third Division was 423,363, with Rangers already through that barrier. It has taken them 10 home games to pass the total for 900 matches in that league!

Queen's Park boast the next highest average in the league with 3,545, but that was because they saw a bumper crowd of 30,117 watch them play Rangers at Hampden at the end of last year.

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