Rangers revel in Boyd ticket bounty

RANGERS have experienced a flurry of late season ticket sales since striker Kris Boyd made his emotional return to Ibrox last week.

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The capture of Kris Boyd has excited supporters
The capture of Kris Boyd has excited supporters

Boyd ended weeks of speculation when he signed a one-year deal with the SPFL League One champions - and is set to team up again with Kenny Miller.

And his capture has since led to a surge in Light Blue supporters signing up to watch Ally McCoist's side in the 2014/15 season. The ticket office at Ibrox at the weekend was queued out of the door for long spells as fans snapped up season books for the new campaign.

Lifelong fan Alan Anderson, from Cambuslang, was taken aback at the level of interest when he renewed his ticket at Ibrox on Saturday.

He told SportTimes: "I was told the season ticket office was going to be open until after two o'clock and popped down half an hour before it shut.

"But when I got there there were a lot of cars in the car park and people were queueing out of the door.

"There was a great atmosphere among the supporters who were waiting to buy tickets.

"I think most of them were, like me, buying season tickets because Kris Boyd has signed.

"But people were genuinely excited about the season ahead and the prospect of playing teams like Hearts and Hibs.

"I wasn't going to renew my season ticket, but I decided to do so when I saw that Boyd had signed.

"I think a lot of people were the same as me.

"I don't necessarily like who is in charge at Rangers at the moment, but I am, as the slogan goes, prepared to support the team and not the regime."

Rangers announced to the Stock Exchange a fortnight ago that "approximately 17,000" season tickets had been bought by fans this summer.

That is in stark contrast to the 34,000 supporters who made the Gers one of the best backed clubs in Britain for the second stage of "The Journey". The Union of Fans - an umbrella group comprising six supporters organisations - has been urging fans not to renew their season tickets.

The UoF and former director Dave King set up Ibrox 1972 Ltd in the close season and urged supporters to pledge their money to it instead.

They want Rangers to give them security over the stadium and the training ground at Auchenhowie in return for the cash.

Meanwhile, Rangers are believed to be closing in on the signing of former Cardiff City and Scotland midfielder Don Cowie.

SportTimes revealed last month that Ally McCoist was keen to land the 31-year-old player and had spoken to him about moving to Ibrox.

They are hoping the experienced star will be able to join them in the Highlands for their pre-season tour this week.

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