Rangers fans in show of support

Published Saturday, 18 February 2012
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Rangers fans rallied round their crisis-hit club at Ibrox on Saturday, with the biggest crowd of the season turning out to support the side after it was forced into administration.

Rangers fans in show of support
Thousands of fans turned up to support Rangers in their match against Kilmarnock (© PA)

A total of 50,268 people packed into the stadium - slightly more than watched September's Old Firm derby against rivals Celtic - after Rangers supporters congregated outside two hours before kick-off.

It seemed to be a response to rallying calls from team boss Ally McCoist, who had earlier in the week answered questions about the chance of him quitting with: "We don't do walking away".

It immediately became a slogan that was picked up on social networking sites and was emblazoned on banners at Saturday's game - along with others, like "In Ally We Trust".

I have supported the club all my life and I know how you are feeling. The one thing that I have to ask you at this time for the club is to be with the club and with the team - they need the support of the fans more than ever in this hour.

Ally McCoist

Fliers stating "Rangers Will Not Die" were also handed out by the Rangers Supporters Trust.

The 140-year-old club is hoping to survive the financial turmoil which has seen administrators brought in from financial firm Duff & Phelps and the team docked 10 points by the Scottish Premier League.

"We have a long and proud tradition that will not be wiped out by the stroke of an administrator's pen," the Supporters Trust insisted.

"But things clearly have to change and by standing together in unity the Rangers support can secure this change.

"So while administration and the events of this week have been painful let's rise to the challenge that lies before us."

The match-day programme also acknowledged the current situation, opting for a front cover bearing a quote from legendary former manager Bill Struth - who spent 34 years at the Ibrox helm - which declared: "No matter the days of anxiety that come our way, we shall emerge stronger because of the trials to be overcome."

Inside, it also carried a plea for fans to stand by the club after what he called "a black day".

But, despite the huge support, Rangers lost out 1-nil to Kilmarnock - with Dean Shiels scoring the only goal of the game after just 12 minutes.

© UTV News
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edinburgh ranger in belfast wrote (1,067 days ago):
Rangers fans reported to SFA for sectarian chanting at the "show of support" match. Nothing new there I know but it begs the question - does scottish football or Celtic for that matter, really need this rangers "institution" and all that goes along with it? I would suggest a club born out off and sustained by sectarianism we can all do without.
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