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Rangers Set Fourth-Tier Attendance Record In Home Opener
Published August 20, 2012
MAKING A STATEMENT: In Glasgow, Martin Hannan reported that Rangers Manager Ally McCoist said, "What a statement. I didn’t have any doubts, but you always wonder how many will come. In the last ten days, it has been staggering.” The record crowd "filled Ibrox to the gunwales as the famous old place hosted something it had never seen before -- Rangers in a league match that wasn’t top flight." Those who said the Rangers' support would dwindle if faced with the reality of playing in the Third Division were "made to look ridiculous." Allowing for concession and child tickets, "that’s the best part of £10M ($15.6M) banked." Add in the sales from the East Fife Cup game and the contribution from the hospitality boxes, and suddenly Rangers’ finances "are no longer a basket case now that they are shorn of debt" (SCOTSMAN, 8/18).
LOCKED OUT: In Edinburgh, Emma Smith reported that Rangers supporters queued outside the Ibrox ticket office for more than an hour because their season ticket cards "had not been activated despite money being taken from their bank accounts." Most missed the first half. Some were even told they could not get in to watch the match because "their seats had already been sold." No one from Rangers was available to comment (DAILY RECORD, 8/19).
SPL TO PROBE RANGERS: The SCOTSMAN reported that the SPL has announced that Nimmo Smith will chair the independent commission appointed to investigate "alleged undisclosed payments made by Rangers to players." The SFL also appointed Nimmo to "chair its own inquiry into activities" at Rangers earlier this year. Smith, who has served as an insolvency judge and was one of five judges who heard the appeal of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in '02, was appointed by the SFA in February, days after Rangers were forced to call in the administrators. The SPL commission will determine whether Rangers "breached their rules" in relation to Employee Benefit Trust payments and arrangements for players (SCOTSMAN, 8/18).