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8th Jul, 2016 | 5:08am

Rangers close in on record deal

By Dominic Toner

As Rangers prepare for life in the Scottish Premiership their fans are quickly filling up season tickets in support and club captain Lee Wallace has credited manager Mark Warburton for this.

The club report that over 40,000 have been sold already and that the record of 43,170 is under serious threat of being overtaken.

Defender Wallace has told the Rangers website that he and his teammates are blown away by the support from fans and has named his manager as a major driving force behind it.

“In the off season, we saw the reported sales figures and among ourselves in the group chat we were all talking about it, and the anticipation was building,” Wallace said.

“They’ve been beating records for the number of people at games for a number of years now, and it’s obviously a consequence of what the manager has come in and done last season.”

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Following promotion from the Scottish Championship last season, there is much anticipation around Ibrox for the new season to commence.

Although chairman Dave King and manager Mark Warburton have urged plans to boycott away games from some supporters not to come to fruition.

Fans will be eager to watch some of the clubs new faces live in action, after Rangers have been busy in the transfer window so far. Notably familiar names Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Clint Hill have joined Ibrox to work under Warburton.

The club also picked up a victory in their first pre-season match yesterday against Charleston Battery and another new signing Josh Windass marked his debut with a goal.

In other Rangers news, they have opened talks in a bid to seal their ninth summer signing.