Rangers icon Walter Smith has insisted the strength of support for the Ibrox giants mean that the Gers “always keep going.”

Over 15,000 fans turned out at Ibrox on Saturday for a game featuring legends and celebrities for the club’s charity foundation and Smith admitted the support has been incredible over the last five or six years.

The Light Blues consistently sell out at home or away and the Gers legend thinks it is “amazing” to see Rangers have had the biggest gate in the UK against the likes of Elgin City.

“The one consistent factor at Rangers over the last five years or so has been the support, they are the heart of the club. The fans over that time have been incredible. You can’t speak highly enough about them,” Smith said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It’s amazing when you watch Sky Sports on a Saturday and if Arsenal and Man United are away from home Rangers have the biggest support – against Elgin.

“It’s their season-ticket money that has kept the club steady, they are the one thing which will ensure the club always keeps going.”

The Gers have around 45,000 season ticket holders at Ibrox and tickets to games at Ibrox have become harder and harder to come by for the first-time since the Gers were sweeping all before them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Football Insider verdict:

While Celtic fans regularly court publicity and plead for awards from the likes of FIFA in an attempt to give them some sort of legitimacy and cover over their horrendous disciplinary record in recent years, Rangers fans have quietly gone about backing their club and packing Ibrox to the rafters regardless of if they are playing Barcelona of Brechin City. Having that level of support has huge benefits for the club and will surely appeal to players who they are looking to bring to Ibrox. Playing in front of 50,000 passionate fans every other week is something that very few players don’t want to do.

In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Rangers news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.