By Matt Farr
Widzew Lodz vice-president Przemyslaw Klementowski insists that the Polish club want to follow in the trailblazing footsteps of Rangers.
The Polish outfit are claiming to have sold the the second highest amount of season tickets in lower league football in the world, behind only Rangers in 2012.
Lodz currently play their football in the Polish Fourth Division, after winning promotion from the fifth tier last season.
Incredibly, the two-time winning Polish champions have sold a record 10,000 season tickets ahead of the new season this month, despite their long-term absence from the top-tier.
However, the club aim to sell another 2,000 season tickets, and Klementowski told the Daily Record that they wanted to turn their record support into a path back to the top-tier, just like Rangers did while in top-flight exile.
“We have checked the records and we have now overtaken Parma – who sold 9000 season tickets when they had to play in Italy’s lower leagues.
“Only Rangers in Scotland have sold more while out of their top league and they are now back in the Premier League in Scotland, which is our aim too.
“It’s remarkable because in Poland there is not a big tradition of buying season tickets. I think even Legia Warsaw don’t have many more than us.”
Rangers were exiled from the Scottish Premiership at the end of the 2011-12 season, after vast financial troubles saw the club liquidated.
The 54-time Scottish champions were then forced to work their way back up through the ranks, from the fourth to the first tier.
But back-to-back promotions saw them jump from the third division to the Scottish Championship, where they were just one division away from returning to Scotland’s elite.
They lost in the Championship play-off final during the 2014-15 season, but regained their place in the division by winning the league title the following campaign.
They are currently third in the Premiership with 43 points from 26 games.
Rangers were believed to have sold 38,000 season tickets for the 2012-13 season.
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