Rangers legend John Brown has hailed the Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club insisting clubs like the Stornoway-based club are the backbone of the Ibrox club.
And he is adamant they have been crucial to the Light Blues during their darkest days.
Speaking to the Stornoway Gazette during his weekend visit to the Club, acknowledged as the world’s biggest Rangers Supporters Club with more than 600 members, Brown said: “I was here three years ago with Andy Goram and really enjoyed it so I was pleased to come back to what is the biggest supporters club in the world. I really appreciate the fans, and these guys here with the distance they have to travel and the money they have to spend to come and support their team.
I think the fans are the lifeblood of Rangers.
“The club has been through some turbulent times in recent years but I think the signs are good with a new management team and new players coming to the club.
“The early signs are very encouraging and I think we will have a succesful season.”
New manager Mark Warburton has hit the ground running at Ibrox with convincing wins in each of his two first cup matches so far this season and Brown, who was known as Bomber in his playing days, has been impressed with the new gaffer’s playing style and recruitment policy.
Brown said: “The manager has brought in a lot of players we don’t know too much about but he has a good knowledge of the English market. He has brought in young guys on very little money who, if they do well, will move on then for substanital amounts to the benefit of Rangers. All the guys have great potential and they should come on with the good coaching staff.
“Guys like (Andy) Halliday and (Danny) Wilson have come full circle and its great to see quality players like them back at Rangers. Ironically both left-sided players which was the foot I kicked with,” he smiled.
“They are good, intelligent players who use the ball well and at Rangers you have to be willing to go and get on the ball and both of them are very composed.
“The club are making good moves to bring in the best players and in the league they are in Scott Allan is one of the best. He caused Rangers problems last year and if they can get him he will strengthen their midfield where it is all about competition.”
See this week’s Stornoway Gazette to read the rest of the exclusive interview by Eric Mackinnon.