St Mirren chief executive explains why Rangers will receive bumper ticket allocation for final day

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The Scottish Championship side have come under fire from their own fans for deciding to give Rangers large parts of the ground.

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick has defended the club's decision to provide Rangers with a bumper ticket allocation for the clash between the pair on the final day of the Scottish Championship season, the Daily Record reports.

The Record claims that the Buddies have come under fire from their own supporters after deciding that Light Blues fans will be able to purchase tickets for the south, north and part of the west stand at St Mirren Park, giving them an extra 2000 seats for the game.

But Fitzpatrick has insisted that Rangers clinching the title is the reason for the move, and suggested that it could benefit his own side's hopes of following them back to the top flight next season.

"Rangers haven't asked for these tickets but we're doing it in anticipation of them wanting a bigger allocation as they're going to win the league," he told the Record.

"We took police advice into consideration but my first reaction when we talked about giving the Rangers fans that stand was 'No way, I don't want to do this'.

"But it's not about Tony Fitzpatrick. You have to look at the bigger picture. For us that could bring in a lot of money - £60,000 or £70,000 - and that could help us get back into the Premiership."

With Mark Warburton's men boasting a 14 point lead at the top of the table, it seems more than likely that the Gers will have automatic-promotion assured long before the game at the end of April.

Nevertheless, the game will allow the long-suffering fans to celebrate the end of their exile from the Scottish Premiership, and given the support the club had during their days in the bottom tier, it seems likely that the supporters will want to attend the game to provide a closure to this difficult chapter in Rangers' history. 

And with the two clubs being in such close proximity, it seems likely that they will have no problem filling their allocation and creating a wonderful atmosphere to celebrate their return to the top table. 

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