Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has paid tribute to Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard for the “exceptional” league title win this season, as he also acnowledged the role the club’s “committed investors” played in helping back Gerrard’s side financially.

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As the Ibrox side launched their season ticket renewals for the 2021/22 season, Robertson reflected on a campaign which saw the Light Blues crowned champions at the earliest point in a season for a century.

With supporters still locked out as a result of Covid, Robertson lauded their patience as he revealed his optimism that there will be supporters back inside Ibrox in some form next season.

“It is now over a year since you were able to join us at Ibrox, and your presence is missed more with each passing match,” Robertson wrote in his letter to season ticket holders.

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“However, with the improvement in the Covid-19 situation, it is with increasing optimism that we look forward to a return of supporters to Ibrox for the new season.Covid-19 and its implications were always going to pose the club some challenges, but those challenges were eased significantly by your staggering uptake of season tickets to record levels last year despite the prospect of not getting into the stadium over this past season.

“The committed investors we have must also take enormous credit for their continued backing of the club, and by extension, the team on the pitch. With everyone pulling together, for the same end goals, it has been a very powerful combination.

“The new season will begin with the unveiling of the Scottish Premiership flag for a world record 55th time. This is an incredible milestone. As a board, we cannot pay a high enough tribute to our manager, Steven Gerrard, his backroom staff and our players for their efforts over the last campaign.

“We always knew the delivery of 55 would be a monumental moment for the club, but to have done it in the manner the team did, was exceptional. We now need to ensure that we take the next step and keep pushing to ensure further success and glory for our great club.”

After smashing the club’s record for season tickets 12 months ago when it was looking very unlikely fans would see a ball kicked in anger, the Ibrox hierarchy will be hoping the fans show that same loylty again this time around.

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The prospect of getting into Ibrox to see Steven Gerrard and his Rangers players unfurl the league flag is sure to be one that fans already can’t wait for, and hopefully, clubs can start opening gates up before the current campaign comes to an end.

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