French defender Seb Faure has opened up on his time at Ibrox in the lower leagues and admits it was “mind-blowing” to see the backing Rangers got from their fans in the Third Division as he looked ahead to the Gers facing another of his old sides, Lyon, in the Europa League tonight.
Faure came through the ranks at Lyon before moving to Rangers in 2012 and the Frenchman was taken aback by the demand from fans to see the Light Blues in action.
“When I arrived the club had big financial problems. Rangers had to go down to the lowest professional level, the fourth tier, the equivalent of National 2 in France,” Faure told Olympique et Lyonnais.
“At that time, the club had had to stop the season ticket sales that had been set up because the demand was too high.
“Rangers couldn’t use the whole stadium for season tickets and with 30-40,000 signing up, they had to stop to make places for others.
“What struck me was that the stadium, especially in the first year, averaged 46,000 spectators in the fourth tier across in 18 matches.
“It was mind-blowing.
They say that sport is a religion but it is kind of true there, unlike in France.
“Rangers have been legendary for years. They won many titles, a European trophy.
“It’s mythical thing and it is handed down from generation to generation. The great-grandfather is Rangers or when the little one is born, he he’s Rangers from the age of six months. It’s generational. They follow their team until the end.”
Faure left Rangers in 2015 after three years at Ibrox, returning to Lyon for a brief spell and turning out a couple of times for the French side’s B team.
He now plies his trade with GOAL FC in the fourth-tier of the French league as the 30-year-old continues to play professionally.