Rangers fans in Corby are devastated over the football club’s financial crisis but have vowed to stay loyal.
Manager Ally McCoist believes the fans will be most affected after the club was placed into administration and he has called for their backing.
Rangers, who played at the official opening of Corby’s new Steel Park stadium in November, have been docked 10 league points by the Scottish Premier League which effectively hands the title to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Life-long Rangers fan James McIlroy, 49, of Derwent Walk, Corby, said: “This has been on the cards for a long time. We are devastated, but it’s not the end.
“It’s a really sad time for the club but the fans will support them forever, no matter how bad it is.”
Rangers were forced into administration over an unpaid tax bill of £9m which was accrued since Craig Whyte’s takeover in May last year. Paul Clark of Duff and Phelps, who was appointed administrator with David Whitehouse, promised to keep fans updated after holding a meeting with Rangers staff on Tuesday.
The unpaid £9m comes on top of two other tax disputes, the bigger of which could cost the club £75m, according to Mr Whyte.
Mr McIlroy said: “I don’t want to point the finger but Mr Whyte made a lot of promises that weren’t kept. He didn’t fulfill his promise to pay off debts and bring in new players.
“I have confidence in the administrators. Things will get sorted out but it will take a long time. In the meantime we’re 14 points behind Celtic.”
Mr McCoist, describing Rangers fans as the best in the world, said: “The team really need the support of the fans more than ever in this hour.”
Fans at the Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club, in Rockingham Road, Corby, and those at the Corby Loyal Rangers Supporters Club, which meets at Stewarts and Lloyds Bowl Club, in Occupation Road, both have travel sections which run coaches to the home games.
David Smart, 77, of George Blackall Court, Corby, another life-long fan, said: “It’s very disappointing. If Rangers goes to the wall, Celtic won’t be far behind them. They are the mainstays of Scottish football. I hope it can be sorted out.”
Administrators are expected to look at cutting costs, including job losses among playing staff.