Rangers have topped the Europa League matchday one attendance chart ahead of big clubs like Real Betis and Red Star Belgrade.

The Gers’ Group A campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a 2-0 defeat to a quality Lyon side at Ibrox last week.

Rangers FC v Olympique Lyon: Group A - UEFA Europa League

An impressive crowd packed into Ibrox to take in Rangers vs Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It means that they have plenty of work to do over the coming months to make it to the knockout stages of the competition.

However, what isn’t in any doubt at this stage, is the size of the club’s loyal following.

44,906 fans were at Ibrox to witness the clash against OL, the biggest crowd of any EL matchday one fixture.

In fact, the crowd was over 14k bigger than any other, with the 30,893 that attended Real Betis vs Celtic at the Estadio Benito Villamarin the second biggest attendance.

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Leicester City came in third with a crowd of 29,579 at the King Power Stadium for their 2-2 draw with Italian giants Napoli, while 25,000 took in Fenerbahce vs Frankfurt in Istanbul and 24,671 saw Red Star Belgrade down Braga at the Rajko Mitić Stadium.

Real Betis v Celtic FC: Group G - UEFA Europa League

Rangers’ crowd dwarfed those of all other clubs, including Real Betis and Red Star Belgrade. (Photo by Jose Luis Contreras/DAX Images/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Clearly, half of the 32 clubs in the competition at this point are yet to play at home and so it remains to be seen if the Gers will record the highest attendance of the group stages.

However, it’s a significant achievement to have had the biggest crowd of matchday one, especially given the controversially high ticket prices.

Next up for the Gers in the competition is a trip to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague and here’s how the capital club have been getting on so far this season.

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