Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has claimed that the Gers are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The Northern Irishman made the claim after having signed a deal with League One side Sunderland following his departure from Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08.
The 32-year-old then went on to suggest that the Black Cats are equally as big as the Gers.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “Rangers is probably one of the biggest clubs in the world and Sunderland is right up there as well; the fanbase, the size and structure of the club is equal to Rangers.
“So, I know what it takes to play for a club of this size and what to expect.”
Is Lafferty right?
There are really two parts to this one.
Firstly, are Rangers one of the biggest clubs in the world?
You’d certainly struggle to find too many sides who can boast the same ardency from their fanbase, and even fewer who have matched them in terms of the titles they have won.
The club have 54 league titles to their name, the most in the world, and if that doesn’t make them a massive club, what else could?
Secondly, are Sunderland as big?
Support in the north east may be as loyal and unerring as it is in the blue half of Glasgow, but in terms of major honours, the Black Cats don’t really compare.
With six titles and two FA Cup wins throughout the course of their history, they lag behind the Bears a fair bit in that regard.