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SALES of season tickets and Champions League tickets at Fir Park are said to be ‘encouraging’.

The club told the Times & Speaker this week that while no figures were available at the moment, ‘sales have been encouraging thus far’.

The positive response followed the launch of a Steelmen Forever campaign, aimed at uniting fans, sponsors and ‘well-wishers’ after the ‘Newco’ vote.

Chief executive Leeann Dempster said at the launch: “There has been plenty of negativity around the game in recent months but the new landscape of Scottish Football provides hope and opportunity.

“I believe we are about half way through our journey to being a truly sustainable fan owned club. I see the early and encouraging results that are happening because of the changes we made four years ago.

“Our gates are up again this year and importantly we are seeing more young people in the stadium now than at any time in our recent past, this can only bode well for the future.

“Recent events though have moved outwith our control and if we do not act, we could face a material risk to our club.

“Scottish football is currently in crisis and we need to face up to this challenge by uniting as clubs and as supporters to get every club through these difficult time.”

She added: “Steelmen Forever is a campaign designed at focusing fans, sponsors and well-wishers behind one banner.

“We ask everyone who cares about what we are about to help.

“There is a real chance for the fans in this country to rescue the game and we want you to play a big part in that.”

Meanwhile, the squad returned from an intensive five-day training camp in Portugal on Friday to kick-off a busy preseason fixture card.

However, the match against Romanian side Rapid Bucharest on Monday night was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Grangemouth Stadium.

Motherwell will now get their first taste of pre-season at Ayr on Saturday, followed by another away game at Raith Rovers on Tuesday night.

Fir Park will host Everton for Stevie Hammell’s testimonial on Saturday, July 21, before the side concludes preseason preparations against county rivals Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park on Tuesday, July 24.