Ajax fans are planning a pre-match corteo which takes off from George Square ahead of the Champions League clash with Rangers.

Like Rangers, the Dutch Champions are famed for the veracity and passion of their supporters and ahead of their trip to Ibrox will be leaving the famous Glasgow City Centre square at 5:30pm tonight.

In footballing terms, a corteo is a procession of football fans who move through to the stadium with banners, pyrotechnics and club anthems all around.

Rangers fans have done plenty on their travels in Europe and whilst Ajax are set to descend on our city, there is something of a good feeling between both sets of fans so we envisage no issues.

The less said about the clash between Ajax and our city rivals Celtic, however, the better.

Rangers to welcome Ajax fans to Glasgow hoping for Champions League miracle

Unfortunately for Rangers, it would take something of a miracle for this game to have more substance than just the pride and finances involved in gaining points.

Rangers have had a woeful Champions League campaign and could yet finish as the tournament’s worst-ever Group Stage team should results go against them this evening.

Ajax too haven’t exactly set the heather alight and – barring that 4-0 humbling of Rangers in Amsterdam – have failed to register a single point in a tough group.

Rangers can technically still get the Europa League spot in 3rd, but it will take a five goal victory in Govan.

UEFA Europa Champions League"Ajax Amsterdam v Rangers FC"
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Liverpool and Napoli might be substantially ahead of Rangers and Ajax but heading into the game Ibrox manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst refuted the suggestion the Gers are ready to compete with the Dutch side.

Ajax – albeit in the midst of a transition at present – have been regular late-stage participants in the Champions League over the last decade in particular whilst Rangers are part of the tournament for the first time in 12 years.

As Rangers prepare to welcome Ajax fans to Ibrox, the club are in the midst of an increasingly worsening injury crisis.

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