Here’s why Rangers fans have reclaimed Zombie Nation from Celtic rivals

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Here’s why Rangers fans have reclaimed Zombie Nation from Celtic rivals

Rangers Ultras group the Union Bears have reclaimed Kernkraft 400 dance anthem Zombie Nation and aimed it at their Celtic counterparts the Green Brigade.

This comes after the rival group had one of their leading banners stolen and then hung upside down by the Legia Warsaw Ultras amid Artur Boruc’s testimonial earlier in the summer.

This, in the Ultras world, is the ultimate humiliation and in the past has seen groups disband across Europe out of shame as a result.

In 2008, Ultras Monchengladbach disbanded in similar circumstances due to the shame after the Borussia Monchengladbach supporters group had one of their main banners stolen during a clash with FC St Pauli. Read more HERE.

For a more recent example, Royal Antwerp Ultras group Antwerp Locomotives disbanded after supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt stole their banners in a match in 2021.

“When your group’s banner is stolen, according to the ultra code, you must stop,” reads an Antwerp Locos statement.

“We have decided on this one, even if it concerns a waving flag, to stop all activities such as Antwerp Loco’s with immediate effect and to dissolve the group of Antwerp Loco’s.

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“We lose the loss of our waving flag just as much as the loss of a banner and therefore keep the credit to ourselves.

“This is a choice we made as a group with respect for the unwritten code. Not like they did on the other side of town. But our honour and pride have been hurt too much.”

Rangers group Union Bears goad Celtic’s Green Brigade with Zombie Nation

Naturally, this has led to several Rangers fans goading the rival faction who have seemingly failed to live up to the so-called Ultras code by failing to collapse their group.

As a result, this is the reason why you have heard some Rangers fans humming the tune to Zombie Nation at recent matches, the suggestion being the group has come back from the dead.

Celtic fans have used the tune to goad Rangers fans in recent years following the club’s financial collapse in 2012, similarly suggesting that the Ibrox side have come back from the dead.

It’s fair to say that neither Rangers’ Ultras group the Union Bears or Celtic faction the Green Brigade see eye-to-eye and the two have regularly clashed in Glasgow city centre and beyond.

Amongst the most famous of recent years includes when the Celtic fans had pasted banners all over Glasgow ahead of an Old Firm in 2020 which Rangers won 2-0 courtesy of a Connor Goldson double.

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In response, the Union Bears would put up posters of Goldson blowing a kiss down the camera accompanied by a video which used the song Live it Up by Mental as Anything.

The clip would go viral in Rangers circles and the song became the anthem of the Ibrox side’s triumphant 55-winning season.

The song got so big at one point between 2020 and 2021 the band themselves even responded to the Rangers support as the club closed in on the title.