Rangers could receive a points deduction or even be banned from Europe altogether if unruly fans persist with sectarian singing.

The Ibrox club have been dealt a body blow by European football’s governing body UEFA with a section of the stadium being closed for Thursday’s crunch Playoff tie with Legia Warsaw.

But even if Rangers get into the Europa League group stages, our place won’t be guaranteed if people continue to shout sectarian songs.

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UEFA consider this behaviour in the same bracket as racism – and as soon as you begin to be accused of this it is incredibly damaging to the club’s global brand.

People are letting the side down here – they have got to wisen up.

 

As the snippet from the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations shows, UEFA have a three-tiered process to punishing clubs when it comes to this.

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Firstly, guilty clubs receive partial stadium closure (as is the case with Rangers against Legia [Rangers.co.uk]).

If the club is found guilty again, Rangers will be punished with a £50k fine and one match being played behind closed doors.

After that, “any subsequent offence is punished with more than one match being played behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points and/or disqualification from the competition”.

It’s time for Rangers fans to wisen up to sectarian singing at the club – it could cost us a place in Europe. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For anyone trying to defend the singing of these songs, this is the reality of what we’re facing up to.

The financial damage expulsion from Europe would have on the club is monumental.

And would Steven Gerrard really be happy managing a club who can’t play in Europe because of a charge of racism?

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