Rangers fans have been left thoroughly embarrassed after images appeared to show the Lyon team bus being vandalised ahead of the club’s Europa League clash.

The side of the impressive team bus has been spray-painted with the term “RFC” as well as an expletive aimed at the Ligue 1 club.

Rangers Ultras appear to have taken credit for the tag, but the move has not gone down well amongst the Ibrox support on Twitter.

Gers fans are well used to being lambasted in the press for the behaviour of others and this is yet another opportunity handed to the club’s detractors.

The issue here is the sensitivity surrounding Rangers at the moment – at times it’s very much felt like open season on the club and the support – and the wider impact this behaviour has on not just the group responsible, but the rest of the support by association.

If they want to make a statement, Ultras groups would be better served working smarter rather than reducing their often good work to playground graffiti.

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It’s more negativity, more ammunition, more nonsense attached to the club and support. We don’t want to overblow it but at the end of the day, timing is everything.

No-one is asking Lyon to be welcomed to Glasgow with a red carpet but this vandalism does nothing more than show Rangers fans up and taint the French club’s experience at Ibrox.

The notion that it’s going to do anything else – such as fire both groups of players up – is utterly ridiculous.

Rangers fans are in no rush to endorse the behaviour – which is sure to cost a pretty penny to resolve – and the club’s fans have been shaking their heads in the aftermath of it.

Here’s a selection of tweets from embarrassed supporters criticising the group which took it upon themselves to vandalise the Lyon team bus:

 

Rangers are preparing to face Lyon in their Europa League opener this evening with the Gers set to welcome the Ligue 1 club to Ibrox.

Whilst both sides don’t have their injury issues to seek, Lyon will be without £76.5m worth of talent for the clash with Rangers.

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