Rangers’ Queen Elizabeth display of staunch UEFA defiance turns heads

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Rangers’ Queen Elizabeth display of staunch UEFA defiance turns heads

Rangers have been resoundingly praised across the United Kingdom for their show of UEFA defiance as they commemorated Queen Elizabeth II v Napoli at Ibrox.

The Gers unveiled a special Union Jack banner across the entire Broomloan Stand with a silhouette of the Monarch, who passed away last week at the age of 96.

This was followed by an impeccably observed minute’s silence before the Ibrox club also gave a rousing rendition of the British national anthem and God Save the King.

This is despite UEFA reportedly telling the Gers, and the other British clubs in this week’s competition, that they were not allowed to sing the song before their European clashes this week [Sky Sports].

Rangers – a club where Royalism and the British identity is very much woven into the DNA – are said to have ignored this to take the unique opportunity to remember Queen Elizabeth II, a figure who remains prominent at Ibrox Stadium.

The decision has earned the acclaim of Rangers fans from across the British footballing community whilst several other prominent voices online have been praising the club’s staunch defiance.

Have a look at some of the reaction online HERE.

Rangers fail to follow Queen display with Napoli result

Whilst Queen Elizabeth II was commemorated at Ibrox, unfortunately for Rangers the club’s woeful run of form continued as a spirited performance was undone by a second half red card.

The Gers performed valiantly against Serie A Napoli in their first home Champions League game for over a decade but after James Sands was sent off – and it’s been coming – the writing was on the wall.

Allan McGregor twice saved the resultant penalty – the kick retaken for encroachment – but the club was eventually undone by a third when Borna Barisic handballed in the box.

Matteo Politano netted from the spot, before Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele added insult to injury against Rangers’ 10 men in the closing stages.

The Ibrox side have now lost three games on the bounce, conceding 11 goals and scoring none with serious questions now being aimed at the club’s recruitment, board and management team.

Up next is Dundee United, where anything less than victory will surely see calls for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to walk get louder and louder.

Meanwhile, here are the former Rangers players who have lifted a World Cup.