West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted he was looking forward to the prospect of facing Rangers in the last-16 of the Europa League before ultimately being left disappointed when they were kept apart in the draw.

The Hammers will instead face Sevilla in the last 16, with Rangers drawn to play Serbian side Red Star for a place in the quarter-finals.

UEFA Europa League 2021/22 Round of 16 Draw
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Moyes was full of praise for Rangers after they knocked German giants Borussia Dortmund out of the competition, confessing that he thinks it would be a “real tough game” for his side.

“I did (want Rangers) because I was looking forward to the prospect of going to Rangers,” Moyes said [Football London].

“That would be a real tough game, Rangers did brilliantly well to overcome Dortmund. But great credit to them for getting through against Dortmund, I think they are the only team to be knocked out from the teams who qualified from Champions League, so great credit to Rangers for getting through.”

Should both sides get through, there is still the prospect of a quarter-final meeting between Rangers and West Ham this season.

Moyes’ history at Celtic would be sure to add a little more spice to the game but the prospect of tens of thousands of Rangers fans descending on London is one that Gers fans would relish.

Read our match report as Rangers B picked up an impressive three points in the Lowland League last night against Broomhill

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