Rangers fans deserve huge praise for conduct after difficult week
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Rangers support deserve plaudits for incredible atmosphere v Legia

Rangers fans haven’t had their troubles to seek over the past few weeks after the club was hit with two charges for sectarian singing by UEFA – but the Gers support deserves tremendous credit for the way it conducted itself during last night’s Europa League playoff win over Legia Warsaw.

With 3000 seats empty at Ibrox last night by order of UEFA and the Gers facing a second disciplinary hearing later today, the behaviour of supporters was under the spotlight as they welcomed Legia to Ibrox last night.

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Some – even within the Rangers support – were more than a little trepidatious ahead of the game and fearful that a small section of fans could decide they wanted to ‘take a stand’ and land the Gers in further trouble but thankfully there was none of that.

Instead, what did happen was 45,000 fans got behind the team in a way that many have called for for a long time rather than singing about 19th-century Anglo-Irish politics or fornicating with heads of religious organisations.

There were spells where it was incredibly nervy and there was a palpable feeling of tension within the ground as Legia threatened to score but for the majority of the game, the crowd were firmly behind the 11 on the pitch wearing blue.

There was plenty of provocation from the Legia fans too, as they seemed eager to pull Rangers into the sort of behaviour that has UEFA watching our every move – although it must be said that a huge banner of Pope John Paul II is some top-level shithousery from the visitors.

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Depending on the outcome of today’s disciplinary hearing, there might well still be more mud to be thrown at the support over the coming days but last night showed just how little certain songs are needed to create an atmosphere at Ibrox – and just how capable the support is of ditching them.

While it’s almost certain that the majority of those who rushed to hammer Rangers over the last week won’t be in quite the same hurry to hand out praise – it’s only fair that the efforts of the fans last night don’t go unmentioned.

Hopefully, when the next Europa League game at Ibrox comes rolling around in a few weeks, we can replicate it and continue to keep out of UEFA’s crosshairs.

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