UEFA Cup winner and former Germany international Dietmar Hamann has said he always looks out for Rangers’ progress, courtesy of Steven Gerrard.

Hamann, 46, was a former Liverpool teammate of Gerrard’s with the former Bayern Munich midfielder actually won the UEFA Cup alongside the now Ibrox boss back in 2001.

As the big midfielder appeared in Nyon to call the Europa League last 16 draw, Hamann made the claim live on UEFA’s coverage of the event, just prior to pulling out native German side Bayer Leverkusen alongside Rangers.

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“One of my former teammates, Steven Gerrard, he’s in charge of Rangers,” said Hamann [BT Sport].

“So I always keep an eye on them.

“Then obviously the German teams, hopefully, Frankfurt can make it three for Germany in the last 16.

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“I think it’s a wide-open competition, I think that’s the beauty this year with the likes of Arsenal going out yesterday.

“I think any of the 16 teams will fancy their chances to win it this year.”

Hamann was invited to conduct the draw as a former winner of the tournament.

The mobile German midfielder started his career with Bayern Munich, before first moving to England via Newcastle United in 1998.

He would spend seven years at Liverpool between 1999 and 2006 and obviously retains a close friendship with Rangers boss Gerrard.

Dietmar Hamann and now Rangers boss Steven Gerrard spent the best part of a decade together at Liverpool. Mandatory Credit:Mike Finn-Kelcey /Allsport

Both players also won the Champions League together, with Hamann famously coming on at halftime during the iconic Miracle of Istanbul in 2005.

Hamann also earned 59 caps for Germany, scoring five times for his country across a career which also saw the midfielder play for Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and MK Dons.

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