As Rangers prepare to face off against Slavia Prague the tie might also be of considerable interest to fans of Premier League West Ham who’ve adopted the Czech side as their own.

Some supporters of West Ham United might have had an affinity to Ibrox in the past but now they’ll be torn between Steven Gerrard’s side and star midfielder Tomáš Souček.

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Midfielder Tomáš Souček has been a major part of West Ham’s Champions League push. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

The Premier League outfit are in the Champions League places under David Moyes this season and much of that has been down to the success of the towering Czech international.

Souček, 25, plays a vital role in the Hammers side, scoring eight times from midfield in the Premier League with his powerful frame reminiscent of how Moyes used Marouane Fellaini at Everton.

The midfielder has been a revelation in east London but he actually joined the Premier League side from Slavia Prague, a team he still adores.

David Moyes’ high-flying side forked out £15m to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal in the summer after a successful loan spell last season [BBC Sport].

Souček’s relationship with his old club and his old teammates is so good that the Slavia Prague team even phoned the midfielder after they knocked out Leicester in the round of 32.

The Czech international was wearing a Slavia Prague top cheering on his old teammates as they won 2-0 v Brendan Rodgers side.

As a result of the relationship and Souček’s passion West Ham fans have adopted Slavia as their second side and may well cheer them on against Rangers.

Plenty of West Ham fans flood the club’s socials with some even in two minds after the Ibrox side were drawn against their newly adopted European side.

It just adds to the interest in the tie with Hammers fans surely bound to tune into the matches between Rangers and Slavia Prague as a result.

Here’s more about Slavia Prague and what Rangers fans can expect to see when the tie kicks off in a fortnight’s time.

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