Lyon arrived at Ibrox in style on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their Europa League clash against Rangers.

The French giants jetted in on the eve of their Group A opener, with key men like Lucas Paqueta, Xherdan Shaqiri and Bruno Guimaraes all travelling despite previous doubts regarding their availability.

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Xherdan Shaqiri arrived with his Lyon teammates at Ibrox on Wednesday ahead of a Europa League clash against Rangers. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Images of the impressive OL team bus emerged on social media earlier this week and it delivered the players safely to the Light Blues’ stadium ahead of their final pre-match training session.

A video released via the Ligue 1 club’s official Twitter account showed that Rangers had left a polite ‘Bienvenue au Stade Ibrox’ (Welcome to Ibrox Stadium) message on the big screen for the visitors and their session was watched by club president Jean-Michel Aulas and sporting director Juninho.


Another tweet that featured an image of the squad gathered near the centre circle was captioned ‘Hi Ibrox’ along with waving and saltire emojis.

Further images were soon posted showing key men like France international Houssem Aouar, Brazil star Paqueta and World Cup-winning Germany defender Jerome Boateng getting used to the Ibrox surface.

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Boateng is yet to make his first start for OL since signing on a free transfer on 1 September following his release by Bayern Munich, but he made his debut off the bench in a 3-1 league victory over Strasbourg at the weekend and could start against the Gers.

In recent seasons, some visiting teams have been unable to train at Ibrox on the eve of Europa League clashes due to the poor condition of the pitch, but the new surface that was laid over the summer is yet to be really tested by the elements and looks in excellent shape ahead of Thursday’s match.

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