An impressive number of Rangers fans crashed the second-leg Europa League Round of 32 clash between Porto and Bayer Leverkusen at the Dragao Stadium on Thursday night, following the Gers’ win in Braga the previous evening.
Multiple videos have emerged on social media of a collection of Bears who clearly decided there was no need to rush back to Glasgow after Steven Gerrard’s side secured their passage to the last 16.
Given the proximity of the two grounds and the helpful scheduling of the fixtures, this was a pretty unique opportunity to take in high-profile European matches on consecutive nights.
Took over Porto’s stadium😂 pic.twitter.com/V2q52OVI0H
— Kyle🇳🇱 (@kyle_r72) February 27, 2020
— Jordan Hamilton (@hammy06rfc) February 27, 2020
A few gallant bears singing Rangers songs at Porto v Leverkusen 😂😂 brilliant (wasn’t me who took video) pic.twitter.com/yIXO1jsH5O
— Greg Wright (@GregLeft) February 27, 2020
Just like when the Gers travelled to the Dragao during the group stages, there were plenty of empty seats in the ground and a relatively stale atmosphere.
Therefore, the Rangers fans decided they would bring the noise, making their presence felt by belting out some familiar songs.
Their efforts certainly didn’t serve as an inspiration to the home side, who lost 3-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate to an impressive Bayer Leverkusen.
The videos suggest not a great deal of attention was being paid to the action, but unbeknownst to them, they were witnessing Rangers’ last 16 opponents in action.
The Light Blues were drawn against the in-form Bundesliga outfit, who will be welcomed to Ibrox for the first leg on 12 March.