Rangers fans handed further Champions League wait after long 12 years
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Rangers fans handed further Champions League wait after long 12 years

Rangers fans who’ve been waiting 12 years to hear the Champions League anthem belted out during the group stage of the competition will be sorely disappointed against Napoli.

The famous anthem rang around Rangers’ iconic Ibrox Stadium during the home leg of the Champions League Playoff with PSV Eindhoven but for many this is still a bit too early for it to hit with the proper resonance.

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To many the moment the music plays in the group stage is for them the end of the club’s journey back from the lower divisions.

But with plenty of Gers fans having earmarked the clash with Serie A giants Napoli as the first time they’ll hear the famous anthem in over a decade at group stage level, news has broke that the Champions League anthem won’t be played in this week’s clash.

Instead, the home tie with Liverpool on the 12th of October will be the first time the music rings out around the Ibrox in the Champions League proper.

Why won’t Champions League anthem be played at Ibrox?

According to the likes of the Daily Mail, the Champions League anthem won’t be played because the composition borrows notes from a song played at the coronation of British monarchs.

The Champions League anthem was written by English composer Tony Britten in 1992 and is closely based on George Frideric Handel composition Zadok the Priest, which is used at coronations.

As a result, the anthem will not be played at British grounds this week with Rangers not the only club affected.

Whilst Rangers are set to host Napoli, Liverpool play host to Ajax, Chelsea will face off against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge whilst Man City host Borussia Dortmund.

The famous Champions League anthem will not be played at any of the matches this week as a mark of respect of the coronation of King Charles III after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Rangers’ clash with Napoli has already been rearranged due to the stretched policing situation in the UK, with the match moved forward 24 hours and set to go ahead without away fans.

Rangers have also been told that their match with Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership will go ahead this weekend.