A former Premier League referee travelled to Denmark to support Rangers in their Europa League clash against Brondby on Thursday evening.

Jeff Winter was one of the top whistlers in the UK in his prime.

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Jeff Winter and Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

He had a no-nonsense approach to officiating and took charge of Premier League games between 1995 and 2004. He then went on to referee at the popular Masters Football series.

Winter’s retirement allowed him to start following football as a fan once again and he has two teams.

He supports his hometown club Middlesbrough and he’s also a bluenose.

The former PL and FA Cup final referee doesn’t just occasionally turn up at Rangers matches, either.

He follows the Gers avidly and documents his experiences as a fan on social media. In the past fortnight, the 66-year-old has been to watch Steven Gerrard’s side take on Brondby and Aberdeen at Ibrox, Motherwell at Fir Park and even the 1-1 away draw with the Danish champions.

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The former Premier League referee follows Rangers near and far – making it to Denmark for the Europa League clash against Brondby. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He shared photos from the Brondby Stadion both before and after Thursday evening’s game.

“Back from the game, that point could be vital,” he wrote on Twitter after the match.

“Still lapses of concentration but played some good football and Kent could make a big difference. WATP.”

As expected, there was a sizeable contingent of Rangers fans in the ground and they did their best to be heard despite the impressive noise generated by the home supporters.

The result may have been a disappointing one against a limited Brondby side, but progression to the knockout stages is still very much possible for Rangers and Winter will no doubt be there at Ibrox later this month for the likely decisive clash with Sparta Prague.

In other news, Rangers fans may be breathing a sigh of relief with a major development reportedly imminent at a Premier League club.

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