Shades of iconic Rangers tale as global footballing icon unveils AC Milan torment
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Shades of iconic Rangers tale in AC Milan Serie A title torment

AC Milan striker and global footballing icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic channeled the spirit of ex-Rangers defender Marvin Andrews in helping the Rosseneri to the Serie A title.

The legendary Swedish striker revealed after AC Milan’s first title win in 11 years that he had been playing through the pain barrier in order to help the side to the Scudetto.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims that he has has been playing for the last six months without an ACL and the 40-year-old has now undergone surgery on the issue.

“I was only able to train with the team 10 times in the last six months,” writes Ibrahimovic on Instagram.

“For the last six months I played without an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] in my left knee. Took more than 20 injections in six months. Emptied the knee once a week for six months. Painkillers every day for six months.

“I made something impossible to something possible. In my mind I had only one objective, to make my team-mates and coach champions of Italy because I made them a promise. Today I have a new ACL and another trophy.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic AC Milan story has shades of Rangers and Marvin Andrews

Given Zlatan’s age it’s a difficult injury to recover from but don’t bet against the striker roaring back after eight months on the sidelines.

But Rangers fans will be more than familiar with this story when it comes to Marvin Andrews who defied doctors and put his trust in God in the 04/05 season.

After badly injuring the cruciate ligament in his left knee, Andrews refused to have surgery with the Ibrox side in the midst of a title run-in [Guardian].

After the devout Christian consulted with God, Andrews decided against surgery and Rangers even seen a four point lead in the league slip heading into the final day.

Famously saying Keep Believing, miraculously Rangers would win the title on Helicopter Sunday with Marvin Andrews playing the entire match against Hibs on the day.

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The defender would even continue playing until he was 38 and Andrews regularly turns out at Ibrox legend matches.

So whilst it’s impressive that Zlatan Ibrahimovic played through the pain barrier for AC Milan, it’s a story Rangers and Marvin Andrews have heard before.

Meanwhile, Rangers remain interested in an ex-Man United youth but face competition from a couple of Premier League clubs.

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