Rangers punished again by UEFA for more sectarian singing
Closed: Empty seats at Ibrox last night (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers have been ordered to close a section of Ibrox for their opening Europa League group game against Feyenoord after being found guilty of a second charge of sectarian singing.
The Light Blues qualified for the group phase with a narrow 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw in Glasgow last night.
UEFA ordered Rangers to leave at least 3000 seats empty for the second leg of the play-off after finding them guilty of ‘racist behaviour’ during the first-round qualifier with St Joseph’s.
The same punishment has now been dished out in the wake of this second charge relating to further ‘racist behaviour’ in the first leg stalemate against the Poles, the Group G opener going ahead on Thursday, 19 September.
Earlier this week, the club released a strongly-worded statement urging supporters to refrain from indulging in such songs, stressing fans were ‘insulting’ Rangers with such behaviour.
Rangers have also said they will not be taking up any allocation of tickets for their first away game, which will be in Switzerland against Young Boys.
Porto complete the group line-up for Steven Gerrard, who said: “It’s a fantastic draw for us. There’s some really tasty games in there and nice countries to visit but we’re not in that group to make up the numbers.”
19.9.19 Rangers v Feyenoord (8pm)
3.10.19 Young Boys v Rangers (5.55pm)
24.10.19 Porto v Rangers (5.55pm)
7.11.19 Rangers v Porto (8pm)
28.11.19 Feyenoord v Rangers (5.55pm)
12.12.19 Rangers v Young Boys (8pm)
Celtic have been handed the chance of revenge against their Champions League conquerors CFR Cluj.
Neil Lennon’s side were stunned by the Romanians in the qualifiers earlier this month but will now have the chance to right that wrong.
Dan Petrescu saw his side drop into the second tier tournament after their play-off loss to Slavia Prague.
The Hoops will also face Lazio and Stade Rennais in a group Lennon thinks suits his team.
“It’s a great draw. A couple of glamour games and the chance for some retribution against Cluj,” he said. “Lazio is a great draw. A trip to Rome is something everyone will look forward to. I think we can make an impact in the group.”
19.9.19 Rennes v Celtic (5.55pm)
3.10.19 Celtic v Cluj (8pm)
24.10.19 Celtic v Lazio (8pm)
7.11.19 Lazio v Celtic (5.55pm)
28.11.19 Celtic v Rennes (8pm)
12.12.19 Cluj v Celtic (5.55pm)