Rangers fans sing the national anthem and display a mosaic in tribute to Queen ahead of the Champions League clash against Napoli at Ibrox

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Rangers fans sang the national anthem ahead of their Champions League clash against Napoli at Ibrox.

The Scottish club are playing their first match since the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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The club were determined to pay tribute to Her Majesty, who died aged 96 on September 8

Rangers, a club known to be pro-royalist, asked UEFA to play the national anthem after a minute’s silence in honor of the late Queen.

However, those requests were turned down, with UEFA saying the decision was made for consistency with them having already decided not to play the competition’s anthem as a mark of respect.

But Rangers still opted to play the national anthem through the Ibrox PA system, with fans duly joining.

The decision could result in a fine from European football’s governing body.

A mosaic of Her Majesty was displayed shortly before the two teams entered the field. Chants of Rule Britannia were also heard in the stands as the two groups of players stood in the tunnel.

A period of silence in memory of Elizabeth II was then impeccably observed before the national anthem was played.


Rangers went against UEFA orders

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Rangers went against UEFA orders

There were also silences ahead of the start of Chelsea’s Champions League clash at home to RB Salzburg and Manchester City’s game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

Listen to Chelsea’s full commentary against Salzburg live on talkSPORT and catch all the latest updates on our live blog.

You can also keep up to date with Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund on our live blog.



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