The date of November 11 2011 (that’s right, 11/11/11) probably doesn’t mean a lot to most of you, but that was the date Ibrox Noise was founded.
Yes, 11 years ago (there’s that number again) this November, Ibrox Noise began life talking about Rangers, all those years ago ranting about Steven Naismith and his injury.
Which means that Rangers securing the Champions League this week is the first time since Ibrox Noise formed that our club has been in the Promised Land.
11. Long. Years.
This is the first time we, as Ibrox Noise, have finally got to see our club at the top table of European football. Given our ages, most of us are from an era where Rangers in the Champions League was a pretty regular occurrence. It is nearly criminal we’ve been away for so long.
There’s something else as well to all this.
BT Sport secured the UCL rights in 2013, the competition having been Sky since its inception.
So guess what? That’s right, this is also the first year Rangers have been covered by BT in the Champions League. We finally get to see our club on BT Sport at this level. Sure, plenty of UEL matches, but never the one that counts.
These things have been a decade, over a decade in the making.
It has been way too long.