UEFA have rejected Rangers’ request to have GSTQ played before kick-off, in place of the Champions League anthem, and along with no match flags or regalia, the match will be played in every other sense like a conventional league fixture.
Aside Rangers’ own sponsors covered up, as is typical for all clubs taking part in the UCL, and the Champions League insignia adorning the whole of Ibrox, everything about this match will be non-Champions League in tone, with no theme, and no logos on the pitch.
Rangers fans, it is said, are to ‘defy’ this by singing GSTQ but the fans do this in every match so it’s not really defiance at all, but typical Rangers songs being used as they usually are.
Are UEFA wrong?
Of course they are. To deny this request is the usual UEFA arrogance which has been particularly in existence ever since current chief Alex Ceferin took charge, and nothing which is to the clubs’ interest is supported by the governing body.
At least, we supposed, they have authorised the show of respect by not having their logos and banners all over the pitch for this one, with a more muted build up than typical for a UCL match, but their rejection of the GSTQ request is more than a spot distasteful.
As Ibrox Noise pointed out earlier (ignored by those who abused us for reporting the fact) national anthems don’t get played at UCL matches and never have.
But dispensation for this one should have been granted.