Rangers fans eagerly awaiting the Champions League theme proper at Ibrox for the first time in the group stage of the competition in 12 years are sadly set to wait longer, after it was reported Wednesday’s fixture with Napoli, like all home UCL matches in the UK this week, will omit the theme as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen.
It’s a deeply frustrating situation that only a day or two before the match gets underway and Rangers fans were finally ready to hear the iconic theme in a group match for the first time since 2010 that it emerges all British clubs will abandon it for this round in a mark of respect, but it is what it is.
Of course, it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Rangers just yet that this is the case, but these reports do include Man City and Liverpool and that they will follow suit, so the likelihood is that is true.
It is unfortunate for fans that the timing of this means no UCL theme, but it cannot be helped, and means now that Rangers supporters will have to wait until Liverpool arrive at Ibrox next month to finally, at long long long last hear that theme in the southside of Glasgow.
It is cruel timing, but it cannot be helped, and we would argue in the grand theme of things, this history being made in the past few days is probably a wee bit more important than a particular song at Ibrox.
But them’s the way the chips have fallen.