On a more slightly personal note, this one popped into the Ibrox Noise inbox. As some of you may or may not know, there are one or two followers of Italian giants Milan on your favourite Rangers site, and well-known Gers supporter Hernan Pacheco posted this rather pleasant flag held aloft by some Italian Rangers fans, who attended the recent Milan Juventus clash in Serie A.
There’s no denying a long history between these clubs; the 80s saw England legends Ray Wilkins and Mark Hateley strutting their stuff at the San Siro, both would of course later make their way to Govan with similar distinction.
Then we had the Great Dane, and while his Milan spell maybe wasn’t the best of his career, Rangers very much took advantage of Brian Laudrup and his outstanding Euros with his brother to sign him up at Rangers a year later. He went onto become a sensation at Ibrox.
And of course, the most recent and in many ways biggest connection, our one and only Rino, who plied his trade in Govan for about a year – the young Gattuso Ibrox Noise met in person back in those days was a very, VERY different person to the man he became, let me tell you. He of course moved to Salernitana, before becoming a Milan legend.
Even managed the club for a significant period and some Rangers supporters were keen on the potential of his taking over after Michael Beale.
But Pacheco’s post showing two members of an Italian (Milan-based?) RSC attending the giant clash between Italy’s two biggest sides shows that not only does that relationship continue to this day but that Italy very much keeps an eye on Scotland’s biggest club.
There is no question that while Champions League participation of the past two seasons has been a disaster, the journey to Sevilla alerted much of Europe to our club, and gained us a lot of new friends.
Some… in many ways… we already had.
WATP Forza Milan.