Rangers are set to defy UEFA’s decision to not allow the National Anthem to be played before their Champions League tie with Napoli.
It is understood that Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers have requested to play the National Anthem before their Champions League games as a mark of respect following the passing of Queen Elizabeth.
However, despite UEFA rejecting the request, Rangers' official Twitter account has announced that the Queen will be honoured with 'a rendition of the National Anthem'.
Rangers Set To Defy UEFA
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be honoured this evening at Ibrox with a minute’s silence, a display created by the Union Bears, and a rendition of the Nation Anthem.
If you are attending tonight’s match, we encourage all supporters to be in their seat for 19:50.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 14, 2022
In a statement made by UEFA earlier today, they said:
There will be no anthem played-this also includes the UEFA Champions League anthem-on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect as we did last Thursday.”
Should Rangers go against UEFA’s decision, a hefty fine is likely to be coming their way. So far, all tributes to the Queen have commenced without disruption, including Anfield, despite concerns of possible disruption ahead of Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Ajax.
Due to policing issues, only Rangers fans will be in attendance for tonight's fixture in Ibrox, with Rangers fans unable to attend the return fixture in Naples in November.
A lack of police resources, due to the Queen’s death, has seen a number of games postponed, with Arsenal’s Europa League tie against PSV postponed as a result.
In the Premier League, Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool on Sunday have also been postponed.
Rangers' Old Firm rivals, Celtic, are also in Champions League action tonight as they take on Shakhtar Donestk in Poland. That match is currently underway, with Celtic 1-0 up.