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    Who Rangers can face in Champions League qualifying after Europa heartache and how they can still be seeded above Celtic

    IT was a match with a cool £60m resting on the outcome – but they couldn’t bring the trophy back to Glasgow. But Rangers still have one last chance to claim an estimated £40m bounty from participation in the Champions League group stages next season after their Europa League final heartache – via the more conventional qualification route.
    A gutted Giovanni van Bronckhorst after the penaltiesCredit: Getty
    Van Bronckhorst consoles gutted skipper James TavernierCredit: Getty
    And if they make it past two rounds of competition, they could even end up a pot ABOVE Premiership champions Celtic in the group stages.
    It is Eintracht Frankfurt – and not the Gers – who go straight in among the top eight seeds for next season’s Champions League, not to mention getting the privilege of battling it out with either Real Madrid or Liverpool in the Super Cup final in Helsinki in August.
    While Rangers lick their wounds after that luckless defeat on penalty kicks in Seville, thoughts at Ibrox turn to Saturday’s Scottish Cup final with Hearts – and then the summer qualifiers.
    And the good news for the Gers is that their recent exploits in Europe mean that they will be SEEDED for both the third qualifying round and play-off round.
    That will keep them away from Portuguese giants Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv – should the Ukrainians make it through their second round tie – in the third qualifying round.
    While one more team will be seeded and not every league in Europe is completed, for now the teams they could face in the third qualifying round are Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven, the third placed finisher in France, which is currently Marseille.
    Austrians Sturm Graz and surprise Belgian runners up Union Saint-Gilloise are also definite possibilties, as are last season’s Celtic tormentors Midjytlland, assuming they can make it past the second qualifying round.
    The second placed team in Cyprus, currently APOEL Nicosia, and the second placed side in Turkey , currently Fenerbahce, are also possibilities.
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    Get through the third qualifying round and they would then battle it out over two legs for a spot in the group stages.
    Make it that far, and Rangers could even be ranked a pot ABOVE Celtic in the groups, by dint of their superior club ranking, 50.25 to 33.00.
    Ange Postecoglou”s men will almost certainly be in Pot 4.
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    Rangers 1-1 Frankfurt (4-5 pens) LIVE RESULT: Aaron Ramsey penalty SAVED as Gers lose Europa League final – reaction

    RANGERS have suffered penalty shootout heartbreak as the Germans came up trumps from the spot once again.In a game of few chances, makeshift striker Joe Aribo pounced on a defensive error to give the Gers the lead in Seville.
    But Rafael Santos Borre poked home from close range to level for the Germans and force extra time.
    Ryan Kent had the chance to win the Europa League trophy with seconds left but a world class save from point blank range from Kevin Trapp denied him.
    And that meant a penalty shootout.
    After some brilliant spot kicks, Aaron Ramsey saw his penalty saved by Trapp as the Germans scored five out of five to win the trophy.
    Ex-players show their support
    Former Rangers striker, Marco Negri has offered his condolences to the Rangers players after the game.

    A contrast of emotions
    A nail-biting finish to an enthralling contest that went right to the wire.
    Football can be so cruel, and that’s exactly why we love it!
    .Credit: Getty
    .Credit: Reuters
    A brutal end
    How many times have we seen managers bring on players just for a penalty shoot-out. I find it a strange tactic, but it happened again this evening with Aaron Ramsey. Rangers’ big-name signing came on in the 117th minute. Having barely kicked a ball, he stepped up to take, and miss, penalty number four. The Welshman will carry that burden for a little while yet.
    But in truth, it had to be someone.
    .Credit: PA
    Kent’s golden opportunity
    Rangers came ‘that’ close to winning it in extra time. Kemar Roofe slid the ball across the box to Ryan Kent in the 120th minute. But with the whole goal to aim at, Kevin Trapp came out on top, denying the 25-year-old from point blank range.
    The German goalkeeper put on a hell of a show this evening.
    .Credit: Reuters
    62 years of hurt
    Frankfurt are back in the big time and will play Champions League football for the first time since 1960.
    That year, when it was still called the European Cup, they interestingly beat Rangers in the semi-final, with a whopping 12-4 aggregate win.
    However they were downed 7-3 in the final by Real Madrid, who have enjoyed rather more European success in the six decades since.
    All is not lost
    Rangers may have lost the Europa League final but they still have a chance of securing Champions League football.
    The Gers will now have to go through the non-champions qualifying path.
    And as a result of all Russian teams being expelled, they will enter the tournament at the third qualifying round rather than the second qualifying round.
    That means they are guaranteed Europa League football even if they lose in qualifying.
    The match-winner
    Borre stole in to level the scores in the second half.
    He then scored the final penalty to win it for his side.
    Frankfurt’s saving grace.
    .Credit: Getty
    Caught in a Trapp
    Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was the hero tonight for the German side with a point black save from Ryan Kent and a penalty save from Aaron Ramsey.
    And nobody will be more delighted than his biggest fan, fiancee Izabel Goulart.
    The former Victoria’s Secret lingerie model is a regular at his games with Frankfurt and was seen sharing a kiss with him after their wins over Barcelona and West Ham.
    In 2018, she even bragged that the couple make love five times a week, which can leave him tired for matches.
    Kevin Trapp kissing fiancee Izabel Goulart after Frankfurt’s win over West Ham
    A devastated Lundstram has his say:
    We’re so disappointed to lose like that. Penalties are a lottery, it could have been any one of us who missed. We feel like we’ve let the fans down who have come here to support us. We’re so, so heartbroken.John Lundstram, Rangers midfielder
    Rangers heartbroken
    The Rangers players are still on the pitch, the fans are still in their seats, staring blankly into space.
    It’s a brutal end to an otherwise brilliant European run.
    .Credit: Reuters
    Frankfurt win on penalties
    Frankfurt have done it in the most dramatic style.
    There are huge celebrations amongst the Frankfurt players and plenty of tears amongst the Rangers fans. They gave everything.
    FRANKFURT WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUE – Frankfurt 5-4 Rangers
    Borre scores and Eintracht Frankfurt are champions!
    .Credit: AFP
    Frankfurt 4-4 Rangers
    Roofe does score!
    In off the post.
    All up to McGregor…
    Frankfurt 4-3 Rangers
    Kostic buries it!
    McGregor gets a finger to it but there is too much power behind it.
    Rangers have to score now…
    Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers
    Trapp saves!
    Ramsey goes down the middle and Trapp is equal to it.
    Advantage Frankfurt.
    .Credit: Reuters
    Frankfurt 3-3 Rangers
    Kamada with the best of the lot, curling it in off the post.
    McGregor went the wrong way, but no keeper was getting near that.
    Frankfurt 2-3 Rangers
    Arfield fires the ball past Trapp!
    Frankfurt 2-2 Rangers
    Hrustic rolls the ball into the bottom corner, sending McGregor the wrong way.
    Great penalties so far.
    Frankfurt 1-2 Rangers
    Davis puts it in the top corner!
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    Lenz outs it away before shushing the Rangers fans.
    Nerves of steel.
    Frankfurt 0-1 Rangers
    Tavernier slots it home!
    Captain leading by example.
    Penalties
    Rangers will be taking their penalties towards their fans. Good news for them, less so for Frankfurt
    Tavernier will take first.
    Full time of extra time
    It’s penalties, folks.
    Strap in.
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    120, Oh so close!
    He gets it up and over the wall, but there isn’t enough power, and Trapp can get across to save it easily enough.
    Frankfurt 1-1 Rangers
    119, Jakic trips Davis on the edge of the area.
    Tavernier is lining it up…
    He couldn’t, could he?
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    Aaron Ramsey brutally trolled after MISSING crucial penalty for Rangers as rival fans say he has ‘Arsenal in his veins’

    AARON RAMSEY was savagely trolled on Twitter after he missed the crucial penalty as Rangers lost the Europa League final to Frankfurt.The thousands of Gers supporters that travelled to Sevilla were in dreamland when Joe Aribo kept his cool to give them the lead.
    Aaran Ramsey was brutally trolled after missing the crucial penalty in the Europa League finalCredit: AFP
    The Welshman could barely look at the trophy as he collected his runners-up medalCredit: Getty
    Rafael Borre caused the jam-packed Frankfurt end to explode 12 minutes later by pouncing from close-range to equalise.
    That sent the game to extra-time, and with neither team able to make a further breakthrough, that meant it would come down to spot-kicks to decide it.
    James Tavernier, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield had slotted confidently from 12 yards for the Gers.
    The Germans also scored their first three as well before Ramsey stepped up.
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    The Welshman, who arrived from Juventus in January, had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds after coming off the bench late in extra-time.
    But the former Arsenal man smashed it low and hard down the middle, allowing Kevin Trapp to save.
    Filip Kostic put Frankfurt ahead, and even though Kemar Roofe converted again for Rangers, Borre stepped up to win it for Frankfurt.
    Naturally, Ramsey looked devastated as the Bundesliga club celebrated wildly, with a number of his team-mates consoling him.
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    And he could barely look at the trophy as he walked across the podium past it to collect his runners-up medal.
    Now he might be best advised to stay off social media for a few days as a number of supporters quickly began trolling the 31-year-old.
    One wrote: “Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal but Arsenal didn’t leave Aaron Ramsey.”
    Another tweeted: “The Arsenal bottle job DNA is still in Aaron Ramsey’s veins unfortunately.”
    A fellow tweeter wrote: “Aaron Ramsey really has that Arsenal bottling blood running through his veins.”
    Meanwhile, Sun columnist and Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan commented: “Sympathies with ⁦@aaronramsey⁩ – can’t be anything worse in football than missing the only penalty to cost your team a European trophy. Feel for him.” 
    Rangers legend Ally McCoist told BT Sport: “You’ve got to feel for Aaron Ramsey. Anybody can miss a penalty.”
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    However, former Scottish international Pat Nevin was less forgiving on BBC 5Live, saying: “Torture. Every time you lose a cup final is torture. After the work they put in, after the fact they got better as the game went on.
    “The standard of penalties was astonishingly high except for Ramsey. He has to live with that for the rest of his life.
    “What an opportunity Rangers had. They’ll kick themselves. It was there to be won.” More

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    Aaron Ramsey misses crucial penalty as Rangers LOSE Europa League final 5-4 in shoot-out to Frankfurt after 1-1 draw

    RANGERS’ fairytale European run ended in devastation after Aaron Ramsey missed the decisive penalty against Eintracht Frankfurt.The Welsh midfielder was signed on loan from Juventus for big moments like this.
    Eintracht Frankfurt are the 2022 Europa League winnersCredit: AFP
    They defeated Rangers 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in SevillaCredit: Getty
    Aaron Ramsey had his spot-kick saved by Kevin Trapp as the Gers lost in a shootoutCredit: AFP
    Joe Aribo broke the deadlock on 57 minutes when pouncing on a mistakeCredit: AP
    Rafael Borre levelled for Frankfurt just over ten minutes later and then scored the crucial spot-kickCredit: Getty
    But just when it mattered, in the sizzling Seville heat, Ramsey was denied to leave the Glaswegians in Spain, Scotland and around the world in tears.
    Joe Aribo had Gers dreaming of a first European trophy since 1972 and immortality.
    But Rafael Borre’s equaliser pegged them back as the nerviest of nights went all the way.
    Rangers had huge chances to settle it before the shootout.
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    Ryan Kent was inches away from the most famous goal of this grand club’s history but was denied by an incredible point-blank save at the end of extra time.
    James Tavernier, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield had all slotted confidently from 12 yards.
    The Germans had scored their first three as well before Ramsey stepped up.
    He smashed low and hard but it was down the middle, allowing Kevin Trapp to save.
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    The advantage and momentum was with Frankfurt now, with Filip Kostic and Rafael Borre finishing the job past Allan McGregor.
    It’s been an incredible journey for Giovanni van Bronckhort’s boys, but that will of no consolation after the cruellest of nights. 
    Around 100,000 Rangers and 50,000 Frankfurt fans partied – and fought – in sweltering 40 degree sunshine beforehand.
    Inside the 44,000-capacity Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, both sets of well-oiled supporters had well over their pathetic allocation of 9,500.
    The Germans were outnumbered but were as loud as they come and outsung the Scottish hordes.
    And they were howling for a red card just five minutes in after John Lundstram’s high boot left claret pouring out of their skipper Sebastian Rode’s head.
    Rode eventually got back to his feet and was fitted with a huge bandage, while Lundstram somehow escaped even a yellow.
    Gers were battered for most of the first half, though keeper McGregor was rarely tested.
    MARK HALSEY’S VIEWJOHN LUNDSTRAM could have quite easily been sent off for serious foul play on Sebastian Rode.
    The Rangers midfielder was high with his challenge early on when his boot caught Eintracht Frankfurt’s Rode in the head.
    Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic used common sense and managed the situation well.
    Although Lundstram was high in his actions, Vincic also acknowledged Rode’s head was down at the same time.
    Vincic took that into account and it probably saved Lundstram from further punishment.
    Ex-Sheffield United star Lundstram was lucky to escape without a yellow card for a reckless challenge.
    But on another day with another referee he could have received a red card – and VAR would have not intervened to overturn the decision.

    Only the third player aged over 40 to play in a major European final, the veteran stopper did superbly to deny Ansgar Knauff down to his left.
    Yet just when it looked like the Glaswegians were freezing on the biggest stage, some life.
    It was hardly much but a Joe Aribo effort just wide here, a loopy John Lundstram header tipped over there, and a contest finally broke out in an edgy – or just pish – opening half.
    And as the deafening Frankfurt fans got the pyrotechnics out at the start of the second, their side was straight back on top amid the thick cloud of smoke.
    McGregor could only stand and watch as Jesper Lindstrom’s deflected shot spun inches past his post.
    And not a single Rangers supporter could bear to watch when Connor Goldson appeared to bring down Rafael Borre in the area.
    VAR were not even consulted and moments later Rangers were ahead.  
    Ryan Kent had just spooned a great chance wide before defender Tuta’s catastrophic slip allowed Aribo in.
    Aaron Ramsey is consoled by his teammates after his missCredit: Reuters
    The Welshman could barely look at he trophy as he collected his runners-up medalCredit: PA
    The defender looked favourite to gather a header back to his goal but catastrophically lost his footing at the worst possible time, with Aribo – a 2019 arrival from Charlton – taking advantage to advance on goal and roll home.
    Tamada missed a great chance to level up but 69 minutes in and the equaliser came.
    Filip Kostic got a yard on James Tavernier down the left and whipped in a cracking low cross.
    Goldson and Calvin Bassey were then caught snoozing as Borre snuck in to poke past McGregor.
    So to extra-time, and the question of how Rangers would cope in an energy-sapping heat Scotland has never experienced.
    Bassey’s own comical slip early on saw Borre in, but the defender hared back heroically to recover just as the forward was about to let fly.
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    RANGERS fans have clashed with Eintracht Frankfurt ultras in Seville again ahead of tonight’s Europa League final.The two sets of supporters were filmed throwing chairs at each other as terrified locals ran for cover.
    Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt fans clashed in the streets of SevilleCredit: Solarpix
    It is unclear what sparked the latest chaos which left locals fleeing for safetyCredit: Solarpix
    The German followers used a giant umbrella as protectionCredit: Solarpix
    Their two teams face off in the Europa League final tonightCredit: Solarpix
    A German ducked as one of the missiles narrowly missed his head.
    Then a Rangers fan was punched around the face and head after being surrounded by a gang of Germans and left lying seemingly unconscious on the ground on his back.
    A friend rushed to his aid as the Eintracht Frankfurt hooligans moved away but he looked to be in a bad way after the brutal beating.
    The Germans tried to use giant street parasols local traders were using for shade as protection as the chair missiles rained down on them after they went on the defensive following their initial attack.
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    Police sources identified the spot where the incident occurred around 6pm local time this evening as the Puente de los Bomberos in the neighbourhood of San Bernardo, built in the 1920s over railway tracks that existed at the time.
    It is near to a city centre street called Calle Puerta de la Carne where the violence continued.
    Outraged locals retweeted the footage to Seville mayor Antonio Munoz and Seville City Hall’s official account.
    A group of young cyclists on rented cycles had to get off their bikes and sprint for safety as the chairs were hurled through the air behind them.
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    The violence showed the difficulties police are facing in controlling the tense situation in Seville amid increasing fears of more serious problems after tonight’s match.
    Police officers in a patrol car surrounded by Germans as they fought with Rangers fans a few feet away could do nothing but radio for help as they were engulfed by a mob of shirtless men.
    At one point in the ugly scenes, the second episode of serious violence to mar the southern Spanish city in less than 24 hours, another Rangers supporter was kicked and punched after launching himself at a rival fan.
    Fellow Gers followers who went to his aid also took a beating, with one being whacked over the head with a chair before finding his way to safety.
    A packed bus had to slow down as it entered the danger zone, nudging gently through the fighting fans in surreal scenes after it found the road blocked.
    Two brave cops who arrived to aid the stranded police patrol car were filmed attempting to break up the two sets of warring fans as the sirens of emergency responders wailed and the Germans beat a hasty retreat.
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    Whether any arrests had been made is still uncertain or if there were any serious casualties apart from the Scot knocked to the ground after being pummelled around the head.
    It was not immediately clear what sparked the latest trouble after fans had earlier enjoyed beers together in a friendly atmosphere in southern Spain.
    However, there was also violence last night as riot police intervened when Frankfurt supporters in balaclavas launched flares towards their Scottish rivals in similar scenes between Eintracht and West Ham fans in March.
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    West Ham star Ben Johnson has quality for future at centre-back, says cousin and Tottenham icon Ledley King

    WEST HAM academy graduate Ben Johnson could find a home at centre-back – just like cousin Ledley King.Johnson has nailed down a spot in David Moyes’ first-team this term, proving reliable in a number of positions.
    Ben Johnson has played a number of positions across West Ham’s backline this season, earning the trust of boss David MoyesCredit: REUTERS
    Tottenham legend Ledley King – Johnson’s cousin – says the young defender has the qualities to play at centre-back
    The defender has spent the majority of the season at right-back but been deployed at left-back in the absence of Aaron Cresswell and at centre-back against London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.
    And Tottenham legend King, the captain who lifted the League Cup for Spurs in 2008, believes Johnson has the quality to play in the heart of the defence in the future.
    Like Johnson, King played in other positions before finding his home at centre-back.
    King told SunSport ahead of a Masters football event in association with Bookmakers.com: “What I do like about Ben is that he is a footballer, first and foremost, which means he is able to play in different positions.
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    “And in a way I started off a little bit like that.
    “In my first game I got brought on at left-back and then [Glenn Hoddle] started playing me in midfield – but I always knew I was a defender.
    “Ben’s versatile, good with both feet, has good balance and he’s a good size.
    “In the modern game, especially in a back three, he could be one of the centre-backs.
    Johnson’s Premier League stats this season for West Ham
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    “There’s probably fewer aerial duels now than there was 15-20 years ago, you don’t have to be quite as big and physical so he can definitely do that.
    “He’s improving each season. West Ham again have had a good season.
    “They’ve done well at combining the league and Europa League this season, which isn’t easy.
    “Ben is establishing himself in the first-team which is good to see.”
    Johnson won the Mark Noble Young Hammer of the Year awardCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK
    Johnson played a key role in helping Moyes’ happy Hammers secure back-to-back top-seven Premier League finishes and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.
    As recognition for his efforts this season, the 22-year-old picked up the Mark Noble Young Hammer of the Year award.
    West Ham will play in either the Europa Conference League or the Europa League next term, depending on how results play out on the final game of the season.
    The Hammers can pip Manchester United to sixth if the Red Devils fail to beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.
    The 22-year-old will feature for West Ham in Europe again next seasonCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK
    Considering United’s wretched form of two wins in their last six, a slip up is a real possibility.
    But West Ham have to overcome banana skin game of their own.
    The Hammers take on Brighton at the Amex, a side they have NEVER beaten in the Premier League era.
    The two sides have met on nine occasions, with Brighton coming away with three wins while playing out six draws.
    Academy graduate Johnson is a fan favourite at the London StadiumCredit: SHUTTERSHOCK

    Vice-captain Declan Rice says the squad want Europa League football again after their standout campaign in the competition this season.
    The Hammers reached the semi-finals but crashed out to Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on aggregate.
    Rice said after the 2-2 draw with table toppers Manchester City: “The result confirmed European football all-round.
    “That’s good for the club because we’re going to have European nights again next year.
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    “We want it to be the Europa League, and that’s no disrespect to the Conference League – we just want it to be Europa after we’ve had a taste of that.
    “Let’s be positive and wait and see, but if we play like we did today against Brighton & Hove Albion next week, we’ll be alright.”
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    What song do Rangers fans sing during Europa League games?

    RANGERS are set to take on Eintracht Frankfurt TONIGHT in the Europa League final – which gives the fans the chance to test out their vocal cords.The Scottish giants arguably have some of the most passionate supports in world football.
    Rangers fans are preparing for their Europa League final against FrankfurtCredit: PA
    And they tend to make their presence felt with a spine-tingling song most notably heard throughout their Europa League campaign.
    But what is the name of the song and why is so special to the Gers?
    What is the name of the song?
    During Rangers’ European games this season, the song fans bellow at the top of their lungs goes by the name of “I’m feeling it”.
    The song was released by Sunset Bros and Marc MaCabe in 2017 and has quickly become the national anthem at Ibrox.
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    Gers stars were recorded singing and dancing “I’m feeling it” after they all-but-sealed the Scottish Premiership title last season with a crucial 3-0 win over St. Mirren.
    And the song went viral once again when it was sung by 50,000 Rangers fans after a huge win over Celtic last August.
    What European games has it been sung at?
    “I’m feeling it” was belted out by Rangers fans after their round of 32 triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
    And when the Scottish heavyweights knocked Red Star Belgrade out of the Europa League in the last 16.
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    But none of the above match the way it was sung after the rollercoaster win against Braga in the quarter-finals.
    Kemar Roofe sealed the win for Rangers in their quarter-final tie against BragaCredit: Getty
    The noise of French referee Francois Letexier full time whistle was quickly replaced by the song being recited at a high volume.
    What has been said about the song?
    DJ Adriano Mercurio – one half of the Sunset bros, admitted that he was blown away and is now a Light Blues supporter.
    Mercurio said: “We don’t think there is a perfect way to describe it but with everything going on in the world, it was heart-warming to see so many people side by side screaming it at the top of their lungs.
    “It’s what football fans deserve. We will never forget it.
    “We’ve been lucky enough to see a few live matches around the world but after witnessing the atmosphere at the Rangers v Celtic we 100 per cent want to go the minute we are out of lockdown and can travel.
    “We woke up one morning to numerous tags and text messages from friends and fans from all over the world. It was such a surreal feeling to see the happiness it brought the squad.
    The duo behind Rangers’ anthem promised to one day perform “I’m feeling it” live.
    Sunset Bros have vowed to perform their hit song live in front of Rangers fans
    What are the lyrics?
    Below are the full lyrics to Sunset bros and Mark McCabe’s hit song, “I’m feeling it”.
    Hallelujah I love youYou ready? Cause I couldn’t be happier than right nowSee if you know itShould be with me until the end of time
    I’m feeling itI’m feeling a changeI’m feeling it, in the air
    I’m feeling itI’m feeling a changeI’m feeling it, in the air
    To look the other wayTo get what you wantThrow out your troubles find your song’Cause there’s a changeChange in the air
    To look the other wayTo get what you wantThrow out your troubles find your song’Cause there’s a changeChange in the air
    Just one more minute here with youAll I’d give to have this come trueCan you feel it too?Can you feel this heart beating in time?Wishing it was yours but it’s gotta be mineCouldn’t believe everything I feltYou walked in you saw me just melt
    I’m feeling itI’m feeling a changeI’m feeling it in the air
    To look the other wayTo get what you wantThrow out your troubles find your song’Cause there’s a change, change in the air
    To look the other way, to get what you wantThrow out your troubles find your song’Cause there’s a change, change in the air
    I’m feeling itI’m feeling a changeI’m feeling itIn the air
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    Ex-Aston Villa forward Andre Green who starred alongside Jack Grealish now tearing it up for Slovakian side SK Slovan

    ANDRE GREEN feels like a man reborn after swapping Birmingham for Bratislava.The former Aston Villa forward made the brave decision to move to the Slovakian capital in a bid to revive his career after signing for SK Slovan Bratislava last summer.
    Andre Green has scored 14 goals for SK Slovan after signing from Sheffield Wednesday last summerCredit: Reuters
    Green played a role in helping get Aston Villa back to the Premier League alongside Jack GrealishCredit: Rex
    And after already clinching the league title and bagging goals in Europe this season, Green believes his leap of faith has paid off.
    The 23-year-old told SunSport: “Coming and joining Bratislava was a daunting experience but no one else my age or English has experienced coming out here.
    “I get messages of support on Instagram from Lyle Taylor and Conor Gallagher.
    “A few have said that it is an inspiration, which is good.
    “Every year I gain experience but this has been the most valuable to progress my career.
    “I needed this to kickstart everything back up again and I am more confident than I have ever been.”
    Green has notched 14 goals and seven assists already this term, with five of those strikes coming in the Europa League and Europa Conference League.
    But it has not always been plain sailing for the Villa academy graduate, having endured a hard two years in English football.
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    After playing his part in getting Villa back to the Premier League in 2019 beside Jack Grealish, a loan to Preston backfired before Covid wrecked a move to Charlton.
    Following 15 years, Villa released him and he was clubless for six months until Sheffield Wednesday offered him an 18-month deal.
    But after relegation to League One, Green’s career was up in the air before he packed his bags to become the first English star to play football in Slovakia.
    Green admitted: “My career went through a few years of stop, start with injuries and Covid so I needed to go away, reset and build myself back up.
    “I thought Slovan would be the best place for me to play week in, week out, which I needed at this critical point in my career.
    “There is less pressure here, nobody knows you so you are making your name again. Thankfully, it is working out.
    “In the future, the next move from here won’t be as difficult for me. The next one will be easy.”
    Green won the play off final in 2019 with Villa before going out on loan to Preston and CharltonCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
    Green now lives in the Slovakian capital Bratislava with his girlfriendCredit: Getty
    Despite returning to form on the pitch, Green admits struggling at the start as Slovakia was still under lockdown.
    But despite not taking to the food, with restrictions now lifted Green frequently takes a two-hour car journey into Vienna with his girlfriend Alice.
    He joked: “I stay far away from the food, it’s not my type of thing.
    Luckily they have a Tesco here, so I can get the basics.
    “When I first signed, there were no fans and the shops were shut.
    “Me and my girlfriend could not go out and do anything.
    “We were just sitting inside and she was staying at home while I went to training.
    “It was tough but it was also just more motivation for me to play well.
    “If I came here and didn’t do what I have done with my goals and assists, it would have been a lot more difficult to have coped.
    “But now I feel like I am mentally ready for anything.”
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