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‘Emotional’: Napoli manager Spalletti makes claim about Rangers fans after Champions League match
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‘Emotional’: Napoli manager Spalletti makes claim about Rangers fans after Champions League match

Glasgow Rangers are in a precarious position in their Champions League group, after a 3-0 defeat to Napoli.

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti addressed the media, via EsteNews, after his side’s second European win on the bounce.

Spalletti was keen to highlight how impressed he was with the atmosphere at Ibrox.

“It was an emotional game because it’s a historic stadium where the fans are right on top of you.” Spalletti said.

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“There’s no barriers and it feels like they’re right on the pitch with you.

“I saw a great squad that played really well.”

The match was goalless at half-time, with Rangers holding their own against the Italian side.

However, the sending off of James Sands proved to be the turning point in the match.

Spalletti impressed by Ibrox atmosphere

Napoli were awarded a penalty, which was saved by Allan McGregor.

Due to an encroachment in the box, the spot kick was retaken but the result was the same.

The noise coming out of the Ibrox was incredible at this point, and it’s not surprise Spalletti was impressed.

However, the ten men of Rangers couldn’t hold on for the whole 90 minutes.

A third penalty was finally dispatched minutes later by Matteo Politano.

Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele’s late goals wrapped up the result that leaves Rangers Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

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The Rangers crowd paid tribute to the passing of The Queen by singing the national anthem despite UEFA rejecting their request to do so.

The noise in the stadium throughout was magnificent as Rangers hosted their first Champions League group stage match since 2010.

Sands’ red card won’t help his dreams of staying at Ibrox past this season.

McGregor’s performance between the sticks will not be forgotten in a hurry by any Rangers fans.

Giovani van Bronckhorst’s side now face an uphill battle to stay in Europe, and have a Liverpool double header up next.

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