Legia Warsaw fans unfurl giant banner of Pope John Paul II at Ibrox ahead of Rangers clash
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Legia Warsaw fans unfurl giant banner of Pope John Paul II at Ibrox ahead of Rangers clash

LEGIA WARSAW fans produced a giant banner of Pope John Paul II’s face ahead of their Europa League qualifying clash with Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox.

The display featured a picture of the Polish pontiff alongside a message reading: “Be not afraid”.

Rangers have strong Protestant links in contrast to cross-town rivals Celtic, who are traditionally viewed as Glasgow’s Catholic side.

When Rangers met Legia earlier this month, their fans courted controversy with a series of sectarian songs, including one in which they sang “f**k the Pope”.

UEFA subsequently charged Rangers over the sectarian singing, with a section of Ibrox closed for the return leg.

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The club will also not take takes for their first away match in the group stages after being given a second UEFA charge for more "racist behaviour" in the first leg.

The Legia fans’ response was met with approval on Twitter.

"Bet that went down well,” one fans joked.

"Best football trolling in world football,” another wrote.

A third commented: "Incredible."

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Despite their creative display, Rangers won through on the night with a stoppage time winner from Gers’ Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos enough to settle the tie 1-0 on the night and 1-0 on aggregate.