Rangers fans descend on Seville as anticipation builds for the Europa League final

With the train from Madrid on Monday, fans from Australia and the USA arrived on Wednesday evening for the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Tens of thousands will be in town on the day of the final, hoping to at least be close when the Ibrox side take part in their first European final in 14 years.

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It will be the 19th European game of the season for the Gers, with the road to the final starting in early August with a Champions League qualifier against Malmo in Sweden.

A Rangers fan in Seville ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League final

The Light Blues were relegated to the Europa League, losing their first two group games under Steven Gerrard. But things went well under his successor Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who notched thrilling victories against Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RB Leipzig.

Kyle Carter from Glasgow arrived in Seville at 6am on Tuesday morning after a bus journey from Faro.

He said: “I try not to dream too much. The fact that we are here is incredible. The trip was amazing and yes we would love to take it a step further but I will try to enjoy it anyway. Come on, the rangers!”

Son Noah, 10, said: “I am very excited and have high hopes. I think we will win 1-0.”

Rangers fans in Seville ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League final

The Ibrox club have won just one European trophy, the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972, and Rangers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of that 3-2 win over Dinamo Moscow in Barcelona.

The Govan Club is also celebrating its 150th anniversary. The signs are there, some supporters say.

Four fans sit outside a restaurant in the scorching Seville sun as the temperature soars into the 30s. “Any tickets mate,” says one, probably confusing my media accreditation with that of a UEFA official.

The scramble for tickets since the semi-final win over RB Leipzig is crazy.

A Rangers fan poses during a photocall in the fan festival area of ​​Plaza de Espana

Officially, only around 9,500 Rangers fans have tickets to a 42,000-capacity stadium – although that number could double.

It’s a ridiculously small stadium capacity for a final between two clubs with massive support, even if Frankfurt fans are thinner at the moment.

Around 100,000 Rangers fans are expected in Seville on Wednesday, more than 80,000 without a ticket.

As the excitement builds by the hour, stories are abounding of tickets being bought for thousands of pounds, they hope, by fans desperate to witness the story.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans, Erik and Janik, like most traveling fans, don’t have a ticket, but took the three-hour flight from Germany to get to the Bundesliga club’s fan area.

Janik said: “There will be around 40 to 50,000 Eintracht fans here. I think more Rangers fans are expected, but Eintracht fans are much louder.”

Erik said: “Frankfurt will win 3-1 and (Ansgar) Knauff will be man of the match. The city will go mad tomorrow.”

“Any cards?” says a passing Rangers fan.

Whether he comes to the stadium or not, he doesn’t have to wait too long.

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Matthew Hallett

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