By Saikat Mandal

30th Sep, 2021 | 10:00am

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe heckled at Prague airport

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe was heckled as he arrived in the Czech Republic, according to reports from the Daily Record.

The Gers will face Sparta Prague in the Europa League group game clash on Thursday night, and it seems they have been given a hostile reception already.

The Ibrox outfit lost 2-0 against Lyon in their opening fixture of this competition, and they will be looking to earn a victory tonight.

Steven Gerrard and his team flew out to Vaclav Havel airport on Wednesday. A bystander was filmed shouting as Roofe left the airport:

“Hey mate! Have you come to injure another goalie? Butchers from Glasgow.”

Bad blood

Last season, Rangers faced Sparta’s fierce rivals Slavia Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The match ended under hostile conditions with Czech defender Ondrej Kudela being handed a 10 match ban for sprouting out vile racist abuse to Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.

The defender missed Euro 2020 as a result. In another incident, Roofe injured Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar which left him with a fractured skull.

Roofe received a ban for his tackle but he suggested that it was purely accidental as he was chasing a ball over the top from Connor Goldson and couldn’t move out of the way and prevent a nasty accident.

However, it seems, the bad taste has remained with people in Prague and Rangers can expect a hostile atmosphere tonight.

Coming back to matters on the pitch, this is a crucial game for the Gers, and they cannot afford to suffer another defeat.

Lyon are favourites to emerge as leaders from this group, and Rangers and Sparta are expected to be vying for the second spot.

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