By Sam Stone

27th Apr, 2022 | 8:10pm

RB Leipzig head coach forced to sleep at training ground due to large number of travelling Rangers fans

RB Leipzig head coach, Domenico Tedesco has been forced to sleep at the club’s training ground due to the large number of Rangers fans that are staying at his hotel ahead of their Europa League semi-final first leg.

According to BILD, Around 7000 Rangers fans are expected to make the trip to Germany for what is their first European semi-final since 2008.

Tedesco was due to be staying in a hotel in the city, but due to a large number of Rangers fans staying at the same hotel, the Leipzig head coach has slept at the training ground instead.

He told Sky Sports in his pre-match press conference: “We are living in a really good hotel in the centre and they told me 200 Rangers will be staying here as well.

“So I will sleep here at the academy for the next two days.”

Superb support

The scottish giants have a history of taking over cities when they travel to European matches.

For their 2008 final in Manchester, a rumoured 200,000 Rangers fans descended on the city.

That night was marred by violence and riots, however, Tendesco insisted their large numbers are good for the local economy: “the pay hotels, they pay beer so it’s good for the economy of Germany.”

The semi-final promises to be a special atmosphere, with Rangers’ previous fixtures against Braga and Red Star Belgrade providing memorable nights at Ibrox.

Tendesco told in his pre-match interview of his excitement to travel to Rangers home: “I am happy to go to Ibrox, so we have to collect this moment and we are very happy.”

Ibrox always produces an electric atmosphere, but next week’s second leg could well be one to remember.

In other Rangers news, we think our boss has been conned out of the SWFA shortlist announced today.