By Doug Ward

13th Sep, 2022 | 5:24pm

UEFA respond to Rangers request to honour Queen Elizabeth II ahead of Champions League clash v Napoli

UEFA have rejected Rangers’ request to play the National Anthem ahead of their Champions League game against Napoli at Ibrox on Wednesday, according to Mike Keegan.

The Daily Mail journalist reported on Tuesday (13 September) that Rangers and Chelsea both asked UEFA if they could play God Save the King following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

UEFA are said to have received “multiple requests” for the National Anthem of the United Kingdom to be played in honour of Her Late Majesty but the governing body isn’t interested in order to maintain consistency across all venues.

Keegan does suggest, however, that clubs could decide to defy UEFA.

He added: “It now remains to be seen whether clubs will defy the ban, play the anthem and face the consequences, which include a potential fine. “

No surprise there

It would have been nice for Rangers to have been able to pay tribute to the late Queen in this manner.

However, UEFA would be setting a precedent by allowing this and they no doubt are worrying about what other clubs, organisations and countries would think about them giving what could be deemed as preferential treatment to the Brits.

Of course, we don’t see it that way. We’d see it as no more than a tribute to the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch ahead of her sad passing last week.

But either way, there’s no doubt that Ibrox will be decked out in red, white and blue against Napoli and the National Anthem will be belted out throughout the Champions League group stage fixture.

Here at Ibrox News, we’re devastated by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

She will leave Scotland for the final time on Tuesday night with her coffin set to travel from Edinburgh Airport to RAF Northolt.

It’s a very sad time and we hope that upcoming games are filled with respectful tributes to the late monarch.

God save the Queen.

In other Rangers news, one Ibrox mainstay has been ruled out of the game against Napoli in a fresh injury blow.