Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has revealed that he wants to recreate the atmosphere from the famous ‘Battle of Britain’ between the Gers and McAllister’s Leeds United in 1992/93.
The Ibrox giants beat the then-English champions to reach the inaugural Champions League group stages and McAllister admits he’s “never heard a noise like” he heard at Ibrox that night just before the game got underway.
The Gers number two insists it is a night he “will never forget” and wants that again when the Gers kick off their European campaign against Macedonian’s FK Shkupi in the Europa League.
“It’s a night I will never forget. You probably think that’s because I scored a good goal but no, it was the moment the referee went to start the game,” McAllister said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I have never heard noise like it. It was agreed there would be no away fans. To this day I can remember looking at Gordon Strachan, David Batty and Gary Speed on the left.
“The noise generated just before that game started was unbelievable. That’s what we want to try to recreate at Ibrox.”
Football Insider verdict:
The ‘Battle of Britain’ was a truly special night as the Light Blues beat the English champions home and away to reach the group stages of the Champions League. That season also marked the Gers going on a phenomenal 44-game unbeaten run in all competitions as they came agonisingly close to reaching the Champions League final. Walter Smith’s side that season is widely regarded as one of the very best in Rangers’ history. When the Gers kick off their Europa League campaign against FK Shkupi Steven Gerrard’s side will undoubtedly be backed by a packed Ibrox as they look to make up for last season’s humiliating exit at the hands of Progres Niederkorn. While it’s unlikely to generate an atmosphere like the Battle of Britain did, Ibrox will be rocking as Gerrard takes charge of his first competitive game as Gers manager.
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