By Matt Farr
Juventus and Germany star Sami Khedira has claimed the atmosphere at Rangers’ home ground of Ibrox is the best in the world.
The well-travelled 29-year-old has played at some of the world’s biggest stadiums throughout his career, including the Bernabeu, the Nou Camp and the Maracanã in Brazil.
However, Khedira insists playing at Ibrox is the best atmosphere he has ever experienced, a stadium he first visited in 2007 with Stuttgart.
The German side met Rangers in the Champions League, and World Cup winner Khedira was making his first ever appearance in the competition.
It was already a momentous occasion for the midfielder, but it was made all the more special by Ibrox’s deafening atmosphere – despite the eventual defeat.
Khedira has made 69 appearances for Germany, including a starring role at both Euro 2012 and in their World Cup triumph two years later; while he won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2013-14.
He told the Daily Record: “I was still young and didn’t know what to expect.
“I knew all about the atmosphere in the Bundesliga, but not the Champions League. It was a totally different level.
“My first game was away at Glasgow Rangers and it was phenomenal.
“To this day it was the game with the most impressive atmosphere I have ever experienced. I immediately though…’this is very special indeed.’
“It had a unique atmosphere, you feel like the whole world is watching and I have loved the competition ever since.”
Rangers and Stuttgart were both eliminated from the competition in the group-stage, and the tournament was eventually won by Manchester United, who defeated Chelsea on penalties in the Final.
The Scottish side have not appeared in the competition since the 2010-11 season, having failed to progress beyond the preliminary rounds in 2011-12.
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