Rangers to defy UEFA with God Save the King rendition ahead of Napoli match

Rangers will sign God Save the King before their Champions League match against Napoli at Ibrox despite UEFA denying them permission to do so.

British clubs competing in Europe this week have contacted European football's governing body to request that the national anthem be played in stadiums to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension to the throne of her son, King Charles III, the former Prince of Wales.

Out of respect to the period of mourning, European football’s governing body toned down usual pre-match accompaniments to matches involving British clubs.

A statement issued before the latest round of games said: “There will be no anthems played – this also includes the UEFA Champions League anthem – on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect as we did last Thursday.”

The Union Jack outside Ibrox stadium, home of Rangers, has been lowered to half mast following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

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UEFA have allowed a period of silence to be observed and black armbands to be worn at all matches featuring teams from the UK, but Rangers are to go one step further.

In a statement posted on Twitter the club said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be honoured this evening at Ibrox with a minute’s silence, a display created by the Union Bears, and a rendition of the Nation Anthem.”

While those actions are outside the parameters set by UEFA, it is believed to be highly unlikely the Glasgow club will face any kind of sanction.

Rangers have strong links with the Royal Family, with a portrait of the Queen hanging on the home dressing room wall inside Ibrox stadium.

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