Legia Warsaw fans unveil giant St John Paul II banner at Rangers clash
Legia Warsaw fans unveiled a huge banner of St John Paul II ahead of last night’s Europa League clash at Ibrox.
The Polish supporters later unleashed a series of flares which caused the game to be halted for several minutes as smoke engulfed Ibrox.
Former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, a devout Catholic nicknamed ‘The Holy Goalie’ by Celtic fans, was among the visiting fans for the second leg of the play-off.
The pre-match display of the late Polish-born pontiff above a sign which read ‘be not afraid’ came as a section of Ibrox was closed because of sectarian chanting at a previous Rangers home game in Europe.
UEFA ordered 3,000 seats to be closed off after Rangers fans were heard singing anti-Catholic songs against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Boruc was seen in the heart of the away fans.
The 39-year-old once wore a t-shirt with a photo of St John Paul II at Ibrox under his Celtic jersey which he unveiled after full-time.
Boruc spent five years with Rangers’ Old Firm rivals from 2005.
The game was held up late in the second half after several fireworks were let off in the visiting section.
The referee temporarily halted proceedings with about 15 minutes left.
Rangers won the game 1-0 thanks to a stoppage-time header from Alfredo Morelos.
The victory after a goalless first leg in Poland sent them into today’s group stage draw.
The Glasgow club also face more UEFA action after being charged with sectarian chanting from their fans following the first leg in the Polish capital.
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Saturday 31st August
Southampton v Manchester United – 12:30pm
Chelsea v Sheffield United – 3:00pm
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa – 3:00pm
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth – 3:00pm
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion – 3:00pm
Newcastle United v Watford – 3:00pm
West Ham United v Norwich City – 3:00pm
Burnley v Liverpool – 5:30pm
Sunday 1st September
Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers – 2:00pm
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – 4:30pm
Picture: Legia Warsaw fans unveil a banner of St John Paul II and one that reads ‘Be Not Afraid’ during last night’s UEFA Europa League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow. (Jane Barlow/PA).