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Rangers ultras unveil incredible Tifo against Benfica

Union Bears, a Rangers ultra group, unveiled a very impressive Tifo during their side's match against Benfica in the Europa League Round of 16 on March 14.

Ahead of the match, Gers manager Philippe Clement hailed the club's fans, and they delivered once again, doing everything they could from the stands to help the team, although it wasn't enough to stop Benfica from advancing after a 1-0 victory at the Ibrox.

Union Bears unveil incredible Tifo against Benfica

Rangers Tifo
Despite incredible support from the fans, Rangers succumbed to a 1-0 defeat on the night. Photo by Icon Sport

What was the Tifo?

The Tifo in question included the message “IF THEY GO TO DUBLIN”, and depicted a bus transporting fans in Rangers colours to Dublin.

Aside from just the creative design, the Tifo itself was huge, spreading across almost half the stand in which it was displayed and stretching across the entire height of the section.

The exact reasoning behind the message is currently clear, however, it appears as though several Rangers fans were prevented by taxis from travelling to the first leg with Union Jack flags, and therefore, have stated their desire to travel to Dublin by bus.

Clement praises Rangers fans

That was of course before they had been eliminated from the competition. But it is this kind of support that prompted Clement, the Rangers manager, to hail the club's fans ahead of the match, saying: “Our fans are amazing, they give so much energy to the team and that can help them go above their level.

“Whether it’s to make a final sprint, to block a shot, to make a decisive action and that's what I am counting on also, that the fans from the first second until the last second go full for the team.”

Well, the fans certainly delivered in that regard.

Who are the Union Bears?

As per the group's official website, the Union Bears are “a self-funded group who rely on donations to produce the Tifos that have become synonymous amongst the Rangers support.”

They are an ultras group who were formed in 2007 and are one of seven supporters groups still active at the Ibrox.

Despite their popularity among the Rangers faithful, there have been occasions where a number of Rangers fans have been unhappy with their actions. The most recent example occurred in February 2023, when the Union Bears brandished a banner reading “Two trophies in eleven years, uphold the standards that matter.”

Many fans agreed with the message but took issue with the fact that the group chose to display the banner just one week before the club took on their age-old rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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