By Anthony Brown
SPARTA PRAGUE boss Pavel Vrba has played down the idea that there is any hostility between his club and Rangers.
The last clash in Prague was marred by the thousands of schoolchildren present booing Glen Kamara.
It came months after Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was suspended for 10 games for abusing the Light Blues midfielder’s breed.
Sparta has published a guide for supporters traveling to Ibrox, urging them to “represent our club, its famous name, tradition and values”.
While they also warned them not to leave Glasgow city center or wear the club colors inside the stadium.
Vrba was reluctant to say anything to add to the tension in the buildup.
When asked – via an interpreter – during his pre-match press briefing how he would prepare his team for the Ibrox atmosphere, he said: “I don’t think there was problem between Rangers and Sparta in Prague, so I don’t ‘I don’t understand why I should expect problems now.’
Asked about the fan manuals – published by Sparta based on information from the Czech Embassy and Scottish Police – Vrba said: “I think all clubs should publish some kind of manual for their fans to teach them how they should behave. “
Sparta will be the first opponent Rangers face under new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but Vrba insists Ibrox’s change of manager has had no bearing on his own team’s preparation for a game between two teams stuck on four points in the battle to qualify. for the knockout phase alongside the leaders of the Lyon group.
Meanwhile, Vrba insists that Giovanni van Bronckhorst replacing Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager has had no effect on his squad’s preparation.
He said: “Whichever manager is in charge, we know Rangers are a very strong team.
“It doesn’t matter to us who the manager is. We know there is a new manager but it’s still the same team.
“We want to keep going, so three points is our goal.”