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Night of intense pain ahead for West Ham and Rangers must be warned what they will be facing

There is a night of intense pain ahead for West Ham and Rangers must be warned of what they will be facing in Seville.

For most West Ham fans catching even the briefest glimpse of any build up to the Europa League final is like being kicked repeatedly in the stomach.

Inevitably everywhere West Ham fans turn today there will be haunting reminders of what might have been.

Social media is awash with videos and pictures of Rangers fans having the times of their lives over in Spain.

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The Hammers know it should be them lining up against Rangers in the final in Seville tonight.

It is gut-wrenching to watch.

When assessing that defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt it was clear, had all things been even, West Ham should and could have won both legs comfortably.

West Ham had 15 chances in the first leg hitting the bar and the post and missing some very presentable opportunities after conceding what David Moyes later admitted was the killer goal of the entire tie within 45 seconds at the London Stadium.

Even with 10 men after Aaron Cresswell’s sending off in the second leg West Ham had enough chances to get the goals they needed.

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Now there is a night of intense pain ahead for West Ham and Rangers must be warned of what they will be facing.

Most West Ham fans cannot bear to watch the Rangers v Frankfurt final. So Rangers consider yourselves warned.

The German side will try to play the referee like a fiddle. And they will more often than not get their way.

Frankfurt are a decent side but nothing more. West Ham come away from the semi-final wondering how they had lost after seeing off infinitely better sides in the shape of Lyon and Sevilla.

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The Bundesliga outfit are a strong side on the counter but Hammers fans were left asking themselves ‘Are they really that much better than a middling Premier League side such as Aston Villa or Wolves?’.

West Ham showed Frankfurt too much respect. They have been distinctly average in their domestic league this season and have hardly set the Europa alight either besides that famous victory over Barcelona.

West Ham battled manfully, especially over in Germany with 10 men. But Rangers must go at Frankfurt and came away from the final with no regrets, unlike Moyes and his players.

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Rangers must also be warned, if they lose don’t expect the opposition and their fans to act with any class.

They lacked any after beating West Ham in the semi-final.

And their manager Oliver Glasner will try some mind games by flattering Rangers in a bid to lure them into a false sense of security. Don’t fall for it.

It’s going to be a night of pain ahead for any West Ham fan with the stomach to be able to watch.

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Rangers must be aware Frankfurt are nothing special.

It should be us over in Seville but our dreams faded and died as is the West Ham way.

At least we will get another crack at Europe next year thanks to the heroic efforts of Moyes and his players this season.

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