David Moyes has admitted that he wanted West Ham to pull Rangers out of the hat in the Europa League last-16 draw in Nyon yesterday.

The Hammers ended up drawing Sevilla whilst Rangers got dealt a tie against FK Crvena zvezda, more commonly known as Red Star Belgrade.

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Ibrox was bouncing on Thursday night as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers side drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund (6-4 on aggregate) and subsequently progressed though to the Europa League last-16.

There were plenty of West Ham fans who wanted to draw Rangers in the last-16 but alas, it wasn’t to be.

West Ham boss David Moyes makes Rangers Europa League admission
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The Hammers will be in Spain next month for our first-leg clash with Sevilla whilst the Gers will be playing host to the Serbians.

West Ham boss David Moyes makes Rangers Europa League admission

The Hammers boss is well known for having strong ties with Celtic. He began his career there and his family are all fans of the Hoops.

The rivalry between Rangers and Celtic is well-known and is arguably the fiercest in world football.

The prospect for Moyes to take his Hammers side to Ibrox would obviously have been a tantalising one for him.

Moyes was speaking to reporters yesterday and admitted that he wanted West Ham to draw Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League yesterday, as quoted by Football.London:

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“I did (want Rangers) because I was looking forward to the prospect of going to Rangers. That would be a real tough game, Rangers did brilliantly well to overcome Dortmund. But great credit to them for getting through against Dortmund, I think they are the only team to be knocked out from the teams who qualified from Champions League, so great credit to Rangers for getting through.”

Perhaps an incredible quarter-final clash between West Ham and Rangers awaits us? How good would that be.

Both the Hammers and the Gers have a lot of work to do to make that happen though.

Progressing through against Sevilla will be an incredibly tough task for West Ham United. And the same can be said for Rangers against Red Star Belgrade.

The chance of West Ham facing Rangers in the Europa League at some point this season is still very much alive though. And I for one would absolutely love to see it.

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