Rangers-mad dad paints grass red, white and blue ahead of Europa League final

A Rangers-crazy dad has wrapped his Lanarkshire home in red, white and blue ahead of today’s Europa League final.

Pumped up George Douglas sent his two children into shock when they returned home yesterday to find him painting their front grass in the colors of his beloved team.

The 32-year-old, from Coalburn, is hoping his decorative efforts will bring luck in the Ibrox club’s showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt later tonight.



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He has covered the exterior of his home in Union Jack flags and pennants, Rangers crest and a range of messages of support – some of which have been written in blue on his windows.

And in a rallying cry to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men, the Lanarkshire father wrote “Let’s dream” in color on his records.

He also has “Sevilla 2022” inscribed on his property while posing in his Union Jack suit and Rangers water polo.



George used a paint roller to paint his grass red, white, and blue

George told Lanarkshire Live: “I’m a huge Rangers fan. My original plan was actually to go to Seville but just because the prices have gone up so much I decided I have to check it out here.

“I told my partner I was going to decorate the garden, but she warned me not to say, ‘You better not while I’m at work.’

“But when she was at work I painted all the grass red, white and blue, hung my flags, painted the walls, the sills, the windows.

“So it was a bit exhausting doing all that yesterday!”



The Lanarkshire father can’t wait for the cup final to begin

George was at Manchester when Rangers last reached the UEFA Cup final in 2008, but says he has “a different feeling” this time as he comes out full of confidence.

Preparing for the big game, the bluenose used paint rollers to apply his team’s famous colors to his turf.

But George’s daughters Mirren, 11, and Keavie, 8, were embarrassed by his antics and didn’t quite share their father’s excitement when they returned home from school yesterday.



George’s children came home from school to find their father on their lawn with a paint roller

He added: “I actually had a roller, I was in the process of painting it. This took about two hours because the roller isn’t designed to paint grass. Then I had to borrow a ladder from someone to get my flag over my living room window.

“It turned out better than I expected. But the rain has suffered a little, so I have to go out again and touch up.”

“My kids weren’t too happy yesterday when they came home and saw me mopping the lawn,” George continued.




“I think they were more shocked. It was a case of ‘oh what are you doing’, probably a bit awkward.

“I usually put up my pennants and flags, but this time I decided to step it up just because of the size of the game.”

A few nearby locals were impressed with George’s efforts, and many stopped to take photos of his Gers-themed house.




But that’s not where the Rangers fan will be tonight going to the pub to watch the cup final.

Admittedly nervous for the occasion, George said: “It’s going into it with some hope of victory rather than just being happy to be there.

“I go to the pub to see it, to get a bit of atmosphere. It opens at 3pm but I think that’s a bit early for me.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do if we end up winning. I would have to come up with something else.”

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