I’m sure you're as excited as I am—it is the favourite week of the season for many a football fan, as the cream of Europe face off in a new season of Champions League action.
There are so many different reasons to get excited: the big games, the world’s best players, the thought it could be your team's year; but for me, it’s an adaptation of the song "Zadok the Priest."
Yes, all I need to get going on a Champions League match day is the music.
Three times I stood in Ibrox last season as my favourite side Rangers lined up to the thrilling noise of the signature CL tune; three times (at least for a while), I expected the world, hoped for the best, and wanted to see history made.
I’m by no means a fantasist—I had not travelled to the famous old stadium with any expectation of a great performance, as Rangers were awful last term, but standing with 50,000 fellow supporters in Glasgow, nothing could stop that heightened expectation as the giant ball shaped flag over the centre circle started rippling and the music rung in our ears.
This really could be our night.
In all honesty, I have never actually had to be at a game to experience these, what could only be described as, emotions.
Just hearing it on the television has always been enough for me, but now I’m back in Glasgow, there was no way I was missing out on my second Champions League campaign.
So join me over the next three months as I experience the ups and downs, the hopes and fears and most importantly—Manchester United at Ibrox.
Andrew McNair will be attending all three Rangers home games in the Champions League, featuring Valencia, Buraspor, and Manchester United, as well as catching as many other games on the television as he can. Join him as he diarises his own thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout the 2010/11 season.