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SHELBOURNE were hit by a double Euro whammy this week.

First their home advantage was taken away for their UEFA Cup clash with Rangers, with the match now being played at Tranmere's 16,700-capacity Prenton Park.

Then came the news that Rangers had just signed brilliant Fiorentina winger Andrei Kanchelskis.

Even so, mighty Rangers will be relieved that their "away" leg against the Reds is to be played outside Ireland for safety reasons.

That's because Rangers have never won in Dublin in European competition. They drew with Bohemians at Dalymount Park in the European Cup in 1975. Turlough O'Connor, last season's Bohemians manager, got the goal in a game that finished 1-1.

Then on the same ground against the same opposition in the UEFA Cup in 1984, Rangers were beaten 3-2, the goals coming from Rocky O'Brien (two) and Gino Lawless.

But with the change of venue, Rangers will now be odds-on to win both legs against the Tolka Park club, whose fans will still be hoping for a repeat of their performances of the past.

These include gritty showings against Barcelona in the Cup Winners Cup in 1963 against Belenenses, Atletico Madrid in the Fairs Cup (1964) and against Vasas Budapest in the UEFA Cup (1971).

Celtic - who have had their problems against Irish clubs in Europe - face St Patrick's at Parkhead on Wednesday in the European Champions Cup and may find it difficult to build up a decent lead for the tie at Tolka Park a week on Wednesday.

St Patrick's proved their potential when they lost by just the odd goal against Hearts last Tuesday.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Johnstone, Frank
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 19, 1998
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