'This is probably my last chance' Rangers fan becomes Seville celebrity after mammoth trip to Seville

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From the queue of people waiting for selfies you'd be forgiven for thinking Taylor Swift or Tom Hanks had decided to turn up at the Europa League final fan zone in Seville.

Crowding around for a photo a group of women explain that they're from Bolivia, while some German visitors wait their turn with the man of the hour.

And who is this sudden Seville celebrity? The otherwise unassuming Dougie Wilson, who has followed his beloved Rangers to Andalusia, dressed in full kilt.

This clearly delights any non-Scots who happen to pass, though whether it's because they've seen Braveheart or are just astonished at such fortitude in 35 degree heat is inclear.

"It always happens, always," Dougie chuckles after shaking hands with an Eintracht Frankfurt fan.

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“I’m Tartan Army as well, I go to all the Scotland games.

"I’ve followed Scotland and Rangers for the last 30 years. I've got a Rangers kilt as well but it's stranded in Glasgow - my mate couldn't bring it with his luggage!"

Dougie, 61, grew up in Lanarkshire but has since moved to Erdinger, Germany, and knew he had to act quickly when Gio van Bronckhorst's side made the semi-final.

With two teams from his adopted homeland involved, he knew he couldn't take any chances if Rangers were to make to Seville.

He told the Glasgow Times: "I booked a flight the day before we qualified against Leipzig because the prices were going to go through the roof because obviously Frankfurt and Leipzig were in the semi-final.

“I went from Munich to Lisbon, then got a bus from Lisbon to Faro. I stayed in Faro for the last four days and got a lift up here today.

“I’m from Airdrie originally and met some boys from Greengairs which is just outside Airdrie and they gave me a lift in.”

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It's estimated that more than 100,000 Rangers fans have made the trip to southern Spain for the final.

At 9.30 on Wednesday morning no fewer than six charter flights are in the air headed toward Seville from Glasgow, with a further 16 either scheduled or having landed earlier in the morning.

That's not to mention anyone coming from Edinburgh, Prestwick, or further afield.

With just 9,500 tickets available, the vast majority will not be in the stadium to see the game.

Dougie, however, decided to shell out for what he acknowledges is probably his last chance to see his team in a major European final.

He said: "I got ripped off on Viagogo but I wanted a ticket.

“I’m 61 years old, so this is probably my last chance of getting to a European final, realistically. So I had to go all out.”

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