Newcastle United have verified today that they will play Scottish Premier League Champions Glasgow Rangers in a pre-season friendly at Ibrox on Saturday August 7th (3pm kick-off).
The game has already been mentioned over the last couple of weeks but it’s only today that is has been verified by both clubs.
It takes place just one week before the Premier league starts, so it will be an important game for the Newcastle side, and it’s the first meeting between the two clubs for six years and Newcastle’s first trip to Ibrox since 1994.
Of course this game will see Peter Lovenkrands, the Newcastle striker who got 16 goals last season, return to his former club and it seems that Peter is excited by the prospect.
Peter told the Newcastle official site today:
“I can’t wait to run out at Ibrox in front of both sets of supporters – it will be a great moment for me.”
“Obviously, having played there for six years, the place holds great memories for me and as long as the boss selects me to play, it will be a huge buzz.”
“It should be a great afternoon for all concerned and a team like Rangers gives us a real pre-season challenge.”
The Dane was at the Scottish club for 6 seasons from 2000, and scored 54 goals, and at that time Bobby Robson thought the 20 year-old was coming to Newcastle, but at the last minute Peter decided to sign on at Rangers.
He has since said he thought he would get more games at Glasgow Rangers than if had signed on at Newcastle.
That’s why he now has a Scottish accent and not a Geordie accent – and he also married a Glasgow girl of course.
It should be a good game against Rangers, and just what we need.