Newcastle today arranged a friendly with Glasgow Rangers on Tuesday, 6th August, with a 7.45 pm kcik-off time, and that should fill out our pre-season schedule, and it’s probably been arranged because of Mike Ashley’s almost 10% ownership of the top Glasgow club.
|Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pm||Motherwell||Fir Park||W 4-2|
|Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pm||Rio Ave||Estadio do Rio Ave||L 3-1|
|Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pm||Pacos de Ferreira||Estadio da Capital do Movel||D 1-1|
|Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pm||Blackpool||Bloomfield Road||W 1-0|
|Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pm||St. Mirren||Love Street||W 2-0|
|Tue - 6 August, 7:45pm||Rangers||Ibrox Stadium||D 1-1|
|Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pm||SC Braga||St. James' Park||D 1-1|
And it still leaves open a possible game on Saturday 3rd August, and maybe that’s the date we are trying to arrange a friendly game with Lille for, although the Rangers game may have been in place of the possible Lille game.
Newcastle will likely field a strong side against Rangers, and manager McCoist said this on the Rangers web-site:
“We have enjoyed a positive pre-season so far and we are all looking forward to our final warm-up match against Newcastle before the league campaign begins.” “Newcastle have a strong squad, packed with international players and they will provide a great test for our players.”
“I am sure both sets of supporters will be keen to fill Ibrox and take in such a high profile game before the serious league business gets underway.”
And some slightly updated news from last night on the transfer front – Newcastle’s top striker target now seems to be 27 year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon, and it’s over five years ago that Kevin Keegan was interested in signing the striker, who was then at St. Etienne.
Bafetimbi Gomis – top target for Newcastle?
Gomis has just one year left on his five-year contract at Lyon, so it wouldn’t surprise us if the fee Newcastle are trying to agree for the striker is even less than the £7M quoted.
But we need to sign a striker soon, and hopefully over the weekend, and maybe after we’ve hammered Rio Ave 5-0 tomorrow night?
That will help to raise the spirits on Tyneside.
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