Rangers are a fantastic football club, who have won the Scottish League 54 times, the Scottish Cup 33 times, the Scottish League Cup 27 times and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once.
But because of financial mismanagement, they are currently in the Scottish League One, which is the third tier of Scottish Football League, but will soon be back where they belong, and in the Scottish Premier League challenging their arch rivals Celtic.
Rangers are yet another sad case of a football club spending money they just didn’t have, and it came back to bite them, as they went bankrupt, and were put back on the first rung of the ladder of Scottish League Football, and you have to feel sorry for their fans, who are some of the most passionate in the business.
So it’s good that Newcastle will play at Ibrox Stadium tomorrow night, because even though they are down at the moment, the Scottish club still have enormous prestige.
And Alan Pardew will take a strong squad north of the border and the Newcastle manager had this to say today:
“I think whenever you play Rangers you are in for a special occasion in terms of the history and heritage of the club plus the quality of the opposition.”
“In recent years, the last two anyway, it has been difficult for Rangers but they still carry fantastic prestige and we are proud to play them.”
“It is a fixture I am really looking forward to as I have not been involved in a game in Glasgow as a manager.” “It is a good opportunity for my players to show what they can do.”
“And it will be a tough game for Rangers because we will be bringing our top team.” “I expect Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko all to play at Ibrox along with Fabricio Coloccini, and Tim Krul probably as well.”
“It will probably be my strongest team of the pre-season which I field.”
With Newcastle owner Mike Ashley owning just less than 10% of the famous Scottish club, don’t be surprised if this becomes a regular pre-season fixture for Newcastle, and that would seem to be good for both clubs.
Pardew’s starting line-up could give us some idea as to who will be starting at Manchester City in two weeks time, and it will be interesting to see if Moussa Sissoko starts again in defensive midfield, in preference to Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.
Also local lad Paul Dummett could get another chance to make a claim for the left-back spot, although he has lots of competition from the impressive Italian International Davide Santon.
It should be a good test for our lads tomorrow night.
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