Glasgow Rangers pre-season training starts on Monday before the squads flies to their Portugal camp to prepare for the upcoming campaign.
The Gers have announced Steven Gerrard’s pre-season and the rest of the hectic schedule. The start of the SPFL starts on Sunday, August 4 for the Ibrox club.
Life-long Rangers fan Jordan Jones started training this week and is brimming full of confidence after impressing in the two recent winning Northern Ireland matches.
Jones is hoping to continue his top form during Rangers busy pre-season schedule and Europa League qualifiers coming up over the next six weeks.
Here is a complete run down of the packed itinerary over a long period.
Sunday 7 July – Oxford United of League One – (Ibrox friendly)
Thursday 11 July – 1st qualifying round (first leg)
Sunday 14 July – Marseille – (Ibrox friendly)
Thursday 18 July – 1st qualifying round (second leg)
Sunday 21 July – Blackburn Rovers – (Ibrox friendly)
Thursday 25 July – 2nd qualifying round (first leg – if they get through)
Sunday 28 July – Derby County – (Ibrox friendly)
Thursday 1 August – 2nd qualifying round (second leg- if they get through)
Sunday 4 August – First SPFL league game for Rangers
Thursday 8 August – 3rd qualifying round (first leg- if they get through)
Sunday 11 August – Second SPFL league game for Rangers
Thursday 15 August – 3rd qualifying round (2nd leg- if they get through)
These fixtures will give the management and fans a very good idea of how Gerrard’s team is going to fair in his second season in charge at Rangers.
If the Gers boss can steer his side into the Europa League group stages, he will need a lot of good quality players to achieve the required silverware next season.
This may well open up opportunities for men on the Rangers fringes to have a role to play.
Greg Docherty and Jordan Rossiter will be hoping to replicate what Andy Halliday did when he came back from his loan deal away from Ibrox.
Halliday went out on loan and when he came back to Rangers he forced his way back into Gerrard’s first-team plans for the whole season.
It will be difficult for all three mentioned players with Glen Kamara, Steve Davis, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, Greg Stewart, Graham Dorrans, Ross McCrorie and Matt Polster all vying to be involved.
Rangers seem to have plenty of wingers with Daniel Candeias, Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones, Jamie Murphy and Eros Gredza fighting for a starting berth.
The Gers should look to bolster their centre-backs options to offer support to Connor Goldson and Nicola Katic.