Ross Wilson pleased with Rangers participation in preseason tournament in France

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Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson welcomed the invitation of the Ibrox club to France as part of its preparations for next season.The day the Light Blues defeated Hamilton in a rebound game at the Rangers Training Center, the rest of their pre-season schedule was announced.

Steven Gerrard’s team will participate in a new European club tournament, “Trophee Veolia”, organized by Lyon.

The Rangers will face Lyon on Thursday July 16 at Groupama Stadium and Nice in the same place two days later.

The Rangers welcome Motherwell to Ibrox on Wednesday July 22 before the Coventry visit on Saturday July 25.

Wilson said on the club’s official website: “We are delighted to have received this invitation from Olympique Lyonnais and we are delighted to be traveling to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

“We will intensify our preparations against the high quality opposition from OL and Nice during the two matches in France before returning to Glasgow, ready to play Ibrox.

“I was thrilled to see Coventry City win the League One title under Mark Robins.

“Mark and I are good friends from working together in the past and he is a man whose work deserves success. He will have his team well prepared for the match.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming Motherwell to Ibrox as part of the two clubs’ preparations for European competition at the start of the season.

“All of these matches will undoubtedly improve our preparations before the opening of the championship season and the UEFA Europa League match against Bayer Leverkusen in August. ”

Rangers will face Inter Milan or Getafe in a one-legged Europa League quarter-final if they can break their tie with the German team, which leads 3-1 in the first leg to Ibrox in what was the last game du Gers before the confinement linked to the coronavirus.

The return leg will be played behind closed doors on August 5, with the Rangers starting their Premiership campaign in Aberdeen on August 1.

Meanwhile, Nikola Katic informed fans of the news of her successful operation.

The Ibrox club recently confirmed that the defender will be absent for the “foreseeable future” with the apparently knee injury which was recovered during pre-season training.

On his Instagram account, which showed a photo of Katic from his hospital bed, a message said: “Everything went very well with the op. Thank you all for your love and support. “

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