Rangers announce glamour friendly - but Arsenal fans won't be allowed to attend

Rangers have announced that they will face Arsenal in a pre-season friendly to mark the Ibrox club’s 150th anniversary.

Rangers and Arsenal have met many times before, with Alex Miller pictured against the Gunners in 1980.

The two teams will meet in Govan on Saturday, July 17, with the kick-off time to be decided in due course.

Arsenal were Rangers’ opponents in 1971 when the current Premiership champions marked their centenary, while the two outfits have a long-standing relationship on the back of the “Game of Champions” match in 1933.

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Former Rangers midfielder is presently the manager of Arsenal, while the two fanbases have come together in the past 24 hours following the Gunners’ emphatic 4-0 win over Slavia Prague – the team that Ondrej Kudela, found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, plays for – in the Europa League. Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was also pictured taking the knee on his own extremely close to the Slavia players.

Rangers say they will announce ticket and broadcast details in due course, with some home supporters expected to be in attendance as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease. However, the Ibrox club have already said that Arsenal fans will not be permitted to attend due to the pandemic.

Rangers Director of Commercial and Marketing James Bisgrove said: “There is a rich heritage shared by the two clubs, and it is therefore fitting we should meet at the beginning of a real, milestone year for Rangers.

“With the Covid-19 situation easing, we are very hopeful we will be able to welcome a significant number of our supporters back to Ibrox to celebrate not only the club’s anniversary, but also the winning of 55 in-person too.”