After an early exit from the Europa League, Rangers have been left with a wide open pre-season calendar before their Scottish Premiership campaign begins.
Pedro Caixinha’s side suffered a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Luxembourg side Progres Niederkorn in the first round of the competition, leaving them over a month free before their first league game.
The Gers need to be in good shape for next season as they to improve on last season’s third place finish and narrow the gap to reigning champions Celtic, but they have few
RANGERS PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
|Date||Opponent||Time (local / BST) / Result||Venue|
|Jul 22||Marseille||15:00||Ibrox, Glasgow|
|Jul 30||Sheffield Wednesday||15:00||Hillsborough, Sheffield|
Fans were outraged after Rangers' 2-0 second-leg defeat in Luxembourg, which showed that Caixinha has many issues to address in his squad.
With several additions to the team, including Bruno Alves, Graham Dorrans, Carlos Pena and Ryan Jack, there is a lot to be done, yet their schedule remains wide open.
Only two friendlies have been confirmed, though they are reportedly working to arrange a game with Watford later in between them.
The Govan team’s first match comes Saturday July 22, when French side Marseille pay a visit to Ibrox. Then, on July 30, Caixinha's men will travel to Hilsbrough to face Sheffield Wednesday.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
The Scottish campaign has begun, with the first matchday of the League Cup underway. However, Rangers, along with Celtic, Aberdeen and St Johnstone, progress to the second round automatically due to their involvement in European competition.
Rangers start off with an early afternoon visit to Motherwell on Sunday August 6 before hosting Edinburgh sides Hibs and Hearts in consecutive weeks.
Their first clash with Glasgow rivals Celtic falls on September 23 at Ibrox, with Celtic hosting the return on December 30.