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Rangers confirm North American pre-season tour

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Rangers have announced their pre-season tour schedule ahead of the 2014-15 Championship campaign, with trips to the North of Scotland and a 12-day our of North America.

The League One champions will head to Brora on July 1st on a six-day trip, which will include games against Buckie Thistle and Brora Rangers on 3rd and 6th July respectively.

The Ibrox side will then travel to North America from 12th July for a four game tour. They will face Premier Development Leage side Ventura County Fusion in California on July 15th, before facing USL Pro debutants Sacramento Republic on July 19th.

Fusion General Manager Ranbir Shergill, speaking about the game, said: “This is another special occasion for Ventura County Fusion to show it’s one of the west coast’s leading soccer franchises and bring a celebrated team to Ventura. The match on July 15th against Rangers F.C. should be quite a thrill for our supporters, players, and soccer fans throughout Southern California.”

McCoist’s side will then travel across the border into Canada to play against Victoria Highlanders on July 21st, an a fourth game is lined up for July 23rd but the opponents have still to be confirmed.

Highlanders general manager Mark deFrias in a statement on the official club website, commented: “This is arguably the largest sporting event to come to the Island since the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. Rangers have an incredible history and we look forward to playing a storied club in our small corner of the world.

“Our growing attendances prove that the Island is starving for high-level soccer and we want to continue to deliver these events to our fans and to the community.”

A buoyant Ally McCoist, speaking on the club’s pre-season plans to the Rangers website, added: “I am delighted our pre-season plans are now in place and we can prepare for next season’s important campaign in the Championship.

“We enjoyed a successful trip to Northern Scotland last year and we look forward to taking the squad there once again to play Buckie Thistle and Brora Rangers.

“We then head across the Atlantic to play four games in America and Canada and I have no doubt our overseas supporters will enjoy seeing the team in action once again.

“We have a wonderful global fanbase and I am sure the members of NARSA (North American Rangers Supporters Association) will turn out in huge numbers at all of our games.

“The trip to America and Canada is also a fantastic opportunity to re-introduce Rangers to the North American fans and I am confident the tour will be a success on a number of levels.”

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