RANGERS staged a comeback to overcome 10-man Real Madrid 2-1 as they completed their pre-season preparations.

Steven Gerrard, who saw his team draw 0-0 with Premier League outfit Brighton at Ibrox 24 hours earlier, was delighted with the work-out.

The beaming boss, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “First and foremost, we deserved the win and we have been excellent over the whole weekend.

“Obviously, it was two different teams for obvious reasons, but every single person over the course of the two 90 minutes has been excellent and they have given me a lot to think about in the two days in terms of picking teams for real next week.

“We have got valuable minutes into important players and we have shown a level out of possession that I really like – our speed across the grass, our aggression and moving together as a unit in our shape, I am really happy with that and yesterday, we did a lot of things right but we missed a little bit of magic in the final third in terms of our outcomes, but today, we found that magic.

HAPPY…Steven Gerrard talks to Rangers TV after the 2-1 win over Real Madrid.

“It was two great finishes from the boys and they will get a lot of plaudits, but for me, I am more pleased with the two performances from everyone over the weekend.”

Summer signing Fashion Sakala carved out numerous chances in the opening 45 minutes, while Ryan Kent hit the underside of the crossbar.

However, it was the Spaniards who went ahead in the eighth minute through Rodrygo’s neat shot beyond Allan McGregor.

Ten minutes after the break, Sakala finally scored the goal he deserved when he left keeper Andriy Lunin helpless. It didn’t get any better for the visitors when they had Nacho red-carded in the 75th minute.

Swiss hitman Cedric Itten capitalised with the winner two minutes later.

It was the ideal preparation for the champions who kick off their Premiership campaign with a home encounter against Livingston on Saturday with a 1.30pm commencement.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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