Newcastle will travel to face Rangers at Ibrox this evening to play in legendary goalkeeper Allan McGregor’s testimonial.
Howe is preparing Newcastle for a Champions League campaignGetty
This will be Eddie Howe’s side’s final friendly in the UK before they head to the USA to compete in the Premier League Summer Series.
Some 8,000 Toon fans will be heading up to Scotland to create what should be a superb atmosphere for a friendly match.
Rangers vs Newcastle: How to follow
This testimonial match will take place on Tuesday, July 18.
Kick-off at Ibrox is scheduled for 7:45pm.
The game will be available to watch live on Rangers TV and NUFC TV.
Rangers vs Newcastle: Team news
Newcastle’s team may feature new signing Sandro Tonali.
Howe’s squad are poised to fly from Glasgow to the USA, so all of their main players have made the journey to Scotland.
But Allan Saint-Maximin has been left behind as talkSPORT understands Newcastle plan to sell him to Saudi Arabia to fund the rest of their transfer window.
Nick Pope is also likely to miss out after undergoing minor hand surgery in June.
As for Michael Beale’s Rangers, McGregor will of course play following his retirement from professional football last season.
Former Premier League players Jack Butland and Kieran Dowell may make their first appearances for their new club.
McGregor will be honoured by fans at Ibrox next weekGetty
Rangers vs Newcastle: What has been said?
Newcastle manager Howe: “A trip to Rangers will present a strong challenge at what will be an important time in our summer preparations.
“Any time Rangers play at Ibrox, you expect competitive football, and we hope to contribute to a great occasion in honour of Allan McGregor’s achievements with the club.”
Rangers boss Beale: “This will be a very proud night for Allan and his family and an excellent, and important test for us.
“We will have an interesting pre-season. There will be some top friendlies in there to help us get ready for the new season.”
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