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Ibrox gets set for Battle of Britain


RANGERS and Leeds United could be set to roll back the years and rekindle their Battle of Britain showdown with a blockbuste­r Ibrox friendly this summer.

Manager Michael Beale is putting his plans in place ahead of the new campaign and has already signed off on fixtures against Newcastle United and Hamburg next month.

Now United are in discussion­s over a return to Glasgow three decades after the famous Champions League ties that saw Walter Smith’s side topple the English giants over two legs.

Rangers recorded successive 2-1 wins back in season 1992/93 as they secured their spot in the group stages of the maiden Champions League format and went on to narrowly miss out on a place in the final against AC Milan.

The visit of Leeds – who have been linked with a move for former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard following the departure of Sam Allardyce – will provoke emotional memories for the Ibrox crowd as they focus their attentions on the fortunes of Beale’s side heading into the new campaign and their shot at the Premiershi­p title.

Rangers will return to action at Auchenhowi­e in the coming weeks before heading to Germany for a training camp as Beale puts his players and his summer recruits through their paces.

The glamour fixture against Newcastle will serve as a testimonia­l for legendary keeper Allan McGregor and HSV visit Ibrox just days later for an eagerly-awaited meeting between the clubs.

Leeds have now been pencilled in to provide the opposition on Wednesday, July 26 as Rangers seek to firm up their plans before the competitiv­e action begins at home and abroad next term.

Beale has already added midfielder

Kieran Dowell and defender Dujon Sterling to his squad ahead of the new campaign but a move for keeper Jack Butland remains a work in progress.

The former England shot-stopper is closing in on a switch to Ibrox and Rangers could be in a position to confirm their third summer signing in the coming days.

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