THE Rangers Under 20s have confirmed a second summer friendly date in Northern Ireland.

Graeme Murty’s side will play Portadown on July 22 at Shamrock Park, four days after they take on Ards.

A Gers XI will travel to Northern Ireland to play the two friendlies and allow fans the chance to watch the Light Blues next generation of stars.

Rangers Community Football Executive in Northern Ireland Phil Cowen said: “Portadown’s stature and history helped attract us to the club and, of course, the fanbase Rangers enjoy within the County Armagh area.

“The fans have continued to come across to Scotland on matchdays from Northern Ireland and, in particular County Armagh.

“From that viewpoint, it is nice to give something back to those supporters and it is going to offer a competitive fixture for us at a club good to work with in Portadown.

“There are so many fans in this area so it is something of an honour for the young players to come across from Scotland and wear the Rangers shirt in front of supporters in Northern Ireland.

“We have a lot of talented young players from the under 20s, with maybe eight or nine having made first-team debuts of course last season.

“It’s big task for those selected but a big opportunity and part of the players’ preparations for the new season as well as a chance to impress the gaffer ahead of his plans.”

Portadown chairman Ronnie Stinson said:

“It is a boost for the club but also a chance to reach out beyond our normal fanbase given Rangers’ popularity in the country and area.

“We are looking forward to having the gates open to fans beyond our own traditional support and to get them connected to the Ports.”

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