JOHN BROWN believes his Rangers Legends side will relish the opportunity to pull their boots back on again in tomorrow’s AOK Traditionmasters Tournament in Berlin.
Bomber and his squad departed Glasgow Airport this morning for the German capital ahead of the five-a-side competition, where the Light Blues will take on Hertha Berlin and Union Berlin in the group stages.
Having been to watch last year, gaffer for the weekend Brown can’t wait to see Gers line-up in front of a sell-out crowd at the Max-Schmelling-Halle tomorrow afternoon.
“It’s a fantastic tournament,” he told us. “I was out there last January to take it in with the intention of inviting a veteran Rangers squad to come out for this January.
“What I experienced last year – and seeing Jorg Albertz play for Monchengladbach – and winning the tournament in front of an 8,000 sell-out was fantastic. The atmosphere was terrific and it was just a great afternoon, and come Saturday, I’m sure all of our guys will relish the opportunity to play in it.”
Brown’s squad is certainly a strong one packed with talent from across a number of different Rangers teams through the years.
He added: “You have Albertz that has played there, as well as the likes of Nacho Novo, Marvin Andrews and Michael Mols, and then the ‘Nine in a Row’ guys like Andy Goram and Gordon Durie.
“It’s a great opportunity for the boys to go and enjoy what I think is one of the best indoor tournaments you’ll get in Europe.
“We have guys that are probably a bit older than what you’ll find in the German sides. They have guys who are maybe in their mid-30s, just finishing the Bundesliga and going straight into the veterans tournament.
“So it will be a good test for our boys, but, being in the group with the two Berlin sides, with most of the fans there supporting one of them, will create a great atmosphere for our boys and I’m sure they’ll be relishing it when it all kicks off.”
As is the case wherever any Gers side travels, a number of Light Blues followers will also be in attendance in Germany.
“That will add to it too,” added Brown, “and the boys will really want to do themselves justice. It’s live on Berlin TV as well, which I think goes out to around 800,000.”