RANGERS will take part in this summer’s Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup tournament along with hosts Southampton and Premiership giants Arsenal on July 14.

The Light Blues will travel to St Mary’s Stadium for the unique three-team event as part of their preparations for the forthcoming SPL campaign.

Games will be 45 minutes in length and will be played on a round-robin basis, with drawn contests settled by a penalty shoot-out.

Three points will be awarded for an outright win, two will be given for a victory on spot kicks and one will go to a side which loses on efforts from 12 yards.

Ally McCoist’s men will take part in the opening fixture against Saints at 5.15pm, with the second outing against Arsenal coming at 6.45pm.

In addition, the Olympic Torch will be carried for a lap of honour around the pitch in between those ties.

This will be the second time the tournament has been held and Gers are familiar with both of their opponents.

In particular, they have played Arsenal many times over the years and the clubs most recently met at the Emirates Cup in 2009, with the Gunners winning 3-0.

Of course, Arsene Wenger’s squad may well include defender Kyle Bartley, who has just completed his second loan spell in Glasgow with the 54-times Scottish champions.

Former Spanish favourite Mikel Arteta is in their pool as well although he is currently sidelined through injury but Jack Wilshere, a Gers fan, should be involved.

Rangers have met Southampton on a number of occasions too, mainly in the 1970s and mostly at Ibrox in the old Texaco Cup and Tennent Caledonian Cup competitions.

They also met in a pair of testimonials for Sandy Jardine and George Horsfall in May 1982 but haven’t come together since and this will be Gers’ first trip to St Mary’s.

Further information about Rangers’ summer programme will be announced soon, as will ticket details and prices for the Liebherr event.

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