RANGERS take on Linfield at 1pm for Jamie Mulgrew’s Testimonial today and you can follow the action as it happens here.
There’s no live coverage of today’s game on RangersTV but there will be highlights and the full game as live available to subscribers this evening.
NICKNAME: The Blues
STADIUM: Windsor Park
GROUND CAPACITY: 18,00
PITCH SIZE: 110 x 75
MANAGER: David Healy
KICK OFF: 1pm
VENUE: Windsor Park
COMPETITION: Jamie Mulgrew Testimonial
LINFIELD MANAGER PREVIEW:
David Healy “It should be a good test for us. I know Rangers play Celtic the following week, so it’s a game Mark Warburton will take very seriously by all accounts.
“It will be a game we’ll be hopefully going out to make an impression on, we’ll have a huge crowd – probably 8 or 9,000 here – so it should be a brilliant occasion and one that our players should go out and try to express themselves in.”
LINFIELD PLAYER PREVIEW:
Jamie Mulgrew: “I’m very, very excited. I think yesterday it set in and I could start to concentrate on Saturday coming around.
“Obviously we’ve had distractions with our own league games and then the League Cup game on Tuesday night, but next up now is obviously Rangers and I’m really looking forward to it.
The very first time that my committee and I met – there are seven committee members and then myself – our aim was to get Rangers over.
“That first meeting was probably about 14 months ago now and there have been different barriers in the way with ourselves and with Rangers.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
W – 10/04/2013 Home Friendly 2-0
W – 07/05/2012 Away Friendly 2-0
W – 16/07/2011 Away Friendly 4-1
W – 06/07/2006 Away Friendly 2-0
W – 16/07/2005 Away Friendly 2-0
GERS MANAGER PREVIEW
Mark Warburton: “We are conscious that we played on Friday night and the next game is the Old Firm on the 10th. That is too long a gap, we learned that from the [Scottish] Cup Final.
“So the Linfield game is good for us, the relationship between the clubs is very evident, so I’m looking forward to that.
“We’ll come back in on Thursday, the boys will have had three or four days off, which is important to utilise, then we’ll come back and train well on the Thursday and Friday, travel Friday afternoon and look forward to the encounter and hopefully a warm reception.
“Then we get back here, Sunday off and then a full week into the next game.”
GERS PLAYER PREVIEW
Barrie McKay: “It was a big day for me in my first season at the club. I was lucky enough to get in and around the first team, and then we made the trip over there, managed to get on and get the goal.
“It felt like it really set me up. I came on the next week in the SPL against St Johnstone, before the next season I managed to get to play all the time. I think in that game I managed to make enough of an impact to be able to be trusted.
“There’s a great fanbase over there, and when we played there last time, it was a full house, and no matter where we go, we have always had the fans with us.”
The Belfast Blues are far and away the most successful club in Northern Ireland with a trophy laden history dating back to their humble foundation in March 1886 by a group of linen millworkers at the Ulster Spinning Company in the Sandy Row area of Belfast.
Linfield fans are intensely proud of that their club has set the benchmark for others to attain on the playing field and in administration both at the club and at Irish FA levels.
The word failure doesn’t appear in the Linfield vocabulary as the club motto ‘Audaces Fortuna Juvat’ – Fortune Favours The Brave – puts it.
Many famous players have worn the Linfield royal blue shirt, the list includes Jackie Milburn of Newcastle United and England fame, ex-Manchester United and England star Denis Violett, Scot Tommy Leishman who played for Liverpool, Rangers stalwarts Billy Simpson, Albert Lyness and Billy McCandless and the great Tommy Dickson who captained the 1961/62 side that won seven trophies. (originally featured in Rangers vs Linfield programme in 2013)