RANGERS will face a mixture of old and new opponents this summer as they prepare for the forthcoming Second Division campaign.

Today’s announcement that the club will tour Germany for the fifth time in seven summers sees them reunited with previous warm-up rivals FC Gutersloh.

Gers took on the fifth-tier side back in 2007 when, residing at the same Marienfeld base they’ll occupy next month, they recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Andy Webster, Kris Boyd and Chris Burke were the scorers in North-Rhine Westphalia as the Ibrox outfit prepared for a season that would take them all the way to a UEFA Cup final.

American winger DaMarcus Beasley, who recently won his 100th cap for his country, also made his debut after joining the club from PSV Eindhoven.

This year’s match with Gutersloh takes place at their nearby Heidewaldstadion home, just 11km from Marienfeld.

But the following match three days later with Emmen is more than 100 miles away over the border in neighbouring Holland.

The Dutch team – in the second tier of its country’s football system ever since it turned professional in 1985 after six decades as an amateur side – finished 12th last term.

Emmen have reached the play-offs on eight occasions but have never managed to clinch promotion into the Eredivisie alongside the likes of Ajax, Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar.

The meeting with Joop Gall’s side takes place at the Unive Stadion, their compact home ground, which has a capacity of 8,600 seats.

The Hotel Klosterpforte, where Ally McCoist and his squad will stay whilst in Germany, is one of the leading football training facilities on mainland Europe.

Players will sleep in a separate sports villa complete with relaxing lounges, treatment rooms, social areas and a man-made lake with a built-in swimming area.

It was used by Portugal as their camp for the 2006 World Cup while leading clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Porto and Napoli have worked there as well.

Rangers will travel to Hillsborough after they return from the continent for a friendly with Championship hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday on July 24.

They’re a side the Light Blues are familiar with having last faced them in Ian Durrant’s 1998 testimonial which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Gers’ other English opponents in the next few weeks – Bristol City on July 13 – are another new team on the list of those the 54-times Scottish champions will have met.

Also sponsored by Blackthorn, the Robins were relegated from the Championship last season to League One after finishing bottom of the table.

Managed recently by ex-Ibrox midfielder Derek McInnes before he left the position, they have had a number of Scots in their side in recent years who Light Blues followers will be familiar with.

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