RICHARD FOSTER will be one of the most popular players on the park tonight when he returns to his home town for the pre-season fixture against Elgin.

Born and raised in the Moray town, the full-back is set to be cheered on by plenty of friends and family as he turns out at Borough Briggs.

They’re thrilled he’s back at Rangers for a second spell following his loan stay in 2010/11 having had his contract at Bristol City – Saturday’s friendly opponents – terminated.

And as he continues easing back into life as a Light Blues player, the 27-year-old is keen to make an impression against the Black and Whites with so many familiar faces looking on.

Foster said: “Most of my family understood it was what I wanted when I moved back to the club. I was keen to come back up as soon as I heard there was a chance to do that.

“I was top of my list and once the deal was done, they were all delighted for me that I was back at Ibrox.

“I’m looking forward to the Elgin match. I’ve got a lot of people I know going to the game so hopefully I’ll play a part in it.

“I think I bought eight tickets and I managed to get either four or six comps. I’ve used them all so there will be a strong contingent of my family there.

“I’ve been back to Elgin a few times in my career for matches and it has always been nice when I’ve gone back.

“Just as it was at the Brora game, I think the majority of the fans coming along to this one will be Rangers fans. A lot of them will probably support Elgin and Rangers actually.”

This evening’s fixture wraps up what has been an excellent last few days for Ally McCoist’s squad as it has spent time based in Sutherland.

Having done a variety of training sessions in different locations, the trip has served a real purpose and allowed the group to continue making good progress ahead of the new season.

There is certainly an interest from the manager in bringing his players back to the area in years to come and it seems Foster would be happy with that.

He added: “It’s when you come away up here, so far away from Glasgow, that you realise how well Rangers are supported.

“The fans at the game on Sunday were great, both for the home team and us, and the tour has been a great success.

“The hotel has been lovely, the food has been great and we’ve got a lot of work done. Brora’s sponsor even paid for us to have a game of golf on Monday as well which was nice of him!

“We really appreciate the chance to come up here because it’s a good set-up. The pitch has been a bit dry because of the weather but everything else has been top class.

“Brora are a good Highland League outfit and they’ve brought in a lot of good players so they were good opponents for us.

“Likewise, Elgin started last season really well before faltering a bit in the middle and they provide tough games.

“That’s what we need. A lot of the guys we’re coming up against have played at a higher level and they’re giving us good exercises.”

Rangers fans travelling in cars and buses to tonight’s game can park in the Lossie Green Car Park around 100 yards from the stadium.

The road in front of the main stand at Borough Briggs will be closed to traffic but the car park is easily accessible from the ground.

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