Rangers sell more than 30,000 tickets for Steven Gerrard’s first game at Ibrox this week

		The Light Blues claimed a 3-1 victory over Welsh champions TNS in a closed-doors game and Gary McAllister is looking forward to Friday's game against Bury
									RANGERS will play in front of more than 30,000 fans in the first game of the Steven Gerrard era.
The Light Blues claimed a 3-1 win over Welsh champions TNS in a closed-doors game.


			Willie Vass		

		Steven Gerrard will take charge of his first Rangers game at Ibrox this week	But Friday’s game with English League Two side Bury will give Gers fans a look at Gerrard’s new-look team for the first time.
Assistant boss Gary McAllister said: “The beauty of today was that everybody got 45 minutes.
“I think in the second half, with a little bit more experience in the team, the quality was a little bit better, but the first half was excellent as well.
“I’m sure the gaffer will be very pleased with that.


			Willie Vass		

		Gary McAllisterat Rangers’ training camp	“The players deserve the plaudits. There was some brave play, some one-twos and some good efforts at goal.
“We have worked a lot on short passing and having efforts at goal and the players did well.
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“We’re getting close to competitive matches, so these friendlies are a real opportunity for the players to get match sharpness back.
“They’ve done a lot of physical work over the past weeks, so I think they’re glad the games are coming round because that’s what they want to do — play football.
“We’re absolutely where we wanted to be at this stage.
“We go into the next game and the level of opponent gradually gets a little bit better before the Europa League games.
“We’re quite happy with the way things are going and we’re looking forward to Friday.
“We’re up over 30,000 tickets sold and hopefully Ibrox will be bouncing.”
Keeper Allan McGregor added: “It’ll be an important 90 minutes, but all the games will be.
“It’s important for all the boys to play games. Personally I’d rather have a few more, but it’s just the way it is that the European games come quite early.”
Dean Ebbe put TNS ahead in the first minute before Serge Atakayi, Jamie Murphy and Ross McCrorie scored for Gers in the game at the Hummel Training Centre.
Andy Halliday also saw a first-half penalty saved.
There was a blow for Gers when injury-jinxed Jordan Rossiter was hurt in training.
He is on crutches awaiting the results of a scan.
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