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Rangers Target Terem Moffi Indicates Towards Future Plans

Rangers target Terem Moffi has indicated that he does not want to stick around for too long in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, with his move to the league being carefully weighed. 

The Gers have been linked with a number of strikers as they plan for the possibility they may have to replace Alfredo Morelos this summer.

Moffi, who is on the books at Belgian top flight side KV Kortrijk, has been mooted as a target for Rangers, with his performances having caught the eye.

The striker only joined Kortrijk in the January transfer window, but scored four goals in seven Jupiler Pro League games as he made an instant impact.

Moffi has a clear path he wants to follow and has admitted that he joined Kortrijk to put himself in the shop window, indicating another move may not be far away.

“There was interest from different countries, such as Norway or Israel”, Moffi told Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

“But through Belgium I get the easiest [route] to a larger competition, so I also chose this league.”

Moffi is under contract at Kortrijk until the summer of 2023 and the Belgian side may resist selling someone they only signed in January.

The striker played in Lithuania before making the move to Belgium.

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Florian Kamberi Still Keen On Rangers Return

Florian Kamberi is still keen to return to Rangers if the Gers can agree a deal with Hibernian for his signature, according to the Evening Times

Rangers snapped up the striker on loan from Hibs in the January transfer window and he put in performances on the pitch which would praise due to his commitment to the cause.

It was recently claimed that Rangers had added Kamberi on loan once again to use him in their Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen, but that has been dismissed as wide of the mark.

However, Kamberi would welcome a move back to Rangers, if the Gers can do a deal with Hibernian.

He is keen to be a Rangers player heading into the 2020/21 season and does not appear to have a future at Easter Road.

Kamberi has attracted interest from a number of other clubs, but he is continuing to train with Hibernian.

The striker made six appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers during his spell at Ibrox and also played in the Europa League for the Ibrox outfit.

In total, while on the books at Hibernian, Kamberti has made 84 appearances and scored 30 goals for the club; he has two more years left on his Hibernian contract.

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Club Doctor Outlines Covid Response

IN a wide-ranging RangersTV interview, Club Doctor, Dr Mark Waller, has been outlining Rangers’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Light Blues haven’t played a match since March 12, and were only able to return officially to the Rangers Training Centre last week for pre-season training.

It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but Dr Waller has guided not only Rangers through it, but he has also had a major role in leading all of Scottish football to the position it now finds itself in.

Dr Waller explained: “It’s been very different to what we would normally be doing over the last three months, although we were quite fortunate in the respect we only had two injured players when lockdown actually commenced.

“Both of those were coming towards the end of their rehab, so we were able to spend a few days up here until lockdown really started planning for what we felt was going to happen.

“Then we were able to keep in pretty close contact over phone calls and chats on Zoom as although you can’t lay hands on people with that type of communication, you can still look at things.

“We were using lots of different tools as far as trying to maintain some knowledge of the actual quantity of work they were doing, so all of that data came through to us.

“So we were able to follow the rehab more or less as we would have done here, despite the fact we were actually apart.”

Rangers’ players have worked superbly well in their first fortnight back in Milngavie as they prepare hard for the new season, albeit, under some very different circumstances.

Dr Waller went on to explain what had changed, continuing: “We have been really quite keen to perhaps go a little bit above, certainly the Scottish league recommendations in the respect that we have tried to do everything we possibly can to take away as much risk as is possible.

“We get the players to do their questionnaire – which is a 10-point questionnaire each morning and they are expected to do that at home before they leave for the training facility.

“When they do arrive, providing all of the answers to the questions are negative, we then do a temperature check when they first arrive, and we do Coronavirus swabbing twice a week.

“The actual training itself is obviously different. As yet, we are not allowed to do contact training, so we are allowed to do training with two players in one quarter of the pitch, which is obviously a big difference for them and for the coaching staff.

“There are other things like we have a hydrotherapy pool which we can’t use, we have cryochambers – which are cold therapy for recovery – we can’t use those.

“There is quite a lot of testing equipment in the gym which we can’t use, and there is no dining room here – that’s closed.

“So there are lots of areas where things have changed, but what we have tried to do with the players is to say not what they can’t do, but what they can do.

“If we can try to be as positive as possible, then I think that actually stimulates the players.”

Dr Waller, who was previously the long-term doctor at Liverpool and has also worked for the FA, also explained the procedure should a player test positive for the virus.

“It all depends on whether they were symptomatic or not,” he added. “So if they are not symptomatic, what we would be doing is keep them away from the training facility for a period of seven days and then retest.

“Obviously, we would be keeping a very close eye on them and be in contact with them on a daily basis. It would also have implications for people in their own household who would then have to quarantine for two weeks.

“After seven days, we would retest them and if they are negative, then they can return to the training facility.

“If they are positive and they are symptomatic, then return to activity depends entirely on the severity of their symptoms and how long they go on for.

“Then we have a protocol to follow depending on those symptoms as to what we would then need to do.

“Those that have quite severe illness would have to go under far more extensive investigation prior to coming back to the training facility in the respect that we know the Coronavirus can affect the lungs, but it can also affect the heart.

“So we would have to be very careful that they hadn’t actually contracted a condition called myocarditis and other conditions you can get with this virus.”

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Rangers Suffer Blow To Hopes of Landing Haris Belkebla

Rangers have suffered a blow to their hopes of landing Brest midfielder Haris Belkebla, with the signs pointing towards no move for the player this summer. 

Saint-Etienne, Lens and Rangers are all keen on Belkebla, having been impressed with his performances for Brest in Ligue 1 over the course of this season.

Brest could be tested with bids for the Algeria international this summer, but according to French daily Le Telegramme, the signs are that Belkebla will not move.

The French side’s coach Olivier Dall’Oglio is counting on Belkebla for the upcoming Ligue 1 season and Brest are not looking to sell the midfielder.

It is also claimed that keeping hold of Belkebla for a further season could see his value rise in time for next summer’s transfer window.

The 26-year-old made 23 appearances in Ligue 1 over the course of the season for Brest and won his first Algeria cap in November.

Brest still have Belkebla under contract for a further two years.

It remains to be seen if a substantial offer could cause Brest to rethink their position, with the club are present firmly opposed to losing Belkebla.

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James Tavernier Sees Extended Pre-season Benefits

Rangers captain James Tavernier has admitted he has headed into the longest pre-season he will ever have had as a Gers player and believes it should benefit the side in the 2020/21 campaign. 

The 2019/20 campaign was brought to an early close in May and the Gers’ city rivals Celtic were awarded the Scottish Premiership title.

Ordinarily, the Gers would be in the midst of European qualifying commitments over the month of July, but the current Europa League has not been concluded yet.

Tavernier, who admits Rangers will have a long pre-season, believes that the extra time available for the squad to train together will have a positive impact on the team’s performances as they will have the proper time to work on individual as well as collective improvements.

“I think we will be ready. In the time I have been here, this will be the longest pre-season we will have had”, Tavernier said via the Gers’ official site.

“Down south you normally get these pre-seasons where you can work on the team a lot more and I know we will have the chance to do that to work as individuals and work collectively as a team on the tactical side which we will need to apply this season.

“So I think it is going to be really beneficial for us to have all of this time we are going to be training on pre-season.”

The new Scottish Premiership season is scheduled to get going from 1st August, though it remains unclear when the next transfer window will close; in Italy, the transfer window will run from September until early October.

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This Is Biggest Change – Daniel Finlayson Compares Gers Life With US Loan

Rangers starlet Daniel Finlayson has admitted that being thrust into a senior team through his loan spell in the United States at Orange County has provided him with a learning experience.

The youngster is currently in the middle of a loan spell at the US-based club, as a part of an agreement between the two sides, along with midfielder Cammy Palmer and defender Matthew Shiels.

Orange County play in the USL Championship and Finlayson is playing and training alongside senior professionals in the United States. The Rangers youngster admits that has been the biggest difference he has found through leaving the Gers on loan.

“Training with men day in and out in a first-team environment has been the biggest change”, Finlayson said via Twitter.

“It’s much different to the reserves as you have experienced professionals to compete with and also to lean on for advice.”

Finlayson is experiencing a different type of football in the US, but with the action having been suspended, he is not yet in a position to compare it to the Scottish game. He added: “Hard to tell at the moment in terms of competitive league action due to the lockdown.

“But what I can say is that the standards are still very high and there are a lot of talented players over here.”

Orange County have two former Rangers stars in the ranks in the shape of defender Rob Kiernan and winger Harry Forrester.

Both players won the Scottish Championship with Rangers.

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Rangers Target Kemar Roofe Not Pushing For Anderlecht Exit

Rangers look set to have to work to convince Kemar Roofe to move to Ibrox if they do slap in a bid for him this summer as he is happy at Anderlecht, according to the Evening Times.

The Gers have reportedly set their sights on Anderlecht striker Roofe if they cannot keep hold of Alfredo Morelos when the next transfer window swings open.

Roofe saw his debut season at Anderlecht affected by injury and the Belgian side could only finish in eighth place in the Jupilier Pro League.

Despite Anderlecht not meeting expectations this season and as such having no European football for next term, Roofe is happy to stay at the club.

The former Leeds hitman feels settled in Belgium and having only moved to the club 12 months ago, will need convincing if he is to leave.

Roofe is looking forward to the start of the new Belgian season as he aims to stay injury free and make a significant contribution to a title push.

He has a contract with the Belgian side until the summer of 2022 and it is unclear how much Rangers might have to pay to sign him.

The Englishman has scored six league goals and registered two assists in his 13 Jupiler Pro League appearances.

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Everyone Anyone: Scott’s Story

LIKE all Rangers fans, Scott Cunningham enjoyed Ian Durrant’s stunning volley against Marseille in the Velodrome in 1993 but sadly it would be the last goal the lifelong Rangers fan would witness.

Scott tragically lost his sight a short time later due to a rare condition but he has shown tremendous courage in the face of such adversity and the support of the Rangers family is something he cherishes.

He went to his first Rangers game as a young man in 1980 and couldn’t have known that just 13 years later he wouldn’t be able to see his Light Blue heroes again.

The reality is, Scott is the real hero. He embraced his new situation with incredible bravery and resolve and is proud to follow his team with other members of the blind community.

The 49-year-old, who was also delighted to lend his support to the club’s Everyone Anyone diversity and inclusion campaign, said: “Like everyone in my family, I was born a Rangers supporter and it’s something I regard as an honour, although some would say that being a native from Larkhall it’s a prerequisite.

“I remember vividly attending my first ever game on 1 March 1980, I remember every single minute of the experience.

“I attended the game with my dad and my uncle Stewart and climbing up those stairs to the wooden seats in the main stand, seeing the green grass on our beloved Ibrox Park for the first time was a moment I’ll never ever forget.

“George Best was playing for Hibs and he was given a standing ovation from the full stadium. Derek Johnstone scored the only goal that day. I also remember Atomic from Blondie being played through the old PA system at half time, what a day it was!!

“I was presented with a copy of the match programme by a friend a few years ago, back then it cost a whopping 25pence lol!

“As the years progressed, from paying at the gate to buying single tickets to having my season ticket for many years in the Copland Road Rear brown section before the stadium became all blue seating, Rangers became a way of life for me.

“My first European away game was Bayern Munich in 1988 and the buzz of following our team abroad was incredible and lead to many, many more memorable trips. Great trips like visiting Florence to play Fiorentina and of course the UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.

“But when I think back, 1992/93 was such a memorable season for all of us. I travelled to Marseille by bus to watch Rangers and what a game it was for me personally. It was to be the last game that I was to witness abroad as a sighted fan.

“I lost my sight due  to a very rare condition in late September of that year after a three- week stay in the Southern General hospital with severe headaches. I was lying in that hospital bed dreading not seeing my beloved Rangers beat Celtic again.

“After adjusting to life as a member of the blind community I returned to Rangers games with friends or taking a seat in the fantastic blind section.

“I am very very proud to be a blind Rangers supporter, it sure has its benefits as I have never seen us been beat since September 1993, even better, I’ve not seen Celtic score against us!!

“The commentary from friends of the commentators in the Rex Blind Section is sensational and something I am so thankful for.

“I have travelled to many countries following the greatest club in the world as a blind supporter, but I get treated no differently to the sighted bluenoses and that is something special.

“As a blind supporter and a campaigner for equality and disability rights I am very proud of the Everyone Anyone campaign and privileged to have played a part in it.

“I thank the club for the invitation to do so. I was formerly the disability officer in the PCS union when I was a civil servant but I am still very active in advocating rights for the disabled community.

“Our club gains a vast amount of negative and incorrect media attention, but highlighting the inclusive way we, as a fan base, embraces anyone and everyone to our Rangers family is something that should be applauded the world over.

“The campaign is ground-breaking in the football world and shows that we are not only world record breakers for the titles we have won but we are welcoming to everyone.

“The launch of the campaign was exceptional, meeting the manager and captain on the pitch was a special moment. I’m sure the gaffer was more impressed with my guide dog Milo rather than my advice on us bagging title 55!

“I would like to applaud the club for the campaign and leading from the front once again.”

Scott has strong links with the Rangers Charity Foundation and has undertaken a series of personal challenges to raise funds for the organisation. His selfless acts really do make a positive difference and he is delighted to do so under the Rangers banner.

He continued: “Over the years I have taken part in various events organised by the Rangers Charity Foundation, and they have also been very supportive of events that I have organised in aid of the charity.

“I was humbled to have been awarded an MBE in 2011 for my fundraising endeavours and it was thanks to the support from the club, the Rangers Charity Foundation and the worldwide Rangers family.

“The support from the club and legends over the period on treks on the West Highland Way was incredible. I also took up running four years ago. Running with a sighted guide is rather special, but it was even more special taking part in the Manchester Marathon with the Charity Foundation colours on my chest was incredible and exactly 10 years after being part of 250k fans in the city at the UEFA Cup Final.

“During the long lonely miles on marathons I can vividly recall Ray Wilkins scoring that magnificent strike in the 5-1 demolition of Celtic from my seat in the Copland Road Stand. That sight would bring a smile to any bluenose and it’s a sight that I will never lose!!

“55 is going to be the biggest party ever for the Rangers family and it will be an occasion to savour the world over and it will be an opportunity to highlight we are simply the best.

“Over the years I have been very lucky to have travelled to many far off European cities to follow follow our club. Many friendship have been created with the locals who are not only fascinated about me being a blind Gers fan but delighted to be taught about our unique history.

“The hand of friendship we extend to every culture we meet does not go unnoticed and is very evident. We are so good at welcoming every disability, creed, colour and religion to our famous stadium.

“I may be a totally blind bluenose but Rangers are and always will be a way of life for me it is not just a football club – it is everything.

“We, the Rangers fans, should be applauded for the welcome we extend to anyone and everyone. There are no barriers to following the greatest football club the world has seen.”

CLICK HERE for more information on the Everyone Anyone campaign.

CLICK HERE for more information on the new Rangers Fans Charter.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Rangers Charity Foundation. 

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New Faces Delight Skipper

RANGERS have already been working hard behind the scenes to secure three new players – much to the delight of captain James Tavernier.

The Ibrox skipper has watched on as Gers have secured the services of Ianis Hagi on a permanent basis, Calvin Bassey and Jon McLaughlin.

Tavernier has been excited by the club’s early business, and speaking exclusively to RangersTV, he explained: “It’s fantastic to see, especially in the situation we are in. A lot of clubs are finding themselves in financial situations which are not on the plus-side for them.

“But it is great to see we are doing business in early-doors to strengthen the squad.

“It’s great to have Ianis back as he was a key part to us at the end of the season, and I have spoken to Calvin already and he is really excited to come up.

“So it is good we are strengthening the squad and showing the intent of what we mean this season.”

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Tavernier, like the rest of his teammates, returned to the Rangers Training Centre last week in outstanding shape, and he put that down to the programme of hard work set by the club’s coaching staff for the players over the lockdown period.

“The gaffer gave us a schedule to do,” said Tavernier. “It was an intense schedule we had to keep at as we didn’t know if we were going to be back playing, so everyday we were doing sessions which Jordan [Milsom] sent over.

“So that kept us going every day, and it was good just to keep that fitness going and to keep in a routine.

“I’ve really enjoyed [being back]. We have had a long time off and I am just really relishing getting back training and kicking the ball around on the pitch.

“It’s something I have been looking forward to and I have really enjoyed being back in as I am sure all the boys have been.

“There are obviously smaller groups now and you are in your own space, but you are getting your fitness and you are getting a touch of the ball which I have definitely missed and we have all missed.”

Indeed, any fears the players may have had during the pandemic have been allayed somewhat by the superb work of Club Doctor, Dr Mark Waller.

Tavernier continued: “I think we are very fortunate to have the ‘Doc’ here at Rangers with all of his experience. I think he’s been leading, not only at our place, but in Scottish football he has been one of the leading figures who is tackling this virus.

“We are very fortunate to have him around the building every single day.”

Recent pre-seasons for Rangers have been much shorter than this one will be for the players, given European qualifying commitments they ordinarily have over the month of July.

That won’t be the case this year, with the first competitive game currently pencilled in for August 1 and the Premiership kick-off.

Tavernier feels this long period of preparation can be a massive boost for him and his team, and he added: “I think we will be ready. In the time I have been here, this will be the longest pre-season we will have had.

“Down south you normally get these pre-seasons where you can work on the team a lot more and I know we will have the chance to do that to work as individuals and work collectively as a team on the tactical side which we will need to apply this season.

“So I think it is going to be really beneficial for us to have all of this time we are going to be training on pre-season.

“We can’t wait to get back to competitive action. We’ve seen the games on TV and you are just itching to play a game.

“Of course, we have to only play when it’s safe to play, but all the boys can’t wait to get back and hopefully, when the fixtures get released, we can have something to look forward to.”

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I Feel Really Good – Scott Arfield Happy With Fitness

Rangers star Scott Arfield has revealed that he feels in good shape and stressed that the Gers have never had an issue as a team with fitness.

The Gers have now returned to the training pitch as they prepare for the 2020/21 season, with the Scottish Premiership due to get going from 1st August

Arfield insists he has returned to the training pitch feeling in good shape, as he diligently followed the progammes laid down by the club’s fitness team during the period of individual training.

“I feel really good”, Arfield told Rangers TV.

“I feel really sharp and I feel really fit.

“We’ve been given programmes ever since the Celtic game was called off on the 15th of March – programmes from that Monday and right through, and we have been following them.

“I think I’ve only had one week off, so I’ve been running for 12 weeks.

“When you’re running yourself, you don’t really get a gauge how fit you are until you come back but fitness has never been an issue for this team.”

The Canada international also took time to heap praise on club doctor Mark Waller, who has kept the players abreast about the latest developments.

“He’s been brilliant. Even just after the Leverkusen game when the virus was beginning to be an issue, he let everyone know as clearly as possible where they stood.

“Dr Waller has been on it, and it just shows, when you have a doctor like him leading everyone, you can’t go wrong.”

Rangers have already started to make signings ahead of the new season, when the pressure will be on the Gers to stop Celtic retaining the Scottish Premiership title.

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