As Rangers set up a friendly encounter with the European giants of Real Madrid, the clash can stand the club and its players in good stead ahead of the Champions League campaign.

The Ibrox side is hoping to engineer a return to European football’s elite competition via a tough qualification campaign this summer.

Should the Gers achieve the feat, then it will be the first time in eleven years that the Champions League anthem has bellowed out around the famous ground.

With qualification also comes riches which are widely reported as being north of £30m, something Rangers have been longing for since the events of 2012.

Whilst the last three seasons have seen successful campaigns in the Europa League – the first year was a near shock qualification whilst the proceeding two have taken Rangers further than Celtic have been in Europe in 16 years – the Champions League is where the proper money is.

 

And with that money comes the biggest names in European football as the widening gap in finances is laid bare by the elite status of only a relative handful of clubs.

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Real Madrid – the competition’s record titleholder (13) – is the club most synonymous with football on this stage and indeed, Rangers’ only meeting with the Spanish giants was in this competition’s earlier European Cup incarnation.

It was the season 1963/64 where the Gers were toppled by Madrid 1-0 at Ibrox and humbled 6-0 in Spain.

Now, Real are set to return in what is a mouth-watering tie which will test the ability and mentality of this talented Rangers squad.

Enter it with the right attitude, and it will also serve as the perfect folly to the club’s Champions League campaign.

This team will get a small taste of the big time when Real Madrid come to visit in a fortnight, something which perfectly sets the club up for their Champions League qualification campaign a few weeks later.

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Rangers are set to welcome Real Madrid to Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There could be no better club to face in order to dangle that carrot in front of the players and this may well prove a £30m+ masterstroke from the club’s hierarchy.

Here’s how the Rangers fans have been reacting to the news that the club is set to play the Spanish giants at Ibrox.

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