Rangers and Celtic are set to play Lyon and Nice as part of a pre-season tournament in France but will not play one another.

Reports earlier in the month suggested the Old Firm duo were in discussions to play in a special tournament in France ahead of the new season [Daily Record].

This naturally sparked unrealistic rumours that the Glasgow rivals could play each other on foreign soil but it has now been confirmed that this will not be the case.

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Rudi Garcia confirmed the four teams taking part in the tournament. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

The matches will take place at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon as Steven Gerrard’s side look to test themselves against high-quality opposition going into the new season.

Lyon manager Rudi Garcia confirmed the friendlies in the press.

“It’s not been easy to arrange preparation friendlies and we have opted for eight weeks to prepare for the new season,” said Garcia [Scottish Sun].


“That will include a tournament at Groupama stadium against Rangers and Celtic, with Nice being the other team.


“The thinking behind this was it was necessary to find quality opponents in leagues that have not resumed.

“We need to prepare both for the start of the new season and the Champions League game against Juventus.”

The games are set to take place on the 16th and 18th on July as Rangers prepare for the new season and their Europa League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Last season’s competition is set to be concluded in a special mini tournament in Portugal between August 5th and August 21st.

Should Rangers manage to overturn the 3-1 Ibrox defeat to the German outfit the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be one-off matches rather than two-legged affairs.

Steven Gerrard will be eager for his Rangers side to make the most of the tournament in France ahead of their tie with Leverkusen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers will also get the chance to exact some sort of revenge on the ever-mouthy Moussa Dembele, the former Celtic striker who currently plays for Lyon.

That’s if that £50m move to Man United or Chelsea doesn’t materialise first…

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