Lyon boss Rudi Garcia believes the pre-season games against Rangers and Celtic is “exactly” what his side need ahead of the new season – although admits he’s disappointed there will only be a small number of fans at the games.

The Gers play Garcia’s side on Thursday before taking on Nice a few days later and Garcia is excited ahead of the games against the Old Firm at the Groupama Stadium.

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 08: Rudi Garcia Head Coach of Olympique Lyonnais looks on during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on March 8, 2020 in Lille, France. Rangers

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France, like Scotland, ended their season early as a result of Coronavirus and the Lyon boss insists they won’t be “friendly games” as he prepares his side for next month’s Champions League quarter-final with Juventus and the French League Cup Final against Paris Saint-Germain.

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“Preparation is essential and no friendly games will be played,” Garcia said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Playing against Rangers and Celtic, two high-level teams in Scotland, is exactly what we are looking for.

 

“They are two fantastic opponents for us at Groupama Stadium, even if, unfortunately, we will not be able to play with as many supporters as we wanted.”

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Despite Lyon’s stadium holding 50,000 fans, only 5,000 will be allowed in as France continues to combat Coronavirus with social distancing.

LYON, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 26: General view of Groupama Stadium during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Olympique Lyon and Juventus at Parc Olympique on February 26, 2020 in Lyon, France. Rangers

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The Gers will face a real step up in opposition from yesterday’s win over Hamilton but with a Europa League clash with Leverkusen rapidly approaching, there’s not a lot of time for them to get up to speed.

Both games in France will be shown live on Premier Sport – as well as the Ibrox friendlies with Motherwell and Coventry.

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