Rangers are in negotiations over a friendly match with Northern Irish champions-elect and old friends Linfield, Gers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed.
The Ibrox gaffer was speaking as part of the Team Talk initiative held in association with official shirt sponsors 32 Red and claimed there are discussions regarding a potential trip across the water.
Rangers and Linfield have long-held a connection and the Northern Irish club held a benefit friendly on behalf of the Gers to raise money back in 2012.
The Ulster club, who’re closing in on a legendary 55th title of their own in Northern Ireland, also extended an open invitation to the Gers after Steven Gerrard’s side won the title.
Steven Gerrard confirmed this is something the Ibrox club is considering taking Linfeld up on with the Northern Irish club sitting within two points of title glory with three games to play.
“Every time I have been over to Northern Ireland from a personal point of view when I am representing England, I always get a fantastic welcome,” said Gerrard, as quoted by Belfast Live.
“I am really looking forward to coming back over once life is back to normality and it would be great if we could get the team over there at some point.
“It is something that we are discussing at the moment.”
Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist was remarkably grateful for Linfield’s friendship in 2012 and thanked the club for their continuing support.
“The Rangers supporters have been magnificent in the past few months and our fans in Northern Ireland will be rewarded with a game at Windsor Park that will also help the club in difficult times,” said McCoist [ESPN].
”We always enjoy great support from Belfast and we look forward to playing there once again next month.
“On behalf of everyone at Rangers, I would also like to thank Linfield for supporting us by agreeing to take part in this match.”
Now-Linfield manager David Healy played for the Ibrox side in that match, and it would be a poignant way to mark out return to the top of the Scottish Premiership by playing his side in Belfast.
Rangers have already announced one major Ibrox friendly after the summer as they arrange a match with an old friend from the Premier League.