Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister thinks Thursday’s pre-season friendly win over Champions League quarter-finalists Lyon was the ‘perfect’ preparation for facing Bayer Leverkusen next month.
The Gers travel to Germany to complete the Europa League tie from March against Leverkusen and McAllister insists that the Light Blues will ‘have a go’ against the Bundesliga side.
Rangers trail Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate and McAllister is confident that facing Lyon – who have their own Champions League tie to complete – will set them up ideally for the trip to Germany.
“Lyon were an ideal opponent because they’ll be similar to Bayer Leverkusen,” McAllister said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“The other friendlies next week will be more aligned to the Premiership and the league opener at Aberdeen.
“But Lyon were perfect before Leverkusen.
“The first league game is important but we’re still alive in Europe and we’ll have a go at Bayer.
“We have watched lots of Lyon and were very aware of loads of players in the team.
“We know they have a cup final coming up and also a Champions League tie against Juventus so this has been good preparation for them too.”
After beating Lyon on Thursday, the Gers face Nice tonight before facing Coventry and Motherwell next week to round off their pre-season campaign.
A trip to Pittodrie in two weeks beckons for the Scottish Premiership season opener and the Gers should be in a good position for it.