McAllister details Gers plans for Nice fixture amid tight 48 hour turnaround
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McAllister details Rangers' plans for Nice fixture amid tight turnaround

Speaking to RangersTV, Gary McAllister has outlined Rangers’ plans ahead of their Trophee Veolia fixture against Nice on Saturday evening.

The Gers ran out deserved 2-0 winners over Lyon on Thursday night and should be high in confidence going into their second and final fixture.

A Marcelo OG and strike from Ianis Hagi saw Rangers past Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A victory over Nice – who were fifth in Ligue 1 when the season was stopped due to the global health crisis – would see the Gers win the tournament, given that their upcoming opponents drew with Celtic on Thursday.


However, assistant manager McAllister has suggested that the less than 48-hour turnaround between fixtures means players will be managed carefully.

“Tomorrow [Friday], most of the guys will just warm down because nearly everybody got on,” McAllister told RangersTV. “There’ll be a wee bit of training for the guys who played less minutes.”

“But, again, we’re probably looking to play a 60 and a 30 for certain players to just get those numbers and get those minutes under their belt before we move onto the next couple of pre-season friendlies.”

That could mean players like Borna Barisic, Steven Davis, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos, who were all given an hour against Lyon, will begin on the bench against Nice and be deployed for the final 30 minutes.

As a result, the likes of Ross McCrorie, Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Calvin Bassey, who all appeared as substitutes during the first game, could be given the chance to impress from the start.

Ross McCrorie will be one of those hoping to start for Rangers against Nice. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the handful of substitutes not used against Lyon, including Greg Stewart, Jermain Defoe and Jamie Murphy, will also likely feature to some extent at the weekend.

A tournament win would be a boost for players and supporters alike, but the priority must be to get the entire squad in the best possible shape for the Premiership opening day trip to Aberdeen at the beginning of August.

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