Rangers' pre-season tour cancelled

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Newco Rangers' pre-season tour of Germany has been cancelled

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Newco Rangers' pre-season tour of Germany has been cancelled

Newco Rangers have been left without any pre-season matches after organisers of their tour of Germany cancelled the trip.

The Ibrox club suffered further rejection a day after being denied entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

A statement on www.rangersfc.co.uk read: "The Rangers Football Club has been informed by the organisers of our pre-season trip to Germany that they can no longer offer us a place on the tour. The team was due to play three games in Germany between 18-25 July, but the trip will now not take place at their request."

Southampton and Le Havre had previously withdrawn invitations to Ally McCoist's team to play pre-season fixtures.

Rangers went to Lower Saxony for four of the last five pre-seasons and the players were due to return to the village of Marienfeld.

McCoist's team were scheduled to play Bundesliga 2. side Eintracht Braunschweig and lower-league side SV Rodinghausen before finishing off against third-tier club Armenia Bielefeld.

The news leaves McCoist's plans in further disarray with only 13 senior players confirmed as being part of his squad, although the manager said on Wednesday night he was hopeful Andrew Little and Salim Kerkar would sign new contracts.

Quoted on the club website, McCoist told a meeting of Rangers fans: "Hopefully we'll get them over the line, although I wouldn't like to put a timescale on either of them.

"Andy actually phoned me tonight and I've missed his call so I'll get back in touch with him tomorrow and we'll see where we can go from there with him and Salim."

The club also have to wait until next week to discover which division they will play in having submitted a bid to the Scottish Football League on Wednesday.

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