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All you need to know as a Rangers XI set for October friendly in Northern Ireland

Graeme Murty will take charge of the Rangers XI for next month's friendly fixture.
Graeme Murty will take charge of the Rangers XI for next month's friendly fixture.
Larne supporters will pack into Inver Park next month to see their side face a Rangers XI. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

A Rangers XI will play a friendly in Northern Ireland in October.

The side will take on Larne in a special fixture to open the Championship club's new playing surface and floodlights at Inver Park

Larne, of course, were taken over last year by Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce, who has invested heavily in the playing squad as well as the facilities.

Plans are in place to build a new four-sided stadium while the pitch has already been relaid and new floodlights erected. The playing surface, according to chairman Gareth Clements, has been called the best in the whole of Ireland.

So what about this friendly?

All you need to know about Larne's friendly against a Rangers XI

What date is the game? It's on Wednesday, October 17 with a 7.30pm kick-off at Inver Park.

Do I need a ticket? You will but they're not on sale yet. Larne will be announcing details in the coming days and we'll keep this updated when they do. The club are hoping to put in some temporary measures to increase the ground capacity for the fixture.

Who will manage the Rangers side? Former Rangers manager Graeme Murty, now returned to his role as Head Coach of the development squad, will take charge of the team alongside youth coaches Billy Kirkwood and Peter Lovenkrands.

So does that mean it's going to be a youth side? It's always hard to tell with these sort of games and Rangers won't announce the team until closer to the time. But Larne chairman Gareth Clements says he's hoping for an 'exciting squad' to make the trip. "You can be guaranteed that the players they bring over will be quality, but you obviously want to see a few of their big names included," he said.

Is there any chance Larne man Gareth McAuley could return home? That's what McClements' number one hope is but, as above, we'll have to wait and see. The date is just after the international break but NI are away in both of those fixtures, against Austria on Friday, 12 Oct and Bosnia & Herzegovinia on Monday, 15 Oct. Whether or not Steven Gerrard would be happy with Big G playing an extra game before his club's trip to Hamilton on the Sunday remains to be seen.

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