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Steven Gerrard to face Bury and Wigan in first home games as Rangers boss

By Adam McKendry

Steven Gerrard's first game in charge of Rangers will be a friendly against Sky Bet League Two side Bury, while the Scottish club will also play Will Grigg's Wigan in Glasgow.

The new manager will get the chance to test his new squad out against strong English opposition before they begin their European and Scottish campaigns.

Bury will be the visitors to Ibrox on Friday, July 6 (7:15pm ko), while Grigg and his Latics team-mates will begin their preparation for a return to the Sky Bet Championship by travelling to Govan on Sunday, July 29 (3pm ko).

It'll be the first time Rangers have played either side, but both games will play a key role in determining how well the side are equipped to challenge Celtic's stranglehold on the Scottish Premiership title.

The new boss will use the game as a chance to see where he still needs to strengthen his squad, while it'll also be a chance for fans to get their first looks at new signings such as Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria.

There will be plenty of Northern Irish talent on show in the two games as well, with the aforementioned Grigg and Alex Bruce on the books of Wigan, defender Adam Thompson plays for Bury, and defender Lee Hodson likely to be given time to impress for the 'Gers.

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