By Doug Ward

5th May, 2021 | 8:54pm

Rangers in talks over Linfield friendly match

Rangers are in talks over playing a pre-season friendly match against Northern Irish giants Linfield, according to GlasgowLive.

The website claims there are “long-standing links” between the two clubs with the Gers regularly going to Belfast to play against them.

However, it is understood that it could be “tricky” to agree on a date this year due to work being done on Linfield’s Windsor Park stadium.

Preparing to defend the title

Rangers already have one pre-season friendly lined up with the Gers set to play against Premier League club Arsenal on July 17.

That match will take place at Ibrox but it remains to be seen where we’ll play against Linfield.

As the Gers have a big fanbase in Northern Ireland, it does make sense for Steven Gerrard’s squad to go over there and play Linfield. However if the stadium works at Windsor Park make that impossible, the clubs might have to find an alternative place or even have Linfield play over the Glasgow.

Either way, it’ll be great to see the Light Blues take on Linfield, who are managed by former Bear David Healy.

He’s been in charge of Linfield since 2015 and, coincidentally, is on the verge of leading the Belfast club to their 55th league title.

Linfield matched Rangers’ world record for league titles last season but will have to see our their title bid this season again to make themselves joint-world-record-holders again.

In other Rangers news, the Gers’ new commercial deal could be banned by the government before the year is over.