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5th July 2019 20:03

Sat 29 June 2019, 6pm kick off
Behind closed doors:
Glasgow Rangers 2-0 Mansfield Town

Played at The Campus, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portigal


Dempster encouraged by Rangers friendly

Manager John Dempster says he is 'really pleased' with his players' displays in yesterday's training match against Glasgow Rangers.

Stags faced Rangers yesterday evening at 6pm in a behind-closed-doors game, which couldn't be announced previously because of security purposes, at the Scottish club's request.

Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty gave the Gers a 2-0 victory in the game which was played over three periods for a total of 90 minutes.


"It was a brilliant exercise, taking into consideration it was day two of our pre-season, to come out here and compete against such a massive club is really pleasing," said Dempster. "As a club we can be proud of our players.

Asked what he was looking to see from his players in the match, he said: "Organisation. Although we hadn't had a lot of time to get things into the players, we knew we couldn't come out all guns blazing in terms of pressing high up the pitch, so we were narrow and compact and the players did really well.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the goals [conceded] as always. You can always improve there. But to say we're just two days into pre-season, I'm really pleased.

"I want us to have a structure throughout this season and I'll encourage the players to have freedom within that but we need to organised and structured."

FIRST PERIOD: Logan, Clarke, Pearce, Gibbens, Benning, Law, Smith, Bishop, Khan, Fielding, Rose

SECOND PERIOD: Stone, Clarke, Preston, Gibbens, Law, Sterling-James, Smith, MacDonald, Hamilton, Fielding, Cook

THIRD PERIOD: Stone, A. Walker, Stokes, Sweeney, Benning, Sterling-James, Tomlinson, Mellis, Sinclair, Quigley, Knowles



Impressive Mansfield Town beaten by Glasgow Rangers in secret friendly in Portugal

After just one full day of pre-season training, Mansfield Town’s senior pros and U21s impressed in a secret friendly match against Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers in Portugal on Saturday night.

Stags were beaten 2-0 by goals from Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty in a game which had not been announced in advance at Ranger’s request due to security concerns.


Steven Gerrard’s men won the match 2-0 as both sides gave their all over three 30-minute periods rather than two halves.

“It was a brilliant exercise, taking into consideration it was day two of our pre-season. To come out here and compete against such a massive club is really pleasing,” said Mansfield manager John Dempster.

“As a club we can be proud of our players. Their attitude has been magnificent.

“Sharing the workload was the main thing and it was pleasing how the senior pros looked after the younger ones.

“The young lads did really well in terms of performance and energy as it was still warm out there, even though we kicked off at 6pm.

“You have to be careful with a club the size of Glasgow Rangers. Security is important so they asked us to keep the game as quiet as possible.”

Demspter said the main thing he was looking for from his side was organisation.

“Although we hadn’t had a lot of time to get things into the players, we knew we couldn’t come out all guns blazing in terms of pressing high up the pitch. So we were narrow and compact and the players did really well,” he said.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the goals conceded as always - you can always improve there. But to say we’re just two days into pre-season, I’m really pleased.

“I want us to have a structure throughout this season and I’ll encourage the players to have freedom within that but we need to be organised and structured.”


Steven Gerrard hints that he could send Glasgow Rangers players to play for Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by Sports Reporter, 4 July 2019

The Rangers boss had a long conversation with Stags chairman John Radford after the Scottish giants beat Mansfield 2-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly in Portugal last weekend and is hoping to establish a bond between the clubs.

“I have watched Rangers train all week and I will tell you now, Steven Gerrard is fantastic - the professionalism and effort he puts into his players,” said Radford.


“I know we lost the game, but I was so pleased to see our boys play well against them as well as adapt to the style of play as they have had to get themselves up to speed so quickly against a quality side like Rangers.”

On Gerrard, he said: “We had a good chat afterwards - you never know.

“There are always opportunities for a club like ours to get a little bit of help from clubs higher up the football pyramid.

“We are all part of the football family and Gerrard has named a few of his players he'd like us to have a look at, so we are looking.”

Radford added: “We are chasing our position the same as Gerrard is chasing his.

“We know where we want to be. I want us to be top of League Two, and I think they have ambitions to be top of the Scottish Premiership.”

Stags will end their ten-day Portugal training camp with a friendly against Swansea City on Saturday and Radford said: “We are looking forward to the start of the season, but we are just enjoying the pre-season at the moment and having a long break as a family.

“We enjoy the sunshine, but we enjoy our football as well.

“Portugal is an excellent place to come for a pre-season and an excellent country. A big thumbs up for Portugal so far.”


Workout Satisfies Boss

STEVEN GERRARD declared himself satisfied with the workout Rangers got in their 2-0 training game win over Mansfield Town on Saturday night.

It was the first taste of action for his players of the season, where goals from Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty sealed a comfortable win over the League Two outfit in the Algarve sunshine.

Gerrard knows, however, there is still work to do, and told RangersTV: “I am satisfied with the work the boys put in. I think there was some strong individual performances within it, though I obviously changed the team every period with it being 3×30 minutes.

“So I am generally pleased. There is a lot of work to do and a lot of adjusting to do, but in the main, I am pleased with the whole week. I think we got out of it what what we came for - there is a lot of volume in the legs and I think we went into the game with Mansfield very tired which is good.

“We got a clean sheet, a couple of goals and could have had more. Some of the young boys stepped-up, so yes, I’m very pleased.”

The match brought to a close a quite wonderful week at the top-class Campus facility, with Gers having been put through their paces in preparation for the campaign.

The manager continued: “We said to the boys before the game to forget the scoreline and just get your fitness and your leg work in - that is what it is about at this stage of the season.

“A lot of them got 30 in the legs today and some got 60, and we will build that up now. We will start going to 45 and 60s and we go along.


Rangers 2-0 Mansfield Town

RANGERS played a training game with English League Two outfit Mansfield Town in the Algarve last night with the Light Blues running out comfortable winners.

Played as three-30 minute periods, Gers netted twice through Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty to bring to a close what has been a fantastic week of training here on the Portuguese south coast.

The Light Blues began the game very much on the front foot, and Ojo came close to opening the scoring early-on, sending a curling effort wide of goalkeeper Conrad Logan’s right-hand post.

Ojo then turned provider for Jermain Defoe, sending him clear on goal, but Logan was quick off his line to close the angle and block his effort on the edge of the area.

The Light Blues were really beginning to motor, and Jamie Murphy, on his return from injury, looked unlucky to be ruled offside following a great ball over the top from captain James Tavernier. Murphy made no mistake in lobbing the ball over Logan, but the flag was already up to deny him.

Then, with 20 minutes showing on the clock, Ranges grabbed a deserved lead. Coming down the left, Jon Flanagan made the overlapping run beyond Murphy and crossed to the near post for Defoe.

Logan dived in to deny him, but the ball deflected to the back post and sliding in there to score was Sheyi Ojo, prodding the ball home from no more than a yard out.

It should have been 2-0 soon after, with Flanagan again involved to play a lovely, defence-splitting pass through to Defoe but in the act of shooting, he was denied by an excellent, last-ditch tackle, clearing the ball to safety just before the first 30 was up.

Gers continued to dominate proceedings, and a lovely, one-touch passing move involving Jordan Jones and Joe Aribo on the right-side really deserved a finishing touch when the ball reached Greg Stewart just inside the area. Again, however, Mansfield got bodies back to block the attacker’s shot.

Jones then probably should have had a penalty when he was bundled over just inside the area following a slaloming run from a central starting position, but his appeals were waved away by the Portuguese officials.

The final third of the match saw the introduction of a number of the club’s Academy players, and coming close to opening the scoring with a stunning effort was Josh McPake.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the area with his back to goal, he turned and rasped a shot goalwards with replacement ‘keeper Bobby Olejnik doing extremely well to get a hand to the ball to turn it over.

From the resulting corner, Alfredo Morelos won the ball at the back post and fired it back across goal, and while Nikola Katic got something on the cross, he couldn’t turn it in goalwards.

McPake was having quite an impact, and after some fantastic persistence on the wing, he crossed to the front post for Morelos, but again the goalkeeper was level to a Rangers effort on goal yet again.

A deflected Morelos effort on the turn came off the inside of the post while he was to be denied again by the goalkeeper before the scoring was finally added-to in the closing stages by Greg Docherty.

Shuffling the ball onto his right-foot just inside the area, he generated terrific power to beat the ‘keeper and set the seal on victory for Gers on their last night in Portugal.

First 30 XI: Foderingham; Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Flanagan; Jack, Davis, Kamara; Ojo, Defoe, Murphy.

Second 30 XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Halliday; Barjonas, Jack, Aribo; Hastie, Stewart, Jones.

Third 30 XI: Alnwick; Polster, Katic, Mayo, Barisic; McCrorie, Docherty, Kelly (Mebude); McPake, Morelos, Candeias.


Rangers round off Portuguese training camp with bounce game victory over Mansfield

By Christopher Jack @Chris_Jack89


RANGERS rounded off their Portuguese training camp with a 2-0 victory over Mansfield on Saturday night.

Steven Gerrard handed debuts to all seven of his summer signings as goals from Sheyi Ojo and Greg Docherty won it for the Light Blues.

Gerrard has spent this week putting his players through their paces in the Algarve and Rangers got their first match minutes of the new campaign against League Two opposition.

Ojo opened the scoring in the first third of the match as he converted from close range after good work from Jon Flanagan and Jamie Murphy down the left.

And Docherty marked his return to the Gers fold with a well-taken finish from the edge of the area in the closing stages of a relatively one-sided contest.

Liverpool winger Ojo, George Edmundson and Steven Davis all started for Gerrard’s side, while Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie featured in the second third as Joe Aribo also made his debut just days after signing from Charlton.

Stewart should have opened his Light Blues account after creating a good chance for himself down the left but he couldn’t get his shot away quickly enough.

Youngsters Lewis Mayo, Stephen Kelly, Jamie Barjonas, Josh McPake and Dapo Mebude all featured as every member of the travelling party was given a run-out.

McPake in particular caught the eye and he came close with an effort just minutes after entering the action, while Alfredo Morelos also looked dangerous and hit the woodwork with a low shot across goal.

Rangers fly back to Glasgow on Sunday and will face Oxford United in friendly action next weekend before returning to Europa League duty with a clash against Prishtina or St Joseph’s on Thursday, July 11.


Rangers 2 Mansfield 0 as Sheyi Ojo makes instant impact and Greg Docherty nets long-range stunner
Steven Gerrard named three different teams as all seven summer signings made their debuts in the friendly at the club's Portugal training base.

By Scott McDermott, 29 JUN 2019

Shey Ojo netted a debut goal for Rangers as they beat Mansfield at their Portugal training camp.

The Liverpool loanee scored in the first of three half-hour periods and Greg Docherty grabbed the decisive goal before the final whistle.

Steven Gerrard handed debuts to all seven pf his summer arrivals against the English League Two outfit, with Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, George Edmundson, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Jake Hastie and Ojo all getting game time in the Algarve.

And comeback hero Jamie Murphy was given his first start since suffering a cruciate knee

Rangers dominated the match and should have been out of sight, with Alfredo Morelos hitting the post and youngster Josh McPake denied by a point-blank save

Gerrard was able to give every player in his squad a run-out, fielding three different teams.In the first third, it was Gers midfielder Glen Kamara who caught the eye in particular.

The Finnish international was excellent alongside Ryan Jack and Davis in the engine room.

But it was Ojo who grabbed the first goal of the new campaign after good work on the left flank.

Jon Flanagan's cross was deflected into his path and the Englishman stabbed the ball home from close range.In the second period, the small crowd of holidaymakers, which included ex-England stars John Terry and Paul Ince, got their first glimpse of new signing Aribo.The former Charlton ace looked the part despite only joining up with Gerrard's squad on Thursday.

Rangers should have been two ahead but Stewart was denied before Gerrard changed it up again for the last part of the game.Ibrox kids McPake, Stephen Kelly, Lewis Mayo, Dapo Mebude and Jamie Barjonas were all given a run-out, as well as last season's top scorer Morelos.

The Colombian looked sharp up front and was unlucky not to score before Docherty sealed the victory.

The midfielder, who's back at Rangers after a successful loan stint at Shrewsbury Town, hit a stunning 20-yard drive into the corner of the net.

Gerrard and his squad will fly back to Glasgow on Sunday to prepare for their next match, a friendly with Oxford United at Ibrox next weekend.

Rangers team

First 30 mins: Foderingham - Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Flanagan - Davis, Kamara, Jack - Ojo, Defoe, Murphy.

Second 30 mins: McGregor - Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Halliday - Jack, Barjonas, Aribo - Hastie, Stewart, Jones.

Third 30 mins: Alnwick - Polster, Katic, Mayo, Barisic - McCrorie, Kelly (Mebude), Docherty - Candeias, Morelos, McPake.



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