Rangers To Play Arsenal In Commemorative Friendly

RANGERS are delighted to announce Arsenal FC will visit Ibrox Stadium on Saturday July 17 2021 to participate in a commemorative friendly for Rangers’ prestigious 150th anniversary with the match being presented by Utilita.

Rangers and Arsenal enjoy a long, rich history and first played each other in 1933 in what was known as the “Game of Champions”.

This fixture became an annual event for many years and was testimony to the deep friendship held by Rangers manager, Bill Struth and Arsenal’s Herbert Chapman.

Arsenal were also notably Rangers’ opposition when we celebrated our centenary, therefore it is with great pride that we will host Arsenal again as part of the celebrations of our historic 150th anniversary season. We look forward to welcoming former Rangers player Mikel Arteta and his team to Ibrox in July and more detailed match information, including ticketing for home supporters and broadcast information, will be released in due course.

Due to current restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, away fans will not be able to attend the match.

Rangers Director of Commercial and Marketing, James Bisgrove, commented: “Rangers’ 150th anniversary will be a special, special year for the football club, and I am thrilled Arsenal have accepted our invitation to come to Ibrox for a very special friendly match.

“There is a rich heritage shared by the two clubs, and it is therefore fitting we should meet at the beginning of a real, milestone year for Rangers.

“With the Covid-19 situation easing, we are very hopeful we will be able to welcome a significant number of our supporters back to Ibrox to celebrate not only the club’s anniversary, but also the winning of 55 in-person too."

Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, said: “We’re looking forward to travelling to Ibrox as part of our preparations for the 2021/22 season.

"I enjoyed two incredible seasons at Rangers and cannot wait to return to Glasgow and feel the incredible Ibrox atmosphere from the touchline. It will be a great pre-season test against Steven Gerrard’s reigning Scottish champions.

"We’re also proud to commemorate the long friendship between the two clubs by playing a part in their 150th anniversary celebrations.”