Pre-season recap for Rangers

Posted by John Gow

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesRumors abound that Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra will leave the Glasgow club and return to the U.S. to play in MLS.

As Scotland enters its lightest days, those who love football find it is the darkest time and start to feel major withdrawal symptoms from the game. For Rangers, after the recent spate of new signings, nothing major is happening as the club and fans prepare for the new season in the Second Division.

But the world still turns and there are some minor stories you may have missed over the last week or so. Here are some of them:

Kane Hemmings exits the club

Kane Hemmings has not been offered a new contract by the Light Blues. The young striker played in a few matches at the end of the season but failed to do enough to convince the Rangers manager he will be needed. With Jon Daly and Nicky Clark recently signed, there was always going to be someone leaving. Rangers fans everywhere will wish the Englishman all the best for the future.

Rumours that Dorin Goian and Carlos Bocanegra will leave?

This should surprise no one. Rangers are in the third-tier of Scottish football and the wages of the two players would be a nightmare to deal with for the club. On the players' side, they will not want to drop wages or play in the lower levels of Scottish football, so a move is best all-round. Romanian Dorin Goian is rumoured to be interesting teams in the English Championship, while American, Carlos Bocanegra, has been linked with a move to MLS.

Pre-season training starts on Monday, and Lee McCulloch will be missing

On Monday, the Rangers players will report to Murray Park to meet their new teammates and start getting the fitness levels back to their peak again, but there will be one noticeable absentee: the Rangers captain Lee McCulloch. Thankfully, he is not injured. McCulloch is participating in a UEFA Pro Licence coaching training and will be back at Auchenhowie on the 1st of July.

Adam Owen goes to Sheffield United

On the Rangers coaching side, Adam Owen, 'Head of Sports Science' has left the club to take up a post at Sheffield United alongside Rangers legend David Weir. Unless the Ibrox club has someone lined up, it has come at a bad time with the preseason about to start. They will obviously cope, but it doesn't help.

Pre-season matches confirmed

On the 7th July Rangers will start the pre-season matches against Brora Rangers followed on the 10th July with a match against Elgin City. They will then go south to play Bristol City on the 13 July and on to Germany for eight days training playing FC Gutersloh on the 17 July and Dutch club FC Emmen on the 20th. The last of the pre-season matches (at least so far) will be against English side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the 24th.

League and Cup fixtures announced

Rangers will start their assault on the Second Division title at home to Brechin City on the 10th August. It is a nice return to a ground that holds good memories from last season, when they hosted the Gers in their first game after the financial meltdown. It was a game that showed the Rangers were still there -- and that won't be forgotten soon. The rest of the month has games away to Stranraer on the 17th, Airdrieonians on the 24th and then at home to East Fife on the 31st.

Before that that the Light Blues will play in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup on the 27th July and the League Cup on the 3rd August. Assuming qualification to the second rounds, the next match for the Ramsdens Cup would be the 21st August and 28th for the League Cup. All Cup opposition still to be confirmed

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