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Rangers new man Sakala announces arrival in pre-season victory



Rangers ended their pre-season in impressive fashion, coming from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in their final friendly ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership opener.

Steven Gerrard’s side looked sharp and dangerous in attack throughout the first half. Summer signing Fashion Sakala carved out numerous chances in the opening 45 minutes, while Ryan Kent hit the underside of the crossbar.

However, it was Real Madrid who went in ahead after Rodrygo’s  early goal – their only shot of the opening period.

But ten minutes after the break, Sakala finally scored the goal he deserved , powering home past Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and introducing himself to the Rangers fans in superb style.

The visitors’ evening was about to get worse too. Nacho was sent off for a second yellow, with Cedric Itten firing a thunderous effort home two minutes later to seal a deserved victory for Rangers.

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It will be an ominous warning for the other Scottish Premiership sides as Rangers begin their title defence on Saturday against Livingston. Joe Aribo was not listed while compatriot Leon Balogun was in action for five minutes.

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