Opening games a yardstick for Rangers

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Berwick manager Colin Cameron says the start of the season should give him a good indication of his team’s chances in 2014-15.

Rangers play Arbroath and East Fife, the two relegated teams, in their opening league fixtures.

“I think that will be a good yardstick for us,” he said.

“Both sides will be making charges with new players, and we have to hope that we catch them cold before they get into their stride.”

Berwick will kick off their string of pre-season friendlies with a behind closed doors game away to Falkirk on Saturday (July 5).

Next Tuesday (July 8) they are away to Lowland League champions Spartans before taking on Hibernian at Shielfield on Saturday 12.

This will be Hibs’ new manager Alan Stubb’s first game in charge of the Edinburgh side and Rangers are hoping it attracts a healthy turn-out of supporters.

On Tuesday 15 Rangers are away to Lowland League side Whitehill Welfare, before taking on Dunfermline on July 19 at Shielfield in a game which kicks off at 2pm.

“All the pre-season games will give our players a chance to test their fitness,” said Cameron.

“We will have the usual sprinkling of trialists in, some of whom have been training with us, and if any of them impress we might consider offering them contracts.”

So far Rangers have only made one summer signing - midfielder Scott Maxwell from East Stirling - but Camneron says he hopes to have another two or three new faces on board before the season starts with a Challenge Cup fixture on July 26.