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Tottenham to play Rangers in post-season friendly

Spurs are doing a solid for Mark Warburton and Rangers.

Rangers v Celtic - William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final
Tottenham's Dominic Ball, on loan at Rangers
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According to our friends over at Got the Battle Fever On, SB Nation's official Rangers blog, Tottenham Hotspur will play Rangers in a closed-door friendly in May. The match, which will come after Tottenham's final Premier League match on May 15, will serve as a final tune-up for Rangers before they take on Hibernian in the finals of the Scottish Cup.

Tottenham and Rangers have enjoyed a cordial relationship this season, not least because Spurs have good ties to 'Gers manager Mark Warburton. Warburton, you'll recall, was manager at Brentford in the Championship last season and was instrumental in developing Alex Pritchard. This season, Spurs sent two Tottenham players on loan to Rangers: Nathan Oduwa, and Dominic Ball. Oduwa ended his loan early, but Ball was a regular starter for Warburton, and Rangers were recently promoted back to the Scottish Premier League for the first time since their financial crisis a few years ago.

A win over Hibs can send Rangers to the Europa League, and there's a long layoff between the end of the season and the cup final, which is set for May 21. Hence, the friendly.

So this is probably Spurs doing a solid for Warburton, which is fine. The closed door nature of this friendly means that it's highly unlikely we'll get to see any match footage, and with the Euros coming up and the season already over, it's very likely that Spurs will field a team of whoever's still at the club, likely a mix of first teamers, reserves, and youth squad players.