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Report: Rangers FC to visit Charleston for summer friendly

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According to Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier, a source with the club has confirmed that the Charleston Battery will take on Rangers FC in a friendly match scheduled for July 6th at MUSC Health Stadium.

Glasgow's Rangers make the trip to Charleston on the heels of their return to the top flight of Scottish football, securing promotion to the Scottish Premier league after spending four agonizing years in the lower divisions.

Rangers were relegated to the third division in 2012 after going into liquidation, due to a financial meltdown many feared would mean the end of the club. But a new leadership group led by South African businessman Dave King has seemingly turned things around for Rangers leading them back to the promised land of the SPL.

The July 6th meeting will mark the first time the Battery have ever faced a SPL side. The Battery have however faced English Premier League clubs on four separate occasions, the most memorable being a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in 2004.

This will be the second consecutive summer the Battery have scheduled a friendly against a top level European club. Charleston took on EPL side West Brom last July, when the the Baggies narrowly escaped MUSC Health Stadium with a late goal giving them a 2-1 victory.