Rangers all ready

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

If you're going to coach or play for Glasgow Rangers, it comes with a certain amount of competitive responsibility.

"The bottom line for Rangers is, you've got to win," manager Alex McLeish said yesterday.

However, it hardly will be a "win at all costs" scenario tonight at the Rogers Centre, when Scotland's Rangers take on Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia in an exhibition soccer match.

"They can look forward to the players giving everything that they can," McLeish said when asked what fans can expect tonight. "And if we can get a victory then, of course, we'd like to reward them for their great support over here in North America. If the players give everything, the supporters always appreciate that."

Of course, like all managers, McLeish has his fingers crossed in terms of his players risking injury in a pre-season affair.

"That's football," McLeish said.

"(Injuries) are not something you should unduly worry about. If it happens, you just have to find a solution. That's the simple fact of being a football manager, coach or doctor -- you deal with it and move on."

Speaking of moving on, Rangers will be headed home after the game tonight. The club has been holding its training camp in Toronto for the past week and a half, with an eye toward the beginning of the Scottish league season on July 31.

Holding training camp abroad has become an annual event for Rangers, some of whom took in a Blue Jays game last week and the Molson Indy over the weekend. In some regards, it would be easier to stay home for training camp, but the players appreciate getting away for a variety of reasons.

"We are not afraid of the Scottish media, it's not that," said Rangers forward Dado Prso, who coincidentally is a native of Croatia and tonight will be playing against one of the clubs he grew up watching.

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"It's only to change a little bit, because you have two (practices) a day, you must sleep, you must recover.

"But it was really nice to discover Canada. Toronto is a very nice city. People are very kind. I'd like to come back on a holiday and see all of Canada."

An exhibition game last month between the national teams of Italy and Serbia and Montenegro attracted 22,138 to the Rogers Centre. That event left a bitter taste in the mouths of some fans, since few of the stars on either club took part.

Most of the top players on Rangers and Zagreb are expected to play at least a little bit this evening, although McLeish would not confirm a starting 11.


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