Rangers to play CPSL all-stars

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Dennis Peeters, a Canadian Professional Soccer League rookie, is stunned he'll be suiting up to play against Scottish Premier League champion Glasgow Rangers tomorrow in Toronto.

Peeters, a midfielder who plays for London City, was selected to the CPSL all-star team for an exhibition match against powerful Rangers.

"I wasn't expecting that at all. It's a privilege to be asked to play against Glasgow," Peeters said yesterday. "It's going to be an incredible experience. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The game will be played at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre in Vaughan at 6 p.m.

The game is not open to the public, only CPSL officials and the media, CPSL commissioner Cary Kaplan said.

Rangers are trying to keep the game low-key and see it as a tuneup match before playing Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, he said.

"It's unfortunate for any fans that won't be able to see the extra game," Kaplan said.

Peeters, a Parkhill native, is hoping to have a few friends and family members in the stands but he doesn't know if that's a possibility.

City will send one more player to the game, midfielder Eris Tafaj.

Kaplan said although fans won't get to see his all-star team in action, he said the league would still receive a lot of publicity about the game.

"From an exposure standpoint . . . people will realize how good the league is," he said.

Kaplan expects his players to put up a good fight during the match.

"It's pretty safe to say the CPSL all-stars are going to play really hard, really aggressively. Hard and aggressively is not inconsistent with fair play," he said.

"(Organizers) did mention they expect a clean game. For Rangers it's a tuneup game, but for our guys it's a great opportunity."

Kaplan said the CPSL had to work hard behind the scenes to secure the game.

"We agreed to a lot of conditions," he said, and that included receiving no revenue for playing the game.

"We're having a very productive camp in Toronto, but also really enjoying the city and our fans here," Rangers manager Alex McLeish said in a release.

"We think this match against the CPSL stars will be a great opportunity for us to prepare for Tuesday's big match and it will be nice to see some new faces when we meet some of Canada's local talent on the field."


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