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Report: West Ham in talks to face high-profile opponent in summer friendly

West Ham United could face Glasgow Rangers as part of their preparations for next season, regardless of which division the club find themselves in, according to the Claret and Hugh website.

The Hammers are currently right in the middle of a gritty relegation scrap in the Premier League, one which has their top flight status in some doubt, but despite that plans are in place for a high profile friendly against the Scottish giants in the summer.

David Moyes’ men offered up some hope that they can avoid the drop with their display against Liverpool on Monday evening, albeit in defeat, which will have encouraged West Ham supporters.

Whether the Hammers are in the Premier League or the Championship next term, they will want stiff opposition to prepare themselves for the campaign ahead, and it appears that Rangers are a side who could provide them with that.

The Gers are currently second in the Scottish Premiership and looking to make it into the last 16 of the Europa League later this week, and under Steven Gerrard their stock is rising all the time, even though that long-awaited piece of silverware remains elusive at present.

The two clubs last met in a semi-final of the Tennent Caledonian Cup in 1979, a clash Rangers won 3-2 up at Ibrox, so this would be a first meeting in some 41 years.

Any clash would also see West Ham taking on the man who was believed to be on the list of men to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium, in the form of Gerrard.

The former Liverpool legend has gone on record as suggesting that he has a lot of time for Hammers fans after the FA Cup final in 2006, where the midfielder broke their hearts with an incredible last-gasp goal to deny the Londoners the trophy under Alan Pardew.

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