It's the day Rangers fans have been pining for.

Steven Gerrard 's side return to action as they step up their preparations for the new Premiership season.

The Ibrox outfit are heading for France to compete in the Veolia Trophy behind closed doors.

Rangers will begin with a clash against the hosts, with Nice and rivals Celtic playing in the day's other game.

The Glasgow foes won't cross paths during the tournament but both could claim silverware come its conclusion.

Here's all you need to know about Rangers' pre-season opener.

When and where will the game take place?

Lyon vs Rangers will take place on Thursday, July 16 at the Groupama Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

What channel is it on?

The game will be shown live, exclusively on Premier Sports 1.

Coverage will begin at 7.40pm, following on directly from Celtic's meeting with Nice.

Will there be a live stream?

Yes. Premier Sports subscribers can watch the action online via the Premier Player.

Where else can I follow the action?

You can follow it right here on of course! We'll be running a live blog throughout the day, bringing you all the key moments as well as post-match reaction and analysis.

A match report and much, much more will also be available on our website following the final whistle.