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4000 Rangers fans due to arrive in Bristol for friendly

Rangers fans are expected to arrive in large numbers. Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Bristol City are getting ready to welcome Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers to Ashton Gate for their first home friendly of the season tomorrow afternoon.

It'll be the first time Rangers have ever played in Bristol and large numbers of supporters of both sides are expected.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will make his City debut against Rangers. Credit: Sean Demspey/PA Wire

The match will also give Robins fans the chance to see some of the club's new signings in action for the first time, including Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

Frank Fielding playing for former club Derby County. Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

On the club's official website, City manager Sean O'Driscoll has admitted that the glamour tie has captured the imagination of local supporters and is looking forward to taking on one of the icons of British football:

When the fixture opportunity came up it was one that we couldn't refuse...there are Celtic and Rangers fans everywhere you go.

It shows the size of the club and we are delighted Rangers are coming to Ashton Gate.

– Sean O'Driscoll, Head Coach, Bristol City
Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll. Credit: PA Wire

Although the prestige of the game and the good weather should attract a huge numbers, police have appealed to supporters not to let anti-social behaviour ruin what should be an exciting encounter:

We expect the game will generate a big crowd and we would appeal to everyone planning to attend to have an enjoyable trouble-free time and give our visitors a warm welcome to our city.

– Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, Avon and Somerset Police

Kick-off tomorrow is at 12:30pm.