Flares are set off at Gateshead

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Rangers have appealed to Newcastle United supporters not to attempt to bring smoke canisters into Ibrox when the sides meet for a pre-season friendly this week.

The Magpies travel to Glasgow on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm) and are likely to be backed by a sizeable following north of the border.

A rigorous searching operation will be conducted outside the turnstiles ahead of kick-off and anyone found trying to take a smoke canister or flare into the stadium, or discharging one inside, will be arrested and prosecuted.

Newcastle United will take strong action against any such individuals.