Scottish Premier League action was cast to one side as Kilmarnock, Hibernians and Rangers all entertained premier league opponents in the latest round of pre season friendly’s.
Hibernian’s were the only ones who came out of today’s action with their heads held high as they drew nil all with Sunderland at Easter round.
A brace from Daniel Sturridge and a Florent Malouda goal saw Chelsea bounce back from going a goal down to ease to a 3-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox. Andres Boas Villa’s side could even afford the luxury of a Frank Lampard penalty miss with Neil Alexander showing his worth by saving the English international’s 74th minute effort.
Blackburn also came from a goal down as they beat Kilmarnock 4-1, David Goodwillie enjoying a goal scoring debut for Steve Kean’s side just days after moving from Dundee United. David Dunn and Jason Roberts with a brace also got on the score sheet.
Luka Modric might change his mind about leaving Spurs after he was on the end of a rousing reception from the White Hart Lane faithful fans as Harry Redknapp’s men beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in their last pre-season game with goals from Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe sealing the win.
Summer signing Danny Graham scored his first goal for Swansea the Welsh side beat Real Betis 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium while another newly promoted side Norwich rounded up their pre-season friendly schedule with a comfortable 3-0 win over Parma at Carrow Road.
Grant Holt and a second half brace by winger Andrew Surman eased Paul Lamberts side to a comfortable win and set them up nicely for next week’s opener against Wigan.
Two goals in 5 minutes, from George Elokobi and Steven Fletcher, half way through the second half saw Mick McCarthy’s Wolves side beat Real Zaragoza 2-0 at home
Finally heavy rain forced Mark Halsey to abandon the friendly between Newcastle and Fiorentina in the 64th minute.
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