Novo scores in Rangers tribute, blasts Rangers board after banning order

Photo:  DailyMail.co.uk

Photo:  DailyMail.co.uk

It's been an eventful week for RailHawks striker Nacho Novo as he prepares for his first full season in Carolina. 

During the offseason, Novo has been training with his former club in Glasgow and on Sunday he participated in a testimonial match for former Rangers' teammate Fernando Ricksen, who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

By all accounts, Novo had a spectacular match, which was capped with a cheeky goal (see video below), but the fireworks happened on Monday morning when Novo showed up to continue his pre-season training at Ibrox.

Novo was told he was no longer welcome to train in the Rangers' facility because of his public support for RangersFirst, a Glasgow-based supporters club who is frustrated with the ownership and administration of their club and is campaigning for community ownership of the team.  Novo hit out at the Rangers administration and expressed his unequivocal support for the the fans of Rangers Football Club.

The good news for RailHawks fans is that Nacho is due back in Carolina soon to begin training camp with his teammates at WakeMed Soccer Park so this banning order should not impact significantly impact his preparation for the season.