Gerrard's Rangers announce partnership with Bengaluru FC

The tie up will see training and scouting tie-ups between the Scottish football giant the ISL champions, with a focus on grassroots development of the sport.

Published : Sep 27, 2019 20:11 IST

#BlueBeyondBorders | ISL champion Bengaluru FC and Rangers have announced a two-year collaboration.
#BlueBeyondBorders | ISL champion Bengaluru FC and Rangers have announced a two-year collaboration.

#BlueBeyondBorders | ISL champion Bengaluru FC and Rangers have announced a two-year collaboration.

Scottish football giant Rangers FC has announced a two-year collaboration with current ISL champion Bengaluru FC.

The Steven Gerrard-coached club and Bengaluru will work together on a number of football-related and commercial projects including a scouting link up with the ISL side, a Rangers statement said.

The two-year tie-up includes the creation of a market presence for the Rangers in a bid to grow its audience in this part of the world. The Scottish club also wishes to host games for the fans in Bengaluru towards the same aim.

Rangerd Managing Director, Stewart Robertson underlines the importance of a promising audience base in India to the Rangers football and commercial interest. "This partnership opens up Rangers to the vast football community in India and provides a great platform for us to engage with our wider fanbase, and the South Asian communities at home here in Scotland," he said.

Bengaluru FC will host The Rangers Academy for training exercises aimed at young players to help them through challenges in professional football. Rangers Soccer Schools will hold camps in Bengaluru and host tour groups in Glasgow as part of the collaboration.

"There is also the prospect of our first team visiting and playing at the Ibrox (stadium, home of the Rangers in Glasgow), which is something we are looking forward to," said Bengaluru FC CEO Mandar Tamhane.

A scouting link for Bengaluru will also be created to help identify and recruit talent from different parts of the country.

Veteran Rangers players will also pay these camps in India a visit and engage with fans and future players.

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