The reigning ISL Champions Bengaluru FC have announced a two-year collaboration with Scottish giants Rangers FC late on Friday evening. The deal will open up a number of footballing and commercial opportunities for both clubs.
Founded in 1872, Rangers FC are a powerhouse in Scottish football and have won the league title a record 54 times and completed the domestic treble of the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup on seven occasions. The Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is the current head coach of the club having taken over the reigns in June of 2018.
The Rangers Academy will travel to India to train at Bengaluru FC’s training centre and a scouting link up will be enabled by the Scottish club to identify Indian talent and present them with new opportunities. Further, Rangers Soccer Schools will hold training camps in Bangalore to show how to play and train the Rangers way. With the help of tour groups, screening events etc., Rangers FC will also look to establish its presence in India and grow its international audience.
We’re excited and proud to announce our partnership with reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC, especially at this time when football in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is entering a period of unprecedented growth.
The Club’s international strategy is a core-pillar to our growth plans and 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.Stewart Robertson, Managing Director, Rangers FC.
It is a matter of pride for us to be partnering with Rangers FC – a club that is laden with history and is one of the top football brands globally.
The partnership is based on an exchange of knowledge and services, one that we are looking to make the most of. Bengaluru FC’s endeavour has been to help grow Indian football and our association with Rangers is a big step in that direction.
We are excited about the development our academy, Soccer Schools and grassroots programmes will be exposed to, in the coming years.
There is also the prospect of our first team visiting and playing a game at the Ibrox, which is something we are looking forward to. We are certain of the success of this partnership.Mandar Tamhane, CEO, Bengaluru FC.