Rangers Football Club is seeking to expand its fanbase in India, unveiling a new partnership with professional football club Bengaluru FC.
The two year collaboration with the Indian side will present a plethora of footballing and commercial opportunities for each club during the period.
Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson commented: “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.’’
Having been established in 2013, Bengaluru FC has won three league titles and currently plays its home games in front of 25,000 fans at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Throughout the partnership, Rangers will maintain a presence in the Indian footballing market enabling the club to grow its international audience. It will also encompass a scouting link up with the Indian Super League side to identify India’s best talent with a view to opening up opportunities.
Mandar Tamhane, CEO, Bengaluru FC added: “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.”