Agreement reached: Rangers tie up deal with Euro giants
By Harry Sykes
Rangers will face Portuguese giants Benfica next month in a glamour friendly, it was confirmed today (Tuesday).
The Scottish giants announced on their official website that they will play the fixture at the 24,000-capacity Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario on October 6th.
The Eusebio Cup clash, set up by Benfica in 2008 to honour Portuguese legend Eusebio, will take place during the international break after talks over a deal for the match reached a successful conclusion.
With four Portuguese players in Rangers’ first-team squad and a coaching staff also comprising a number from the country led by manager Pedro Caixinha, the club have started attracting more interest in the Iberian country and taking part in a game to honour one of Portuguese football’s greatest ever players will only help raise the Gers profile.
Of Rangers’ Portuguese contingent, only Bruno Alves would be likely to miss out with the national team in action 24 hours later against minnows Andorra.
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Two of Rangers’ summer signings came from Benfica, with Daniel Candeias and loanee Dalcio both having been signed from Rui Vitoria’s side. Fabio Cardoso also had a stint with them earlier in his career.
The Gers travelled to Germany to face RB Leipzig in a mid-season friendly in January and a north American fixture is likely to see ex-pats from across the continent descend on Hamilton to see their heroes in action.
Rangers visited Canada in 2014 when Ally McCoist was manager, with the two matches taking place in Vancouver and Ottawa.