By James Black

Benfica have shifted the blame onto organisers Elite Soccer Entertainment after cancelling the upcoming Eusebio Cup tie with Rangers in Canada.

The Portugese giants have released a statement to insist the firm have made a “breach of contractual commitments.”

The two sides were due to meet on Friday at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario.

Rangers released a statement on Saturday night to confirm the North American trip would no longer be taking place, and communicating the club’s displeasure, while also confirming they would be seeking an explanation from the Lisbon-based side.

Pedro Caixinha’s side were due to travel to Canada on Tuesday before returning immediately after Friday’s fixture.

Benfica claim the fault lies with Ontario-based organisers Elite Soccer Entertainment.

“The 2017 Eusebio Cup scheduled to be held with Glasgow Rangers was not possible because of a breach of the contractual commitments established by Elite Soccer Entertainment, who promoted this game, within the terms and deadlines set,” Benfica said in a statement, quoted by the Daily Record website.

The tournament was named in honour of Portugal and Benfica legend Eusebio who scored 638 times in 614 times for the Eagles.

Benfica have faced sides like Ajax, AC Milan, Arsenal and Real Madrid for the trophy since it began in 2008 and have won it three times.

Rangers are due to return to North America in January when they take part in the Florida Cup with Colombian’s Atletico Nacional and Corinthians of Brazil.

The trip would have been a good opportunity for Pedro Caixinha to iron out some of the problems in his side with them trailing Celtic and Aberdeen in third place in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers sit six points behind the leaders as the league breaks for two weeks over the international break.

In other Rangers news, Kevin Thomson revealed the threat Walter Smith made when a Rangers player leaked team news ahead of a European tie.

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