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1st Oct, 2017 | 11:54am

Rangers agreement off the table after unexplained twist

By James Black

Rangers have been left in the lurch by Benfica after the Portuguese giants cancelled the planned Eusebio Cup match in Hamilton in Canada with no explanation.

The Gers had an agreement in place to fly out to Canada on Tuesday morning before facing Benfica at Tim Horton’s Field on Friday night.

The sides were due to play for the Eusebio Cup, named for the Benfica and Portugal legend.

However, with less than six days until it was due to take place, Rangers have been forced to cancel their plans to cross the Atlantic during the international break.

A statement released by the Ibrox giants on Saturday night revealed the game had been cancelled by Benfica with no explanation given, days after they were humiliated 5-0 by Basel in the Champions League.

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“The organisers, Elite Soccer Entertainment, have apologised but Rangers will be expressing their displeasure on behalf of themselves and their supporters in the strongest possible terms,” Rangers’ said in the statement released on the club’s website.

“Rangers also wish to apologise to those fans, who had made arrangements to travel, and those in Canada, who were looking forward to the match.”

With no fixture scheduled until October 13th owing to the international break, the Gers were looking to use the fixture to continue fine-tuning Caixinha’s squad after a disappointing start to the Scottish Premiership.

The Light Blues currently sit third in the Scottish Premiership after suffering home defeats to Hibernian and Celtic and trail the leaders by six points.

Pedro Caixinha’s side strolled past Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night in their final fixture before the trip to Canada through goals from Graham Dorrans, Daniel Candeias and a double from full-back Declan John.

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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