Rangers in talks with Benfica over securing agreement - report
By James Black
Rangers are set to face Portuguese giants Benfica next month in a glamour friendly, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the clubs are in talks over playing the fixture at the 24,000-capacity Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario on October 6th.
The match would be for the Eusebio Cup – set up by Benfica in 2008 to honour Portuguese legend Eusebio – and would be the first time the fixture has taken place away from Benfica’s Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Benfica had reportedly been in talks to face Chapecoense in July but the Brazilian club’s schedule couldn’t be altered to accommodate the trip to Portugal.
With four Portuguese players in Rangers’ first-team squad and a backroom staff comprising a number of Portuguese, Rangers 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.
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Of Rangers’ Portuguese contingent, only Bruno Alves would be likely to miss out with the Portuguese national team in action 24 hours later against minnows Andorra.
Two of Rangers’ summer signings came from Benfica with Daniel Candeias and loanee Dalcio both having been signed from Rui Vitoria’s side while Fabio Cardoso 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.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club made a last-gasp move to sign a £45,000-a-week striker who would have catapulted them to the league title.