January agreement reached: Rangers strike South American giants deal
By James Black
Rangers have reached an agreement to take part in the 2018 edition of the Florida Cup in January after striking a deal to playing against some of the top sides from South America.
The Gers will travel to the United States during the winter break to take part in the competition alongside South American giants Atlético Nacional of Colombia and Brazil’s Corinthians.
Bundesliga outfit FC Cologne won the inaugural Florida Cup in 2015, Atlético Mineiro were triumphant in 2016 with São Paulo and German side Wolfsburg winning trophies in 2017.
“Rangers Football Club is delighted to take part in such a prestigious tournament,” manager Pedro Caixinha said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“The Florida Cup will provide top class opposition for us during the winter shutdown in Scotland and the warm weather training in America will be a huge benefit ahead of the second half of our domestic campaign.
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“It will be a great experience for our players.”
Last winter, Rangers travelled to Germany to face RB Leipzig with over 8,000 fans making the journey across the North Sea to cheer their side on and enjoy a wonderful welcome from their German hosts.
In previous seasons, games have taken place in Orlando, St. Petersburg and Lauderhill.
More teams will be confirmed by the organisers over the coming days and fans will no doubt head Stateside in huge numbers.
With thousands of Rangers fans already in North America – and with Mexican and Colombian players on the books at Ibrox – the club’s involvement is sure to generate huge interest.
Rangers will also cross the Atlantic next month to face Portuguese giants Benfica in the Eusebio Cup in Hamilton, Ontario as the club looks to expand it’s global presence.
In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has taken a big swipe at Pedro Caixinha after the Old Firm derby.