BENFICA have informed Rangers that their glamorous friendly scheduled to be played in Canada is off.

The Ibrox club tonight expressed their displeasure at the last minute call off and hinted that further action could be taken against the Portuguese side.

Many Rangers fans had made travel arrangements to cross the Atlantic to watch the match and it is unclear at this stage if they will be compensated.

The Rangers statement reads as follows:

“RANGERS’ Eusebio Cup match against Benfica, scheduled for Friday October 6, has been cancelled.

“Benfica, who lost 5-0 away to FC Basel in the Champions League last midweek, have pulled out and Rangers are still waiting for an explanation.

“Rangers were due to fly out to Canada for the match – scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton – on Tuesday 3 October but were informed of Benfica’s decision only hours ago.

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

“Rangers will take legal advice before commenting further.”


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