Rangers forced to withdraw from prestigious German tournament
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Rangers forced to withdraw from prestigious German tournament

Rangers have been forced to withdraw from the prestigious Obendorf Tournament in Germany due to a clash with the opening fixture of the Lowland League season.

The Light Blues had agreed to take part in the under-19s competition which has seen the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan taking part in recent years.

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With Rangers forced to withdraw, La Liga side Villarreal have been drafted in to replace the Light Blues with director Oliver Hauer hopeful the Gers will be able to take part in future.

“We agreed with Rangers to play – what was missing was approval from the Scottish associations,” Hauer said [Daily Record].

“Rangers already play with their Under 19s in a Scottish league and their first matchday was the same time as the tournament at the end of July.

“The Scottish associations left the decision to the other teams and Rangers had a week to convince their opponents.

“But they wouldn’t agree to it in the end and we can’t change their vote.

“Rangers didn’t agree with this decision either as they sadly assured me on the phone.

“We will definitely try to sign the Scots for one of the next tournaments. Because Rangers really wanted to come.

“Thankfully, we were able to reach an agreement with Villarreal to replace them.”

Rangers withdrawal a disappointment as Gers kids look to push towards first-team

With Rangers having impressed in a number of youth competitions in recent years, the Obendorf Tournament would have been another excellent opportunity for them.

Hopefully, the Gers will get the chance to take part in the future as they look to push towards Gio van Bronckhorst’s first-team squad.

Having seen the likes of Alex Lowry, Leon King and Charlie McCann step up to the senior squad, there is a clear pathway for the talented youngsters in the Academy.

However, rather than heading to Germany, the Gers kids will be lining up for their opening Lowland League fixture of the 2022/23 season.

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