Rangers’ Indian Super League club partners Bengaluru FC have announced the appointment of ex-Blackpool boss Simon Grayson as their new manager.
The English coach, 52, has signed a two-year deal with the club and it is Grayson’s first role in management since leaving Fleetwood Town in 2021.
Having also managed Leeds United, Huddersfield, Preston North End, Sunderland and Bradford, Simon Grayson has a sizeable profile in UK football.
Given Rangers’ links to Bengaluru – a partnership first signed in 2019 – this makes the move for the ex-Premier League defender all the more interesting to Gers fans.
Speaking to the official Bengaluru website after the deal was announced, Simon Grayson revealed that a move to India has been in the pipeline for a few years.
Simon Grayson excited for India adventure
“Two years ago I reviewed the possibility of coming to India. But the epidemic has blocked all things,” said Grayson.
“When the opportunity came again, I was excited to see it. It gives me a new opportunity in my football career and it really motivates me.
“When I talked to the owner, their mood was the same as mine. I want this club to win trophies again.
“I know the BFC has been very successful in the past. But in the last few years, not everyone has worked like that.
”It happens in football – you learn from it and try to do better – to make players work harder on the pitch and off the pitch; That’s the exciting part for me.
“The BFC has some very good young players from the academy and we hope they have learned from the first team in the last season.
“I truly believe they can be a great asset to a football club, and with the players joining, I think this is the perfect opportunity for me, especially with the supporters to have a football season.
“I’m not just coming to spend time learning football in a different country. I come here to win trophies at fantastic football clubs.”
Bengaluru signing Simon Grayson is yet more evidence of the direction football is going in India as the nation of over 1bn begins to harness it’s almighty footballing potential.
It’s clear that ISL teams are becoming more ambitious with the entire division being taken more seriously as a result.
Rangers have had a presence in India for a while and the club recently partnered with the All India Football Federation, which runs the men’s and women’s teams as well as the Indian Super League.
This is after the Gers secured the SPFL TV rights in the country.
The appointment of Simon Grayson will turn a few heads but it’s also not the first time a British manager has gone to the sub-continent.
Ex-Rangers left-back Davie Robertson was a champion against the odds with ISL side Real Kashmir.