Rangers fans have reacted to the news that the club has formed a ‘strategic partnership’ with Orange County Soccer Club of California.
The news was announced via Rangers.co.uk and the club social media channels on Monday afternoon.
The club announced a partnership with Bengaluru FC of India earlier this year, but the partnership with Orange County appears to be much bigger in scale.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 23, 2019
It’s stated that as of next month, some of the Gers’ best young Academy players will travel to the States to play for loan stints with the US club’s loan, while American players have already and will continue to travel to the Hummel Training Centre for trials and training opportunities.
Rangers staff will relocate to OC as part of a commitment to delivering a wide-ranging programme with even the clubs’ respective media teams working on projects together.
“We are thrilled to join the Rangers family and create this revolutionary bond with one of the most successful clubs in the history of European football,” OCSC owner, James Keston, told Rangers.co.uk.
“In the coming years, we hope to see many members of the OCSC nation on the pitch and in the stands with 50,000 raucous fans at Ibrox. We also hope to make Orange County a second home for the Rangers US faithful and their families.”
Meanwhile, both Rangers managing director, Stewart Robertson and sporting director, Ross Wilson, have spoken of the potential of the arrangement.
Work has clearly being going into this partnership for some time, and the immediate takeaway is how beneficial this could be for the club’s talented Academy players.
Having a feeder club type relationship with OCSC, who play in the second-tier competition in the States, should allow young players the chance to go away and play senior football while gaining valuable life experiences.
The club have talked for some time about their keenness to create a pathway between the Academy and the first team, and hopefully, this move will help to bridge the gap which currently exists.
Rangers fans react to Orange County partnership agreement
The significance of the Gers partnering up with a club with ‘orange’ in their name hasn’t been lost on many Bears, with many rejoicing after the announcement was made.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
— Out Of Context Rangers (@rangers_out) December 23, 2019
The rest of Scottish football will be utterly raging. ‘Orange’ county.
I’m all for it.
— Commander Bjorklund (@CommanderBjork2) December 23, 2019
The futures bright
The futures @orangecountysc 🍊💙😉
— Greg (@GregMaclean6) December 23, 2019
— Calfredo (@Mackenzito94) December 23, 2019
This is mighty staunch Mr Rangers
— BaldyBarisicLoyal💙 (@BaldyBarisicFC) December 23, 2019
Orange county. I like it. pic.twitter.com/uIf0VN3xmJ
— Surroundsoundloyal (@Newcoagain) December 23, 2019
Rangers and orange, name a better duo, I’ll wait
— Estagiário da Worten stan account (@DontTreadOnPipo) December 23, 2019
If you ever wondered what Harry Forrester’s up to these days… pic.twitter.com/J3vavWtlcE
— Darren 🧢 (@darren1872__) December 23, 2019
— SS (@_SS1872) December 23, 2019
Tremendous, just tremendous 😄
— Walt320 (@what320) December 23, 2019
That’s sensational 🍊 🇬🇧
— CM93🇬🇧 (@CraigMacleann93) December 23, 2019
Announce pre season friendly away
— Sam (@samkerr1872) December 23, 2019