The Rangers women’s team have taken prolific India international Bala Devi Ngangom on trial [Rangers.co.uk].
The 29-year-old has an outstanding record in international football, scoring 36 goals in 43 appearances, having earned her first call up aged just 15.
Despite her status within the game, she doesn’t play professionally back in India and is a police officer for a day job, but is being offered the opportunity to show her qualities in Glasgow this week.
Bala plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Manipur Police, but the trial was actually facilitated by Bengaluru FC, the Indian club Rangers recently entered into a partnership with.
“I am delighted at this chance and would like to thank Bengaluru FC and Rangers FC for making it happen,” the former AIFF Player of the Year told Rangers.co.uk.
“Training in the UK will be a new experience for me, and it is one that I am looking to make the most of. I also hope that this opportunity will open doors for more talent in women’s football in India to opportunities like this.”
— Rangers Women (@RangersWFC) November 21, 2019
Amy McDonald, the club’s Woman and Girls’ Football Manager, hinted that this was the first step in building a more competitive squad for the start of next season.
It’s certainly a showing of ambition from the Women’s team, whose recruitment drive included the signing of two French youth internationals back in September [Rangers.co.uk].
The Gers finished fourth in SWPL 1 this season, winning their final game 1-0 against the Spartans on Sunday.