Everton are set to replace Rangers in the controversial Sydney Super Cup, according to a report, as organisers finally move on from the ridiculous plan to stage an Old Firm down under.
After a huge backlash from fans, Rangers withdrew from the competition leaving organisers looking for a replacement and, according to Kick360, Frank Lampard’s Everton look set to fill the gap.
Celtic, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will all take part in the Sydney Super Cup, which takes place from November 16-20 this year.
Shortly after Rangers’ involvement was announced, the Gers confirmed they would no longer participate, saying in a statement: “Rangers can confirm the Club will not be participating in the Sydney Super Cup in November 2022.
After it became clear the tournament organisers were unwilling to fulfil their commitments to Rangers, we have, with immediate effect, terminated the Club’s agreement with the organisers.”
While Rangers have yet to announce any alternative plans for the World Cup break later this year, the Light Blues are still expected to head abroad for warm-weather training.
Whether there will be any friendlies arranged is anyone’s guess but it seems likely that Gio van Bronckhorst’s side will play at least one game during the World Cup break.
Reports at the time Rangers pulled out suggested that the Light Blues faced a hefty legal bill from organisers but there has been no further word on any penalties the Gers face.
Rangers should never have been part of Sydney shambles
While the club eventually did the right thing by withdrawing, the Gers should never have signed up to the Ange Postecoglou homecoming tour in the first place.
The decision to head to Australia was a massive misstep by the club and seemed to kick off a bit of negativity surrounding the board and how they are doing things.
Hopefully, there are alternative plans in place for Rangers this winter during the World Cup with the potential to travel to the United States or Europe and play in a glamour friendly – or even host someone at Ibrox.
For organisers in Australia, no matter whether it was Everton or Real Madrid that replaced Rangers in Sydney, the tournament was never going to be quite the same without the Gers.