Rangers partners call on Bayern influence as 4th year of hurt beckons despite hammering
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Rangers partners HSV call in Bayern link as 4th year in 2nd tier beckons

Rangers’ partnership with Hamburger SV goes far beyond their current status in German football so the fact HSV have yet again failed to earn promotion to the Bundesliga will do little to dampen the link-up.

HSV fans and Rangers supporters have long-held an association with each other which goes back to the 1970s and working Rangers fans setting up an RSC in the northern German city.

Hamburg’s season of disappointment ends in victory but the club faces a 4th year in the German second tier. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

Whilst the two supporters of both clubs have long held a bond, the relationship was made official earlier this season as the Gers signed a partnership deal with the Bundesliga 2 club.

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However, whilst the Gers have enjoyed good fortune this season and have gone unbeaten to secure 55, Hamburg haven’t had quite as much success.

HSV – traditionally one of the biggest clubs in Germany – are now set to spend another season in the German second tier as they toil to bounce back from a competitive division.

Next year will be Hamburg’s fourth season in the Bundesliga 2 as dreams of away days at Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund or Bayer Leverkusen continue to evade the HSV support.

The club ended the season on a high however, showing the talent they have in the squad by demolishing relegated club Eintracht Braunschweig 4-0.

The German club is turning to ex-Stuttgart and Bayern Munich II coach Tim Walter to take them to the Bundesliga next season. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The result means HSV finished 4th in the German second tier, six points off a promotion place with VfL Bochum winning the title and SpVgg Greuther Fürth coming second.

However, as the club looks to mount a serious title challenge next season they have already appointed a new manager ahead of the next campaign.

Tim Walter will be the eighth manager to take charge of HSV since their relegation and replaces firstly Daniel Thioune in the role but also Horst Hrubesch, who was in charge for the final part of the season.

Walter, 45, is a highly-rated young German coach and joins HSV after spells in charge of the Bayern Munich B team, Holsten Kiel and VfB Stuttgart.

Rangers fans will be hoping their German cousins can finally turn it around next season and perhaps this time next year it will be the Gers congratulating them.

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