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Rangers partners HSV defiant despite stuttering star to Bundesliga 2 season

Rangers’ club partners HSV might have endured a bumpy start to the new Bundesliga 2 season, but manager Tim Walter is certainly not panicking.

The German coach was brought in this summer to stop the rot and return the German giants – traditionally one of the biggest clubs in the country – the top tier of the nation’s game.

Rangers and HSV fans share a friendship which goes back to the 1970s. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A former European Cup winner, Hamburger SV are now in their fourth straight season in the second flight after being relegated from the Bundesliga at the end of season 17/18.


Since then the club has toiled and four men have tried and failed to get the side firing before ex-VfB Stuttgart manager Walter arrived on the scene.

Things have not started well at the Volksparkstadion this season and whilst there have only been five games played, Hamburg have only won one of them

The impressive 3-1 opening day win over Schalke 04 remains the club’s only league win of the season with their only defeat coming against fierce rivals St Pauli.

Draws against Dynamo, Darmstadt and Heidenheim make up a disappointing start with the club edging past Eintracht Braunschweig in the DFB Pokal.

However, Hamburg have made nine new signings this summer and according to Walter, the best is yet to come as they adapt to his vision.

“The most important process for the newcomers is getting to know each other on the pitch, adapting to what’s built,” said Walter [HSV].

“The newcomers are eager, but we want to integrate them first.

“We used the international break to clear our heads at the weekend, but then started an intensive training week with two double sessions. It is always important to find the right balance.

“In this league, every game is difficult. We have respect for the opponent, but we also know what we can do. We want to deliver and I’ve seen the ambition in my team every day.

“For us, it’s about adjusting the direction at the moment, but continuing to follow our plan. We have a lot of hungry young players and we want to continue on this path with all the boys.”

The German side would then later announce their most recent signing, the capture of Tommy Doyle on loan from Manchester City.

Rangers will be wishing their German friends all the best for the rest of the season with HSV fans still dreaming of a return to playing the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Read more about the relationship between Rangers and HSV and how a friendship was struck up by the fans long before it was ever made official by the clubs.

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