One of Rangers’ partner clubs in the Unites States, Oklahoma Energy FC West have rebranded their club with a nod to the Ibrox giants in their new name and colours – Oklahoma Rangers FC.
The American youth side unveiled a new logo and name yesterday on their social media channels, with a few, less-than-subtle acknowledgements of the inspiration behind the new name.
🇺🇸Oklahoma Rangers FC🏴 pic.twitter.com/fcTreDS9oz
— Daniel Gibson (@Danny__Gibson) March 30, 2021
Rangers announced a three-year partnership with the newly-rebranded side last year as part of the club’s continuing expansion of their international Academy programme.
Oklahoma Rangers were formed in 2007 through the cooperation of the Yukon Soccer Club and the Mustang Youth Soccer Association and have over 400 kids in our Competitive and Academy programs, based just west of Oklahoma City.
At the time the partnership was announced, Rangers committed to sending coaches over to Oklahoma to work with the American sides kids as well as bringing some over to Scotland to help their development.
The Light Blues are also partnered with USL side Orange County SC, with a number of the club’s young players heading to California with stints on loan over the last 18 months.
⚽ Rangers International Soccer Academy can today announce a new three-year partnership with OEFC West Academy in Oklahoma, USA.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 9, 2020
Hopefully, these partnerships can help the Gers properly tap in to the ever-growing American soccer market as the game continues to become more and more popular on the other side of the pond.
Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly scouting a 27-goal striker with a view to a potential summer swoop.