Rangers have sent a message to their German partner club Hamburger SV after they came from behind to win the Hamburg derby.
There’s been a long-running affinity between Rangers and HSV supporters and the two clubs made their ties official back in February 2021.
A ‘wide-ranging’ partnership was agreed and they have vocally supported each other on social media ever since.
Last season, there was a big contrast between the performances of the two clubs, with Rangers romping to the league title with an unbeaten season while HSV imploded late on and finished fourth in the 2. Bundesliga to miss out on promotion.
They are currently fourth once again, but their ultimate goal of returning to the top flight is very much alive as they are only five points behind leaders Darmstadt and three behind their fierce rivals St Pauli in second.
Their rivals have been the leading Hamburg club this season, but HSV pulled off a dramatic comeback win in the derby on Friday night to stay in touch with them.
St Pauli opened the scoring in the 30th minute through Guido Bergstaller, but HSV, playing at home, turned things around in the second half.
Sebastian Schonlau headed in an equaliser in the 58th minute and then Bakery Jatta found the bottom left corner with a fine finish 12 minutes later to give the hosts the win.
After the Gers had sealed their own win under the lights, seeing off Stirling Albion 4-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox, the official Gers Twitter account recognised the success of their partner club on social media.
‘A top Friday evening as HSV win the #Stadtderby,’ tweeted Rangers alongside muscle and blue heart emojis.
‘Thanks very much! Derby winner,’ replied HSV [translated], alongside several emojis and a gif of Ally McCoist.
This was a nice exchange between two affiliated clubs in good form.
However, another of Rangers’ partner clubs aren’t faring so well to date in their domestic campaign.
Bengaluru FC are currently eighth out of eleven teams in the Indian Super League, having won only three of their opening eleven matches.