By Joe Ellis

5th Aug, 2022 | 10:40am

Rangers to meet with Chilean namesakes over affiliation proposal

Rangers are set to meet with delegates from Rangers De Talca in Chile this week over a potential affiliation, according to the Daily Record.

Los Piducanos – as they are known – play their football in the Chilean second tier and have been inspired by fellow South American outfit Everton de Vina del Mar who have organised a link with Premier League side Everton.

Representatives from Chile are set to jet into Glasgow to negotiate an agreement between the two clubs with the entire trip being funded by Sebastian Rozental, the first South American to play for the Light Blues.

“We have been working on this project for four years,” club president Felipe Munoz said. “This has taken us a great deal of effort to arrange the trip to Scotland.

“We will go to the Ibrox Stadium to see the team and meet the people at the club and we hope that this is the first step to play, at some point, a friendly match in Chile or Scotland. We want to form an alliance with Rangers.”

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Chile might not have booked their place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup like many were expecting them to but there is still a hotbed of talent on the west coast of South America.

Rozental was just the first from the continent to play for Rangers and many have done so since with Alfredo Morelos the most recent to light up Ibrox.

If this new affiliation does come to fruition, then there is a chance that the Gers can utilise Los Piducanos to sign exciting young talent from the region and get a heads up when they make their mark in professional football.

An annual friendly could also be of great benefit to the club and it could even give Rangers the chance to send players looking for game time over to South America for a whole new challenge away from the spotlight.

If the proposal is reasonable for both clubs, they would be mad not to shake hands and begin their adventures together because little can go wrong with such an agreement.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have to hope that this Ibrox hero will be fit in time for the visit of Kilmarnock on Saturday.