RANGERS have welcomed India’s national team star, Bala Devi Ngangom, on trial this week.

The 29-year-old is an icon in her country, having led her nation for the past five years, and through Rangers’ partnership with Bengaluru FC is looking to the Gers to progress her career in the UK.

Bala is an exciting, dynamic talent, who plays as a striker or an attacking midfielder. To date she has 43 caps for her country and an impressive tally of 36 goals, having been called up to the senior side aged just 15.

Domestically Bala also has a superb record, racking up over 100 goals in 120 games – she has been top scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the past two seasons. She has also been named as All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women’s Player of the Year twice, in 2014 and 2015.

A policewoman by day, her current club is Manipur Police but the forward will now look to impress at Rangers after the Scottish Women’s Premier League season ended on Sunday. The Light Blues will return for pre-season in January, ahead of the new campaign in February.

Women’s & Girls’ Football Manager, Amy McDonald said: “Welcoming Bala Devi Ngangom on trial represents an exciting development for the Women’s programme.

“The fruits of the club’s partnership with Bengaluru FC are already being seen with Rangers being able to welcome India’s best footballing talent.

“We are looking forward to having Bala here in Glasgow and seeing what she can do at first hand.

“Planning has already started for next season and we have the opportunity to build a really strong squad over the winter break to truly compete in 2020.”

Bala said: “I am delighted at this chance and would like to thank Bengaluru FC and Rangers FC for making it happen.

“Training in the UK will be a new experience for me, and it is one that I am looking to make the most of. I also hope that this opportunity will open doors for more talent in women’s football in India to opportunities like this.”

Mandar Tamhane, CEO Bengaluru FC said: “The development of women’s football is one of the key aspects of our partnership with Rangers and we’re really happy to facilitate this trial for Bala Devi.

“We’re sure she will make most of this experience in Glasgow. Bengaluru FC, with Rangers, will look to create more such opportunities in the future.”

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