Bala Devi: "Never dreamt of playing in Europe."

Bala Devi: "Never dreamt of playing in Europe."

The Indian international is excited to embark on a new journey with Scottish Giants.
After signing up for Scottish giants Rangers women's team, Bala Devi became the first-ever Indian
woman to play professionally outside India and also the first-ever Asian international to join Rangers.
The signing was a result of a successful trial of the 29-year old in November at the club, as an 18-month
the long deal was put pen to paper.


Bala Devi is the highest Indian woman goalscorer on an international level, having netted 52 times in 58
appearances. She has also scored over 100 goals in 120 appearances in domestic competition.
The Manipuri striker started her international career as early as a 15-year old and has won All India
Football Federation (AIFF) women's player of the year award twice, in 2015 and 2016.
Speaking after the announcement of the signing, Bala Devi said, "To play my football in Europe with one
of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could never have dreamed of"

“I hope my move to Rangers serves as an example to all the women footballers back home in India who
dream of taking up the sport professionally.

“I’m looking forward to making the most of the top-class facilities and coaching and I am certain I will
benefit immensely from the standard of training and competition.

“I’m very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the entire management at Rangers for
believing in me.

“Also, this move wouldn’t have been possible without Bengaluru FC who have been instrumental
throughout. I can’t wait to get to Glasgow, join my teammates and give this my best shot.”

Amy McDonald, Women’s and Girls’ Football Manager said: “We are thrilled to welcome Bala to
Rangers. She is an exciting signing on so many levels.

“Bala is a playmaker who likes to play as a number 10 and we believe she will contribute goals and
assists to the team.

“She will provide us with an attacking threat and a versatility that we can utilise to our benefit going into
the 2020 season.

“Bala is already a role model for girls across India and they will now be able to see her travel across the
world to become a professional footballer.

“Her move can be inspirational for players everywhere to show them where football can take them and
what it can help them achieve.”

Rangers Head of Academy Craig Mulholland said: “I would like to warmly welcome Bala to both Rangers
and to Glasgow. We believe this is a huge step for the women’s game both in Scotland and in general.

“Rangers are committed to building a successful women’s team for years to come and the acquisition of
a talent like Bala is another step towards our goal of domestic and European success.”
Mandar Tamhane, CEO of Bengaluru FC said: “We are delighted at Bala securing what is a historic move
to Rangers Football Club.

“Once we knew that Bala had done more than enough to impress the coaching staff at the club during
her trial stint in November, we were determined to help to make the move happen in any way that we
could.

“Bala’s signing with Rangers sets a very encouraging precedent for women footballers from India and us
are glad that Bengaluru FC’s partnership with Rangers is creating the right kind of impact in such a short
period of time.”

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