The 29-year-old joins the club in an 18-month-deal Following a successful spell on trial at Rangers in November…
Bala Devi is now on the verge of taking a large leap in her career as she signed an 18-month deal with Rangers FC.
The 29-year-old boasts of three SAFF Women’s’ Championship titles (2010, 2014, 2016) and has been named the AIFF Women’s Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
This will create Bala the first Indian woman to become a professional footballer anywhere in the world and she also becomes Rangers’ first Asian global footballer. Bala is the current top scorer for the Indian national women’s team, netting an impressive 52 times in 58 games since 2010, also making her the top international goal scorer in the South Asian region.
She has also served as her national team captain at a distinguished international career, which began when she was called up aged only 15. Bala also includes a prolific goalscoring record at the domestic level with more than 100 goals in 120 games.
Talking of her delight at signing for Rangers, Bala said: “To play with my football in Europe with one of the biggest clubs in the world is something I could not have dreamed of. I am hoping that my move to Rangers functions as an example to all of the girl 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 training and I’m certain I will benefit immensely in the standard of training and competition. I’m very grateful to Amy McDonald, the coaching staff and the whole management at Rangers for believing in me.”
Amy McDonald, Women’s and Girls’ Football Manager said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Bala to Rangers. She’s 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 aids to the team. “She will provide us with an attacking threat and a versatility which we can use to our advantage going into the 2020 season.”