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.
New Delhi: The Rangers Football Club has announced the signing of India National team player Bala Devi from the Manipur Police Sports Club.
The 29-year-old will join the club on an 18-month-deal after a successful spell on trial at Rangers in November. This will make Bala the first Indian woman to become a professional football player anywhere in the world and she also becomes Rangers’ first Asian international football player, subject to getting international clearance.
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 in a distinguished international career, which began when she was called up aged just 15.
Bala also has a prolific goal-scoring record at the domestic level with over 100 goals in 120 games. She has been the top scorer in the Indian Women’s League for the past two seasons and has also been named as All India Football Federation (AIFF) Women’s Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2016.
Speaking of her delight at signing for Rangers, Bala 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."
Amy McDonald, Women’s and Girls’ Football Manager, Rangers Football Club, 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 utilize to our benefit going into the 2020 season."
Rangers Head of Academy Craig Mulholland added: “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.”