Bala Devi to decide on future with Rangers at the end of current season

Bala Devi , who first Indian woman footballer to score a goal in a professional European League, will decide on Rangers future at season end
Bala Devi , who first Indian woman footballer to score a goal in a professional European League, will decide on Rangers future at season end

Bala Devi to decide on future with Rangers at the end of current season- Bala Devi, after becoming the first Indian woman footballer to score a goal in a professional European League, her 30-yard wonder goal last week is the latest to have garnered global attention.

However, her contract at Rangers is up for renewal soon, but Bala remains unfazed. “I can’t talk much about the future – the League ends on June 6, and I will decide the future course of action after that. We have had no discussions about my contract so far,” she said.

The 31-year-old struck the stunning long-range goal during Rangers Women FC’s 5-0 win over Spartans FC in the Scottish Premier League last Sunday. “As a striker, it is very important to be able to decide in a fraction of a second. When I got the ball, I decided, at that moment, that I would shoot and I scored the goal. The team-mate who gave the assist was very happy. She perhaps did not expect me to score from so far out,” Bala said in an interaction on Friday.

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Bala Devi to decide on future with Rangers at the end of current season- Bala, who joined Rangers on an 18-month contract in January 2020, is the first Indian woman to sign a professional contract with a European club and is relishing her time in Scotland.

“I have the opportunity here to play as a striker and as a number 10 as well. I see it as an advantage because I can score and pass while playing as a no. 10. The staff feel my passing and vision are good. So, I can play in both roles,” the Manipuri forward said. “We discuss the qualities of each player, and everyone mentioned that I am good in 1v1 positions and that my ball control is good,” she added.

Bala Devi also revealed that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who coached the Rangers men’s team to the Scottish Premiership title earlier in the month, had attended their training sessions. The Indian striker hopes that her team can emulate its male counterpart and lift the title. “I want to support the team and will do what it needs. If I need to create goals to help the team, then I will focus on that.”

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