Victoria Highlanders play host to Glasgow Rangers

The Rangers are one of professional soccer's most storied franchises

Soccer in Victoria will take on an international flavour Monday (July 21) when the Victoria Highlanders take on the Scottish Championship League’s Glasgow Rangers in a friendly at Centennial Stadium.

The Rangers, one of professional soccer’s most storied franchises, have won more league titles than any other soccer club in the world, winning the league title 54 times, the Scottish Cup 33 times and the Scottish League Cup 27 times.

Last season, the Rangers went undefeated.

The Highlanders, who play in the USL Premier Development League, are posting one of their best seasons ever. It hosts its first-ever home playoff game Wednesday against the Whitecaps Under-23 team.

Highlanders communications co-ordinator James Nielsen said this is one of the most important months in the team’s history.

“The friendly against Glasgow and our first playoff home date are significant and exciting,” he said, adding earlier this month the team played a friendly against FC Edmonton of the pro North American Soccer League.

“Our guys are really looking forward to the match against Glasgow.”

The Rangers are on a pre-season North American tour.

Nielsen said the Rangers decision to come to Victoria is a sign the Highlanders are highly regarded in soccer circles, and an indication that the club has ambition to play at a higher level.

Game time Monday is 6 p.m.

Tickets are available through selectyourtickets.com for $30 and $20.