Indian international strikers Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua have arrived in the Scotish city of Glasgow for trials with SPL side Rangers FC.
Sunil and Jeje landed at Glasgow Airport on Friday afternoon and they were greeted by Rangers director Gordon Smith.
“This is a huge, huge opportunity for me and Jeje. You have no idea how much we are looking forward to it,” Sunil said at arrival.
“I just hope that we do not feel pressured and can give our best,” he continued.
Sunil felt that his experiences of playing for MLS side Kansas City Wizards will help him during the trials with the Rangers. “Playing in America before will stand me in good stead. It taught me a lot about the tempo and pace of the game as it was higher than it is in our country,” Sunil told to the club’s official website.
Sunil’s Team India striking partner Jeje Lalpekhlua is looking forward to display his skills and talent during the stint with the Scotish team.
“This opportunity is a dream come true for me! It’s always been my dream to play for a big European club,” Jeje told.
“I don’t feel the pressure at all,” Jeje stated. “For me, it’s a good opportunity. This is my first chance to go abroad. I think I have a good chance and I have to use it.”
Talking about the weather conditions in Scotland, Sunil told STV: “It’s tough because right now in the Indian league it is 40 degrees, for the last four or five weeks we have played football. Now here it is five degrees.”
“The conditions in Scotland are going to be very different from what we are used to in India. I think that could be a major hurdle for both of us,” Jeje added.
Both players will join the Ally McCoist coached Rangers FC squad on Saturday for an one week trial.
“They’ll train with us tomorrow and they’ve been up to have a look at the training ground already,” McCoist told. “They’re people we are wanting to look at for our squad. They have been kind enough to come over and we’ll obviously offer them facilities.”