RANGERS' international break plans were thrown into disarray last night after Benfica pulled out of their showpiece game in Canada.

The Ibrox side were due to fly out to Toronto on Tuesday morning before taking on the Portuguese giants in the early hours of Saturday morning UK time in what was pinpointed by Pedro Caixinha as a crucial team trip away to bond together.

However, Rangers recieved notification late on Saturday evening to say that fresh off the back of being hammered 5-0 by Basel in the Champions League, they would no longer be appearing in the Eusebio Cup clash in Hamilton without giving an explanation.

The cancellation means Caixinha's crucial preperations for the next round of games - which kick off with an away trip to Perth before meeting Motherwell in the Betfred Cup semi-finals - have descended into chaos as Ibrox chiefs hunt for answers.

It is unclear if Rangers still intend to travel to Canada, even as a training camp.

A club statement read: "Rangers’ Eusebio Cup match against Benfica, scheduled for Friday October 6, has been cancelled.

"Benfica, who lost 5-0 away to FC Basel in the Champions League last midweek, have pulled out and Rangers are still waiting for an explanation.

"Rangers were due to fly out to Canada for the match – scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton – on Tuesday 3 October but were informed of Benfica’s decision only hours ago.

"The organisers, Elite Soccer Entertainment, have apologised but Rangers will be expressing their displeasure on behalf of themselves and their supporters in the strongest possible terms.

"Rangers also wish to apologise to those fans, who had made arrangements to travel, and those in Canada, who were looking forward to the match.

"Rangers will take legal advice before commenting further."