BENFICA have blamed the organisers of their glamour friendly with Rangers for the late cancellation of their Eusebio Cup clash.

Pedro Caixinha’s side were due to jet out to Toronto on Tuesday ahead of their meeting with the Portuguese giants on Friday night.

But the Light Blue legions now face being left out of pocket after the trip fell through over the weekend.

Rangers have demanded an explanation over the fiasco and are taking legal advice as boss Caixinha gets set to redraw his plans for the international break.

The Gers stated on Saturday that they would express their displeasure in the ‘strongest possible terms’ and Benfica have pointed the finger of blame at the match organisers.

A statement read: "The 2017 Eusebio Cup scheduled to be held with Glasgow Rangers was not possible because of a breach of the contractual commitments established by Elite Soccer Entertainment, who promoted this game, within the terms and deadlines set."

Rangers played their final match before the international break on Friday as they returned to winning ways in the Premiership with a 4-1 victory at Hamilton.

Now Caixinha’s side have a gap in their schedule before they make the trip to face St Johnstone on league duty next Friday.

Striker Kenny Miller was left out of the squad for the Accies clash and turned out for the Light Blues’ Colts against Brentford on Sunday.

Miller was handed the captains armband in the latest match of the Gers’ new games programme for their Development Squad and played 75 minutes for Graeme Murty’s side.

Rangers ran out 5-2 winners at the Bees’ training ground as they bounced back from their defeat to Leicester City at Ibrox last week.

Ryan Hardie hit a hat-trick for the Gers, while Aaron Nemane and Jamie Barjonas were also on target against the Championship club’s second string.