Rangers Clothing: Our all time Top 10

The mighty Glasgow Rangers are well known for playing in a royal blue jersey, white shorts and black/red socks.

When the club was formed in 1872, the Glasgow men received the nickname ‘the light blues’ to distinguish them from the common navy tops that other Scottish clubs wore.

With the exception of 1879-80 when Rangers wore blue and white hoops – the Rangers have worn royal blue by club decree since 1883. Only the home socks would change from season to season, but even they would follow a recognised pattern of red, white, blue or black.

There have been some fantastic Rangers Clothing throughout the years. We have selected our favourites below :-

 

Number 10

2007/08 Rangers home shirt

Rangers kit for 2007/08 season
Barry Ferguson who captained Rangers to the Uefa Cup Final in 2008.

Number 10 on our list is the Rangers top wore by the 2007/08 Uefa Cup finalist squad under Walter Smith.

After an exhausting run of 68 matches, Rangers were unlucky not to win the clubs first European trophy since the famous Barca Bears in 1972.

The Rangers team captained by Barry Ferguson had a disappointing end to a superb season. Rangers fans travelled in their thousands to attend the final in Manchester.

An estimated 150,000 – 200,000 supporters are thought to have made the journey.

 

Number 9

1994/95 Rangers away shirt

Rangers away kit in 1994-95
Rangers Away Kit from 1994-95 season.

Rangers made it 7 titles in-a-row after winning the Premier division by 16 points over nearest challengers Motherwell.

The club had just secured the signature of Danish wizard Brian Laudrup and later that year would lose a club icon when former winger Davie Cooper passed away at the age of 39.

This top is one of three from that year which will feature in our top 10.

 

Number 8

2004-05 Rangers home Shirt

Rangers 2004-05 helicopter sunday
Novo celebrates on Helicopter Sunday

This piece of Rangers clothing may look no different from many jerseys the Ibrox side have worn over the years. But it represents one of the most exciting seasons for a Rangers fan in living memory.

It was the final game of the season against Hibernian and Rangers were two points behind their fiercest rivals Celtic. A victory was a must if they were to steal the Scottish Premiership title on the last day.

It was Celtic’s trophy to lose as they faced Motherwell at Fir Park. And lose they did. In spectacular fashion. Two late goals by former player Scott McDonald in the space of 60 seconds gave the Steelmen a 2-1 victory.

Celtic supporters were inconsolable, but at Easter Road it was tears of joy as Rangers ran out 1-0 winners over Hibs. The Edinburgh club were happy to settle for a 1-0 defeat as it guaranteed UEFA Cup football the following season.

This day is now known as Helicopter Sunday due to radio commentator Peter Martin’s famous line, “The helicopter is changing direction!”

Listen to Peter Martin as events unfolded in his radio commentary below:

 

Number 7

1994-95 Rangers third shirt

Rangers legend Brian Laudrup
Ibrox Legend Brian Laudrup

Ask any Rangers fan what they are reminded of when they think of the old Rangers purple shirt and 9 out of 10 times the answer will be Brian Laudrup.

The Rangers legend joined Ibrox from Italian side Fiorentina, having previously played for Bayern Munich and AC Milan. He then joined the Scottish Champions for £2.3 million in July 1994.

The Danish wizard scored many iconic goals against Old Firm rivals Celtic. However his most important game for the club was the 1996 Scottish Cup Final. Laudrup scored the winning goal against Celtic in the semi-final and would score two goals in a 5-1 win over Hearts to secure the trophy.

The Great Dane also setup Gordon Durie for all three of his goals, as the Scotsman became the first player to score a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup final.

Laudrup won man of the match for his performance. The game is fondly called “The Laudrup Final” by Rangers fans.

 

Number 6

2018/19 Rangers Clothing – Home, away and third

Number six in our list of top 10 Rangers Clothing is this seasons home, away and third kits.

This is the first season post-2012 that Rangers have been able to provide a kit which will benefit the club rather than Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.

The Board listened to fan requests for an orange Rangers shirt, and sales have been of the chart.

If you haven’t already – visit The Gers Store Online and pick up one of these iconic tops before they sell-out.

 

Number 5

1996-97 Rangers home shirt

laudrup secures 9-in-a-row
Brian Laudrup scores to secure 9 league titles in-a-row

The top 10 list wouldn’t be complete without the jersey worn by the Rangers team that secured 9-in-a-row to equal a record held by Celtic.

The Gers had played their Glasgow rivals four times in the 96/97 season beating them in all four matches. But a run of five games without a win kept Tommy Burns’ squad in contention.

Rangers would visit Tannadice to play Dundee United knowing victory would secure the Premiership title.

Brian Laudrup would score the only goal of the tie and ensure the Ibrox club won the accolade after a long campaign that began in 1988/89.

 

Number 4

1994-96 Rangers home shirt

Gazza mimics the flute
Gazza appreciated the fans loyalty

The arrival of English superstar Paul Gascoigne to Rangers was a momentous occasion for the club. Gazza’s transfer to Ibrox helped Walter Smith’s men maintain momentum in their quest to win 9-in-a-row.

Rangers fans took to the English maestro straight away. And Gazza would cement his place in the club’s Hall of Fame when he single-handedly destroyed Aberdeen at Ibrox in 1996.

Victory looked unlikely until the Gascoigne show in the last 10 minutes. His two late goals would secure Rangers eighth successive league title.

During his spell in Scotland, Gazza helped the Gers to two titles and two trophies. His famous quote: “Glasgow Rangers. God I loved playing for them”, demonstrated the bond he had developed with the club and fans.

When anyone thinks of Rangers clothing during Gazza’s period at the club this iconic home shirt is usually the first to spring to mind.

 

Number 3

1992-94 Rangers home shirt

Super Ally celebrates with Mark Hateley
Super Ally celebrates with Mark Hateley

The shirt worn by the 1992-94 Rangers team is one of our all time favourite royal blue jerseys.

The squad included McCoist, Hateley, Durrant, Gough and Goram, and were one of the strongest Rangers teams in recent memory.

Wearing the adidas home shirt and historic club crest, the Ibrox legends would take Europe by storm beating Leeds United both home and away. A result that would secure a place in the inaugural UEFA Champions League.

The Champions League logo features eight stars to represent the founding fathers, and one of those stars belongs to Glasgow Rangers.

 

Number 2

1968-73 Rangers home shirt
Rangers 1972 Barca Bears European Cup Winners Cup Jersey

Worn by the Barca Bears in the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup final, no top 10 list would be complete without it.

Without doubt the 1972 victory over Dynamo Moscow in Barcelona ensured the Glasgow giants won their most prestigious trophy.

Captained by John Greig, Rangers would win the game 3-2 after an enthralling encounter.  In the previous round Willy Waddell’s men thrashed German powerhouse Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate to secure a place in the final.

Players from that day would enter the Rangers history books and be forever known as the ‘Barca Bears’ among the Rangers support. Highlights of the momentous victory can be found here.

 

Number 1

1987-90 Rangers home shirt

Graeme Souness and Davie Cooper
Club legends – Davie Cooper and Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness arrival to Ibrox brought with it the beginning of a golden period for Rangers in Scottish football.

The Scottish title had eluded the Glasgow giants for a number of years when the former Liverpool captain took over the reigns. And unbeknown to Rangers fans at the time, they were witnessing the first in a series of titles that would eventually earn the club 9-in-a-row in 1997.

With Steven Gerrard’s appointment to the Rangers hot-seat many hope that history is repeating itself. So far things are promising and hopefully another golden era for Rangers in Scottish football beckons.

How did we do – What would be your top 10 favourite Rangers Clothing over the years?

Image Credits: Rangers v Liverpool charity match by LFC is licensed under CC BY 2.0, Michael H, GlasgowBear29

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