Rangers have had some spectacular vintage shirts over the years. From the simple lines of the 70s, Admiral and the total domination of the late 80s and the adidas years with Gazza. Here are the 10 best Rangers shirts. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Rangers failed to make it a Scotland 1-2 in 1967 in European club competition and while deadly rivals Celtic won the European Cup in Lisbon v Inter Milan [ the first British club to do so ] Rangers failed at the final hurdle in Nuremburg against Bayern Munich in the Cup Winners Cup going down 1-0.
The Gers gained revenge v Bayern in the CWC semi final five years later with a great win over two legs and that set up another crack at the then second major club competition on the continent when they went to the Nou Camp, Barcelona to face the Russians of Moscow Dynamo in the 1972 final. Colin Stein and Willie Johnston [ 2 ] gave Rangers a 3-0 lead before the Soviet side roared back late on to make the final score 3-2. Sadly, a pitch invasion by Gers fans at the end of the game, which had shades of the Scotland fans to come at Wembley in 1977, meant captain John Greig was presented with the trophy in the home dressing room and not in front of an adoring Gers support.
The Gers kit at the time of Rangers solitary European trophy win started in the late 1960’sand lasted until the mid to late 1970’s.
Admiral, Souness and Total Domination
Although Rangers were in Umbro when Graeme Souness was sensationally appointed Ibrox player-manager in 1986 the Gers started the 90’s in Admiral but the change of kit maker did not stop the Govan juggernaut and Rangers were all conquering in Scotland [ even after Souness left for the Liverpool manager’s job in 1991 and Walter Smith took over at Ibrox ] equaling Celtic’s 9 League title wins [1965-74] in a row between 1988 and 1997. Blue socks were part of this kit along with white shorts and players such as Mark Hateley, Mark Walters, and ofcourse Ally McCoist, despite not always being a Souness favourite, shone in this memorable Gers shirt.
Out of the shadows of Celtic [mid-1970’s]
Emerging from the shadows of the great Jock Stein’s Celtic side, Rangers regained ascendancy with notable domestic success under the stewardship of manager Jock Wallace [ who had actually been Berwick’s player-manager when the sensationally knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup in 1967, the Gers worst ever result ]. In his first season in charge – the club’s centenary year [1973 ] – Rangers won the Scottish Cup at Hampden in front of 122,714 supporters beating Celtic 3-2. In 1974–75, Wallace led Rangers to their first League championship triumph in eleven years, before winning the treble the following season, repeating the historic feat in 1977–78.
Wallace even brought back the black socks with red tops to the Gers kit for the first time in 20 years and later had a spell in England managing Leicester City which included young players starting off in the game called Gary Lineker and Mark Warburton!
Black and red socks return under Jock Wallace as do appearances in the European Cup- Rangers v St Etienne of France.
Umbro and a new collar early 1980’s
1977 Rangers round collar which they had sported since 1968 finally went at the very end of the 1970’s and the new decade saw the Gers back in blue socks with a wing collar on the shirt which was very much of the time but Celtic were starting to dominate again in the league and despite Scottish Cup and League Cup runs for the Gers the pendulum was swinging back to the green and white side of Glasgow, despite the best efforts of former captain now manager John Greig. There was also an embarrassing appearance in the Anglo Scottish Cup for a Rangers side that had sensationally missed out on a European place in 1981 when they lost 4-1 on aggregate to the Third Division Chesterfield in the last eight of the competition.
The Gers away kit was a red version of their home Umbro kit while the club crest from the late 1960’s was retained on the left hand side of the shirt with the Umbro diamond on the right.
Jock Wallace’s second spell as Rangers boss after his adventure in England coincided with white Umbro pinstripes on the blue Gers shirt while a V neck collar was also added. The Rangers away shirt [ white ] was also pinstriped with red lines and blue collar and cuffs with blue shorts. Wallace failed to recapture the level of his first success at Ibrox in the early/mid-1980’s period and that paved the way for a radical change with Graeme Souness being offered a player-boss post and given a blank cheque book to sign some of the best English players available at the time who were drawn to Glasgow with the promise of European club competitions in a time when English clubs were banned from the three major Euro comps.