1920-1921 A 1
1920-1921 A 2
1961 ECWC Final
The first pictorial evidence we have of Rangers wearing a change kit comes from 1877 (see photo left). The white jerseys carry a six-pointed star and are believed to belong to a rowing club that several Rangers' players were members of. Also of interest are the elegant hooped hose, probably made of cotton and much lighter in manufacture than the thick woolen stockings that became standard in the 1880s.
The sparse information HFK has managed to uncover to date suggests that when Rangers needed to change, they wore white shirts with their usual white knickers and home stockings until 1921.
In 1921 Rangers' lightish blue home shirts became royal blue and black shorts were adopted to wear with the usual white change shirts. This simple colour scheme held until 1938 when old-fashioned one inch hoops in blue and white were adopted.
In the 1949-50 Scottish League Cup final, Rangers wore red shirts with a blue/white/blue band across the chest and sleeves. This was used as a change strip until 1952 when plain red shirts were adopted. In 1954-55 white shirts with red/white/blue bands were used for floodlit games and these gradually replaced the red tops as the team's preferred change strip.
In 1961 Rangers reached the European Cup Winners' Cup final for the first time. Because of a colour clash with Fiorentina's violet tops, the Scots wore a new strip of blue/white stripes with shiny blue shorts. This became their regular alternative and was worn with both blue and white shorts although a plain white strip was often used under floodlights. From 1971 plain red shirts adorned with the Rangers' monogram were used when colours clashed, usually with the first choice socks.
When in 1978 Umbro introduced their smart blue home shirts with white collars, trimmed in red and blue, they produced a red version as well. Between 1982 and 1992 the team's change kits were basically white shirts with blue shorts trimmed with red although the 1987-88 strip, diagonal red and white halved tops with black shorts, broke the mould.
Given the pressure to disassociate the Old Firm clubs from their sectarian pasts that gathered momentum in the 1990s, the decision to adopt an orange and navy blue change kit in 1993 might be considered insensitive (given the obvious associations with the Orange Order) but over the next five seasons the team wore "neutral" red, white and black strips.
In the new millenium most change kits have involved a reworking of Rangers' traditional blue, white and red colours with white predominant, with a couple of interesting third kits in different colours.
After Rangers went into meltdown in 2012 and were admitted to the Scottish Third Division, the team started the season without an away strip and wore their training kit in their opening SFL match at Peterhead instead of the new black third kit that was due to be launched in that game.
SourcesRangers Home Kits
- A = Away (change) kit
- 3rd = Third choice kit
- alt = Alternate kit
- eur = European Change Kit