View: all signs point to UEFA intervention as Rangers threaten to send rivals bonkers

Has UEFA intervention forced Rangers to launch orange kit early?

Rangers fans are questioning the timing of the launch of what appears to be a new orange kit ahead of the Europa League Final.

In a short message, Rangers sprung the news on supporters on Monday that the club would launching next season’s 3rd jersey on Tuesday, today, at 9am.

Not only is this short notice marketing highly unorthodox, but so is releasing a 3rd kit for general sale before sending the 1st or 2nd out.

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But as the big day in Seville approaches, it has plenty asking if this orange kit launch has something to with UEFA regulations forcing Rangers’ hand.

There were reports after Rangers booked their place in the final that the Ibrox club might have to wear an unorthodox changed kit in order to adhere to UEFA rules.

Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt assume the role of the home team in this neutral tie at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and they will wear their traditional all black kit.

Rangers would then have to change any kit that clashes with Frankfurt but there are elements in all three of the official registered jerseys that clash with the German side.

Rangers launch orange kit amid fears regarding UEFA kit clash

UEFA notoriously do not like pitting black and blue against each other, whilst the club’s black home socks are a clear clash, as is the black second kit.

The purple kit also appears to clash with Frankfurt’s kit due to the black shorts and it has plenty asking if Rangers will be playing the Europa League Final in orange.

Here’s what article 55 of UEFA’s Europa League regulations say:

“For the final, both teams may wear their first choice playing attire.

“However, if there is a clash, the team designated as the away team must wear alternative colours.

“The UEFA administration proposes suitably contrasting colours in advance of the match.”

It’s quite the backdrop to releasing an orange kit too – perhaps planned due to the Dutch coaching contingent having joined midway through this season – with Rangers fans generally flocking to pick these jerseys up.

The colour usually sends some of the club’s biggest detractors in Scotland bonkers too.

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If you ask us, it’s all a little too coincidental and we suspect that this might have something to do with the Europa League Final but we’re going to have to wait and see.

It’s also not the first time UEFA regulations have forced a Rangers kit launch as fans eagerly await the launch of this new orange jersey.

In the early season Champions League qualifier against Malmo at Ibrox, the Swedish side’s choice of shirt forced the early launch of the polarising purple jersey from this campaign.

Meanwhile, details of a Europa League fan-zone have emerged with some Rangers fans unable to travel to Seville.

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