A mystery Rangers jersey hanging in the Ibrox dressing room has been explained as a tribute to former Ukrainian international Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko.
The former midfielder turned out at Ibrox for five years during the 1990s and recently passed Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell had the shirt printed in Mykhaylychenko’s honour.
This was in response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war in the country.
Rangers fans had thought that the name on the back of the number 11 jersey was a new signing hint as blurred images of the top made their way around social media.
These came after pre-contract signing John Souttar was officially unveiled by the club after joining from Hearts.
Rangers kit mystery put down to Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko tribute
The situation was cleared up by leading club insider and blogger Four Lads Had a Dream, who confirmed the Rangers jersey was a tribute to Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko.
“Official answer is it says ‘Mykhaylychenko’ and was done in support of former player Oleksiy as a show of support and a message they done for him,” said the blogger.
“No new signing or anything.”
This was reiterated by Rangers Review editor Jonny McFarlane, who suggested Jimmy Bell had printed the top.
But whilst that means Rangers haven’t given any clues to their transfer dealings you can be rest-assured the club is working hard on deals behind the scenes.
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is expected to put his own stamp on the squad after a disappointing first window in charge and as such there could be movement in both directions.
But as Rangers display a touching tribute to Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, they’re presented with a moral and financial dilemma in Russia.