Paul Gascoigne makes an appearance in the Rangers Christmas advert that was released via club channels on Wednesday evening.
The three-minute and 20-second video starts off at Ibrox, with the voiceover saying: “Our 150-year-old story has many chapters – some tales have already been told and some are yet to be discovered’, before the camera pans to new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst signing a Christmas card.
Fans are then transported to what’s presented as the home of former Rangers and England star Gascoigne, who has received a card from the club.
It’s made clear that Gazza will be attending the Boxing Day match against St Mirren and the video then goes on to show a number of fans preparing for and heading to the match.
Rangers captain James Tavernier enters the fray around the two-minute mark and the camera follows him into the home changing room at Ibrox, where he greets Ianis Hagi, Nathan Patterson, Fashion Sakala and Juninho Bacuna.
The video ends with Tav leading the players out onto the pitch with the voiceover saying:
“The players hear the noise, they feel the atmosphere. They know what this time of year is about. It’s a time for giving, a time for celebrating, a time to create the moments that resonate through the ages.”
“Forever together. Merry Christmas from everyone at your club.”
The moments that resonate through the ages.
The shared memories that link the generations.
The instant that lasts forever.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 24, 2021
It’s perhaps not the most cutting-edge advert of all time but it’s a decent production, particularly given that adjustments may have had to be made following Steven Gerrard’s abrupt departure for Aston Villa earlier this month.
The post, which is now the pinned tweet on Rangers’ official Twitter account, includes a link to the Christmas section of the club’s website, where fans are able to purchase things like merchandise, vouchers and memberships in the run-up to Christmas.