Rangers are flying the flag of the Merchant Navy above Ibrox as they celebrate Merchant Navy Day by commemorating those who shipped goods during both World Wars.
The Ibrox club has also paid tribute to the modern-day seafarers who continue to ship goods around the world and into the United Kingdom.
Today, we honour the Merchant Navy. The brave men and women who kept goods moving to and from Britain during the World Wars.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 3, 2021
“Today, we honour the Merchant Navy. The brave men and women who kept goods moving to and from Britain during the World Wars,” reads a Gers tweet.
“We also celebrate the modern Merchant Seafarers who are responsible for 90% of UK imports.”
Rangers have a proud history of recognising the sacrifice of those in the Great Wars and have done so again by flying the Red Ensign.
A merchant navy is the fleet of merchant vessels that are registered in a specific country and in the UK, King George V bestowed the title of the “Merchant Navy” on British fleets following their service in World War One.
Rangers’ association with the Merchant Navy doesn’t just begin and end with recognising the history, achievements and sacrifice of those who have served in it either.
Peter Campbell – one of the Ibrox club’s founding fathers – also went on to become a qualified marine engineer in the Merchant Navy before tragically dying at sea.
As for the famous Red Ensign flag, this is the civil ensign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
It is one of the British ensigns, and it is used either plain or defaced with a badge or other emblem, mostly in the right half.
It is the flag flown by British merchant or passenger ships since 1707 and it is sometimes referred to as the Red Duster.
Speaking of Ensigns, the Ibrox club’s supporters flocked to follow a club named after a famous flag after they sent out a call to arms on Twitter.