Rangers club insider account Four Lads Had a Dream has responded to rumours that Mike Ashley is involved in the Gers’ new kit deal.

On Saturday afternoon the club issued an update within which Commercial Director, James Bisgrove, confirmed that a deal had been struck with a new kit supplier.

He referred to the contract as a ‘clean slate’ and a ‘start of a new era’, suggesting that the club were leaving behind the legal problems and court cases associated with Mike Ashley and Sports Direct’s involvement.

Since then, rumours have abounded on social media that Liverpool-based sportswear brand, Castore, are the company who have won the rights. 

Further rumours, fuelled by a speculative online report, have since suggested that Ashley actually owns Castore and as a result, would still have a controlling say in the new kit deal.

Mike Ashley will play no part in the new kit detail arranged by Rangers.

Mike Ashley will play no part in the new kit detail arranged by Rangers. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Four Lads Had a Dream account have since rubbished that suggestion on Twitter, though.

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“Lot’s of people asking or concerned over rumours that any potential new deals may still be under the clutches of Sports Direct in some guise,” read the tweet.

 

“For clarity – this is a fresh new era for Rangers commercially. Rumours & clickbait articles are just that. [The] Club will tell us more soon.”

Verdict

Without explicitly mentioning names, Rangers and Bisgrove clearly put across that neither Ashley nor Sports Direct would be involved in the upcoming supplier deal.

The club’s press release on Saturday talked about the arrival of entirely ‘new’ partners ‘following the conclusion of all existing contracts.’

Therefore, it’s surprising that despite the clear messages, some Bears have listened to speculation and the teasings of the fans of rival clubs on social media.

The megastore will soon be back in Rangers’ control and there’s little doubt that they will hold more sway in this new contract than in some of those agreed in the past.

This is a busy week for the Gers with evidence to be presented to other clubs pertaining to alleged SPFL wrongdoing and league reconstruction proposals to be discussed but an official announcement on this new kit deal is unlikely to be far away.

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