Rangers have been forced to launch their new purple 3rd kit ahead of schedule as the latest in a special 150th-anniversary selection lands early due to Malmo’s kit colours.

The special edition purple kit is styled on that stunning 1994/95 effort made famous by the likes of Mark Hateley and Brian Laudrup.

Rangers have revealed that the kit was initially supposed to be launched next month but due to UEFA regulations the club must debut the jersey this evening.

This is due to limited kit options made available by Champions League opponents Malmo.

“This highly-anticipated kit was originally scheduled to launch later this month but due to the limited kit options made available by tonight’s opponents, UEFA’s regulations stipulate that Rangers must debut the kit tonight,” reads an email sent to fans.

“Purple kits have been worn by some of the most iconic Rangers players in our history including Brian Laudrup, Ally McCoist and Richard Gough.

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“Our purple 1994/1995 kit is one of the most sought after collector’s items available in Rangers’ kit history and now all supporters have the chance to own this famous shirt at home.

“The kit proudly displays our 150th anniversary commemorative crest and is crafted from sublimely lightweight, breathable, and moisture wicking fabric.”

The Rangers Store at Ibrox will have stock of the kit this evening with the stores in Glasgow and Belfast City Centres to get the jerseys later this week. Read more HERE.

The launch of the kit comes after the Gers teased supporters with a throwback to the famous 90s jersey via images of iconic players at Ibrox.

This may well work out in Rangers’ favour as the kit launch comes on the day the 50k fans are set to return to Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers are set to welcome a full crowd to Ibrox for their Champions League qualifier with Malmo as the Gers look to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

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