Rangers retail partners Castore found themselves at the centre of criticism this week following the launch of the club’s 4th kit and news of a collapsed deal in Australia will interest the Ibrox support.

The Gers came in for criticism after the launch of the pinstripe jersey – the club’s 4th this season – amid complaints regarding a perceived lack of transfer investment and for repeatedly asking fans to shell out.

Some areas inside Ibrox for Rangers’ Champions League match package were priced at the maximum allowed – meaning some paid £180 for three games – whilst the likes of MyGers and the Castore kit launches mean fans have been digging deep for what they view as limited reward.

The Ibrox directorate were out defending their position amid mounting criticism but the latest kit launch with Castore failed to curry favour with a support fed up of being made to feel like customers rather than fans.

The Castore deal has been a success for Rangers post-Mike Ashley and there is a reason why the club are so happy with how it has progressed over the last few seasons.

News of a £200k+ price-fixing fine during the week highlights just big a shambles the club’s kit operations were up to signing with the retailer and since then – we hope – things are a little smoother.

It’s also not the retailer’s fault – in fact it’s their job – if the club ask them to design and manufacture kits.

But issues with customer service, kit leaks, fabric quality and an abundance of kit launches has some groans get louder amongst Rangers fans who are expecting Rangers standards.

West Coast Eagles terminate contract with Rangers partners Castore

Aussie rules football side the West Coast Eagles have terminated their contract with Castore following a “disastrous” two-year spell with the retailer.

According to Aussie publication The West, West Coast had to turn to a local manufacturer in their first season with Castore to make emergency guernseys because the UK retailer didn’t deliver their own in time for the new season.

Following a manufacturing error – another common complaint from Rangers fans – one player had to wear a different guernsey from his teammates whilst a lack of stock meant another player had to pose for photos in a guernsey which was far too big for him.

In this pre-season, another player had to wear a teammate’s guernsey for the opening rounds of the campaign as he waited for his own to arrive.

According to the West, the Aussie rules football club are now set to officially partner with USA manufacturer New Balance instead.

The Castore Logo outside St James' Park, home of Newcastle United FC
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All of this comes at a time when Castore have recently been valued at £750m following the announcement of a new £50m credit facility [SportsPro Media].

Rangers were the sport retailer’s first foray into football but Castore now represent a range of top clubs in England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

The retailer also has deals with the likes of Sir Andy Murray, England cricket, and even recently signed a contract to supply kit for F1 team Red Bull, amongst many other official partnerships.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been handed a substantial “seven figure” boost by a recent court case.

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