Historic Rangers tradition set for change as Covid continues to impact club
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Historic Rangers tradition set for change as Covid continues to impact club

Rangers have traditionally toasted the monarch before the first game of the new year as part of the long-standing Loving Cup ceremony – but it is set to undergo changes this year as a result of the Covid pandemic.

For almost a century now, the Gers have honoured the request made by Stoke City FC to mark the occasion by raising a toast, with the ceremony itself becoming a massive part of Ibrox folklore.

Ibrox greats throughout the years have taken part over the years, as have directors of clubs across the country but with social distancing in place, the ceremony will look a bit different.

While the Cup itself was passed around dignitaries to sip from after the toast, that almost certainly won’t happen this year and it will likely be a much smaller ceremony taking place.


The Cup is one of thirty cast from a unique mould to commemorate the coronation in May 1937 of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with one sent to the 22 English First Division clubs of the time and other organisations, including the four Home Associations.

After the Holditch Colliery disaster, Rangers took part in a benefit match against Stoke City who, as a mark of gratitude, presented their Loving Cup to the Gers – with the condition it be used to toast the monarch before the first home game of every year.

Ibrox will play host to the first Old Firm of 2020 on January 2(Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Ceremony itself should still take place but it will be a departure from what we’ve become accustomed to in years gone by.

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