Rangers have confirmed their support for the Rainbow Laces initiative, ahead of their league fixture with Aberdeen. Yesterday’s announcement indicated that all Gers players will wear the specially made laces, during this evening’s game at Ibrox.
The Rangers captain on the night, will also wear a rainbow coloured armed.
LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, started the initiative and it has taken off in recent years. The charity’s mantra is ‘acceptance without exception’. Its mission being to make sport more inclusive for the LGBT community.
A host of other SPL clubs also pledged their support yesterday, via their official Twitter accounts. Motherwell, Dundee, Livingston and Celtic all announced that they too would be getting involved.
Football is everyone's game.
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) December 3, 2018
Elsewhere, controversy surrounded the take up of the initiative in international rugby last month. Several nations including France and Wales united in wearing the laces, while others such as England and Australia left the decision at the discretion of individual players.
Some decided against using them, reasoning that they are too thick and less comfortable than traditional options.
However, it is great to see that Rangers are taking the opportunity to support inclusivity at the club and in the sport more generally.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 4, 2018
The Gers have a widespread, diverse following, and it is imperative that all those who support the club are made to feel that they belong.