They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Rangers are finding that out first-hand after a lower-league Italian club were found to have a strikingly familiar crest.
ASD Arluno Calcio play in Italy’s eighth tier and one eagle-eyed Reddit user spied that their team crest appears to bear a particular resemblance to the Rangers one.
Twinned by design 🇮🇹 x 🇬🇧
Arluno Calcio & #RangersFC
— Calcio England (@CalcioEngland) October 3, 2020
Founded in 2010, the Arluno Calcio badge is strikingly similar to the Rangers Ready crest.
It’s unknown how the Italian side came to have such a similar badge and it remains a mystery whether this is based on a love of the design or in homage to the Teddy Bears.
The 8th tier semi-professional club are based in Milan and hold strong links to the youth team of Serie A side Torino.
They currently sit 16th in their division, the Second Categoria, which is the second-lowest division in Italian football.
Although the iconic Ready crest design has been around for some time, Rangers actually upgraded the crest this summer.
As part of a wider digital transformation, the Ibrox side have upgraded the club’s iconic Ready crest to give it a fresh, modern look.
Rangers are committed to the modernisation of the club and continue to invest heavily in the side’s digital and media presence.
Alongside this, Rangers have also been undertaking a programme of investment into Ibrox Stadium and the surrounding grounds following years of neglect at the hands of previous regimes.