Rangers have announced an official partnership with old friend and European Cup winner Hamburger SV as the club make the ties between supporters official.
The two clubs have shared a historic bond ever since the 1970s when Glaswegians were working in the port city of Hamburg and formed a Rangers Supporters Club.
Since then supporters have travelled between Ibrox and the Volksparkstadion with a “number of initiatives planned to cultivate the relationship” in the seasons to come.
Taking to the club’s official website, both sides talked up their excitement about the partnership which promises to strengthen the bond between these two footballing institutions.
“We’re delighted to join forces with Hamburger SV and formalise a long-time friendship between two of the most passionate and loyal supporter groups in European football,” said Rangers commercial and marketing director James Bisgrove [Rangers].
“Both clubs have a shared ambition to enrich this unique official relationship and will be collaborating on a wide range of initiatives, including creating opportunities for supporters to unite between Hamburg & Glasgow in 2021 and beyond.”
Cornelius Göbel, Director of the Fan Culture department at HSV, was also delighted to announce the link-up.
“As far back as the 1970s we have had a strong friendship with Glasgow Rangers,” said Göbel.
“This foundation will be the basis of our work to press on with shared projects in the future, whilst also strengthening and energising the profound connection between the two clubs.
“We are convinced that with this partnership we will be able to implement the wishes of both sets of supporters in the long term.”
Rangers fans – many of whom are also Hamburg supporters – welcomed the move on Twitter:
Rangers and Hamburg have long-enjoyed a kinship and plenty of supporters have moved between the two cities to enjoy each other’s company and the football being played.
Here’s my account of a trip to Hamburg a few years ago as I drank in the sights, the sounds and the local beer.