Rangers have given a subtle nod to Arsenal ahead of their controversial Europa League clash with Slavia Prague tonight, sharing a picture of legendary managers Bill Struth and Herbert Chapman in 1933.
The Gers shared the ‘Pic of the Day’ on their official Twitter account hours ahead of Arsenal facing Slavia as the row over the racist abuse of Glen Kamara, who is an ex-Arsenal player himself, when the Gers faced Slavia continuing to rumble on.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 8, 2021
Slavia defender Ondřej Kúdela hasn’t travelled to the UK with Police Scotland looking to question him after a complaint was made in the wake of the Ibrox clash which has turned Kamara into something of a figurehead for anti-racism in football.
The links between Rangers and Arsenal date back to 1910 when Rangers came to Arsenal’s aid during a financial crisis, buying two £1 shares in what was known as Woolwich Arsenal at the time.
Rangers’ generosity was rewarded twenty years on when the Gers were gifted a further 14 shares in the Gunners however these would eventually be sold to Alisher Usmanov by Craig Whyte for £230,000 in 2011.
The two clubs would also go on to play each other on a number of occasions over the years – originally a regular series of friendlies known as the ‘Game of Champions’ starting in 1933 and played up until the 1960s – the most recent of which came in 2009 when the Gers lost 3-0 at the Emirates.
While the links between the two clubs are nowhere near as strong as they once were there are still some with former Ibrox midfielder Mikel Arteta now in charge of Arsenal.
Struth and Chapman are widely held as two of the key figures in the early years of their respective clubs and held a great friendship for a number of years and it is a fitting picture to post ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash at the Emirates.
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