Rangers fans are expressing fears that retail partners Castore have just dropped a hint that a “jinx” kit could be used in the club’s Europa League Last 32 tie against Royal Antwerp.
The Gers are currently 4-3 up against the Belgians with our rivals need to score at least two goals to go through at Ibrox this evening.
But after Castore uploaded a pic with star defender Connor Goldson playing in the retro kit to Facebook, it’s got some superstitious fans chewing their fingernails.
The retro kit’s only outing so far with Rangers was the 3-2 Betfred Cup defeat to St Mirren in December last year – the club’s only defeat so far this season.
For that reason, some Bears have labelled the strip a bogey top as notoriously superstitious football fans get nervous ahead of the crunch clash.
Whilst there is no official suggestion this is the kit which we’ll be donning this evening, some of them even took to Twitter to express those nerves pre-match:
If we wear the retro kit tonight bring the sharks 6pm
— Upl_RENATO_SANCHES (@55ISHERE) February 25, 2021
I understand Castore promoting their stuff, but we better not be wearing that jinx kit tonight 😢 pic.twitter.com/9KBvAV8s79
— 55_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) February 25, 2021
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) February 25, 2021
Don’t think we registered it for Europe
— Going to the Euros Ryan Jack 🏴 (@RampantRyanJack) February 25, 2021
— Andrew Wilson (@Andrew_GWilson) February 25, 2021
I'm sure its not jinxed haha. Wear it again I am sure we'll win
— Ryan (@winnietheblue72) February 25, 2021
I haven’t worn my top since.
— Still staying at home every other Saturday (@CF3Loyal) February 25, 2021
😱😱😱 please no.
— RANGERSTILLIDIE (@RANGERSTILLIDI7) February 25, 2021
Rangers wearing the retro kit tonight. pic.twitter.com/jnBrHyzrGD
— Liam (@LiamL72_) February 25, 2021
But those getting nervous have nothing to worry about – the kit’s release came well after the deadline to register tops of UEFA Competition.
According to UEFA rules, all playing attire must be registered with the relevant authorities at the body by 10 August 2020 for clubs that qualify directly for the play-offs or the group stage and 28 September 2020 for clubs that qualify for the play-offs via the qualifying phase.
This falls under the equipment section of the UEFA Europa League rules, article 51.04. Read them HERE.
The stylish kit didn’t stand a chance after the St Mirren result and whilst it mi9ght yet get its redemption, that won’t be in the Europa League.
Rangers’ Europa League opponents Royal Antwerp have speaking very highly of Ibrox indeed ahead of the crunch clash at the stadium this evening.