Rangers fans turn on club over 'fourth kit' launch after fine for fixing replica clothing prices

Rangers are facing criticism from their own fanbase after launching a “fourth kit” just days after being fined for fixing the prices of their replica clothing.

The cinch Premiership club were fined £225,000 by the Competition and Markets Authority after being found to have broken the law by fixing retail prices of Rangers-branded kits and other clothing items from September 2018 to July 2019.

The competition watchdog handed larger fines to JD Sports and Elite Sports after all three groups worked together to stop JD undercutting the retail price of the shirt on Elite’s Gers Online store.

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As well as their traditional light blue shirts, Rangers have a red-and-white away strip and a predominately orange third kit, all of which retail from between £65 and £110 in various formats on their online store.

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The club released a tweet on Thursday evening which read: “Launching tomorrow! The Rangers Fourth kit will be available to buy in-store & online from 8am.”

The post has prompted a swathe of negative replies from Rangers fans with an number accusing the club of failing to “read the room” on the back of the price-fixing scandal and amidst the current economic crisis.

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One supporter wrote: “Read the comments and get a feel for what the fans think of this!”

Another added: “You couldn’t mark your necks with a blow torch btw. Shameless!”

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Rangers' plans to release a 'fourth kit' has drawn heavy criticism from the club's fanbase on Twitter. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

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