Rangers send warning to supporters as they vow to crackdown on illegal goods

Rangers will crack down on the sale of counterfeit merchandise and products using Rangers trademarks without permission, the Ibrox club announced on Tuesday morning.
Castore kits on display in the Rangers store. Picture: SNSCastore kits on display in the Rangers store. Picture: SNS
Castore kits on display in the Rangers store. Picture: SNS

The Scottish Premiership leaders are seeking to increase their brand protection and have warned supporters about the hazards of purchasing knock-off goods.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Edmiston Drive side warned supporters against using the official club shop during their protracted dispute with Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.

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Having agreed a partnership with Castore, Rangers now wish to implore their fans to buy merchandise that will now benefit the club.

A statement on the website read: "Rangers is ramping up its efforts to increase our brand protection and strengthen our club’s reputation within the commercial market.

"We now have dedicated resources and expertise to ensure any counterfeit merchandise and products using Rangers’ trademarks illegally, will be subject to appropriate action and the strongest consequences possible.

"Rangers will not accept breaches of its trademarks and will take all necessary measures to protect our supporters from unofficial merchandise.

"For the avoidance of doubt, any purchases that are not from shop.rangers.co.uk or an official club partner or licensee are not official and do not benefit the club.

"Furthermore, unofficial products will not have passed the same rigorous safety checks nor will they have been held to the same high standard as our official club products.

"We encourage all Rangers supporters to only buy official Castore & Rangers merchandise and official licensed products from the club's approved partners. The days where it was deemed necessary to buy from beyond official outlets are now gone.

"Several repeat offending vendors are damaging the club’s brand and illegally producing products for personal gain. They will be held to account- action will be taken as and when necessary.

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"The club will pursue all available options to prevent counterfeit activity and invite supporters to report any information related to suspected counterfeit goods to [email protected].

"All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be shared where required to enforce Rangers’ rights and help close down those who would seek to exploit them and the club’s support.

"The club continues to be humbled by our global fan base who this season have bought official products in incredible numbers, which directly benefit the club."

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