The Scottish Rangers club was founded in 1872. It is now the second most trophy won in the world and competes in the Premier League. But this was not always the case: in 2012, the 54-time champions were forced into the minor leagues due to huge debts, which amounted to more than 130 million pounds.
After bankruptcy, the football giant got into the fourth division, where he showed himself excellently, breaking records for attendance and points scored. And after four years, thanks to his endless victories, he returned to the Premier League.
Meaning and History
The Rangers are unique because they use two logos at once. The first, corporate, represents it in the media space, is found in official documents and souvenir goods. The second, the main one, decorates the players’ equipment. Both versions exist in parallel and are not interchangeable. They underwent a little evolution before taking on a modern look.
1904 – 1968
One of the earliest corporate logos contained intertwined “RFC” letters that were superimposed on one another. The blue monogram was surrounded by a similar blue ribbon with red swirls and white RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB lettering. At the bottom was the motto “READY” (the full version in Scottish sounds like “Aye Ready” and is equivalent to English “Always Ready”).
It is assumed that a similar logo appeared in 1872 – the year the club was founded. To what extent this corresponds to reality is unknown because the oldest memorable thing he is depicted dates back to 1881.
1968 – 1990
In 1968, the Rangers began using the red lion emblem over a light blue soccer ball within a white circle. This so-called “Rampant Lion” is an important regional symbol featured on the royal arms of Scotland. The designers removed the monogram, leaving only the full name of the club and a short motto.
1990 – 1994
After the redesign, the familiar Rangers logo has been redesigned. The lion and ring turned to gold. The ball has moved higher – to the very edge of the white circle. A font with rounded corners was chosen for the labels.
1994 – 1997
In 1994 the red lion returned, and the ball returned to its original position. Simultaneously, the designers finally abandoned the gold color, using white for the background and dark blue for all elements except the lion. The font has also changed: the emblem authors played on the contrast of thin and thick strokes.
1997 – 2003
In 1997, the Rangers adopted a modernized lion logo, and a ball moved up a few millimeters. As a result of the redesign, the blue color has become lighter.
2003 – today
The current corporate logo is almost the same as the 1994-1997 version, but the heraldic lion’s shape and color are slightly different. The font has also changed: now the letters seem thicker because they are less elongated.
1968 – 2003
Since 1968, players’ equipment has featured the monogram used on the old corporate logo: intertwined letters “RFC.” So the designers played on the full name of Rangers Football Club, linking it with the historical past. In doing so, they modernized the acronym by making the top of the “R” closed and adding gaps where the lines intersect.
2003 – today
In 2003, the Rangers won their fiftieth Scottish League title, so five stars were added to the emblem. When the club went bankrupt, this version was much less used. Now the star monogram is back on the players’ uniforms as a reminder of past victories.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Rangers is one of the few football clubs that have two logos at once. A round sign with a red heraldic lion, blue ball, and lettering is used for documents and marketing purposes. He connects the team with its location because the same lion is depicted on Scotland’s coat of arms.
The second emblem is dedicated to the Rangers only: it is the club’s intertwined initials and reflects the number of Scottish League titles won. The five-star monogram has adorned T-shirts since 2003.
The corporate logo lettering is in bold short serif type. The monogrammed letters used on the players’ uniforms were created from scratch and stylized originally.
The corporate logo features the same colors included in the official club palette: red, white, and royal blue. Only blue and white are present in the monogrammed version because there is no heraldic lion, which must be red.