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Recently, we looked at Rangers wearing a fourth kit against NK Osijek in the Europa League second qualifying round, following a tradition of ad hoc red and black strips in Europe.

That was their second European tie; against Shkupi in the previous round, they had worn all-white in the away leg.

 

Coupled with all-blue at home to Shkupi and their default first kit against Osijek at Ibrox, it meant four kit combinations in as many games.

 

The reason given for the use of the red kit in Croatia was that the rules there prevented the advertising of their shirt sponsor and so it wouldn’t be worth having a special set of their orange third shirts made.

So you can pretty much guess what was worn away to Slovenian side NK Maribor in the third qualifying round:

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To be fair to Rangers, the fault lies with Hummel, who appear to be having problems delivering kit to a lot of teams in this still-nascent season.

As Alex Anderson pointed out to us, it may be some kind of record to have worn three different change kits in as many consecutive away games in the same competition. Not even Chelsea in their five-kit 1990-91 season managed it.

Unfortunately for those of us who like multiple combinations of the same kit, the all-blue was back for the home leg against Maribor.

Russian club Ufc provide the opposition for Rangers in the play-off round this week and next – they wear all-red so it’s unlikely Rangers will need an alternative kit. But you never know.