Ranking Rangers' 10 Best Home Kits of All Time

Jorg Albertz of Rangers
Jorg Albertz of Rangers | Ben Radford/Getty Images

Rangers and the colour blue go together like cheese and fine wine, like Ant and Dec, like Richard Dunne and own goals. They were made for each other.

Scotland's most decorated club have, unsurprisingly, boasted some incredible kits since they were founded in 1872. That's 148 years ago, so as you might expect there are quite a few kits to choose from.

From the simplicity of the 1970s, the flair of the 1990s and the mediocrity of the 2010s, we've given ourselves the challenge of ranking the Gers' best ten home kits of all time. Without further ado, let's get stuck into some cracking blue shirts.

10. The Year All Hell Broke Loose (2011 - 2012)

Maurice Edu
Hibernian v Rangers | Stu Forster/Getty Images

By the end of the 2011/12 season, absolutely nobody around Ibrox was talking about this diamond of a shirt. Instead, they were discussing the prospect of playing fourth division football with no money and next to no top-quality players, all while bitter rivals Celtic were looming over them by winning every trophy under the sun.

It was the beginning of some dark days.

But although their final season of top-flight football prior to relegation saw the Light Blues finish 20 points behind Celtic in the title race - if you can call it that - at least they got to wear a lovely kit, worn in what turned out to be a swan song season for most of their best players.

9. Less Is More (1968 - 1973)

Less is more is a phrase often used about football kits and evidently a motto Rangers' kit manufacturer lived by between 1968 and 1973.

A blue shirt, bright white shorts and deep red socks...what's not to like?

However, this kit was donned by Rangers in one of the less trophy-laden periods in their illustrious history. In fact, the Light Blues won just one trophy in the five years they wore this pared-back kit - the Scottish Cup in 1973 - and failed to really make an impact in the league.

8. The NTL Years (1999 - 2001)

Arthur Numan
Arthur Numan | Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Modelled above by Rangers' best left-back of the modern era - Arthur Numan - this shirt epitomises the steady transition undergone by football shirts between the 1990s and early 2000s.

Seldom did we see beautiful imprinted motifs repeated across shirts anymore, instead being left with something that looks a lot more elegant and mature. But at the same time, we didn't lose the baggy and vintage look that made these shirts so breathtaking to look at and wear.

It's a perfect hybrid.

7. The Chaotic Kit (2002 - 2003)

Peter Lovenkrands of Rangers
Peter Lovenkrands of Rangers | Clive Mason/Getty Images

This shirt is just a little chaotic. However, football shirts would be no fun if they weren't a little bit different.

God knows what the pattern is across this shirt. In fact, even Diadora probably have no clue, but it works somehow. There's chequers, there's what looks like lions...it's fantastic.

Also, the Light Blues won the domestic treble wearing this stunning strip, which isn't half bad.

6. The Chess Board Shirt (2009 - 2010)

Rangers v Unirea Urziceni - UEFA Champions League
Rangers v Unirea Urziceni - UEFA Champions League | Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Chequered kits aren't always a winner. After all, there have been some rather ugly chequered shirts from years gone by. But Umbro did a great job on this strip back in the late 2000s.

The chequered pattern is fairly subtle but provides a nice backdrop to the shirt, which is teamed with white and red shorts as well as red and black socks. Not to mention the gorgeous Carling sponsor emblazoned on the centre of the shirt.

Worn by the likes of Pedro Mendes, Nacho Novo and Kris Boyd, Rangers managed the Scottish Premiership and League Cup double wearing this shirt, even if their Champions League campaign was a disaster.

5. A Very British Shirt (1996 - 1997)

Gordon Durie of Rangers in action
Gordon Durie of Rangers in action | Clive Mason/Getty Images

The beautiful red, white and blue stripes on the collar, shoulders and shorts of this kit makes it such a striking strip, celebrating Rangers' proud connection with the United Kingdom. The spell-out Adidas logo is to die for as well.

The Rangers crest had been placed in the middle of the shirt over the past few seasons, but Adidas brought the badge back over to the right-hand side - if you're looking at it front on, of course.

Players of the ilk of Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup graced this shirt during the 1996/97 season, winning the Scottish Premiership and League Cup double yet again.

4. Adidas Magic (1994 - 1996)

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gscoigne | Ben Radford/Getty Images

Remember when football shirts used to have the badge, kit manufacturer and sponsor all in the middle of the shirt? Those were the good old days, weren't they?

The grandad style collar and three white stripes on the sleeves just adds to this absolute stunner, which also has the club crest emblazoned across the shirt as well. It couldn't really get any more Rangers if it tried.

This shirt serves as a perfect reminder to Gers fans of the days when they dominated Scottish football, winning successive league titles between 1994 and 1996.

3. Pinstripe Perfection (1982 - 1984)

Jim Melrose, Dave McPherson
Jim Melrose Celtic v Rangers 1983 | Getty Images/Getty Images

There are few things more eye-catching to put on a football shirt than pinstripes. For some reason, it just oozes class, and rarely fails to hit the mark with supporters.

The beautiful red and white v-neck collar and cuffs only aids this kit, while the lack of sponsor reminds us of better days when football wasn't run by corporations.

The Light Blues may not have enjoyed too much success against Celtic during the early 80s, but they did enjoy a famous 3-2 Scottish Cup final win over their Glasgow rivals, with Ally McCoist scoring a hat-trick.

2. Adidas Shoulder Stripes (1992 - 1994)

Richard Gough
Richard Gough | Howard Boylan/Getty Images

During the early 1990s, Adidas took centre stage on the football shirt scene, producing some of the most iconic kits of recent times.

The enormous three white stripes emblazoned across the shirt was typical of Adidas' designs at the time, although the template was slightly altered to feature the stripes on the shoulders, instead of on the body of the shirt.

Teamed with the McEwan's sponsor, this Gers shirt is one of the best Scottish football strips ever produced, and was well worthy of the five trophies won in the two seasons it was used.

The Best of the Bunch (1997 - 1999)

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Jonatan Johansson | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everything about this shirt is spectacular, hence why it has topped our list.

The outlandish white collar, the unique red-bordered badge and Nike tick, the dark blue band across the centre of the shirt, the bright white sleeve cuffs...it all works in perfect harmony. It's simply the best of the bunch.

This shirt was also worn by the Glasgow club when they won the 1998/99 treble, accumulating some of the greatest players they've ever boasted along the way.

Sorry Gers fans, your home shirts may never get better than this.