'Great for the fans' - Exclusive: Hutton buzzing after big update on Rangers 'Nightmare'
Alan Hutton has been left buzzing after Rangers delivered a statement on their commercial plans for next season.
The former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits his old side have had a “nightmare” couple of years when it comes to their merchandising.
The Gers announced on Saturday that they would begin the 2020/21 season with a new kit and retail operations partner, appearing to confirm the end of Sports Direct’s association with the club.
The Light Blues have been embroiled in a series of legal rows over the club’s merchandising rights with Mike Ashley for several years.
Rangers are also set to replace Hummel as their kit manufacturer after yet more legal issues, with Football Insider revealing the club have agreed a £20million deal with sportswear brand Castore.
Hutton admits that he is looking forward to a new era for the Glasgow giants and insists the biggest winners will be the fans.
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Hutton told Football Insider: “First and foremost it’s a clean slate from Mike Ashley. It’s a fresh start for them. It’s been a bit of a nightmare with shirt sales, money being taken out and I think there’s a whole lot of things that have went wrong with the deal.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare for Rangers fans and I would imagine the hierarchy.
“It’s been a disappointing couple of years and then to move onto Hummel and things not to get any better, it’s been difficult for everyone involved, especially the fans.
“They’re the ones who want to buy the products and wear the shirts so to have this break from it all and get back to normality, if you like, and being able to go buy the strips, wear them proudly it’s probably great for the fans.”
Castore, a Liverpool-based brand, will take over from Hummel after the Danish company saw their three-year deal cut short with a year to go.
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