<meta name="keywords" content="Rangers FC, Rangers, RangersPedia, Rangers Media, RM, Glasgow Rangers, RFC, CR Smith, McEwans, McEwans Lager, NTL, Carling, Carling Black Label, Tennents, Tennent's"></meta> <meta name="description" content="Rangers FC Club Sponsors"></meta> In the Rangers history there has been 5 shirt sponsors. The latest sponsor is Tennent's whos deal began in the 2010/11 season.
In 1984 double glazing firm CR Smith signed a three year deal with Rangers
At the end of the contract from CR Smith, a deal was offered by brewers Scottish & Newcastle to become the new sponsor. The deal would have seen Rangers bear the McEwan's Lager logo. Rangers accepted and in 1987 began what would become a twelve-year association with the drinks giant. The club wore the McEwan's Lager logo on the front its shirts for all but two matches during the Nine in a row era. When Rangers played French sides AJ Auxerre and RC Strasbourg in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League and the 1996/97 UEFA Cup respectively, due to a ban alcohol advertising the club was sponsored by Center Parcs.
In 1999, Rangers signed a sponsorship deal with telecommunications company NTL. The four-year deal was worth £13 million but ended in the summer of 2003. Financial difficulties for NTL meant that no new sponsorship contract was signed.
Carling offered Rangers a deal and it was announced on 3 January 2003 that Carling would be the new club sponsor. The sponsorship began at the start of the 2003/04 season, initially for three-years and worth a total of £12 million pounds. On 21 July 2005 the contract was extended. The new deal was five-years in length and worth a basic £18 million but with substantial bonuses should the club meet performance targets.
With the home shirts released for pre order on the 27th May 2010, for the shirts release in June it was revealed how Tennents would show their brand logo on the shirts.
Both of the images will be used for the kits with the red 'T' being used on the shorts above the Rangers badge. On the shirt its self the wording Tennent's will be in place in white lettering on a black background much in the same way as the past Carling Deal.
On 3 February 2010, Rangers announced a three-year contract with Tennent's brewery. The deal is worth around £1.5 million a season to the club.
Rangers have only had five independent kit manufacturers in the club's history. This has included two spells with current manufacturers Umbro
Umbro became the first company to place their logo on a Rangers shirt in 1978, the deal was for the seasons 1978/79, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/1990.
Nike took over in 1997 and this lasted until 2002.
Diadora took over from Nike in 2002 and the deal lasted until 2005.
Umbro took over the manufacturer rights in 2005 and this started their second spell with the club.
The seasons that it the deal was in place are 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10. At the end of the 2009/10 season it was thought that Rangers would be having a new manufacturer however it was revealed that the deal would still be in place for the 2010/11 season.