The most interesting thing about Rangers’ Castore shirt unveil was less the shirt itself, and more the players modelling it.
It is clear that the players who model for the glamour showpiece of the kit reveal are those who are prominent parts of the squad, important players, and ones who don’t make this party are either imminently heading out, or not regarded as the most important players.
So with that in mind it was intriguing to see the who were and who were nots in this unveil.
Rangers’ Mr July Scott Arfield was there, salute in tow. Each passing season the Canada international becomes more important, and this shirt reveal highlighted that ever more.
Captain James Tavernier was naturally there, as he usually is.
Jermain Defoe was an interesting choice – not even a first-pick striker, but with his being the ‘only’ striker Rangers actually have now and his well-respected reputation, it was kind of a no-brainer.
Ryan Kent, despite a difficult second season, as the club’s most expensive player was there too, hopefully refreshed and ready to do the business next term.
And Ianis Hagi, the big summer signing for £3M, an important face to get on the shirt.
The absences were telling, however.
No Alfredo Morelos. Subject to a tonne of speculation, the Colombian’s absence this summer is a categorical clue he’s leaving.
Ryan Jack. We’re surprised our star midfielder did not make this – many fans’ pick as captain, and he wasn’t in the main cover. We thought it would have been he over one of the attackers, particularly Kent.
And aside Tavernier, and arguably including, no defenders whatsoever. Critically including fellow club star asset, Borna Barisic.
Obviously there were a limited number of players who could be the pinups for this photoshoot, but it is very telling who was there and who wasn’t.
What did you make of who made the cut and who didn’t?