K-Pop group STAYC tell Ibrox crowds 'we love Rangers' after top 'mix-up'

Popular K-Pop band STAYC have told a crowd at Ibrox "we love Rangers" after they wore one of the club's retro tops during a gig in Texas - apparently by accident.

The group made headlines over the wardrobe choice in Dallas last month, part of their US tour.

Instead of wearing local baseball team Texas Rangers tops, they appeared in 1990s kits worn by Rangers FC.

They announced a surprise meet-up with fans at Ibrox on Monday.

Rangers FC invited the group to the stadium, where they introduced themselves to the K-Pop fans who had gathered outside Edmiston House.

Members Sumin, Sieun, Isa, Seeun, Yoon, and J, from South Korea, waved and made heart signs to fans while declaring their support for Philippe Clement's side.

They thanked the crowd for visiting them in what was their first trip to Scotland.

One member said: "This is our first time in Scotland and we are so happy right now. Are you guys fans of Rangers too?"

Another band member shouted: "We love Rangers!"

Dozens of fans cheered and took photographs while the band posed in a custom-made Rangers strip, each with the number 23 and STAYC printed on the back.

Light Blues 'nostalgia'

Two of the pop stars were photographed wearing Rangers 1996-97 home shirts at their concert in Dallas last month.

That season Rangers won the Scottish League Cup after a thrilling 4-3 game at Celtic Park against Hearts, with stars including Paul Gascoigne and Ally McCoist in their team.

Despite the mix-up, Rangers fans on social media voiced their approval of STAYC's fashion choice, with one fan saying: "Rangers are the kings of K-Pop".

K-pop band members wearing Rangers tops
The group mistakenly appeared in the Rangers FC tops instead of Texas Rangers

A spokesperson for Rangers said the move had "triggered nostalgia for the Light Blues".

STAYC made their debut in 2020 with the release of their album Star to a Young Culture - which is the group's acronym.

They head to Wembley to perform alongside other K-Pop stars for Korea on Stage in London on Wednesday.

Other celebrities who have been spotted sporting Rangers attire include boxing legend Mike Tyson, movie star Samuel L Jackson and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

US rapper Snoop Dogg has also regularly been pictured wearing a Celtic kit - while Baywatch star David Hasselhoff often wears the kit of another Glasgow club, Partick Thistle.

Video credit: Kyle Denholm