RANGERS fans will not be able to purchase the replica kit that Mark Warburton’s side will wear during their Premiership title challenge next term from the club.

The Light Blues returned to pre-season action at the weekend and will head to Charleston next Monday for a training camp ahead of the opening fixture of the new campaign against Motherwell on Saturday, July 16.

But SportTimes understands supporters will be denied the chance to buy their own version of the Puma-designed kit that the Gers will wear in action in the coming months from the Ibrox Megastore.

The long-running feud between the Gers board and Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley took another twist four weeks ago when the merchandise deals with Rangers Retail Limited were effectively ripped up as Rangers served notice terminating the Intellectual Property licence and rights agreement with immediate effect.

In a statement last month, Rangers said: “Rangers Football Club Limited has today served notice on Rangers Retail Limited terminating the IP [intellectual property] licence and rights agreement with that company with immediate effect.

“The club now needs to speak to its commercial partners to agree the next steps flowing from the termination and will make no further comment on this matter while discussions are ongoing.

“The club will endeavour to communicate further with its supporters and customers for Rangers kit and other Rangers products as soon as it is in a position to do so.”

Chairman Dave King has repeatedly tried to renegotiate the deals, which were struck with Ashley during the Charles Green era at Ibrox, but he has been unable to reach a compromise agreement with the billionaire businessman.

As tensions have escalated, supporters have staged a series of protests at Ibrox and Sports Direct shops in a bid to highlight the deal that sees Rangers receive around 4p from every pound spent on official merchandise.

Many fans had hoped that they would be able to end their boycott of the Rangers Megastore ahead of the new campaign and purchase replica kit and other memorabilia this summer.

Defender Clint Hill was pictured with the new blue home shirt when he was unveiled on Friday afternoon, while Warburton’s side had fresh Puma training gear with the logo of sponsors 32Red on the front at Murray Park on Saturday.

On Monday, captain Lee Wallace wore the chequered design home kit as his new Ibrox deal was announced by the club.