THEY are clubs equally drenched in history with a special shared heritage of players.
A long line of greats have pulled on the blue jerseys of Everton and Glasgow Rangers; from Gary Stevens, David Weir and Duncan Ferguson to Nikica Jelavic in the most recent era.
And news yesterday that the Ibrox club faces liquidation was likely to have been met with dismay by many at Goodison Park; from Glasgow native David Moyes, to fellow Scots Alan Irvine and Jimmy Lumsden.
A creditors’ deal to save the financially stricken club was rejected by HMRC on Monday, meaning Rangers will have to re-form as a new company if it is to continue football operations.
The remaining 11 Scottish Premier League clubs will then have to vote on whether to re-admit the “newco” to the league, and other issues remain unanswered about membership of the Scottish Football Association.
The new Rangers will also be hit with a three-year ban from European competition by Uefa, ensuring that this week has become a new low for supporters of the Old Firm side.
Croatian striker Jelavic admitted he was heartbroken when he found out Rangers had entered administration back in February, just a month after he departed for Goodison.
And despite being involved at Euro 2012 his thoughts will be with his former club this week as players, staff and fans come to terms with the latest set-backs.
On Sunday night Jelavic’s ability was there for all to see when he produced a trademark finish in his country’s 3-1 Group C romp over the Republic of Ireland, and even though it capped a happy six months for the 26-year-old, he has been left shocked and stunned by events at Ibrox.
“Things have been great for me since I signed for Everton but I do have a lot of sympathy for the guys at Rangers,” he said.