It’s been a tried-and-tested tactic among musicians for decades – wear an outfit that represents a beloved sports team in the area where you’re performing.
But for popular K-Pop girl group STAYC, there was a fundamental flaw in their plan to instantly ingratiate themselves with the local Texas audience.
While the intention had probably been for band members to wear official Texas Rangers baseball team attire, they instead took to the stage for their show in Dallas dressed in 1990s Glasgow Rangers shirts.
In pictures circulating online, two of the girls can be seen wearing Rangers 1996-97 home shirts at the concert on Thursday.
That season, Rangers won the Scottish Coca-Cola Cup with a nail-biting 4-3 victory at Celtic Park over Hearts, featuring famous players such as Paul Gascoigne and Ally McCoist.
Composed of Sumin, Sieun, Isa, Seeun, Yoon, and J, STAYC has been riding a wave of success following the rapid rise of their latest album, Teenfresh, on the US charts.
Their innocent mix-up in Texas during their US tour inadvertently sparked a mixture of amusement and surprise among their American and Scottish fans, winning the hearts of some supporters of the Glasgow club.
One Glasgow Rangers fan tweeted: “Rangers are the kings of K-Pop.”
Another wrote: “OK fine, I’ll buy all their albums”.
A third added: “As a Scottish person supporting [Rangers] this was not on my 2023 bingo card”.
STAYC, who marked their musical debut in 2020 with the well-received album Star to a Young Culture, have been actively touring as part of their Teenfresh World Tour, seeking to strengthen a global fan base and expand their influence beyond the Asian market.