The manager chosen was, Formation, early years and William Wilton, Ibrox disaster, European success and Jock Wallace, Graeme Souness, Walter Smith and 9-in-a-row, Dick Advocaat, Alex McLeish and Paul Le Guen, Warburton, Premiership return, Caixinha and Murty. The stadium was inaugurated on 30 December 1899, and Rangers defeated Hearts 3–1 in the first match held there. Playing in the Scottish Championship in season 2014–15 provided Rangers with a more difficult challenge, with the club losing home and away to both Hibernian[108][109] and Hearts[110][111] and also losing away to Queen of the South[112] in the first half of the season. Football: Greig is voted greatest ever Ranger! Rangers became the first British side to reach a UEFA-sanctioned European final in 1961. [200] From the early 20th century onwards, Catholics were not knowingly signed by the club, nor employed in other prominent roles as an 'unwritten rule'. The praise has been piled on Steven Gerrard and Ibrox Sporting Director Ross Wilson by transfer boffin Michael Bridge. Rangers Football Club team news on Sky Sports - See fixtures, live scores, results, stats, video, photos and more Jack Wilshere in Rangers transfer admission as he concedes Steven Gerrard link-up wasn't in the works. Worn 1873–1879, A change kit featuring a white top. Choices were limited to post World War II era players only. Caixinha's first full season started with Rangers suffering one of the worst results in their history. Captain John Greig received the trophy in a small room within the Nou Camp following pitch invasions by Rangers fans reacting to the heavy handed tactics of the Spanish police, the majority of whom had been brought in from outwith Catalonia. 3 talking points as Rangers hammer Ross County to emphatically restore 23 point Celtic gap. [227], On 27 May 1899, Rangers Football Club incorporated, forming The Rangers Football Club Ltd.[91] No single shareholding exceeded 50% until 1985 when the Lawrence Group increased its shareholding in Rangers to a 52% majority, following a deal with then club vice-chairman Jack Gillespie. The Finland cap didn't make the breakthrough during his time with the Gunners but has been a standout at Ibrox this season. Rangers beat Celtic in pivotal Old Firm derby to close in on title. Transfer news LIVE as Rangers and Celtic plus Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs make signings. After winning 1–0 at Ibrox, Rangers lost 2–0 to Luxembourg minnows Progrès Niederkorn, resulting in Rangers being knocked out 2–1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round of the 2017–18 Europa League. The Ibrox manager insists his team can't be complacent when they take on Ross County this weekend after a superb result for the Staggies against Aberdeen. However this attendance was unofficially exceeded prior to this match in Brazil. Gerrard is more likely to make a January move for Nigerian midfielder Ofoborh as there is less urgency for defensive cover - and Bournemouth have named their price. Season 1992–93 was notable for a domestic treble of trophies, as well an extended run in the inaugural UEFA Champions League, the club at one stage only one goal from securing a place in the final. Lambert understands some of the stick that has come his old partner's but doesn't believe it would be replicated across the city. Nnamdi Ofoborh and Jack Simpson agree Rangers pre-contracts but Steven Gerrard wants Bournemouth pair at Ibrox this month. [80] Rangers also successfully defended the Scottish Cup, defeating Falkirk 1–0 in the final. Rangers also failed to beat Alloa either home or away in the league before losing 3–2 to Alloa in the semi-final of the Scottish Challenge Cup. In 2003, a Scottish television documentary series filmed by BBC Scotland, Blue Heaven, followed aspiring young footballers at Rangers as they tried to forge a career in football. [153], Since 1978 when Rangers signed a deal with Umbro they have had a specific kit manufacturer and since 1984 have had a kit sponsor. Glen Kamara reveals striker ambitions as Rangers schemer points to Thierry Henry influence. [2] The fourth-oldest football club in Scotland, Rangers was founded by four teenage boys as they walked through West End Park (now Kelvingrove Park) in March 1872 where they discussed the idea of forming a football club, and played its first match against the now defunct Callander at the Fleshers' Haugh area of Glasgow Green in May of the same year. [74] The club reached the final, defeating Panathinaikos, Werder Bremen, Sporting Lisbon and Fiorentina along the way. The club has also adopted the anthem of "The Best" written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight for when Rangers and the opposition team exit the tunnel prior to kick off. [137] Aberdeen knocked Rangers out of a cup for the second time in the season after securing a 2–0 victory in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox on 12 March 2019. Apart from being defeated 2–1 by Forfar Athletic in the first round of the League Cup on 3 August, season 2013–14 got off to an excellent start with Rangers winning maximum league points in their first 15 games in League One, before being held to a draw at home by Stranraer on Boxing Day 2013. [30], Scot Symon continued Struth's success, winning six league championships, five Scottish Cups and four League Cups, becoming the second manager to win the domestic treble in 1963–64 season, the era of 'Slim' Jim Baxter, one of the club's greatest players. Supporters group Club 1872 are the second-largest shareholder of the club. Address: Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow, G51 2XD Contact info: 0871 702 1972 Ticket info: Click here To Be Filled rangers.co.uk @RangersFC The colours used in the third kits have included combinations of white, red, dark and light blue as well as black. [152] Orange and blue change strips, first seen in 1993–94,[152] worn once in 2002–03 and reintroduced in 2018–19, have courted controversy because the colours were seen as referencing the Orange Order. The 58-year-old believes the mental battle moving forward could be as big as what happens on the pitch ahead of next season. [209][n 2] William Gaillard, UEFA's Director of Communications, commended the SFA and Scottish clubs, including Rangers, for their actions in fighting discrimination. [223] In February 2015, following sectarian singing from Rangers fans at a match at Raith Rovers, the SPFL came in for criticism for their failure or inability to deal with the issue. 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Graeme Souness is the only player-manager during Rangers' history. [123] After that disappointing start to the season the form did not improve, with notable results including a 2–0 reverse to Celtic at home in the league[124] and defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup semi-final by the same scoreline. The Portuguese manager's reign was described as "a desperate mess from start to finish". Steven Gerrard's Rangers press conference in full as boss identifies Scottish football 'shockwave'. Want the latest Rangers FC news sent straight to your inbox? In November 1988, head of the Lawrence Group Lawrence Marlborough sold out to David Murray for £6 million. 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[81], The 2009–10 season saw Rangers reach their fifth consecutive domestic final: against St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup, the club overcame a two-men deficit from red cards, a late deciding goal from Kenny Miller securing the victory. [70] However, amid claims of disharmony between the manager and captain Barry Ferguson,[71] it was announced on 4 January 2007 that Le Guen had left Rangers by mutual consent. [31][32] Rangers also lost by their biggest Old Firm margin of 7–1. [261] The club has been a firm supporter of Erskine, a charity which provides long-term medical care for veterans of the British Armed Forces, and in 2012, donated £25,000 to fund projects within their care homes. [205] Johnston was the first high-profile Catholic to sign for the club since the World War I era, though other Catholics had signed for Rangers before. Despite investment in the team, including Tore Andre Flo for a club-record £12 million,[50] European success beyond the Champions League group stages again proved elusive. The pundit believes his former rivals are about to undertake a complete overhaul of their current playing squad. The Rangers Football Club Limited. Rangers Football Club - get the latest news, fixtures, results, match reports, videos, photos, squad and player stats on Sky Sports Football Steven Gerrard's side look to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership against the resurgent Staggies. When the vote was launched it was feared that younger voters would ignore the great service of many of the pre-war stars (notably the most successful captain and most successful manager the club has ever had, Davie Meiklejohn and Bill Struth respectively). [83] A third consecutive title was won by beating Kilmarnock 5–1 on the last day of the season, Smith's final match in charge of the club. [143] However a slump in form thereafter, including losing to Hearts in the Scottish Cup and Hamilton in the league within 5 days, left Rangers 13 points adrift of Celtic a week into March. [97], At the end of 2012, Rangers International Football Club plc became the holding company for the group, having acquired The Rangers Football Club Ltd on the basis of a one for one share exchange. Rafa Benitez is the wrong choice for Celtic because only a young and hungry boss can stop rampant Rangers - Hotline. While in the Scottish lower divisions, Rangers became the only club in Scotland to have won every domestic trophy. The following season Rangers contested the UEFA Cup after dropping into the competition from the Champions League. Check out the fantastic deals from the Rangers football club including Rangers football kits from Rangers Direct. Friday, 30 June 2017, 09:00 THE new season is underway at the Light Blues and you can subscribe for exclusive access to your club from just £5 a month. is owned and operated by The Rangers Football Club Limited ("TRFCL"), which, in turn, is a subsidiary of the holding company Rangers International Football Club Plc ("RIFC"). With most key Rangers players having refused to transfer to the new company, a very different Rangers team lined up for the first league match in Third Division though it secured a comfortable 5–1 victory over East Stirlingshire in front of a crowd of 49,118, a world record for a football match in a fourth tier league. Lion rampant club crest 1991–2020. The league championship was won with a 3–0 victory at Celtic Park on 2 May 1999. [40] In 1974–75, Wallace led Rangers to their first League championship triumph in 11 years, before winning the treble the following season, repeating the historic feat in 1977–78.[41]. [62][63], Despite beginning as favourites to retain the championship, Rangers suffered an unprecedented run of poor results between September and November, a club-record run of ten games without a win. [231][232] In April the administrators estimated that the club's total debts could top £134m which was largely dependent on the outcome of a First Tier Tax Tribunal concerning a disputed tax bill in relation to an Employee Benefit Trust ("EBT") scheme employed by the club since 2001. after both clubs ended the season on 29 points. Worn 1921–1957, The royal blue shirt and red socks with white tops. [243][244], On 14 June 2012, hours after the CVA's rejection, Sevco Scotland Ltd, a new company formed by Charles Green's consortium for this eventuality,[245] completed the purchase of the business and assets of The Rangers Football Club Plc[246][247] and then, on 18 June 2012, formally applied to acquire the SPL share of The Rangers Football Club plc. The 1890–91 season saw the inception of the Scottish Football League, and Rangers, by then playing at the first Ibrox Stadium, were one of ten original members. The following day, the club signed Ryan Kent from Liverpool for £7m,[139] though the winger suffered a hamstring injury in his first appearance on 14 September 2019. [258][259], Through its support of the Rangers Charity Foundation, the club has helped a number of charities with support and financial donations. The destination of the trophy changed unexpectedly, with Celtic conceding late goals to Motherwell at Fir Park whilst Rangers led against Hibernian, requiring the helicopter carrying the SPL trophy to change direction and deliver the prize to the Easter Road ground in Leith. [15] The club was accepted as an associate member of the Scottish Football League and placed in the fourth tier of the Scottish football league system in time for the start of the following season. Although not its official name, it is often referred to as Glasgow Rangers. Every year from the 1988–89 season until the 1996–97 season, Rangers won the league title. [257], The Rangers Charity Foundation was created in 2002 and participates in a wide range of charitable work, regularly involving Rangers staff and star players. In October 2015, the club launched its Ready2Succeed programme which was a ten-week course designed to develop participants confidence and employability skills by engaging with football and fitness. Rangers Fc. [36], In 1972, Rangers emerged from the tragedy of the previous year to finally achieve success on the European stage. [28][29] Under Struth's reign Rangers managed to set a new record of becoming the first club in Britain and second club in Europe after MTK Budapest to win nine consecutive league championships in a row from the 1938–39 season until the 1946–47 season. Rangers transfer business hailed by Sky Sports guru as he gives giddy 'nobody is laughing now' verdict. [75] The final in Manchester against Zenit St. Petersburg, who were managed by former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat,[76] ended in a 2–0 defeat. The training centre was the first purpose-built facility of its kind in Scotland, and incorporates features including nine football pitches, a gym, a hydrotherapy pool, and a video-editing suite. All the latest rumours, confirmed targets and done deals from Scotland and beyond as clubs make their moves. [270], The club featured on BBC Scotland comedy Scotch and Wry in 1979 in a scene where Manager (Rikki Fulton) and Chief Scout (Gregor Fisher) unknowingly sign a young Catholic footballer (Gerard Kelly) but then try to void his contract to avoid publicly breaking the club's "No Catholic" signing policy after finding out. John Greig served as manager for five years but was unable to achieve the success as a manager that he had as a player. Rangers live score (and video online live stream*), team roster with season schedule and results. [43], Rangers' ninth consecutive championship title was secured at Tannadice Park on 7 May 1997, with a single-goal victory over Dundee United. Rangers dominated wartime football but should their titles be recognised in the record books? After a successful end to the season in 2003, which delivered Rangers a Domestic Treble and their 50th league title; five stars were added to the top of the scroll crest, one for every ten titles won by the club. Both crests have undergone minor variations since their introduction. However, for the majority of the first forty-eight years of Rangers existence the club played in a plain lighter blue home shirt. The way the scroll crest has appeared on the club shirt has varied slightly through the years. Kris Boyd predicts Celtic transfer tailspin as Rangers icon reckons only one player is 'absolutely guaranteed' to stay. Rangers original change strip, used between 1876 and 1879, was all white featuring blue and white hooped socks and a light blue six pointed star on the chest. The midfielder has become an Ibrox mainstay with his composed showings in the middle of the park but he's changed position over the years. Rangers' first-ever Scottish Cup win came in 1894 after a 3–1 final victory over rivals Celtic. [250][251] Agreement was reached on the transfer with the new company accepting a number of conditions relating to the old company. [132], On 4 May 2018, former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard was confirmed as the new manager of Rangers on a four-year contract. Rangers scores, results and fixtures on BBC Sport, including live football scores, goals and goal scorers. Tactical mastermind Benitez has emerged as the bookies favourite for the Hoops' hot seat after leaving his role in China. [234][235] An Upper Tribunal upheld the decision in 2014. [147], Unusually for a football club, Rangers have two different official crests. Lion rampant club crest 1959–1968. The first was Fleshers' Haugh, situated on Glasgow Green, followed by Burnbank Park in the Kelvinbridge area of the city, and then Kinning Park for ten years from the mid-1870s to the mid-1880s. [208], Rangers partnered with Celtic to form the Old Firm Alliance, an initiative aimed at educating children from across Glasgow about issues like healthy eating and fitness, as well as awareness of anti-social behaviour, sectarianism and racism. Jim White predicts Rangers and Celtic transfer rush as he points to Kieran Tierney game changer. The lion rampant club crest was modernised in 1968; the lion rampant, team name, club motto and old style football all remained. The latter company, RIFC, also owns other corporations related to Rangers including Rangers Retail Ltd, Rangers Media Ltd and Garrion Security Services Ltd who are responsible for providing match day security at Ibrox Stadium. Rangers were formed by four founders – brothers Moses McNeil and Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell and William McBeath – who met at West End Park (now known as Kelvingrove Park) in March 1872. Progrès had never before won a tie and had only ever scored once before in European competition. [90], On 1 June 2012, after four months in administration, a failure to reach a CVA agreement with creditors led to The Rangers Football Club plc (since renamed RFC 2012 plc)[91] entering the process of liquidation. One of Hong Kong's most popular football clubs Hong Kong Rangers F.C. [120] After a poor first half of the 2016–17 season, Mark Warburton and David Weir left Rangers on 10 February 2017, and Graeme Murty was placed in caretaker control of the Rangers first team. Worn 1883–1888 and 1896–1904, The royal blue shirt with white collar and black socks with red tops. [268], In 2008, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay returned to Rangers, the club he played for as a youth, to teach them how to cook in Series 4, Episode 12 of The F Word. [193] Then, the following season, Aberdeen's John McMaster had to be given the kiss of life at Ibrox after a vicious stamp on his throat. [201][202][203][204], In 1989, Rangers signed Mo Johnston, "their first major Roman Catholic signing". [150][151], The club colours of Rangers F.C. In his first season in charge – the club's centenary – Rangers won the Scottish Cup at Hampden in front of 122,714 supporters. This nine-in-a-row achievement equalled Celtic's record, set prior to the forming of the Scottish Football League Premier Division, subsequent to which competing teams met four times a season. [45] It was completed in 2001 at a cost of £14 million. Rangers were awarded associate membership and placed in the lowest division, the Third, rather than the First Division as the SPL and SFA had sought. Visit the post for more. [193] Relations between fans were further soured during a league match on 8 October 1988, when Aberdeen player Neil Simpson's tackle on Rangers' Ian Durrant resulted in Durrant being injured for two years. [44], In 1998, Dutchman Dick Advocaat became the club's first foreign manager. [271][272], Rangers have appeared in theatre a number of times in shows such as Follow Follow: The Rangers Story at the King's Theatre in 1994 starring Scottish actors Barbara Rafferty, Alexander Morton, Jonathan Watson, Iain Robertson, Ronnie Letham and Stuart Bowman; Singin' I'm No A Billy He's A Tim at the Pavilion Theatre in 2009;[273][274] Divided City at the Citizens Theatre in 2011; and, more recently, Billy and Tim and the Wee Glesga Ghost in 2015, and Rally Roon the Rangers in 2019, both at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. It was again updated slightly in the early 1990s and then once more in 2020 to the current version. Rangers have had three foreign managers during their history; Dick Advocaat (1 June 1998 to 12 December 2001),[45][52] Paul Le Guen (9 May 2006 to 4 January 2007) and Pedro Caixinha (11 March 2017 to 26 October 2017). The club has claimed a host of trophies, including a world record 54 league titles and appeared in four European finals, winning the Cup Winners' … When the ballot was launched Donald Findlay stated it would be limited to post Second World War players because "few can recall players of these earlier eras":[314], As of 1 June 2020, 33 players and managers to have been involved with Rangers in their careers have entered the Scottish Football Hall of Fame:[315], The Scottish FA International Roll of Honour recognises players who have gained 50 or more international caps for Scotland. [17][27] During the wartime regional league setup, Rangers achieved their highest score against Celtic with an 8–1 win in the Southern Football League. In 2008, the club became the first Scottish side to be selected as a partner club of UNICEF.