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7 Of The Best Players To Ever Play For Rangers

Podcast Blog Post 9

 

7: Andy Goram

Goram had spells with several sides, but he is best remembered for his time spent at Rangers in the '90s.

The Scotland international earned the moniker "The Goalie" and was recently voted as the team's greatest ever goalkeeper, despite stiff competition from his successor Stefan Klos.

The Bury-born shot-stopper played 185 times for the Teddy Bears, and he also went on to have a brief spell at Manchester United.

6: Sandie Jardine

After 674 appearances and having a stand named in his honour, Sandy Jardine was guaranteed to be highly placed in our list of greatest Rangers players.

In his first senior season with the Gers, he started in the Cup Winners' Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich, but for four years, that proved to be his biggest achievement as Rangers finished second in the league during four successive campaigns.

However, upon his switch to right-back, Rangers started to enjoy more success, picking up the League Cup in 1971 and the Cup Winners' Cup a year later as he netted a goal against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals before helping his side beat Dynamo Moscow in the final. The Scottish Cup followed in 1973 before Rangers finally got their hands back on the league title in 1974-75, with Jardine featuring in each of the 34 fixtures that season.

He would also be rewarded for his performances with the SFWA Footballer of the Year accolade. At the start of the following season, his streak of 171 consecutive appearances would come to an end but he would help Rangers win the domestic treble that year, before repeating the feat two seasons later.

5: Barry Ferguson

Barry will be remembered as a Rangers legend for the two spells he had in Scotland.

His first, between 1997 and 2003, saw the young Scot win plaudits from critics, supporters and players alike, and he was named the captain of the side at just the tender age of 22. He also won the Writers' Player of the Year Award twice in three years.

However, after a disappointing spell away at Blackburn Rovers, Ferguson returned in 2006 for another three-year stint and, all-in-all made more than 300 appearances for Rangers.

Ferguson has also made 82 appearances in European competitions, all for Rangers, which makes him the record European appearance holder at the club.

4: Richard Gough

Ally McCoist receives the most credit for Rangers' nine successive league titles, but the Glasgow giants also needed an influential leader at the back.

Rangers only finished third during Gough's first campaign, but from then onwards, it was one-way traffic in Scotland as Rangers won every league title between 1989 and 1997. Ally McCoist and co were doing the business in the final third, but at the back, Gough was part of a defence who were conceding considerably less than a goal per game over the nine-year period.

From an individual perspective, Gough made at least 36 appearances in all competitions each season, regularly weighing in with goals delivered from set pieces. During his two spells with Rangers - the second coming four months after he left in the summer of 1997 - he played 318 times in the league, scoring 25 goals. He featured a further 106 times in all competitions.

Gough couldn't help Rangers to a 10th successive title in 1997/98, but it took away nothing from his standing at Ibrox. He won nine league crowns and nine-cup competitions in Glasgow and has deservedly been inducted into both the Rangers and Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

3: Davie Cooper

Dutch footballing legend Ruud Gullit once named Davie Cooper the greatest player he had ever played against and named him in his Greatest XI in Four Four Two magazine.

The Scottish left-winger played 377 times for Rangers in the 12 years he was in Glasgow, and his goal against Celtic in the 1979 Dryburgh Cup Final is regarded by some as the greatest goal of all time. 

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith said of the flying winger: "God gave Davie Cooper a talent. He would not be disappointed with how it was used." 

2: John Greig

In 1999, the club’s supporters voted Rangers player John Greig as the greatest ever, but he only comes in second place on our list, despite a decorated 17-year career at Ibrox. 

Not only did Greig establish himself in three different positions for the Glasgow giants - in attack, midfield and at left-back - he proceeded to make a record amount of appearances for the club, playing 755 times in all competitions - 81 more than second-place Sandy Jardine. He played 498 of those games in the league, a competition, which he won five times as the club, lost their grip on top spot in the First Division before reclaiming it in the years before Greig's retirement.

From an individual perspective, Greig won two SFWA Footballer of the Year awards but the former Scotland skipper wasn't a player who revelled in personal accolades. He was a leader both on and off the pitch and his qualities have been recognised with a statue that has been built at Ibrox.

1: Ally McCoist

In boxing terms, there seems little doubt that Ali was the greatest.

As far as goal scoring goes for Rangers it is Ally.

In 15 glorious years as a Light Blue, McCoist smashed all of the striking records to set a standard which, given the frequent movement of players these days, which will never be bettered.

He holds the Rangers record for league and European goals. He was the first Scottish player to win the Golden Boot, then promptly retained it, and he was the club’s leading scorer in nine of his 15 seasons.

His predatory power was simply awesome and he added to the spectacle of it all with his effervescent personality and natural wit, which has stood him in good stead in his current television career.

McCoist scored no fewer than 28 hat-tricks for Rangers. His highest number of hat-tricks in a season was five which he achieved twice. His best individual haul in a match was netting all four goals against Falkirk in October 1992.

He is second in the list of Rangers scorers in Old Firm games with a total of 27. And, he is The Football Hours greatest Rangers player.