On this day

On this day – May 31st

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 5 W: 2 D: 0 L 3

GD: -3 F: 4 A: 7

Win %: 40.00%

Average Goals Scored P/M: 0.80, Conceded: 1.40

 

1890: Rangers are beaten 5-0 in a Friendly by Hearts.

1919: Rangers lift the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup with a 2-1 Final win over Queen’s Park. James Bowie equalised for the Gers before David Brown netted the winner.

1930: Rangers continue their North American Tour with a 5-2 win over Car Steel thanks to a Jimmy Smith hat-trick and goals from George Brown and Bob McPhail. This match was played in Montreal, Quebec.

1933: Rangers are beaten 2-1 by a Munich DFB Select as the Gers complete their German Tour. For the first time ever, Rangers were defeated abroad. Bob McPhail was on the scoresheet for the Light Blues. The Ibrox side had won all 4 of the previous matches with Jimmy Smith finishing as top goalscorers with 8 goals in the 4 games in which he participated. From here, Rangers would move on to Vienna for a Friendly with Rapid, who had visited Ibrox in January and left with a 3-3 draw.

1941: Once again, Rangers secure a Glasgow Charity Cup, courtesy of a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Final. 2 goals from Torry Gillick and 1 from Alex Venters saw the Cup heading to Ibrox but the main attraction for the 25,000 Hampden Crowd (Attendances were restricted due to risk of German Air-Raids) was football legend Stanley Matthews turning out as a guest for Rangers.

1967: Rangers’ 2nd European Final ends in disappointment as Franz Roth scored the Extra-Time winner for Bayern Munich in the Final of the Cup Winners’ Cup Final. The 1-0 loss was agonising for Rangers and one must wonder what would have happened if Rangers hadn’t acted so rashly following the Berwick defeat in January when George McLean and Jim Forrest were blamed entirely for the loss and both effectively sacked. Roger Hynd, a defender, was fielded as a Forward and squandered a good chance and had a goal disallowed (some say wrongly) for offside.

1979: Rangers wrap up their League fixtures with a 2-1 loss to Hibs. Billy Urquhart got the goal for the Gers who had beaten the Edinburgh men just 3 days earlier in the Scottish Cup Final 2nd Replay. A defeat at Parkhead saw Rangers narrowly miss out on back-to-back Trebles as the Light Blues finished 3 points behind Celtic in the League. John Greig’s first season in-charge ends with the League and Scottish Cups in the Ibrox Trophy Cabinet.

1984: Rangers beat Australia ‘B’ – President’s XI 2-1 in the 2nd match of the World Soccer Series. Sandy Clark equalised for the Light Blues before Iain Ferguson grabbed the winner on the 73rd minute.

1988: The contracts of Avi Cohen and Trevor Francis expire and move on to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Queens Park Rangers, respectively.

1989: Davie Cooper’s time at Rangers comes to an end as he secures a move to Motherwell for a fee of £50k. Mel Sterland also departs for Leeds in a £600k deal.

1996: Alexei Mikhailichenko enjoys his last day as a professional footballer before his official retirement upon his Contract expiry on June 1st. Colin Scott also leaves, and later secures a deal with Hamilton.

1997: The contracts of Mark Hateley, Richard Gough, Andy Dibble, Trevor Steven and John Brown all come to an end. Hateley and Dibble head South in deals with Hull and Sheffield Utd respectively, whilst Richard Gough was headed for the States, signing for the Kansas City Wizards. Steven and Brown call time on their playing careers. Greg Shields is also released and joins Dunfermline.

1998: Ally McCoist, Andy Goram, Stuart McCall, Richard Gough and Alan McLaren all enjoy their last day as Rangers players. With Contracts expiring the next day, McCoist moves to Kilmarnock, Goram to Motherwell, McCall (and Stephen Wright) heads South for Bradford and McLaren retires. Gough was once again bound for the USA, this time joining San Jose Earthquakes.

2003: Rangers complete another Domestic Treble as they beat Dundee 1-0 in the Scottish Cup Final. Lorenzo Amoruso, playing in his last game for the Light Blues, scored the winner on the 66th minute.

2005: Bojan Djordjic signs for Plymouth on a Free Transfer from Rangers.

2015: Rangers are defeated 3-0 by Motherwell in the 2nd Leg of their SPFL Premiership play-off. The Gers had Bilel Mohnsi sent-off after the final whistle following a 6-1 loss on aggregate.

2017: Rangers sign Euro 2016 winner Bruno Alves on a Free Transfer from Cagliari, on a 2-year deal.

 

Birthdays

1874: John Walker – (Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire). Rangers: 1902-1906 (Forward). Apps: 92, Goals: 35, Honours: 1 Scottish League Title, 1 Scottish Cup, 1 Glasgow Charity Cup. International Caps: 5 (Scotland).

1935: Harry Melrose – (Edinburgh). Rangers: 1956-1958 (Midfielder). Apps: 1, Goals: 2.

1964: Billy Davies – (Glasgow). Rangers: 1981-1984 (Midfielder). Apps: 26, Goals: 2.

1972: Antti Niemi – (Oulu, Finland). Rangers: 1997-1999 (Goalkeeper). Apps: 22, Honours: 1 Scottish League Cup. International Caps: 67 (Finland).

 

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On this day

On this day – May 30th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 2 W: 2 D: 0 L: 0

GD: +7 F: 8 A: 1

Win %: 100.00%

Average Goals Scored: 4.00, Conceded: 0.50

 

1891: Rangers beat the 5th King’s Rifle Volunteers 4-2 in a Friendly. Sadly, the goalscorers are not recorded.

1911: 5 goals from Willie Reid and 1 from James Galt earns Rangers a 6-0 win against a Christina Select, in the 2nd match of their Scandinavian Tour.

1923: Rangers defeat Le Coqs 6-1 in Paris as part of their tour of France and Switzerland. 2 goals each from Andy Cunningham and Geordie Henderson and 1 from Sandy Archibald and Carl Hansen saw the Light Blues ease to victory.

1928: Rangers kick off their North American Tour with an 8-1 drubbing of a National League Select in Philadelphia. Bob McPhail netted a hat-trick with Jimmy Fleming, Tully Craig, Alan Morton, Andy Cunningham and Jock Buchanan all scoring once each.

1930: Rangers continue their tour of North America with a 3-2 win over Fall River in Massachusetts. George Brown and Davie Meiklejohn had the Gers 2 up inside half an hour but a winner from Jimmy Smith was required 8 minutes from the end to maintain Rangers’ winning run.

1938: Rangers are beaten 2-0 by Everton in the Empire Exhibition Cup 1st Round. The Ibrox side were forced to play the last half hour with 10 men, by this time the Toffees were 2 ahead, when ‘keeper Jerry Dawson was forced off with injury. Jimmy Simpson took over in goals. This Competition, held at Ibrox Park, was part of the Empire Exhibition that was being hosted at the nearby Bellahouston Park. Along with the Light Blues, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts represented Scotland with Everton, Sunderland, Brentford and Chelsea all travelling up from England for the occasion. The Trophy, a silver replica of the Tait Tower, was eventually won by Celtic who defeated the Toffees in the Final. The Exhibition itself was a huge success, attracting around 12 million visitors in total between May and December. It marked 50 years since Glasgow hosted the great International Exhibition and was opened at Ibrox Park by King George VI.

1942: Rangers thump Hamilton 7-1 in the 1st Leg of their Summer Cup 1st Round Tie thanks to goals from Willie McIntosh (3), Willie Waddell (2), Jimmy Duncanson and Charlie Johnston. The 2nd Leg at Ibrox would surely be a formality.

1976: Rangers round off their North American Tour with a 2-1 win over Toronto M-C. A goal each from Martin Henderson and Alex Miller ensured that the Gers ended the trip undefeated with 3 wins and 2 draws.

2009: Rangers once again win the Scottish Cup, this time with a 1-0 win over Falkirk in the Final. Nacho Novo scored the all-important goal, just after the half-time break.

2013: Walter Smith becomes the 20th Chairman of Rangers Football Club. He replaces Malcolm Murray who agrees to step down.

 

Birthdays

1980: Steven Gerrard – (Whiston, Merseyside, England). Rangers Manager: 2018-present.

On this day

On this day – May 29th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 3 W: 3 D: 0 L: 0

GD: +4 F: 5 A: 1

Win %: 100.00%

Average Goals Scored P/M: 1.67, Conceded: 0.33

 

1907: Rangers defeat St Mirren 2-0 in a benefit match for Stevenson Sick Nursing Association. Sadly, the goalscorers remain unknown.

1940: Rangers win the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup 7-2 on Corner Kicks after a 1-1 draw in the Final with Clyde. Alex Venters was on target for the Light Blues.

1943: Alex Venters scores twice to give Rangers a 2-0 win over Hearts in the 1st Leg of the Summer Cup 1st Round.

1954: A Billy Simpson double and a goal from Johnny Hubbard sees Rangers continue their North American Tour with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver All-Stars.

1975: Rangers beat a British-Columbia Select 4-0 in a Friendly. 2 Graham Fyfe goals and 1 each from Alex MacDonald and Bobby McKean hands Rangers the win. The Gers had 2 weeks previously played in Norway and would be beginning a Tour of New Zealand in just 3 days before moving on to Australia.

1993: Rangers secure the Treble at Parkhead! Neil Murray and Mark Hateley score in the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Aberdeen.

1997: Rangers complete the signing of Lorenzo Amoruso from Fiorentina for £5 million. On the same day, the Gers also sealed the signature of Stale Stensaas from Rosenborg for £1.5 million.

1999: Another Treble is in the bag for Rangers as Rod Wallace scores the only goal on 48 minutes in a 1-0 Scottish Cup Final win over Celtic.

2008: Filip Sebo moves from Rangers to Valenciennes permanently for £1 million.

2015: Rangers are beaten 3-1 at home by Motherwell in the 1st Leg of the SPFL Premiership Play-Off Final. Darren McGregor pulled a goal back for the Ibrox Club.

 

Birthdays

1879: Billy Hogg – (Sunderland, England). Rangers: 1909-1913 (Forward), Apps: 126, Goals: 52, Honours: 3 Scottish League Titles, 3 Glasgow Cups and 1 Glasgow Charity Cup. International Caps: 3 (England).

On this day

On this day – May 28th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 4 W: 2 D: 0 L: 2

GD: +1 F: 11 A: 10

Win %: 50.00%

Average Goals Scored P/M: 2.75, Conceded: 2.50

 

1877: A month after their first Scottish Cup Final, Rangers are beaten 4-0 by Queen’s Park in the Final of the Glasgow Charity Cup.

1888: Rangers are beaten 5-2 in a Friendly by Celtic in the first ever meeting between the 2 sides. Soutar netted both goals for the Gers.

1891: Rangers play Glasgow Warehousemen in a Friendly. Sadly, no further details of this match are known.

1892: Rangers hammer Queen’s Park 7-1 in the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup Semi-Final. Goals from Peter Turnbull (2), Tommy McInnes (2), Frank Watt, John McPherson and Davy Mitchell set-up a Final clash with Celtic.

1896: The goalscorers remain unknown from Rangers’ 4-1 Friendly victory over Royal Albert.

1911: Rangers begin their Tour of Scandinavia with a 12-0 thrashing of a Grengland Select. Willie Reid and Joe Hendry both scored hat-tricks with Jimmy Gordon scoring twice and Billy Hogg, Alex Bennett, James Galt and George Waddell all grabbing 1 each.

1933: A Jimmy Smith hat-trick earns Rangers a 3-2 win over a Dresden DFB Select XI, as part of their tour of Germany.

1969: Jim Baxter returns to Rangers following spells at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest. His 2nd stint at the Club would be far less successful than his first, and would be released just a year later.

1979: 2 goals from Derek Johnstone and a Duncan OG in Extra-Time sees Rangers lift another Scottish Cup with a 3-2 win over Hibs in the Final Replayed for a 2nd time. Alex Miler had missed the chance to seal the win with a penalty in the first half of Extra-Time.

2013: Rangers agree to sign Nicky Clark on a Bosman from Queen of the South.

2015: Darren McGregor pulls a goal back as Rangers are beaten 3-1 by Motherwell at Ibrox in the 1st Leg of their SPFL Premiership Play-Off Final.

 

Birthdays

1973: Lionel Letizi – (Nice, France). Rangers: 2006-2007. Apps: 8. International Caps: 4 (France).

On this day

On this day – May 27th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 5 W: 1 D: 1 L: 3

GD: -4 F: 7 A: 11

Win %: 20.00%

Average Goals Scored P/M: 1.40, Conceded: 2.20

 

1893: Rangers suffer a 5-0 defeat to Celtic in the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup Final.

1899: A Neilly Gibson OG helps Celtic to a 2-0 Final win over Rangers in the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup.

1923: Rangers defeat Basel 3-0 as part of their Swiss and French Tour. Goals from Geordie Henderson, Andy Cunningham and Sandy Archibald saw Rangers reach the halfway point of their voyage with a 3rd win in 3 games.

1944: 2 goals from Jimmy Smith, the winner coming 5 minutes from the end, gives Rangers a 2-1 win in the Glasgow Charity Cup Final over Clyde.

1956: Rangers continue their Tour of Spain with a 1-1 draw against Valencia. Bobby Shearer scores for the Light Blues.

1961: Rangers, competing as the first British side to compete in a European Final, are beaten 2-1 by Fiorentina in the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final 2nd Leg. Alex Scott had equalised for the Gers on the hour mark but a 2-0 loss at Ibrox gave the Florence side a 4-1 aggregate win and saw the inaugural ECWC head to Italy.

1963: With the Title already secured, Rangers wrapped up their fixtures with a 2-2 draw against Aberdeen. Davy Wilson scored both goals for the Ibrox men. The point saw the Gers finish 9 clear of Willie Waddell’s Kilmarnock and 13 clear of Celtic all the way back in 4th. Due to a horrendous winter forcing what was pretty much a suspension of the League during January and February, the season had to be extended and this was actually Rangers’ 9th match in the month of May.

1968: 2 goals from John Greig and 1 from Willie Henderson handed Rangers a 3-1 win over Sydysk A, in the penultimate match of their Scandinavian Tour.

1984: Rangers kick off the World Soccer Series with a 0-0 draw against Australia ‘B’ in Melbourne. It was during this match that Bobby Williamson sustained a broken leg.

2000: Rangers lift the Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-0 Final victory over Aberdeen. Goals from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Tony Vidmar, Billy Dodds and Jorg Albertz secured the Ibrox side a League and Cup double.

 

Birthdays

1856: Tom Vallance – (Succoth Farm, Renton, West Dunbartonshire). Rangers: 1874-1882 (Defender), Apps: 47, Honours: 1 Glasgow Charity Cup. International Caps: 7 (Scotland).

1967: Paul Gascoigne – (Dunston, Gateshead, England). Rangers: 1995-1998 (Midfielder), Apps: 103, Goals: 39, Honours: 2 Scottish League Titles, 1 Scottish Cup, 1 Scottish League Cup, 1995 International Challenge Trophy. International Caps: 57 (England).

On this day

On this day – May 26th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 0 W: 0 D: 0 L: 0

GD: 0 F: 0 A: 0

Win % N/A

Average Goals Scored P/M: 0.00, Conceded: 0.00

 

1891: Rangers play the Thistle in a Friendly at Beechwood Park. Unfortunately, the scoreline is unknown.

1894: John McPherson is the only known Rangers goalscorer from their 3-2 Friendly defeat by Dundee at Carolina Port.

1900: Rangers defeat a Dumbartonshire Select 5-3 in a Benefit Match for Councillor Clarke’s Poor Children Fund. 2 goals from Johnny Campbell and 1 each from Jacky Robertson, Bobby Neil and James Tutty earned Rangers the victory.

1923: 5 Geordie Henderson goals and 1 each from Andy Cunningham and Tully Craig sees Rangers thump St Gallen 7-0 in the 2nd match of their French and Swiss Tour.

1954: Rangers continue their North American Tour with a 7-0 thrashing of Victoria thanks to goals from Billy Simpson (2), George Young, Willie Paton, John Prentice, Johnny Hubbard and Willie Thornton.

1962: Rangers players and staff receive their visas for a mystery, ground-breaking tour of the Soviet Union. 3 matches were scheduled against Lokomotiv Moscow, Dinamo Tblisi and Dinamo Kiev behind the Iron Curtain with the hosts responsible for all arrangements.

1976: Colin Stein and Martin Henderson are on target for Rangers as they draw 2-2 with Minnesota Kickers in the penultimate match of their North American Tour.

2004: Marvin Andrews joins Rangers on a Free Transfer from Livingston.

2006: Rangers sign Karl Svensson from Goteborg for £600,000.

 

Birthdays

1943: George McLean – (Paisley, Renfrewshire). Rangers: 1962-1967 (Forward), Apps: 117, Goals: 82, Honours: 1 Scottish League Title, 2 Scottish Cups. International Caps: 1 (Scotland).

1990: Mervan Celik – (Hisingen, Sweden). Rangers: 2012 (Forward), Apps: 6.

On this day

On this day – May 25th

Rangers’ record on this day – P: 5 W: 3 D: 1 L: 1

GD: +5 F: 11 A: 6

Win %: 60.00%

Average Goals Scored P/M: 2.20, Conceded: 1.20

 

1887: Rangers draw 1-1 in a Friendly with I Zingari. The Gers’ goalscorer is unknown.

1891: Rangers defeat Govan & Ibrox 4-2 in a Friendly. Unfortunately, the goalscorers remain untraced.

1895: Rangers are defeated 4-0 by Celtic in the Final of the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup.

1896: The goalscorers remain unknown as Rangers beat Falkirk 5-0 in a Friendly at Brockville.

1897: Rangers beat a select team of Internationalists 4-0 in a benefit match for John Taylor. Jim Miller (2), Tommy Hyslop and Davy Mitchell were all on target.

1930: 2 goals each from Bob McPhail and Jimmy Smith and 1 from Alan Morton sees Rangers continue their North American Tour with a narrow 5-4 win over a New York National XI.

1933: Rangers extend their winning run on their German Tour with a 5-0 thrashing of a Bochum DFB Select. Sam English and Bob McPhail scored twice each with Jimmy Fleming also on target.

1940: Rangers wrap up their Western Division fixtures with a 3-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill. Dr Adam Little equalised for Rangers before 2 goals from Ian McPherson secured a win. The first Wartime Title had already been secured and the Light Blues finished 8 points ahead of Queen of the South in 2nd and 24 ahead of Celtic all the way back in 13th position. Rangers would then play Falkirk in a play-off match between the winners of the Western and Eastern Divisions which was perhaps fitting as it was those 2 teams who were leading the Scottish League prior to its suspension after the outbreak of War.

1946: Rangers beat Falkirk 2-0 in the Victory Cup Quarter-Final Replay. Goals from Torry Gillick and Scot Symon secured Rangers’ place in the Semi-Final alongside Celtic.

1963: Rangers draw 0-0 with Dundee at Dens Park in the penultimate League fixture.

1965: Jim Baxter is transferred from Rangers to Sunderland for a reported £72,500 fee.

2003: Rangers win their 50th League Title courtesy of a final day 6-1 win over Dunfermline to pip Celtic in one of the closest Championships in history. Goals from Michael Mols, Claudio Caniggia, Shota Arveladze, Ronald de Boer, Steven Thompson and Mikel Arteta saw Rangers win the Title by 1 on goal difference.

2010: Walter Smith agrees a new 1-year deal for what he announces will be his last season as Rangers Manager.

 

Birthdays

1979: Carlos Bocanegra – (Alta Loma, California, USA). Rangers: 2011-2013 (Defender), Apps: 41, Goals: 3. International Caps: 110 (USA).