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Rangers FC

Published: Wednesday 16 June 2010, 16.42CET
Club profile
Rangers FC
Graeme Souness and Ally McCoist pictured in 1990 ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 16 June 2010, 16.42CET

Rangers FC

Club profile

Formed: 1873
The Gers, Teddy Bears, Light Blues

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): (1961), (1967), 1972
• UEFA Cup: (2008)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 53 (2010)
• Scottish Cup: 33 (2009)

• Founded by brothers Moses and Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell and William McBeath, Rangers shared their first championship with Dumbarton FC in 1890/91 then beat Celtic FC 3-1 to win their first Scottish Cup in 1894, clinching their first title outright by winning every game of the 1898/99 campaign.

• William Struth's 34 years as manager from 1920 onwards ushered in the club's first golden era; Rangers won 18 league championships, ten Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups under Struth, including Scotland's first domestic treble in the 1948/49 season.

• In 1961, Rangers became the first British club to reach the final of a UEFA competition when they got to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final only to lose 4-1 on aggregate to ACF Fiorentina; they lost 1-0 to FC Bayern München in the final of the same competition six years later before finally lifting the trophy in 1972 when beating FC Dinamo Moskva 3-2 at the Camp Nou.

• The appointment of former Liverpool FC midfielder Graeme Souness as manager in April 1986 preceded the arrivals of top English stars like Terry Butcher, Chris Woods, Trevor Steven and Ray Wilkins at Ibrox; Souness won five consecutive titles before returning to Liverpool, leaving his former assistant Walter Smith to lead Rangers to a further four, equalling Celtic's nine-in-a-row under Jock Stein in the 1960s and 1970s.

• Dutch coach Dick Advocaat oversaw another lively period, with the likes of Artur Numan, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Tore André Flo among the big names in his sides, but the club's long-desired success in Europe did not come until Smith returned in January 2007, leading them to the 2007/08 UEFA Cup final where they lost 2-0 against Advocaat's FC Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester.

Club records
Most appearances: John Greig (755)
Most goals: Ally McCoist (355)
Record victory: Rangers 13-0 Possilpark FC (Scottish Cup, 6 Oct 1877)
Record defeat: Rangers 2-10 Airdrieonians FC (First Division, 6 Feb 1886)

* Last updated 31 December 2010

Last updated: 26/01/11 15.27CET

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