Rangers F.C.

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Rangers
Ibrox Inside.jpg
Full nameRangers Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gers
The Light Blues
The Teddy Bears
FoundedMarch 1872; 149 years ago (1872-03)
GroundIbrox Stadium
Capacity50,817
OwnerThe Rangers Football Club Ltd[1]
Interim ChairmanDouglas Park
ManagerSteven Gerrard
LeagueScottish Premiership
2019–20Scottish Premiership, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Rangers Football Club are an association football team based in Glasgow, Scotland, who currently play in the Scottish Professional Football League, in the Scottish Premiership. They have won 55 league titles,[2] a world record, plus the Scottish Third Division, Scottish League One and Scottish Championship league titles and have won more major trophies than any football club in the world.[3] The club are nicknamed The Teddy Bears, from the rhyming slang for Gers, which in turn is short for Rangers, and the fans are known to each other as "Bluenoses". The club's correct name is simply Rangers F.C., although they are sometimes referred to as Glasgow Rangers for European matches to avoid confusion.[4]

For most of their history, Rangers have enjoyed a fierce rivalry with their cross-city opponents Celtic,[5] and the two are collectively known as the Old Firm.

The club's home, the all-seated 50,817-capacity Ibrox Stadium in south-west Glasgow, has been accredited as one of UEFA's five-star stadia. The stadium was the first one in Scotland to be granted this accolade, which it now shares with Hampden Park, Scotland's national stadium.

In February 2012 Rangers entered administration because of a problem with tax with HM Revenue and Customs. On 14 June 2012, the parent company that owned the club was forced into liquidation following the rejection of a proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement,[6] and the club's assets, including Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park, were bought by The Rangers Football Club Ltd - a consortium led by Charles Green, a former chief executive of Sheffield United.[7] The club applied to register with the Scottish Football Association and to participate in the Scottish Premier League.[8] The new company's application to join the SPL was rejected in a vote by the other members of the league. In a separate vote by the members of the Scottish Football League, they were invited to play in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League structure.[9] Since then, they have been promoted back to the top division.

Club colours and crest[change | change source]

The club colours of Rangers F.C. are royal blue, white and red.

The team's home strip invariably features a royal blue shirt (often with white and/or red trim). Traditionally this is accompanied by white shorts (often with royal blue and/or red trim) and black socks with red turn-downs.[10] However when wearing the 'home strip' Rangers will occasionally alter the shorts and socks, sometimes replacing the black socks with white ones; or replacing the white shorts and black socks combination with royal blue shorts and socks.

The basic design of Rangers away strips has changed far more than the traditional home strip. White and red have been the most common predominant colours for Rangers alternate strips, though dark and light blue have also featured highly.[11]

In recent years, Rangers have also introduced a third kit.[12] This is usually worn if both the home and away kits clash with their opponents. The colours used range from light blue to red to a very controversial tangerine.[13]

First-team squad[change | change source]

As of 17 August 2020[14][15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Scotland Scotland Allan McGregor
2 DF England England James Tavernier (captain)
3 DF England England Calvin Bassey
4 DF England England George Edmundson
5 DF Sweden Sweden Filip Helander
6 DF England England Connor Goldson (vice-captain)
7 MF Romania Romania Ianis Hagi
8 MF Scotland Scotland Ryan Jack
9 FW England England Jermain Defoe
10 MF Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Steven Davis
11 FW Switzerland  Switzerland Cedric Itten
13 GK England England Andy Firth
14 MF England England Ryan Kent
15 FW Scotland Scotland Jamie Murphy
16 DF Scotland Scotland Nathan Patterson
17 MF Nigeria Nigeria Joe Aribo
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF Finland Finland Glen Kamara
19 DF Croatia Croatia Nikola Katić
20 FW Colombia Colombia Alfredo Morelos
21 MF England England Brandon Barker
22 MF Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Jordan Jones
24 FW Scotland Scotland Greg Stewart
25 FW Jamaica Jamaica Kemar Roofe
26 DF Nigeria Nigeria Leon Balogun
30 MF Scotland Scotland Kai Kennedy
31 DF Croatia Croatia Borna Barišić
33 GK Scotland Scotland Jon McLaughlin
34 DF Scotland Scotland Lewis Mayo
36 MF Scotland Scotland Jamie Barjonas
37 MF Canada Canada Scott Arfield
40 MF Scotland Scotland Glenn Middleton

On loan[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Scotland Scotland Robby McCrorie (on loan at Livingston)
GK Scotland Scotland Kieran Wright (on loan at Partick Thistle)
DF Scotland Scotland Rhys Breen (on loan at Partick Thistle)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Scotland Scotland Stephen Kelly (on loan at Ross County)
MF Scotland Scotland Ross McCrorie (on loan at Aberdeen)
FW Scotland Scotland Jake Hastie (on loan at Motherwell)

Related pages[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. THE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED Company No. SC425159 Companies House. Retrieved 1 July 2019
  2. "Total Number of Championships". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 23 November 2006.
  3. "Glasgow Rangers - 100 Trophies". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 21 October 2001.
  4. "Glasgow Rangers". Yahoo! sport.
  5. "A rivalry tied up in religion". BBC Website. 26 August 2006.
  6. "Rangers liquidated as CVA formally rejected". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  7. "The Sun". The Sun.
  8. Charles Green completes Rangers purchase despite Walter Smith bid BBC News, accessed 14 June 2012
  9. Rangers: Charles Green accepts Division Three vote BBC News, accessed 1 August 2012
  10. "Current Rangers Home shirt".[permanent dead link]
  11. "Current Rangers Away shirt".[permanent dead link]
  12. "Current Rangers Third shirt".[permanent dead link]
  13. "Rangers to drop orange strip after sectarian outcry". Sunday Herald. 6 October, 2002. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. "First Team Squad". Rangers F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  15. "Rangers FC squad". UEFA. Retrieved 1 July 2020.