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Rangers
Ibrox Inside.jpg
Full nameRangers Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gers
The Light Blues
The Teddy Bears
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GroundIbrox Stadium
(capacity: 50,817)
OwnerThe Rangers Football Club Ltd[1]
Interim ChairmanDouglas Park
ManagerSteven Gerrard
LeagueScottish Premiership
2018–19Scottish Premiership, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
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 54 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

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

As of 17 August 2020
No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Allan McGregor
2 England DF James Tavernier (captain)
3 England DF Calvin Bassey
4 England DF George Edmundson
5 Sweden DF Filip Helander
6 England DF Connor Goldson (vice-captain)
7 Romania MF Ianis Hagi
8 Scotland MF Ryan Jack
9 England FW Jermain Defoe
10 Northern Ireland MF Steven Davis
11 Switzerland FW Cedric Itten
13 England GK Andy Firth
14 England MF Ryan Kent
15 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy
16 Scotland DF Nathan Patterson
17 Nigeria MF Joe Aribo
No. Position Player
18 Finland MF Glen Kamara
19 Croatia DF Nikola Katić
20 Colombia FW Alfredo Morelos
21 England MF Brandon Barker
22 Northern Ireland MF Jordan Jones
24 Scotland FW Greg Stewart
25 Jamaica FW Kemar Roofe
26 Nigeria DF Leon Balogun
30 Scotland MF Kai Kennedy
31 Croatia DF Borna Barišić
33 Scotland GK Jon McLaughlin
34 Scotland DF Lewis Mayo
36 Scotland MF Jamie Barjonas
37 Canada MF Scott Arfield
40 Scotland MF Glenn Middleton

On loan

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

Related pages

Other websites

References

  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. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/kamprec.html#tnc. 
  3. Glasgow Rangers - 100 Trophies. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 21 October 2001. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/rangers-100trophies.html. 
  4. Glasgow Rangers. Yahoo! sport. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/football/glasgow-rangers/index.html. 
  5. A rivalry tied up in religion. BBC Website. 26 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5289202.stm. 
  6. Rangers liquidated as CVA formally rejected. The Scotsman. http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/spl/rangers-liquidated-as-cva-formally-rejected-1-2353211. 
  7. "The Sun". https://www.thesun.co.uk/. 
  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". http://www.jjbsports.com/rangers-kit/rangers-home-shirt-ss-0708/prod_107832.aspx. 
  11. "Current Rangers Away shirt". http://www.jjbsports.com/rangers-kit/rangers-away-ss-shirt-0708/prod_107834.aspx. 
  12. "Current Rangers Third shirt". http://www.jjbsports.com/rangers-kit/rangers-third-shirt-0708/prod_107833.aspx. 
  13. Rangers to drop orange strip after sectarian outcry. Sunday Herald. 6 October, 2002. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4156/is_20021006/ai_n12580288.