History and Awards
Founded in 1872, the club plays in Glasgow, the Scottish capital. The club's stadium is called the Ibrox Stadium and has a capacity of 50,817 seats. Rangers have spent practically their entire history in the Scottish Premiership which is the equivalent of the Scottish first division. It was in 2012 that the club was condemned to be relegated to the 4th division following financial complications with the British tax authorities, which led to the liquidation of the club. The Rangers have the most successful record in Scottish history with 54 Scottish titles, 33 Scottish Cups, 27 Scottish League Cups and a Cupwinners' Cup. The Rangers also lost the UEFA Cup final in the 2007-2008 season to the Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg. The club has featured legendary players such as Gennaro Gattuso, Brian Landrup, Alex Ferguson and Scottish legend Ally McCoist, top scorer in the club's history with 251 goals. He would be the first Scottish player in history to win the Golden Shoe and is generally considered the best player in the history of the club.
Looking at last season
Rangers finished 2nd in the league behind eternal rival Celtic. Their record was 21 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. Note that they won one of the Old Firm derbies (1-2) away to Celtic. It’s the first time in 9 years that the Rangers have beaten their neighbor at Celtic Park. This year Rangers lost the Scottish League Cup final to Celtic 1-0. Rangers are still in the Europa League and have to go back to action two goals down to German side Bayer Leverkusen following a loss in the first leg in Scotland (1-3).
History of matches against OL
OL and Rangers have already met. It was during the group stage of the Champions League in 2007-2008, in a group made up of Barça, Stuttgart and Rangers. The Scots won at the Stade Gerland (0-3) while OL won the return leg in Scotland (0-3) with a brace from Benzema and a goal from Govou. This result allowed Lyon to earn qualification on the last day of the group stage at the expense of the Scots.
They wore both jerseys
Sébastien Faure was an academy-trained player who passed through Glasgow from 2012 to 2015. Jean – Alain Boumsong was a Rangers player from 2004 to 2005 and an OL player from 2008 to 2010. Coach Paul le Guen trained OL 2002 to 2005 and then Rangers from 2006 to 2007. Jérémy Clément was a player with OL from 2003 to 2006 and Rangers from 2006 to 2007.
Results of previous friendly matches + brief presentation of the squad
The Rangers have still not played any friendly matches but the Veolia tournament will represent a real challenge for them. Their European campaign is still not over and the Scottish season will start on August 1, hence the importance of regaining the rhythm of competition. Rangers are coached by English football legend Steven Gerrard. They have talented players like Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, who has been with the club for 3 years and has scored 44 goals in 91 matches. Ianis Hagi, son of former Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi, is also in the squad as is the talented English winger Ryan Kent.
The Unusual Anecdote
In 2012, the Rangers were relegated to the Scottish 4th division and did not return to the top flight until 4 years later. In the 2012-2013 season, they won the 4th division championship and did the same in the third in the 2013-2014 season. In 2014-2015, they finished 3rd in the second division and it was not until 2015-2016 that earning the title of champion of the second division saw them return to the elite.