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The 1997–98 season was the 118th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Rangers
1997–98 season
ChairmanDavid Murray
ManagerWalter Smith
(until 17 May)
GroundIbrox Stadium
Scottish Premier Division2nd
P36 W21 D9 L6 F76 A38 Pts72
Scottish CupRunners-up
League CupQuarter-finals
Champions LeagueSecond qualifying round
UEFA CupFirst Round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Marco Negri (33)

All:
Marco Negri (37)

Contents

OverviewEdit

Rangers played a total of 52 competitive matches during the 1997–98 season. They went into the season in pursuit of a record tenth consecutive league title. The early season form of new signing Marco Negri gave the team fresh imputus but when the then manager Walter Smith announced that he would leave the club at the end of the season the side's form dipped. Rangers finished the league on 72 points, two behind champions Celtic.

The club ended the season trophyless for the first time in twelve seasons as they lost the Scottish Cup final to Hearts 2–1 and were knocked out League Cup in the quarter finals by Dundee United.

In Europe, the club failed to reach the Champions League group stages and fell at the first hurdle in the UEFA Cup, losing both legs 2–1 to RC Strasbourg.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Player From Fee
29 May 1997   Ståle Stensaas   Rosenborg £1.5m [1]
29 May 1997   Lorenzo Amoruso   Fiorentina £5m [2]
10 June 1997   Sergio Porrini   Juventus £4m [3]
18 June 1997   Marco Negri   Perugia £3.7m [4]
30 June 1997   Tony Vidmar   NAC Breda Free [5]
30 June 1997   Jonas Thern   A.S. Roma Free [6]
1 July 1997   Gennaro Gattuso   Perugia Free
22 July 1997   Antti Niemi   FC Copenhagen £0.7m
13 August 1997   Jonatan Johansson   Flora Tallinn £0.5m
14 October 1997   Richard Gough   Kansas City Wizards Free

OutEdit

Date Player To Fee
13 May 1997   David Robertson   Leeds United £0.5m
31 May 1997   Greg Shields   Dunfermline Athletic Released
31 May 1997   Mark Hateley   Hull City Released
31 May 1997   Richard Gough   Kansas City Wizards Released
31 May 1997   Andy Dibble   Sheffield United Released
31 May 1997   Trevor Steven Retired
31 May 1997   John Brown Retired
15 October 1997   Barry Robson   Inverness CT Released
1 November 1997   Erik Bo Andersen   OB Odense £0.8m
28 November 1997   Brian McGinty   Hull City Free
20 February 1998   Gary Bollan   St Johnstone £0.1m
26 March 1998   Paul Gascoigne   Middlesbrough £3.45m
  • Expendure:   £14,450,000
  • Income:   £4,850,000
  • Total loss/gain:   £9,600,000

ResultsEdit

All results are written with Rangers' score first.

Scottish Premier DivisionEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4 August 1997 Heart of Midlothian H 3–1 48,257 Negri (2), Cleland
23 August 1997 Dundee United H 5–1 48,599 Negri (5)
13 September 1997 Aberdeen H 3–3 50,030 Negri (pen.), Albertz, Laudrup
20 September 1997 St Johnstone A 2–0 10,093 Negri (2)
24 September 1997 Kilmarnock A 3–0 15,367 Negri (2), Stensaas
27 September 1997 Motherwell H 2–2 48,672 Negri, Porrini
4 October 1997 Hibernian A 4–3 15,169 Negri (2, 1 (pen.)), Gascoigne, Albertz
18 October 1997 Dunfermline Athletic H 7–0 49,696 Laudrup, Negri (4), Gascoigne (2)
25 October 1997 Dundee United A 1–2 12,600 Negri
1 November 1997 Kilmarnock H 4–1 49,413 Negri (3, 1 (pen.)), Porrini
8 November 1997 Celtic H 1–0 50,082 Gough
15 November 1997 Aberdeen A 1–1 18,117 Albertz
19 November 1997 Celtic A 1–1 49,427 Negri
22 November 1997 Motherwell A 1–1 12,018 McCoist
29 November 1997 St Johnstone H 3–2 49,142 Gattuso, Negri (2)
7 December 1997 Hibernian H 1–0 48,070 Negri
13 December 1997 Dunfermline Athletic A 0–0 12,443
20 December 1997 Heart of Midlothian A 5–2 17,092 Durie (3), Negri (pen.), Albertz
27 December 1997 Dundee United H 4–1 50,017 Laudrup, Cleland, Negri (2, 1 (pen.))
2 January 1998 Celtic A 0–2 49,396
10 January 1998 Aberdeen H 2–0 49,502 Laudrup, Porrini
17 January 1998 Motherwell H 1–0 49,443 Cleland
31 January 1998 St Johnstone A 0–2 10,441
7 February 1998 Dunfermline Athletic H 1–1 49,019 Porrini
21 February 1998 Hibernian A 2–1 13,968 Negri, Albertz
24 February 1998 Kilmarnock A 1–1 15,931 Thern
28 February 1998 Heart of Midlothian H 2–2 50,046 Albertz (2)
14 March 1998 Motherwell A 1–2 11,779 McCoist
21 March 1998 St Johnstone H 2–1 49,788 Negri (2)
28 March 1998 Dunfermline Athletic A 3–2 11,531 McCoist (2), Thern
1 April 1998 Hibernian H 3–0 48,488 McCoist, Thern, Durie
12 April 1998 Celtic H 2–0 50,042 Thern, Albertz
19 April 1998 Aberdeen A 0–1 17,981
25 April 1998 Heart of Midlothian A 3–0 17,415 Gattuso (2), Albertz
2 May 1998 Kilmarnock H 0–1 50,116
9 May 1998 Dundee United A 2–1 14,200 Laudrup, Albertz (pen.)

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
23 July 1997 QR1 GI Gotu A 5–0 2,200 Negri, Durie (2), McCoist (2)
30 July 1997 QR1 GI Gotu H 6–0 44,433 Durie, Negri (2), McCoist, Albertz, I.Ferguson
13 August 1997 QR2 IFK Gothenburg A 0–3 20,000
27 August 1997 QR2 IFK Gothenburg H 1–1 45,585 Miller

UEFA CupEdit

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 September 1997 R1 RC Strasbourg A 1–2 12,450 Albertz (pen.)
30 September 1997 R1 RC Strasbourg H 1–2 40,145 Gattuso

Scottish CupEdit

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24 January 1998 R3 Hamilton Academical A 2–1 11,915 Durie, Gough
14 February 1998 R4 Motherwell A 2–2 12,602 Negri, Durie
17 February 1998 R4 R Motherwell H 3–0 42,043 Albertz (2), Durie
9 March 1998 QF Dundee H 0–0 40,309
18 March 1998 QF R Dundee A 2–1 12,418 McCoist (2)
5 April 1998 SF Celtic A 2–1 48,993 McCoist, Albertz
16 May 1998 F Heart of Midlothian N 1–2 48,946 McCoist

League CupEdit

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 1997 R2 Hamilton Academical A 1–0 8,866 McCoist
19 August 1997 R3 Falkirk H 4–1 43,606 McCoist (3, 1 (pen.)), Stensaas
9 September 1997 QF Dundee United H 0–1 44,440

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit