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2008–09 Rangers F.C. season

OverviewEdit

Rangers played a total of 49 competitive matches during the 2008–09 season. The season began disastrously as the club exited the UEFA Champions League and European football altogether, losing 2–1 on aggregate to Lithuanian side FBK Kaunas in the second qualifying round. The first leg at Ibrox finished goalless, but the return leg ended in defeat for Rangers after an 87th-minute header from Linas Pilibaitis. The financial consequences of the failures to qualify for the Champions League were revealed when the club posted a loss of £3.9m for the six months to December 2008, and in March decided to offer staff the option of voluntary redundancy as a way of cutting costs.[1] There was also mounting pressure on the manager to reduce the first team squad from 28 players to a more manageable figure. The player excess was eased slightly with the departures of Chris Burke, Jean-Claude Darcheville and a couple out on loan deals but the increased debt meant that the club needed to find a cash injection. This resulted in the attempted sale of Kris Boyd to Birmingham City which fell through due to the players wage demands.[2]

In the first Old Firm game of the season, Rangers won 4–2, with Pedro Mendes scoring his first goal for the club, and Kenny Miller scoring a double against his former employers. But the team's league form stuttered thereafter. Despite a run of five wins from six matches following the Old Firm victory, the side trailed Celtic by seven points in the league at the turn of the year. For the first few months of 2009 both sides dropped and gained points on the other and Rangers briefly took over top spot of the Scottish Premier League on 21 February after a win against Kilmarnock. The spell as league leaders lasted less than a fortnight. A defeat and a draw, both at home, to Inverness and Hearts respectively, saw Smith's side sit second in the table, one point behind Celtic, at the split. The fourth Old Firm league meeting of the season finished with a 1-0 win to Rangers, thanks to a Steven Davis strike. This meant that, with three league games remaining, Rangers were two points ahead of Celtic. Further twists and turns followed, both Old Firm sides drew their matches against Hibernian at Easter Road, and so Rangers were ahead by two points with one round of matches remaining. Smith's side just needed a win against Dundee United to guarantee the club's 52nd league title. That is exactly what they got, goals from Kyle Lafferty, Pedro Mendes and Kris Boyd sealed a 3-0 win and the club's first league championship in four seasons.[3]

The club played in the finals of both of the domestic cup competitions for the second season running. The 2009 Scottish League Cup Final was reached by defeating Partick Thistle, Hamilton and Falkirk en route but the final ended in a 2–0 defeat at the hands of Old Firm rivals Celtic. The match was Walter Smith's first ever Old Firm final and was marred by a Kirk Broadfoot sending off deep into extra time for a foul on Aidan McGeady inside the penalty box. Celtic were subsequently awarded a penalty which McGeady himself converted.[4]

Rangers qualified for the 2009 Scottish Cup Final after beating St Mirren 3-0 in the semi-final. The second goal of the game was scored by Kris Boyd and was his 100th goal for Rangers. The team faced Falkirk at Hampden Park on 30 May 2009 in what was the club's 51st Scottish Cup Final appearance. A Nacho Novo strike in the first minute of the second half gave Rangers a 1-0 win and completed the domestic double.[5]

PlayersEdit

Squad informationEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK   Allan McGregor 27 1998 141 0 2013 Youth system
2 MF   Maurice Edu 23 2008 16 2 2013 £2.6m
3 DF   David Weir (captain) 39 2007 (Winter) 126 5 2010 Free
4 DF   Carlos Cuéllar 27 2007 65 5 2011 £2.37m left on 12 August
4 MF   Pedro Mendes 30 2008 42 4 2011 £3m
5 DF   Saša Papac 29 2006 108 2 2011 £0.45m
6 MF   Barry Ferguson 31 2005 (Winter) 431 61 2010 £4.5m
7 MF   Brahim Hemdani 31 2005 108 2 2009 Free
8 MF   Kevin Thomson 24 2007 (Winter) 70 3 2011 £2m
9 FW   Kris Boyd 25 2005 (Winter) 152 102 2010 £0.4m
10 FW   Nacho Novo 30 2004 206 64 2010 £0.45m
11 MF   Charlie Adam 23 2003 87 18 2012 Youth system
12 MF   Lee McCulloch 31 2007 66 7 2011 £2.25m
14 FW   Steven Naismith 22 2008 42 5 2012 £1.9m
15 MF   Alan Gow 26 2007 2 0 2010 Free
16 GK   Graeme Smith 26 2007 1 0 2010 Free
17 MF   Chris Burke 25 2000 131 14 2009 Youth system left on 12 January
18 FW   Kenny Miller 29 2008 76 24 2011 £2m
19 FW   Jean-Claude Darcheville 33 2007 59 16 2009 Free left on 1 January
20 MF   DaMarcus Beasley 27 2007 33 5 2010 £0.7m
21 DF   Kirk Broadfoot 24 2007 68 1 2010 Free
22 DF   Andy Webster 27 2008 1 1 2011 £0.4m
23 DF   Christian Dailly 35 2008 (Winter) 36 2 2009 Free
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 26 2008 39 1 2012 £2.5m
25 GK   Neil Alexander 31 2008 (Winter) 29 0 2011 Free
26 DF   Steven Smith 23 2002 57 1 2010 Youth system
27 FW   Kyle Lafferty 21 2008 32 9 2013 £3.25m
28 DF   Steven Whittaker 24 2007 79 8 2012 £2m
29 FW   Daniel Cousin 31 2007 44 13 2010 £1.1m left on 1 September
31 MF   Aarón Ñíguez 20 2008 5 2 2010 Loan
35 MF   Steven Davis 24 2008 69 8 2012 £3m
37 FW   Andrius Velička 30 2008 11 5 2011 £1m
45 FW   Rory Loy 21 2006 1 0 2011 £0.025m
53 MF   John Fleck 17 2007 13 1 2011 Youth system
56 FW   Andrew Little 20 2006 1 0 2011 Youth system

Football Squads (for appearances, goals and player's number)

  • Ordered by position on pitch.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
22 DF   Andy Webster 26 Wigan Athletic   Transfer Summer 2011 £0.45m [6]
18 FW   Kenny Miller 28 Derby County   Transfer Summer 2011 £2m [7]
37 FW   Andrius Velička 29 Viking   Transfer Summer 2011 £1m [8]
27 FW   Kyle Lafferty 20 Burnley   Transfer Summer 2013 £3.25m [9]
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 25 Charlton Athletic   Transfer Summer 2012 £2.5m [10]
31 MF   Aarón Ñíguez 19 Valencia   Loan Summer 2010 n/a [11]
4 MF   Pedro Mendes 29 Portsmouth   Transfer Summer 2011 £3m [12]
35 MF   Steven Davis 23 Fulham   Transfer Summer 2012 £3m [13]
2 MF   Maurice Edu 22 Toronto FC   Transfer Summer 2013 £2.6m [14][15]

Last updated: 22 August 2008
Total spending: £17.8m

OutEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
54 DF   Nicholas Gallacher 18 Motherwell End of contract Summer n/a [16]
57 FW   Lacine Cherif 17 Kilmarnock End of contract Summer n/a [16]
55 MF   Alistair Park 17 Hibernian End of contract Summer n/a [16]
50 DF   Michael Donald 19 Free agent End of contract Summer n/a [16]
31 GK   Calum Reidford 21 Dunfermline Athletic End of contract Summer n/a [17]
41 DF   Chris Smith 19 Greenock Morton End of contract Summer n/a [18]
52 MF   Jeroen Van Den Broeck 19 AGOVV   End of contract Summer n/a [18]
23 FW   Filip Šebo 24 Valenciennes   Transfer Summer £1m [19]
4 MF   Thomas Buffel 27 Cercle Brugge   Transfer Summer Free [20]
4 DF   Carlos Cuéllar 26 Aston Villa   Transfer Summer £7.8m [21]
43 FW   Steven Lennon 20 Partick Thistle Loan Summer n/a [22]
80 GK   Mark Weir 16 Kilmarnock Loan Summer n/a [22]
22 DF   Andy Webster 26 Bristol City   Loan Summer n/a [23]
36 MF   Dean Furman 20 Bradford City   Loan Summer n/a [24]
42 DF   Alan Lowing 20 Clyde Loan Summer n/a [25]
44 MF   Paul Emslie 20 Clyde Loan Summer n/a [25]
41 GK   Scott Gallacher 19 Cowdenbeath Loan Summer n/a [26]
29 FW   Daniel Cousin 31 Hull City   Transfer Summer £3.5m [27]
15 MF   Alan Gow 25 Blackpool   Loan Summer n/a [28]
40 GK   Lee Robinson 22 St Johnstone Loan n/a n/a [29]
52 MF   Andrew Shinnie 19 Dundee Loan n/a n/a [30]
55 DF   Steven Kinniburgh 19 Queen of the South Loan n/a n/a [31]
45 FW   Rory Loy 20 Dunfermline Athletic Loan n/a n/a [32]
48 DF   William McLachlan 19 Airdrie United Loan n/a n/a
40 GK   Lee Robinson 22 Queen of the South Loan n/a n/a [33]
19 FW   Jean-Claude Darcheville 33 Valenciennes   Transfer Winter Free [34]
47 DF   Jordan McMillan 20 Hamilton Academical Loan Winter n/a [35]
17 MF   Chris Burke 25 Cardiff City   Transfer Winter Free [36]
54 MF   Georgios Efrem 19 Dundee Loan Winter n/a [37]
15 MF   Alan Gow 26 Norwich City   Loan Winter n/a [38]
11 MF   Charlie Adam 23 Blackpool   Loan Winter n/a [39]
49 DF   Ross Harvey 19 Brechin City Loan n/a n/a [40]
55 DF   Steven Kinniburgh 19 St Johnstone Loan n/a n/a [41]

Last updated: 31 March 2008
Total income: £12.3m

Squad statisticsEdit

List of squad players, including number of appearances by competition

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Other
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Allan McGregor 35 0 27 0 3 0 3 0 2 0
2 MF   Maurice Edu 16 2 11+1 2 2+1 0 1 0 0 0
3 DF   David Weir 47 2 36 2 5 0 4 0 2 0
4 MF   Pedro Mendes 42 4 35 3 3 0 4 1 0 0
5 DF   Saša Papac 39 2 29 1 4 1 4 0 2 0
6 MF   Barry Ferguson 27 2 17+5 2 3 0 2 0 0 0
7 MF   Brahim Hemdani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Kevin Thomson 14 2 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 1
9 FW   Kris Boyd 46 31 33+2 27 4+1 1 3+1 3 0+2 0
10 FW   Nacho Novo 38 9 7+22 5 0+3 2 2+2 2 1+1 0
11 MF   Charlie Adam 11 0 7+2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
12 MF   Lee McCulloch 20 0 10+2 0 2+2 0 1+1 0 2 0
14 FW   Steven Naismith 11 0 1+6 0 2+1 0 1 0 0 0
15 MF   Alan Gow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 GK   Graeme Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 MF   Chris Burke 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW   Kenny Miller 38 13 25+5 10 4+1 3 1 0 2 0
19 FW   Jean-Claude Darcheville 11 1 4+4 1 0 0 2 0 1 0
20 MF   DaMarcus Beasley 12 0 6+4 0 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
21 DF   Kirk Broadfoot 34 0 27 0 1 0 4 0 2 0
22 DF   Andy Webster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF   Christian Dailly 14 0 7+2 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 2 0
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 39 1 31 1 5 0 3 0 0 0
25 GK   Neil Alexander 14 0 11 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
26 DF   Steven Smith 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW   Kyle Lafferty 32 9 11+14 6 2+1 2 2+1 1 0+1 0
28 DF   Steven Whittaker 31 3 19+5 2 4 1 1 0 2 0
29 FW   Daniel Cousin 2 1 1+1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 MF   Aarón Ñíguez 5 2 0+3 0 1+1 2 0 0 0 0
35 MF   Steven Davis 43 7 34 6 4+1 1 4 0 0 0
37 FW   Andrius Velička 11 5 6+2 4 1 1 0 0 0+2 0
45 FW   Rory Loy 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
53 MF   John Fleck 10 1 7+1 1 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
56 FW   Andrew Little 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0

Top ScorerEdit

N
P
Nat.
Name
SPL
SC
SLC
E
Total
9 FW   Kris Boyd 27 1 3 31
18 FW   Kenny Miller 10 3 13
10 FW   Nacho Novo 5 2 2 9
27 FW   Kyle Lafferty 6 2 1 9
35 MF   Steven Davis 5 1 1 7
37 FW   Andrius Velička 4 1 5
4 MF   Pedro Mendes 3 1 4
28 DF   Steven Whittaker 2 1 3
3 DF   David Weir 2 2
2 MF   Maurice Edu 2 2
6 MF   Barry Ferguson 2 2
5 DF   Saša Papac 1 1 2
8 MF   Kevin Thomson 1 1 2
31 MF   Aarón Ñíguez 2 2
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 1 1
53 MF   John Fleck 1 1
19 FW   Jean-Claude Darcheville 1 1
29 FW   Daniel Cousin 1 1

Last updated: 24 May 2009
Source: Match reports
Only competitive matches

Disciplinary recordEdit

N
P
Nat.
Name
YC  
  
RC  
1 GK   Allan McGregor 1
3 DF   David Weir 5 1
4 MF   Pedro Mendes 7
5 DF   Saša Papac 6 1 1
6 MF   Barry Ferguson 3
8 MF   Kevin Thomson 4
9 FW   Kris Boyd 6
10 FW   Nacho Novo 2
11 MF   Charlie Adam 2
12 MF   Lee McCulloch 6
14 FW   Steven Naismith 1
18 FW   Kenny Miller 3
21 DF   Kirk Broadfoot 4 1
23 DF   Christian Dailly 4
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 8 1
26 DF   Steven Smith 2
27 FW   Kyle Lafferty 6
28 DF   Steven Whittaker 5
29 FW   Daniel Cousin 1 1
31 MF   Aarón Ñíguez 1
35 MF   Steven Davis 1
53 MF   John Fleck 1

Last updated: 24 May 2009
Source: Match reports
Only competitive matches

ClubEdit

MatchesEdit

Scottish Premier LeagueEdit

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
3 9 August 2008 Scottish Premier League 1 A Falkirk 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 BST
Attendance
6,669
Referee
Falkirk Rangers
  64' Velička
4 16 August 2008 Scottish Premier League 2 H Heart of Midlothian 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
48,191
Referee
Rangers Heart of Midlothian
  37' Lafferty
  90' (pen.) Boyd
  74'   Mikoliunas
5 23 August 2009 Scottish Premier League 3 A Aberdeen 1–1
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 BST
Attendance
16,489
Referee
Aberdeen Rangers
  45' Young
  24' Weir
6 31 August 2008 Scottish Premier League 4 A Celtic 4–2
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 BST
Attendance
58,595
Referee
Celtic Rangers
  39' Samaras
  76' Vennegoor of Hesselink
  90' Nakamura
  37' Cousin
  52' Miller
  62' Mendes
  75'   Cousin
  79' Miller
7 13 September 2008 Scottish Premier League 5 H Kilmarnock 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
50,019
Referee
Rangers Kilmarnock
  58' Boyd
  62' Boyd
  90'   Papac
  9' Wright
8 21 September 2008 Scottish Premier League 6 H Motherwell 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
49,448
Referee
Rangers Motherwell
  57' Davis
  76' Novo
  87' Clarkson
10 28 September 2008 Scottish Premier League 7 A Hibernian 3–0
Report Report link
Kick off
14:00 BST
Attendance
15,292
Referee
Hibernian Rangers
  31' Miller
  40' Miller
  73' Bougherra
11 5 October 2008 Scottish Premier League 8 A St Mirren 0–1
Report Report link
Kick off
14:00 GMT
Attendance
7,520
Referee
St Mirren Rangers
  77' McGinn
12 25 October 2008 Scottish Premier League 10 A Hamilton Academical 3–1
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
4,613
Referee
Hamilton Academical Rangers
  26' Easton
  42' (pen.) Boyd
  50' Boyd
  80' Novo
14 1 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 11 H Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
49,255
Referee
Rangers Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  7' Novo
  14' Boyd
  19' Boyd
  28' (pen.) Boyd
  45' Miller
15 4 November 2008[42] Scottish Premier League 9 H Dundee United 3–3
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
48,686
Referee
Rangers Dundee United
  11' Davis
  37' Papac
  90' Thomson
  17' Sandaza
  58' Sandaza
  59' Robertson
16 9 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 12 A Kilmarnock 4–0
Report Report link
Kick off
14:00 GMT
Attendance
10,153
Referee
Kilmarnock Rangers
  50' Weir
  54' Boyd
  87' Miller
  90' Whittaker
17 12 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 13 A Motherwell 0–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
9,600
Referee
18 15 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 14 H St Mirren 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
49,321
Referee
Rangers St Mirren
  5' Boyd
  10' Davis
  81' Miranda
19 22 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 15 H Aberdeen 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
50,166
Referee
Rangers Aberdeen
  52' Darcheville
  68' Boyd
20 29 November 2008 Scottish Premier League 16 A Heart of Midlothian 1–2
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
15,710
Referee
Heart of Midlothian Rangers
  20' Zaliukas
  23' Kingston
  76'   Wallace
21 6 December 2008 Scottish Premier League 17 H Hamilton Academical 7–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
48,282
Referee
Rangers Hamilton Academical
  11' Miller
  28' (pen.) Boyd
  52' Boyd
  62' Boyd
  80' Lafferty
  88' Novo
  90' Davis
  2' McArthur
  51' Canning
22 13 December 2008 Scottish Premier League 18 A Dundee United 2–2
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
11,362
Referee
Dundee United Rangers
  50' Wilkie
  54' Feeney
  11' Boyd
  76' Lafferty
23 20 December 2008 Scottish Premier League 19 H Hibernian 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
49,538
Referee
Rangers Hibernian
  11' Boyd
24 27 December 2008 Scottish Premier League 20 H Celtic 0–1
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
50,403
Referee
Rangers Celtic
  58' McDonald
25 4 January 2009 Scottish Premier League 21 A Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
7,056
Referee
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Rangers
  46' Mendes
  81' Boyd
  87' Boyd
27 17 January 2009 Scottish Premier League 22 H Falkirk 3–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
48,811
Referee
Rangers Falkirk
  45' (pen.) Boyd
  77' Papac
  80' Boyd
  90' Davis
  12' Lovell
  51' Cregg
28 24 January 2009 Scottish Premier League 23 A Aberdeen 0–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
20,441
Referee
30 31 January 2009 Scottish Premier League 24 H Dundee United 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
49,911
Referee
Rangers Dundee United
  78' (pen.) Fleck
  90' Lafferty
31 15 February 2009 Scottish Premier League 25 A Celtic 0–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
58,766
Referee
33 21 February 2009 Scottish Premier League 26 H Kilmarnock 3–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
50,301
Referee
Rangers Kilmarnock
  29' Miller
  33' Boyd
  35' Boyd
  17' Hamill
34 28 February 2009 Scottish Premier League 27 A Hamilton Academical 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 GMT
Attendance
5,895
Referee
Hamilton Academical Rangers
  35' Ferguson
35 4 March 2009 Scottish Premier League 28 H Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0–1
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
48,129
Referee
Rangers Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  90' Weir
  90' Black
38 21 March 2009 Scottish Premier League 29 H Heart of Midlothian 2–2
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
50,310
Referee
Rangers Heart of Midlothian
  9' Lafferty
  45' Ferguson
  64' Karipidis
  67' Palazuelos
39 5 April 2009 Scottish Premier League 30 A Falkirk 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
14:00 BST
Attendance
6,853
Referee
Falkirk Rangers
  9' Boyd
40 8 April 2009[45] Scottish Premier League 31 A St Mirren 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 BST
Attendance
6,231
Referee
St Mirren Rangers
  56' Dorman
  12' Boyd
  19' Edu
41 11 April 2009 Scottish Premier League 32 H Motherwell 3–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
50,080
Referee
Rangers Motherwell
  2' Velička
  10' Boyd
  65' (pen.) Boyd
  37' Sutton
42 19 April 2009 Scottish Premier League 33 A Hibernian 3–2
Report Report link
Kick off
14:00 BST
Attendance
14,014
Referee
Hibernian Rangers
  34' Sutton
  84' Rankin
  2' Whittaker
  52' Velička
  73' Edu
44 3 May 2009 Scottish Premier League 34 H Heart of Midlothian 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:30 BST
Attendance
49,663
Referee
Rangers Heart of Midlothian
  45' Velička
  89' Boyd
45 9 May 2009 Scottish Premier League 35 H Celtic 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 BST
Attendance
50,321
Referee
Rangers Celtic
  37' Davis
46 13 May 2009 Scottish Premier League 36 A Hibernian 1–1
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 BST
Attendance
13,765
Referee
Hibernian Rangers
  41' Riordan
  80' Novo
47 16 May 2009 Scottish Premier League 37 H Aberdeen 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
12:30 BST
Attendance
50,295
Referee
Rangers Aberdeen
  40' Bougherra
  41' (o.g.) Foster
  68' Miller
  18' Mulgrew
  77' Paton
48 24 May 2009 Scottish Premier League 38 A Dundee United 3–0
Report Report link
Kick off
13:00 BST
Attendance
14,077
Referee
Dundee United Rangers
  6' Lafferty
  45' Mendes
  52' Boyd

Last updated: 24 May 2009
Source: Wikipedia article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 30 July 2008 Champions League QR2 H FBK Kaunas  0–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 BST
Attendance
34,847
Referee
Kevin Blom  
2 5 August 2008 Champions League QR2 A   FBK Kaunas  1–2
Report Report link
Kick off
18:05 BST
Attendance
5,500
Referee
Stefan Johannesson  
FBK Kaunas Rangers
  43' Radžius
  87' Pilibaitis
  33' Thomson

Last updated: 5 August 2008
Source: Wikipedia article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

Scottish CupEdit

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
26 13 January 2009 Scottish Cup 4 A St Johnstone 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
20:05 BST
Attendance
7,746
Referee
St Johnstone Rangers
  43' (o.g.) McCaffrey
  79' Novo
32 18 February 2009[46] Scottish Cup 5 A Forfar Athletic 4–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
4,718
Referee
Forfar Athletic Rangers
  70' Elliot Smith
  8' Papac
  54' Miller
  84' Aarón
  90' Miller
36 8 March 2009 Scottish Cup QF H Hamilton Academical 5–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
27,588
Referee
Rangers Hamilton Academical
  15' Whittaker
  35' Lafferty
  45' (pen.) Aarón
  53' Davis
  81' Lafferty
  26' Quinn
43 25 April 2009 Scottish Cup SF N St Mirren 3–0
Report Report link
Kick off
12:15 BST
Attendance
32,431
Referee
Rangers St Mirren
  2' Velička
  66' Boyd
  70' Miller
49 30 May 2009 Scottish Cup F N Falkirk 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
51,193
Referee
Rangers Falkirk
  46' Novo

Last updated: 30 May 2009
Source: Wikipedia article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

League CupEdit

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
9 24 September 2008 League Cup 3 A Partick Thistle 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 BST
Attendance
6,497
Referee
Partick Thistle Rangers
  33' McKeown
  25' Boyd
  116' Mendes
13 28 October 2008 League Cup QF H Hamilton Academical 2–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
32,083
Referee
Rangers Hamilton Academical
  25' Boyd
  50' Lafferty
29 27 January 2009 League Cup SF N Falkirk 3–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
24,507
Referee
Rangers Falkirk
  8' Novo
  40' Novo
  88' Boyd
37 15 March 2009 League Cup F N Celtic 0–2
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 GMT
Attendance
51,193
Referee
Celtic Rangers
  91' O'Dea
  120' (pen.) McGeady
  120'   Broadfoot

Last updated: 15 March 2009
Source: Wikipedia article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

FriendliesEdit

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 13 July 2008 Friendly A   Preußen Münster  1–0
Report Report link
Attendance
5,211
Referee
Cetin Sevinc  
Preußen Münster Rangers
  35' (pen.) Adam
2 16 July 2008 Friendly A   Sportfreunde Lotte  3–1
Report Report link
Kick off
18:00 BST
Attendance
3,000
Referee
Rene Kunsleben  
Sportfreunde Lotte Rangers
  5' Dennis Rommel
  70' Boyd
  71' Boyd
  86' Fleck
3 19 July 2009 Friendly A   Schalke 04  0–1
Report Report link
Attendance
28,350
Referee
Detlef Scheppe  
Schalke 04 Rangers
  30' Krstajić
4 22 July 2009 Friendly A Clyde 1–0
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 BST
Attendance
7,653
Referee
Steven Nicholls  
Clyde Rangers
  79' Novo
5 26 July 2009 Friendly A Raith Rovers 2–1
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
4,865
Referee
Raith Rovers Rangers
  31' Smith
  70' Novo
  79' Cousin
6 2 August 2009 Friendly H Liverpool  0–4
Report Report link
Kick off
15:00 BST
Attendance
50,223
Referee
Rangers Liverpool
  23' Torres
  56' N'Gog
  60' Benayoun
  70' (pen.) Alonso
7 4 February 2009 Friendly H Milan  2–2
Report Report link
Kick off
19:45 GMT
Attendance
45,197
Referee
Rangers Milan
  64' Beasley
  82' Papac
  69' Pato
  77' Kaká

Last updated: 24 May 2009
Source:[citation needed]
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

CompetitionsEdit

OverallEdit

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Scottish Premier League 1st 9 August 24 May
Champions League Second Qualifying Round Second Qualifying Round 30 July 6 August
League Cup 3rd round Runners-up 24 September 15 March
Scottish Cup 4th Round Winners 13 January 30 May

Source: Competitions

Scottish Premier LeagueEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Rangers 38 26 8 4 77 28 +49 86 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Celtic 38 24 10 4 80 33 +47 82 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 16 11 11 40 37 +3 59 Qualification for the Europa League play-off round
4 Aberdeen 38 14 11 13 41 40 +1 53 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Dundee United 38 13 14 11 47 50 −3 53
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 26 8 4 77 28  +49 86 15 2 2 44 15  +29 11 6 2 33 13  +20

Last updated: 24 May 2009.
Source: Wikipedia article

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHAAHHAAHAHAAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
ResultWWDWWWWLDWWWDWWLWDWLWWDWDWWLWDWWWWWDWW
Updated to match(es) played on 24 May 2009. Source: 2008–09 Scottish Premier League
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Blues end bid to sign Gers' Boyd". BBC Sport. 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Dundee United 0–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Celtic 2-0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 15 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Rangers 1–0 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 30 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Webster completes Rangers switch". BBC Sport. 9 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Miller makes his way back to Gers". BBC Sport. 13 June 2008.
  8. ^ "Velicka completes Rangers switch". BBC Sport. 16 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Lafferty completes Rangers move". BBC Sport. 19 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Rangers sign defender Bougherra". BBC Sport. 31 July 2008.
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  13. ^ "Fulham's Davis moves to Rangers". BBC Sport. 21 August 2008.
  14. ^ "Rangers sign US international Edu". BBC Sport. 17 August 2008.
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  17. ^ "Rangers keeper Reidford set to move on"[permanent dead link] TribalFootball.com. 6 May 2008.
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  20. ^ "Buffel exits Rangers for Cercle" BBC Sport. 1 July 2008.
  21. ^ "Cuellar seals £7.8m move to Villa". BBC Sport. 12 August 2008.
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  42. ^ Original date was 18 October 2009 - postponed due to death of Dundee United Chairman Eddie Thompson
  43. ^ Boyd was officially credited with the goal but it was recorded as a Karipidis (Own goal) by media sources, see Boyd's page
  44. ^ Boyd gets gift of a goal for his tally, match referee awards Boyd the goal
  45. ^ Original date was 15 March 2009 - postponed due to Rangers involvement in the League Cup Final
  46. ^ Original date was 8 February 2009 - postponed due to a frozen and unplayable pitch