2011–12 Rangers F.C. season

The 2011–12 season was the 132nd season of competitive football by Rangers.

Rangers
2011–12 season
ChairmanCraig Whyte
ManagerAlly McCoist
GroundIbrox Stadium
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 51,082)
Scottish Premier League2nd
P38 W26 D5 L7 F77 A28
Scottish CupFifth Round
League CupThird Round
Champions LeagueThird qualifying round
Europa LeaguePlay-off round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Nikica Jelavić (14)

All:
Nikica Jelavić (17)
Highest home attendance50,268 vs Kilmarnock
(18 February 2012)
Lowest home attendance17,822 vs Dundee United
(5 February 2012)

OverviewEdit

Rangers played a total of 45 competitive matches during the 2011-12 season. Smith's deputy and Rangers record goalscorer Ally McCoist was appointed manager of the club.[1] However, McCoist was hampered by a bizarre transfer policy the club utilised under Whyte's control. This resulted in protracted transfer negotiations with several targets but without significant recruitment and this probably contributed to Rangers being knocked out of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League by the end of August, depriving the club of income that may have been anticipated. With the new ownership there initially appeared to be some financial stability of the club. A number of first-team regulars were secured on long-term contract extensions including Steven Davis,[2] Allan McGregor,[3] Steven Whittaker[3] and Gregg Wylde.[4] When McCoist entered the transfer market, his first signing being Almería midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz,[5] he soon encountered difficulties. A number of highly publicised failed transfers, including deals for Wesley Verhoek and Roland Juhász, led to many doubting Whyte's financial prowess.[6][7]

Rangers's first Scottish Premier League match of the season was a home match against Jim Jefferies' Heart of Midlothian, where the league flag was unfurled by then chairman Craig Whyte, as Rangers were under considerable pressure for most of the first half but managed to salvage a draw. The following week, McCoist claimed his first competitive victory as manager with a win over St Johnstone.[8] The season proved to be a baptism of fire for McCoist, by early October the club held a ten-point lead over Celtic,[9] and on 5 November the lead stood at fifteen points over Celtic and twelve over second placed Motherwell.[10] However, a draw with St Johnstone and subsequent defeats to Kilmarnock,[11] St Mirren[12] and Old Firm rivals Celtic,[13] who then went on a run of twenty-one matches undefeated saw Rangers slip to second place[14] where the club remained for the rest of the season.

Ranger's European adventure began in the middle of the final week of July, where Rangers were defeated by underdogs Malmö 1-0[15] at home and Rangers crashed out of the Champions League with a bad tempered 1-1 draw in Sweden in which both Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra were both given their marching orders,[16] and ultimately relegating the Gers to the Europa League play-off round, where they faced Slovenian team NK Maribor.[17] In cup competitions the club fair no better, a third round defeat to First Division side Falkirk in the League Cup[18] and a fifth round exit at home at the hands of Dundee United.[19]

On 13 February 2012, Rangers filed legal papers at the Court of Session giving notice of their intention to appoint administrators.[20] Rangers officially entered administration on the following day, appointing London-based financial advisers Duff & Phelps as administrators.[20] Rangers entered administration over an alleged non-payment of £9m in PAYE and VAT taxes to HM Revenue and Customs.[20][21] On entering administration, the team was docked ten points by the SPL, a move regarded as 'effectively ending' its 2012 championship challenge.[20] A failure then to submit accounts for 2011 meant the club was not granted a licence to play in European football in season 2012–13.[22][23] In April it was revealed that the club's total debts could be as high as £134m.[24]

On 13 May it was revealed that Whyte sold his controlling interest in The Rangers Football Club Plc for £2 to a consortium led by Charles Green.[25] Green offered the creditors a settlement, in the form of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), in an attempt to exit administration.[25] On 12 June 2012, it emerged that HMRC would reject the CVA put forward by Green. Green's takeover of the club depended on the CVA being accepted by HMRC, which would have seen only £8.5m of the total debt repaid. The formal rejection of the CVA, two days later, meant that the Rangers Football Club Plc entered the liquidation process and the clubs corporate owner would have to be transferred to a new company.[26] The oldco's assets, including Rangers F.C., Ibrox Stadium and Rangers Training Centre, were sold to Sevco 5088 Ltd, a consortium led by Green, in a deal worth £5.5m.[27] In turn, these assets were then transferred to Sevco Scotland Ltd which was renamed The Rangers Football Club Ltd at the end of July 2012.[28]

PlayersEdit

Squad informationEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK   Allan McGregor 30 1998 278 0 2017 Youth system
2 DF   Dorin Goian 31 2011 38 1 2014 £0.8m
3 DF   David Weir (captain) 41 2007 (Winter) 231 5 2012 Free left on 17 January
4 DF   Kirk Broadfoot 27 2007 116 1 2013 Free
5 DF   Saša Papac 32 2006 227 7 2012 £0.45m
6 MF   Lee McCulloch 33 2007 173 20 2013 £2.25m
7 MF   Maurice Edu 26 2008 125 12 2013 £2.6m
8 MF   Steven Davis (captain) 27 2008 211 22 2016 £3m
9 FW   Nikica Jelavić 26 2010 55 36 2014 £4m left on 31 January
10 MF   John Fleck 20 2007 58 3 2013 Youth system
11 FW   Kyle Lafferty 24 2008 138 38 2013 £3.25m
12 DF   Lee Wallace 24 2011 34 2 2016 £1.5m
14 FW   Steven Naismith 25 2008 140 33 2015 £1.9m
15 FW   David Healy 32 2011 (Winter) 25 5 2012 Free
16 DF   Steven Whittaker 27 2007 209 28 2016 £2m
17 MF   Juan Manuel Ortiz 30 2011 14 1 2014 £0.5m
18 DF   Carlos Bocanegra (vc) 32 2011 34 3 2014 £0.4m
19 FW   James Beattie 33 2010 10 0 2012 £1.25m left on 31 August
19 MF   Sone Aluko 23 2011 23 12 2012 £0.15m
20 MF   Matt McKay 29 2011 3 0 2014 £0.32m left on 27 February
21 MF   Alejandro Bedoya 25 2011 13 1 2014 £0.4m
22 DF   Kyle Bartley 20 2011 30 1 2012 Loan
23 DF   Jordan McMillan 23 2005 5 0 2012 Youth system left on 31 January
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 28 2008 113 5 2012 £2.5m left on 10 August
24 MF   Mervan Çelik 21 2012 (Winter) 6 0 2015 £0.25m left on 6 March
25 GK   Neil Alexander 34 2008 (Winter) 47 0 2013 Free
26 MF   Jamie Ness 21 2007 18 2 2015 Youth system
27 MF   Gregg Wylde 20 2007 48 2 2016 Youth system left on 6 March
28 MF   Salim Kerkar 24 2010 18 2 2012 Free
32 DF   Ross Perry 22 2006 13 0 2015 Youth system
33 MF   Thomas Kind Bendiksen 22 2007 3 0 2012 £0.09m left on 1 January
34 FW   Andrew Little 23 2007 24 7 2012 Youth system
35 MF   Kyle Hutton 21 2008 14 0 2014 Youth system out on season loan
38 FW   Kane Hemmings 21 2008 5 0 2013 Youth system
40 MF   Andrew Mitchell 20 2010 2 0 2012 Free
41 MF   Rhys McCabe 19 2009 9 0 2015 Youth system
69 FW   Barrie McKay 17 2011 1 0 2013 Free
  • Last updated: 13 May 2012
  • Source:Players transfer, Wikipedia players' articles
  • Ordered by squad numbers.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
17 MF   Juan Manuel Ortiz 29 Almería   Transfer Summer 2014 £0.5m [5]
12 DF   Lee Wallace 23 Heart of Midlothian Transfer Summer 2016 £1.5m [29]
2 DF   Dorin Goian 30 Palermo   Transfer Summer 2014 £0.8m [30]
22 DF   Kyle Bartley 20 Arsenal   Loan extension Summer 2012 n/a [31]
21 MF   Alejandro Bedoya 24 Örebro SK   Transfer Summer 2014 £0.4m [29][32]
18 DF   Carlos Bocanegra 32 Saint-Étienne   Transfer Summer 2014 £0.4m [33]
20 MF   Matt McKay 28 Brisbane Roar   Transfer Summer 2014 £0.32m [34][35]
19 MF   Sone Aluko 22 Aberdeen Transfer n/a 2012 £0.15m [36]
24 MF   Mervan Çelik 21 GAIS   Transfer Winter 2015 £0.24m [37]

Last updated: 11 February 2012
Total spending: £4.31m

OutEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
20 MF   Vladimír Weiss 21 Manchester City   Loan return Summer n/a [38][39]
12 DF   Richard Foster 25 Aberdeen Loan return Summer n/a [38][40]
17 FW   El Hadji Diouf 30 Blackburn Rovers   Loan return Summer n/a [38][41]
37 MF   Andrew Shinnie 22 Inverness Caledonian Thistle End of contract Summer n/a [42]
38 MF   Stephen Stirling 22 Stranraer End of contract Summer n/a [42]
41 FW   Archie Campbell 21 Greenock Morton End of contract Summer n/a [42]
42 GK   Wayne Drummond 19 Ballymena United   End of contract Summer n/a [42]
49 FW   Cristiano Kisuka 19 Beith Juniors End of contract Summer n/a [42]
57 MF   Dylan McGeouch 18 Celtic End of contract Summer £0.1m [43]
65 MF   Steven Hetherington 17 Motherwell End of contract Summer n/a [42]
31 GK   Grant Adam 20 Forfar Athletic Loan Summer n/a [44][45]
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 28 Lekhwiya   Transfer Summer £1.7m [46]
34 FW   Andrew Little 22 Port Vale   Loan Summer n/a [47]
19 FW   James Beattie 33 Free agent Contract terminated Summer n/a [48][49]
42 FW   Kal Naismith 19 Cowdenbeath Loan Summer n/a [50]
35 MF   Kyle Hutton 20 Partick Thistle Loan Summer n/a [51]
51 GK   Blair Currie 18 Hamilton Academical Loan Winter n/a [52]
33 MF   Thomas Kind Bendiksen 22 Tromsø   End of contract Winter £0.25m[53] [54]
36 DF   Darren Cole 19 Partick Thistle Loan Winter n/a [55]
59 FW   Sam McMahon 17 Doncaster Rovers   Transfer Winter Free [56]
42 FW   Kal Naismith 19 Partick Thistle Loan Winter n/a [57]
3 DF   David Weir 41 Free agent Contract terminated Winter n/a [58]
10 MF   John Fleck 20 Blackpool   Loan Winter n/a [59]
31 GK   Grant Adam 20 Airdrie United Loan Winter n/a [60]
63 FW   Freddie Espling 18 Djurgårdens IF   Transfer Winter Free [61]
45 MF   Nicolaj Køhlert 19 Silkeborg IF   Transfer Winter Free [61]
17 MF   Juan Manuel Ortiz 29 Almería   Loan Winter n/a [62]
23 DF   Jordan McMillan 23 Dunfermline Athletic Transfer Winter Undisclosed [63]
9 FW   Nikica Jelavić 26 Everton   Transfer Winter £5.5m [64]
35 MF   Kyle Hutton 20 Dunfermline Athletic Loan Winter n/a [63]
64 MF   Marc Dyer 17 Ayr United Transfer Winter Free [61]
61 FW   Jack Werndly 18 Albion Rovers Loan Winter n/a [61]
20 MF   Matt McKay 29 Busan I'Park   Transfer n/a £0.063m [65]
24 MF   Mervan Çelik 21 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [66]
27 MF   Gregg Wylde 20 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [66]
52 DF   Ewan McNeil 18 Airdrie United Loan n/a n/a [67]

Last updated: 25 March 2012
Total income: £7.513m

New contractsEdit

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Status
Contract length
Expiry date
Source
5 DF   Saša Papac 31 Signed 1 year June 2012 [68]
32 MF   Thomas Kind Bendiksen 21 Signed 6 months January 2012 [69]
28 MF   Salim Kerkar 23 Signed 1 year June 2012 [70]
15 FW   David Healy 31 Signed 1 year June 2012 [71]
29 FW   Andrew Little 22 Signed 1 year June 2012 [72]
1 GK   Allan McGregor 29 Signed 6 years June 2017 [3]
16 DF   Steven Whittaker 27 Signed 5 years June 2016 [3]
3 DF   David Weir 41 Signed 1 year June 2012 [73]
8 MF   Steven Davis 26 Signed 5 years June 2016 [74]
27 MF   Gregg Wylde 20 Signed 5 years June 2016 [75]
32 DF   Ross Perry 21 Signed 4 years June 2015 [76]
23 DF   Jordan McMillan 23 Rejected 3 years June 2015 [77][78]
33 MF   Thomas Kind Bendiksen 22 Rejected 2 years & 6 months June 2014 [79]
41 MF   Rhys McCabe 19 Signed 3 years June 2015 [80]

Last updated: 2 January 2012

Squad statisticsEdit

Total Scottish Premier League UEFA Champions League Scottish Cup League Cup UEFA Europa League
No.
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
1 GK   Allan McGregor 43 43 37 2 2 2
2 DF   Dorin Goian 38 38 1 33 2 1 1 2
3 DF   David Weir 1 1 1
4 DF   Kirk Broadfoot 13 18 16 2
5 DF   Saša Papac 26 26 21 2 2 1
6 MF   Lee McCulloch 24 30 5 26 5 2 1 1
7 MF   Maurice Edu 40 42 3 36 3 2 2 2
8 MF   Steven Davis 39 39 5 33 5 2 1 1 2
9 FW   Nikica Jelavić 26 28 17 22 14 2 1 1 1 1 1 2
10 MF   John Fleck 1 5 4 1
11 FW   Kyle Lafferty 16 23 7 20 7 1 2
12 DF   Lee Wallace 32 34 2 28 2 2 2 2
14 FW   Steven Naismith 14 15 9 11 9 2 1 1
15 FW   David Healy 9 15 4 11 3 2 1 1 1
16 DF   Steven Whittaker 27 28 2 25 2 2 1
17 MF   Juan Manuel Ortiz 8 14 1 10 2 2 1
18 DF   Carlos Bocanegra 34 34 3 29 2 2 1 2 1
19 MF   Sone Aluko 21 23 12 21 12 2
20 MF   Matt McKay 2 3 3
21 MF   Alejandro Bedoya 6 13 1 12 1 1
22 DF   Kyle Bartley 20 21 19 2
23 DF   Jordan McMillan 1 3 2 1
24 DF   Madjid Bougherra 4 4 2 2
24 MF   Mervan Çelik 1 6 5 1
25 GK   Neil Alexander 2 2 1 1
26 MF   Jamie Ness 3 5 1 5 1
27 MF   Gregg Wylde 15 25 2 21 2 2 1 1
28 MF   Salim Kerkar 5 17 2 15 1 2 1
32 DF   Ross Perry 8 13 12 1
33 MF   Thomas Kind Bendiksen 1 3 3
34 FW   Andrew Little 6 11 5 10 5 1
38 FW   Kane Hemmings 5 4 1
40 MF   Andrew Mitchell 1 2 2
41 MF   Rhys McCabe 8 9 9
69 FW   Barrie McKay 1 1
Last updated: 13 May 2012
Source: Soccerbase - Rangers 2011/2012 player appearances
Ordered by squad numbers
0 shown as blank