THROUGHOUT the 2015/16 season, the official matchday programme and RangersTV will take a look at some great top ten features relating to Rangers.
This time around, we’ve picked out the most capped Rangers players who have played in the famous Royal Blue jersey.
DAMARCUS BEASLEY – 2007-2010 – 123 United States Caps
BEASLEY’S spell in Glasgow may have been inconsistent and injury ravaged, but he is a legend of US Soccer having claimed a remarkable 123 caps – and that figure may rise further.
Joining Rangers for £700,000 in the summer of 2007, Beasley netted his first goal in the 1-0 Champions League qualifying win away to FK Zeta before being influential in the incredible 3-0 Group Stage win at Lyon in the same competition.
That night he set-up two goals and scored the third, but that wasn’t to be a precursor for what was to follow from Beasley as he battled injury for the remainder of his Rangers career.
He did recover to net in the 2008 Scottish Cup Final win over Queen of the South but he made only a further 18 appearances in his next two seasons with the Light Blues.
CLAUDIO REYNA – 1999-2001 – 112 United States Caps
WHILE his spell at Ibrox was short, Claudio Reyna left a lasting impression on Rangers with a string of impressive performances both at home and abroad.
Signing towards the end of the 1998/99 season, Reyna was superb in the 3-0 win at Parkhead which secured Rangers the SPL title before he went on to play 42 times in 1999/00 and scored the crucial second goal in Gers 2-0 Champions League qualifying win over Parma.
While the following season was a major disappointment for the team, Reyna was an almost ever-present once again, but the two goals he scored were matched by the number of times he was red carded.
He lasted only a further half-season at Ibrox before departing for Sunderland, with his final appearance for the club coming in the penalty-shootout win over PSG in the UEFA Cup.
FRANK DE BOER – 2004 – 112 Netherlands Caps
WHILE his spell in Glasgow was only five months long, it was a pleasure to see a man with such an illustrious history behind him pull on the famous blue jersey.
Joining up with twin Ronald, Frank’s Ibrox career didn’t get off to the best of starts. In one of his first games against Hibs in the League Cup semi-final, he hit the post with the crucial kick in the penalty shootout to put Alex McLeish’s side out of the competition.
It was reminiscent of the Euro 2000 semi-final where he missed a penalty in normal time and also in the shootout as the Dutch went out of their home tournament.
Nevertheless, he recovered to score twice for Rangers in 18 games before moving to finish his career in Qatar.
CARLOS BOCANEGRA – 2011/12 – 110 United States caps
SPENDING only one season at Rangers as the club plunged into administration and subsequently the Third Division, it proved to be more than ample time for a mutual affection to build between ‘Captain America’ and the Gers.
Making 40 appearances in Light Blue, Bocanegra stayed for the beginning of the Third Division campaign before departing initially on loan for Racing Santander.
Forming a partnership largely with Dorin Goian, the pair began the 2011/12 season well in the league – although there was crushing disappointment in the Europa League with Gers knocked out by Maribor 3-2 with ‘Boca’ scoring in the second leg 1-1 draw.
It truly was a shame that the defender had to depart Rangers however given the level of his performances, but a quick look at his social media channels tells you just how much he enjoyed his year in Glasgow.
JONATAN JOHANSSON – 1997–2000 – 106 Finland Caps
LARGELY unheralded at Rangers, Jonatan Johansson had a knack of scoring important goals at important times.
Signed by Walter Smith in season 1997/98, he made his debut in the 2-1 UEFA Cup loss to Strasbourg before going on to make a further eight appearances without scoring as the season ended in major disappointment for everyone at Rangers.
The arrival of Dick Advocaat saw a new dawn break for ‘JJ’ however, and a very decent return of 17 goals in 37 appearances followed, and that included European goals against Shelbourne, Beitar Jerusalem and home and away to Bayer Leverkusen.
One goal in just 13 games in all competitions at the start of the 1999/00 campaign would have been a disappointment for Johansson, but he put that behind him with a terrific hat-trick in a 5-1 demolition job against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, before netting the opening goal in a terrific 4-2 win over Celtic the following week.
Another goal against Hibs another week on followed, but that was to be his last in Light Blue as injury ruled him out for the bulk of the remainder of the season, and he departed Ibrox for Charlton Athletic having played just one game in 2000/01.
GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST – 1998-2001 – 106 Netherlands Caps
QUITE simply, it was an utter privilege to have a player of Van Bronckhorst’s magnificence playing at Ibrox.
Costing Dick Advocaat £5million to bring the 23-year-old to Ibrox, he scored on his debut as Rangers came from 3-0 down to win 5-3 against Shelbourne in the UEFA Cup, and he struck a total of 10 goals in 53 appearances as the Gers made it a domestic clean sweep.
A further six goals in 45 appearances came the following season, but his international caps were really starting to mount up too on the side, claiming a total of nine as the Dutch warmed up for and then played in Euro 2000 which they co-hosted.
Injury was to deprive him of most of season 2000/01, and he departed Ibrox for Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £8million at the end of that season, where he continued to enjoy an incredibly decorated career.
Adding to the two SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup he won at Rangers, he claimed a Premiership title and two FA Cups at Arsenal, two La Liga crowns and a Champions League at Barcelona, and his career ended with him captaining his country at the 2010 World Cup.
A true legend of football, it almost seems surreal to recall he once plied his trade in front of an adoring Ibrox.
MARVIN ANDREWS – 2004-2006 – 101 Trinidad and Tobago caps
MARVIN made us all believe.
We all know the story of Helicopter Sunday, and it’s important to remember it all came down to Big Marvellous convincing the big fella up the stairs to do us a favour.
Outstanding in that 2004/05 season, he looked to have had his season ended after suffering a cruciate ligament injury at Dens Park, Dundee in mid-March, but another intervention from above healed his knee, and he was back in action within a fortnight to help his teammates cross the Championship finishing line.
In total, he made 64 appearances for Rangers, and while the following season was largely one to forget, he played a key role in seeing Rangers secure a draw against Inter Milan in the Champions League to see them through to the last 16.
Unfortunately for Marvin, injury cost him his place at the 2006 World Cup, and he departed Rangers for Raith Rovers two divisions down. He continues to play to this day for Barry Ferguson’s Clyde, aged 39.
HENNING BERG – 2003-04 – 100 Norway Caps
ALTHOUGH he didn’t play in that Champions League final of 1999 for Manchester United, he played a key role in getting them there and signed for Rangers in the summer of 2003 from Blackburn Rovers.
By then aged 35, he gave his all in what was a thoroughly miserable year for Rangers, although he played in all six Champions League ties, including home and away to former club Man United, although the less said about those two games the better.
A man of huge experience, he also won a Premier League and a League Cup in two spells with Blackburn, and represented Norway at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as well as at Euro 2000.
Today he is a currently out of work manager, although his last job was as Legia Warsaw boss when they defeated a certain club who also reside in Glasgow in Champions League qualifying last year.
DAVID HEALY – 2011-2012 – 95 Northern Ireland Caps
DAVID HEALY was already a Northern Ireland legend when he signed for his boyhood idols Rangers in January 2011.
A winner against England in 2005 was terrific, but a year later in qualifying for Euro 2008, he scored a hat-trick versus Spain as part of a total of 13 qualifying goals (the highest of any player in that campaign).
His club record was never as impressive, but he scored on his Rangers debut in a 6-1 rout of Motherwell in February 2011 as the Gers went on to claim the title.
Four goals in 12 appearances the following year followed, and in total, he claimed 20 Rangers appearances before departing the club in the summer of 2012 for Bury.
But it was as a Northern Ireland player that Healy will always be remembered – scoring national record 36 goals in his 95 caps.
TUGAY KERIMOGLU – 2000-2001 – 94 Turkey Caps
GENERALLY referred to as just ‘Tugay’, the unexpected was usually to be expected from the supremely talented Turk.
Signed by Dick Advocaat in January 2000, he made 20 appearances for Rangers as they claimed the League and Scottish Cup, and scored one goal in a 6-2 humiliation of Motherwell.
38 appearances and three goals – including a long-range stunner against Dunfermline – followed in 2000-01, before he left for Blackburn Rovers in summer 2001, where he spent eight terrific years.
On the international front, Tugay was an integral part of the Turkish side which made a surprise run to third place at the 2002 World Cup, and he remains a real legend of Turkish football.
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