SCOT SYMON, who had become just the third man to manage Rangers, needed time to mould a new team and essentially built two in his time at Ibrox.
Symon, incidentally, was the first man to play both football and cricket for Scotland, a feat matched by future Rangers goalie Andy Goram in 1989.
He won six titles as manager and the Treble in 1963/64 was the crowning glory when a side that still trips off the tongue conquered all: Ritchie; Shearer, Caldow; Greig, McKinnon, Baxter; Henderson, McMillan, Millar, Brand & Wilson.
Rangers won 25 of their 34 League games during that Treble year, losing just four. They achieved the double over Celtic, but surprisingly lost at home and away to St Johnstone.
The League Cup was secured with a 5-0 victory over Morton in the Final and Rangers beat Dundee in a thrilling final 3-1 to lift the Scottish Cup.
It was to be 11 seasons before Rangers would be Champions again. Worse still, Celtic were to win nine consecutive titles during that time.
Symon’s start had been tough and he had to move George Young to centre half following the brutal life ban on Willie Woodburn
Rangers won the title in 1956, though, when new players like Jimmy Millar, Alex Scott and Sammy Baird made a real impact – Scott scoring the goal against Aberdeen that won the title.
The Light Bues retained the crown the following season when a terrific 16-game run at the end of the season pipped Hearts by two points.
Remarkably, it was rivals Celtic who helped Rangers win the Championship in 1958/59 on a dramatic final day. Rangers went into their final match with Aberdeen two points ahead of Hearts who were facing Celtic at Parkhead.
When Rangers lost 2-1 they were booed from the field as the fans thought they had blown the title but Celtic beat Hearts by the same scoreline and Rangers were champs for the 31st time.
The following season was tough in the championship, won by Hearts, but Rangers finished the season in style and it was a great moment for a loyal servant, Ian McColl.
Rangers reached the Scottish Cup final against Kilmarnock by virtue of a 4-1 replay win over Celtic and McColl was brought back in for what was his swansong. He was oustanding as Jimmy Millar goals either side of half-time won the match.
That summer Symon sanctioned a Scottish record £17,500 move for a certain Jim Baxter from Raith Rovers and Rangers went on to enjoy a golden period in their history.
In his first season Rangers romped to the League Cup – their first win since 1949 – when Killie, then managed by Willie Waddell, were beaten again this time with goals from Ralph Brand and Alex Scott.
Kilmarnock were also their main rivals for the title. Indeed Rangers only pipped Waddell’s men by one point. One of the main highlights of the campaign was a 5-1 drubbing of Celtic at Parkhead.
Rangers also made history this season by becoming the first British club to reach a European final when they were beaten 4-1 on aggregate in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final by Fiorentina.
The League Cup was retained in 1961/62 when Hearts were beaten 3-1 in a replay after a 1-1 draw with goas from Brand. Davie Wilsom and Ian McMillan.
Rangers also won the Scottish Cup back when St Mirren were beaten 2-0 in the final with Brand and Wilson again on target but the title was lost in the final three matches when the great Dundee side of the period came through to win their only Scottish crown.
Rangers, though, showed their class the following season when the team really clicked, winning the title by eight points from Kilmarnock, even although they had to play 12 matches in the final two months due to severe winter which caused a flood of postponements.
The Double was completed and it was sweetness personified as Celtic were swept aside 3-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw. Once more Brand and Wilson were kings with the former scoring twice.
As detailed earlier 1963/64 was the zenith of this side with a clean swep of the honours but the following season was the beginning of the end.
The League Cup was won when two Jim Forrest goals beat Celtic 2-1 but Rangers finished 5th in the table and at the end of the season Baxter got his wish of a move to England and more money when he signed for Sunderland.