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 what we reckon are the best free-kicks we’ve seen while Follow Following the Light Blues.
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1.Davie Cooper v Aberdeen 25/10/1987
To this day, the goal at the east end of Hampden is probably still shaking. How Davie Cooper didn’t either burst the net of lift it from the ground is anyone’s guess too with the most incredible free-kick ever seen at the national stadium.
Inside the ‘D’ just to the right of centre, Cooper’s left foot produced an absolutely incredible strike which sailed into the top left-hand corner of the net, with the sheer venom in the shot taking the ball beyond Jim Leighton, despite the fact he was stood in that side of his goal.
It levelled matters at 1-1 in a topsy-turvy League Cup Final that eventually ended 3-3, with Ian Durrant hitting the winning penalty in the resultant shootout to ensure the trophy went back to Ibrox.
2. Jorg Albertz v Celtic 2/1/1997
If ever you wanted to know why Jorg Albertz is known as ‘Der Hammer’ all you would have to do is take a look at this quite incredible free-kick in the traditional New Year derby of 1997.
More than 30 yards from goal, the lovable German’s lethal left foot fired the ball past Stewart Kerr before he could move at a quite incredible speed of 78.7mph.
In a Rangers career littered with thumping goals, this one was surely the best and most important as it helped the Light Blues on their way to a vital 3-1 triumph in the ‘Nine in a Row’ season.
3. Barry Ferguson v Celtic 4/5/2002
Barry Ferguson cemented himself as a top free-kick taker with this outstanding effort in the 2002 Scottish Cup Final.
With time running out and Alex McLeish’s men trailing 2-1, up stepped Ferguson 25-yards out to curl a beautiful effort over the Celtic wall, beyond Rab Douglas and into the back of the net.
It was just deserts from the skipper given a similar effort from open play minutes before had crashed off the crossbar.
4. Fernando Ricksen v Aberdeen 22/9/2004
Fernando Ricksen wasn’t really known for his free-kick prowess until he hit this beauty in a League Cup tie at Pittodrie in September 2004.
After a shaky start to the league campaign, manager Alex McLeish was under pressure to turn results around, and this victory began a dramatic change in fortunes which led to Rangers claiming a League and League Cup double.
Slightly right of centre 25 yards out, up stepped Ricksen to curl a quite wonderful effort over the wall and into the top corner, giving keeper David Preece no chance whatsoever.
Ricksen went on to score a further three free-kicks that season in what was a wonderful individual campaign for him.
5. James Tavernier v Hibs 23/8/2015
Having already scored a terrific free-kick against the Edinburgh club in the Petrofac Cup in July, everyone’s favourite right-back repeated the trick a few weeks later in the Championship.
In a tight game of few chances, Tavernier managed to beat Mark Oxley with an outstanding effort, 12-yards short of the by-line on the left wing midway through the second half.
Lofting the ball high towards goal, it looked initially as if it was going to clear the bar before dipping at the last second over the Hibs keeper and nestling after hitting the inside of the side netting.
6. Stevie Smith v QoS 9/5/2015
In the latter days of Stevie Smith’s Rangers career, he became something of a free-kick expert having netted terrific efforts against Dunfermline and Dundee United in the previous season.
Neither of those were arguably as important as this one however, as it put Stuart McCall’s Gers on-course for victory in the Premiership play-off quarter finals.
Shortly before half time, Smith curled a quite beautiful effort over Queens’ wall, off the underside off the crossbar, and into the back of the net.
It truly was a sublime effort as Gers left Palmerston with a priceless 2-1 win.
7. Kris Boyd v QoS 24/5/2008
Yes, this effort lacks the technique displayed in some of the other efforts in our countdown, but for sheer power, it deserves to be in here.
Clearly exhausted after a record breaking season, Rangers struggled to break down a tight Queens’ defence until Kris Boyd struck after 32 minutes.
Putting his foot through the ball, he succeeded in putting enough swerve on it to fly around the wall and past Jamie MacDonald in the Dumfries side’s wall.
Rangers eventually triumphed 3-2 to end an incredible season on a high.
8. Nikica Jelavic v Kilmarnock 15/5/2011
After a similar effort against Hamilton Accies a few weeks earlier, Nikica Jelavic followed it up with this beauty in that quite incredible day at Rugby Park in 2011.
Already 3-0 up at half-time, Rangers won a free-kick on the circumference of the ‘D’, and there was little doubt who was to take it.
Up stepped Jelavic to fire the ball home in style after Sasa Papac had dummied past the outstretched gloves of Cammy Bell to make it 4-0 and put the game and the Championship race to bed once and for all.
9. Sone Aluko v Hibs 28/1/2012
A Bosman signing for Rangers in November 2011, Sone Aluko went on to have a quite superb impact at Ibrox in his seven months at the club.
Already 2-0 up against Hibs in this SPL clash, Rangers won a free-kick 30 yards from goal which resulted in the visitors’ James McPake seeing a second yellow card and a resultant red.
Being so far from goal, it would take something special for the Nigerian to find the net, but he did so in brilliant fashion, curling an effort over the wall and into the top corner leaving keeper Mark Brown rooted to the spot.
Steven Davis added a fourth goal in injury time to add more gloss to a more than decent afternoon for Rangers.
10. Peter Lovenkrands v Kilmarnock 11/3/2006
Forget the fact that then midfielder and now Queen of the South manager James Fowler was in goals for a second, and marvel at this quite superb strike from Peter Lovenkrands.
Kilmarnock had been reduced to 10-men with keeper Alan Combe dismissed for denying Lovenkrands a clear goalscoring opportunity, and having used all three substitutes, it fell to Fowler to stand between the sticks.
Ironically, Kilmarnock had TWO keepers on the bench – former Gers stopper Graeme Smith and now Ibrox goalie Cammy Bell – to get around the SPL’s under-21 quota rule, but even if one of them had been able to replace Combe, neither would have stood a chance.
From over 30 yards, Lovenkrands simply belted an effort over the wall and into the top corner to round-off the scoring in a 4-0 win.