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 cheekiest goals we’ve seen while Follow Following the Light Blues.
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10 Billy Dodds v Sturm Graz – Champions League, 2000
In what was an uproarious European Night at Ibrox, Austrian side Sturm Graz were swept aside 5-0 by Dick Advocaat’s swashbuckling side.
With domestic form not going to plan, there was an air of nervousness going into this first Champions League group game – but goals from Michael Mols, Ronald de Boer, Jorg Albertz, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and latterly Billy Dodds secured a famous win.
And it was the goal from Dodds that topped the lot. With five minutes left on the clock, he ran on to a lovely through ball from Van Bronckhorst and from the edge of the area on the right-hand side, he chipped the ball delightfully over goalkeeper Josef Schicklgruber.
Despite seven points from their opening three games though, Rangers failed to qualify for the next stage of the competition.
9 Laudrup v Celtic – Scottish Cup, 1996
Rangers booked their place in the Scottish Cup final as Brian Laudrup turned on the style at Hampden.
Already a goal up through Ally McCoist, the Great Dane himself won the ball inside his own half and proceeded to destroy the Celtic defence with a stunning goal.
A deft flick out to the right wing to Gordon Durie saw Durie return the compliment with a similar ball back to Laudrup, and, thanks to a beautiful touch on his chest, he was all of a sudden clean through on goal.
Out came Gordon Marshall to try and deny him, but before he could reach Laudrup, the Rangers man had poked the ball over his head and into the back of the net to set up a Final clash with Hearts.
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8 Sone Aluko v Celtic – SPL, 2012
With the gloom of administration and the prospect of Celtic winning the league at Ibrox, Sone Aluko dispelled the air of negativity with a stunning goal to set Rangers on their way to a famous victory.
Picking up the ball in midfield, the skilful Nigerian nutmegged Thomas Rogne, escaped the attentions of Cha Du Ri and skinned Charlie Mulgrew before slotting the ball past Fraser Forster and into the back of the net.
With the angst and tension among the Rangers support palpable as a result of the goings on at the club, Aluko’s strike cued complete carnage in the stands with the celebrations akin to a pressure valve being released.
The Gers went on to win the game 3-2 to provide a real moment of light during one of the darkest periods in the club’s history.
7 Robert Fleck v Tampere – UEFA Cup, 1986
Fleck may have finished the move off, but this goal was all about the genius of the late, great Davie Cooper.
Taking the ball midway into the Tampere half, Cooper danced his way past no less than five Finnish defenders before bursting into the box, beating another one, and squaring for Fleck to tap home.
It was a wonderful piece of play from Cooper, and although Fleck completed his hat-trick with the goal, the Rangers players went to celebrate with Cooper in recognition of his incredible play.
Rangers won the UEFA Cup tie 4-0.
6 Marco Negri v Hearts – Premier Division, 1997
Enigmatic Italian Marco Negri announced himself in Scottish football with a double against Hearts on the opening day of the 1997/98 season.
After a scrappy opener that Negri poked just over the line from around a yard out, he chipped Gilles Rousset from the right hand corner of the box just minutes later to send Ibrox wild.
Capitalising on a slip in the Jambos defence, Negri picked up before driving into the area and lofting the ball over the head of the goalkeeper in a display of what he was capable of in those crazy early months of the failed “10 in a Row” season.
5 Rod Wallace v Celtic – SPL, 1999
This move ended with a stunning finish from Rod Wallace, but the goal was all about the brilliant work from Gabriel Amato.
Barry Ferguson took a quick free-kick down the right channel and found Gabriel Amato. Out came Alan Stubbs and Phil O’Donnell to try and close him down, but Amato was far too quick and was soon past them.
From there, he hared into the area, rode a strong Jackie McNamara challenge and poked the ball up for Rod Wallace to finish sweetly on the volley.
Amato may not quite have had the goalscoring record that was anticipated from him, but his skill at times was sensational, as it was on this occasion to put Rangers 2-1 ahead in the New Year derby match.
4 Dado Prso v Aberdeen – SPL, 2005
Rangers capitalised on a 3-1 defeat for Celtic the previous day to win 3-1 themselves at Pittodrie to inject new life into their 2005 title challenge.
With the scores level at 1-1, Nacho Novo capitalised on a slip from Russell Anderson on a sodden pitch to square for Prso, who, with his back to goal, flicked the ball home with a back heel finish.
It was a stunning goal from the big Croat, and he added another goal in the second half to secure a crucial three points and Rangers eventually claimed the Premier League title.
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3 Charlie Adam v Celtic – SPL, 2007
In the final ‘Old Firm’ match of the season, goals from Kris Boyd and a cheeky Charlie Adam free-kick saw Rangers make it back-to-back wins over their rivals.
With the ball sat 25-yards from goal, most would have expected Adam to curl the ball over the ball to test Artur Boruc.
Instead, anticipating the Celtic wall to jump, he slid the ball under them and caught Boruc completely by surprise to hand Walter Smith’s rejuvenated side a richly deserved two-goal lead.
Adam’s wide mouthed expression in the wake of the goal told the whole story as Rangers finished what was a disappointing season with a flourish.
2 Marco Negri v Dundee United – Premier Division, 1997
Just a fortnight after his chip against Hearts, Marco Negri repeated the act in a 5-1 demolition of Dundee United at Ibrox.
After netting twice against the Tangerines from close range, Negri gathered the ball in midfield, flicked it twice over the head of Stewart McKimmie before the dazed defender crashed into teammate Steven Pressley, and from just outside the box, he deftly flicked it over Sieb Dijkstra and into the back of the net.
It was a moment of complete genius from Negri, and he went on to add a further two goals in the game to take his personal tally for the day to five as Gers won 5-1.
1 Davie Cooper v Celtic – Drybrough Cup, 1979
Scoring in an Old Firm game is one thing, but doing so having done keepy-uppys in the Celtic box to beat four of their defenders is quite another.
Picking the ball up in the right of the penalty area, Cooper took two touches to beat three defenders, another (without letting the ball bounce) to beat another, and as the ball touched the ground he prodded it beyond the Celtic goalkeeper.
It remains a goal still talked about to this day, and voted the greatest ever Rangers goal in 1999, this is by far and away our undisputed number one this week.
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