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 week, we’ve picked out what what we believe to be the best overhead kick goals.
Have we ranked these goals correctly or are there any strikes you would have included in the list? Tweet us @RangersFC.
10: Boyd v Hibernian, SPL, December 2008.
With Rangers in pursuit of Celtic at the top of the SPL, Kris Boyd’s strike helped the Light Blues over the line against a dogged Hibs side.
Steven Davis’ corner met Kirk Broadfoot just in front of the penalty spot, and with his head, the defender knocked the ball on for the lurking Boyd.
With his back to goal, he flicked a one-touch shot past giant goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay and into the back of the net.
For as good a goal as it was though, Pedro Mendes came close to topping it when he hit the bar minutes later after taking on a shot from the halfway line.
9: Prso v Fulham, friendly, July 2004.
The fact this goal came in a friendly is probably the reason it doesn’t feature higher on the list, but technically, this one is right up there.
In front of an enormous travelling support at Craven Cottage, Nacho Novo’s cross found Chris Burke at the back post, before he headed across goal for Prso.
With the ball high in the air, the big Croatian acrobatically met the ball sweetly with his right foot and struck it low into in the bottom corner.
The goal proved to be the winner in the match over the then Premier League side, and it was the start of a terrific relationship between Prso and the Light Blues’ fans.
8: Hardie v Dumbarton, Championship, April 2015.
In his first start for Rangers, Ryan Hardie announced himself in some style with two goals – the second of which was a quite excellent overhead kick.
With Stuart McCall’s side level against Ian Murray’s Sons, Haris Vuckic’s cross with the outside of his boot found Hardie lurking on the six-yard line, and with a delicate flick, he turned the ball over his head before it nestled in the bottom corner.
It announced himself in style to the Rangers support, and it set the Gers on course for an eventual 3-1 triumph.
7: Lovenkrands v Aberdeen, August 2005.
Although Rangers went on to lose this match 3-2 at the start of the 2005/06 season, it will be remembered for a quite stunning goal from Danish star Peter Lovenkrands.
Trailing 2-0, Dado Prso halved the deficit before half time before Lovenkrands struck early in the second half to bring Alex McLeish’s men level.
Popping up in the unfamiliar position of left-wing, Steven Thompson drove-in a teasing ball from the by-line, and waiting just shy of the penalty spot was Lovenkrands who connected perfectly to make it 2-2.
A late Jamie Smith goal for the Dons consigned Rangers to defeat however in what turned out to be a season to forget for Rangers.
6: Williamson v Celtic, April 1984.
In an era of forgettable football for Rangers, Bobby Williamson provided a moment to remember with an excellent goal in this win over Celtic.
Davie Cooper’s corner wasn’t dealt with by the Hoops’ defence, and there to meet it was Williamson who acrobatically turned the ball into the top corner.
Rangers went on to win the match by the single goal, but it was to be a season of disappointment for the Light Blues as they finished fourth in the Premier Division.
5: McCoist v Hibernian, October 1993.
Ally McCoist returned from injury in the 1993 League Cup Final in typical fashion.
A 5-0 humiliation for Scotland in Portugal in April of that year was made even worse with the Gers striker breaking his leg and being forced to spend the next six months on the sidelines.
It just so happened his first game back was the League Cup Final of 1993/94 against Hibernian at Celtic Park, and with the game tightly balanced at 1-1, up popped McCoist to flick the ball into the back of the net to hand Rangers yet another trophy during the incredibly successful period under Walter Smith’s management.
4: Ehiogu v Celtic
Games against Celtic often seem to involve fantastic goals from Rangers players, and this unbelievable strike from Ugo Ehiogu was no different.
In Walter Smith’s first Old Firm game since returning to the club, his Gers side soaked up attack after attack in the first half and somehow made it to the interval with the scores level.
And just minutes into the second half, they took a shock lead thanks to the genius of towering defender Ugo Ehiogu.
Celtic failed to clear a Charlie Adam corner and the ball broke to now assistant manager David Weir on the edge of the area. He nodded it forward to Ehiogu who sensationally turned the ball home to give Rangers the lead, and the three points.
3: Macleod v Ayr
The first of an extraordinary two overhead kicks scored by the young Wishaw man, Lewis Macleod demonstrated in style his high level of skill and technique with an unbelievable strike in a 2-0 win away to Ayr United.
Arnold Peralta’s corner was nodded-on by Andy Little at the front post before Bilel Mohsni sent it goalwards.
His header was never going to trouble the goalkeeper, but before it could cross over the six-yard line, Macleod struck to fire the ball into the back of the net.
Seldom will you see an overhead kick struck with more venom than this one, and it gave home keeper David Hutton absolutely no chance whatsoever.
2: Jelavic v Aberdeen
In his 18 months at Rangers, Nikica Jelavic became something of a fans’ favourite thanks to his fabulous dedication to the cause and also his penchant for scoring hugely important goals that were generally of the spectacular variety.
And on his list of incredible strikes, the overhead effort at Pittodrie in April 2011 probably tops the lot.
Chasing a third league title in a row, Rangers headed north to the Granite City in desperate need of the three points at a venue that always posed a multitude of problems for the Light Blues.
Midway through the first half, Kyle Lafferty flicked-on a long ball forward, and with the ball well above his head, Jelavic somehow managed to connect with his right foot to blast the ball past Jamie Langfield.
Walter Smith’s men held on for the win that formed part of a fantastic unbeaten run of ten matches which took Rangers to the title.
1: Macleod v Livingston
The second Lewis Macleod goal to feature on the list, this one sticks out above all else for its sheer technical brilliance.
Standing to the left of the goal just outside the six yard box, most players would have looked to take a few steps back before controlling the ball. But not Macleod.
With the ball well above his head, he struck it both beautifully and powerfully with his right foot into the top corner of the net.
It was a quite stunning effort, and it secured Rangers an important 1-0 win in West Lothian.