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10 Rod Wallace v Dortmund – UEFA CUP Third Round – 25/11/1999
ONE of those goals you simply can’t help but watch again and again and again.
On this occasion, a quite wonderful move involving 20 passes from one end of the field to the other ended with Arthur Numan finding the superb run of Jorg Albertz into the left of the box with a classy ball before the German sliced his compatriots open with a beautiful cut-back to Rod Wallace to finish with aplomb.
It was stunning, incisive football which put the Light Blues 2-0 up against an admittedly weaker Borussia Dortmund side than the one which graces their famous yellow and black kits these days.
The less said about the second leg the better however, as the Germans came back from the dead to win 2-0 in the Westfalenstadion before going through on penalties.
9 Sandy Jardine v Bayern Munich – Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-Final – 19/04/1972
THE late, great Sandy Jardine put Rangers on-course for Barcelona with this stunning strike in the opening minutes of the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final in 1972.
Having achieved a tremendous 1-1 draw away to the top-drawer Bayern Munich in the first leg, Ibrox was filled to the gunnels with an incredible 80,000 fans turning out hoping to witness some history.
And the place was in sheer uproar with only a minute gone as Sandy Jardine picked the ball up in midfield, strode forward in trademark fashion, skipped inside and unleashed a terrific 25-yard drive which nestled in the side netting.
It was a quite astonishing start, and Derek Parlane netted a second later in the half to send Rangers through to the final, and we all know what happened there!
8 Bobby Russell v PSV Eindhoven – European Cup Second Round – 1/11/1978
DAUNTING. The only word that can be used to describe Rangers’ trip to Eindhoven to face a fantastic PSV side in the European Cup in 1978.
After a 0-0 draw at Ibrox in the first leg, Rangers travelled to face a team who had never lost at home in Europe, and pulled off a massive shock.
Already heading through on the away goals rule thanks to Alex MacDonald and Derek Johnstone cancelling out two strikes from the home side, Bobby Russell put the tie to bed with just three minutes left.
Slipped through by a defence-splitting Tommy McLean ball, Russell picked up, sprinted forward to the edge of the box before curling a wonderful finish around the on-rushing goalkeeper.
7 Mark Hateley v Leeds United – European Cup Second Round – 4/11/1992
WRITTEN-OFF after ‘only’ beating English champions Leeds United 2-1 in the first-leg at Ibrox, Mark Hateley shut many of his compatriots up with a wonderful strike in the opening minutes of the second leg at Elland Road.
Ian Durrant nodded the ball on for Hateley, and, on the volley, he unleashed a thunderous drive beyond John Lukic and into the back of the net.
Greeted with silence inside the stadium given there were no Rangers fans present, it set the Light Blues up to eventually go on to win 2-1 and 4-2 on aggregate to progress to the inaugural Champions League.
6 Peter Lovenkrands v Stuttgart – Champions League Group Stage – 16/09/2003
SELDOM has Ibrox gone more crazy in celebrating a goal – and no wonder.
Having toiled for the majority of the match against a highly competent Stuttgart side, Christian Nerlinger had managed to level matters for the Light Blues after Kevin Kuranyi had put the visitors deservedly in front.
A draw would have been no bad result against a team of the German’s quality, but Peter Lovenkrands had other ideas as he netted a wonderful winner just five minutes after Nerlinger’s equaliser and with only 11 minutes left on the clock.
Picking the ball up in midfield, the Dane beat two defenders before blasting the ball beyond the impressive Timo Hildebrand in the Stuttgart goal from all of 30 yards to send Ibrox five levels beyond ballistic.
5 Charlie Adam v Stuttgart – Champions League Group Stage – 19/09/2007
THE first of two games against the German side to feature, on this occasion they visited Ibrox as Bundesliga champions and boasted an array of top talent.
After Mario Gomez had put the visitors in front, it was up to Rangers to find their way back into the match, and they managed to do so in some style.
Bursting up the right wing as he so often did, Alan Hutton evaded no less than three challenges before making his way infield.
From there, he played a wonderful ball to Charlie Adam who stepped inside his marker and curled a terrific shot into the top corner from the far corner of the penalty area.
It brought Walter Smith’s side back on level terms before a late Jean-Claude Darcheville penalty won the game for the Gers.
4 Peter Lovenkrands v Villarreal – Champions League Round of 16 – 22/02/2006
IT’S astonishing and also rather saddening to think it’s now almost 10 years since Rangers mixed it with the very best in Europe in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Villarreal truly were an excellent side as they proved by reaching the semi-final of the competition, but they were given a real fright by Alex McLeish’s side over two legs in the Last 16.
After Juan Roman Riquelme had put the visitors in front from the penalty spot, Chris Burke went on a charging run forward before running out of gas just shy of the penalty area.
The ball however landed nicely at the feet of Lovenkrands who steadied himself before firing a terrific drive beyond Sebastian Viera to draw Rangers level.
The game ended 2-2, and despite one of Rangers’ best European performances in the second leg, a 1-1 draw there dumped the Light Blues out of the competition on away goals.
3 Steven Whittaker v Sporting Lisbon – UEFA Cup Quarter-Final – 10/04/2008
GO on, admit it – if you weren’t one of the fortunate ones to be present in the Jose Alvalade Stadium, then you were almost certainly dancing around your living room or local pub when this goal went in.
After an admittedly disappointing 0-0 draw at Ibrox the week before, Rangers were up against it to get a result in Lisbon, but thanks to Walter Smith’s tactical masterclass and a little bit of luck, Rangers pulled off a stunning 2-0 win to make it to the semi-finals.
A brilliant counter attack goal finished off by Jean-Claude Darcheville had the Light Blues in front, but it was nothing compared to the clinching second goal scored by Steven Whittaker.
Picking the ball up midway inside his own half, he strode forward at pace, evading three challenges in the process before slotting the ball below the goalkeeper to set the seal on a quite remarkable evening.
2 Paul Gascoigne v Steaua Bucharest – Champions League Group Stage – 22/11/1995
RANGERS’ European exploits in the 1990s were probably not as impressive as they should have been given the quality of players at the club’s disposal, but Paul Gascoigne provided a moment of real light with this exceptional goal against Romanian’s Steaua Bucharest.
With shades of his most famous Rangers goal which he scored against Aberdeen to clinch the league title later in the season, the Englishman picked up the ball in midfield and began to charge forward.
Leaving countless defenders in his wake, he was soon inside the penalty area where he fired the ball into the back of the net to give Rangers the lead.
The night was to end disappointingly though with the visitors equalising to claim a 1-1 draw.
1 Colin Stein v Moscow Dynamo – Cup Winners’ Cup Final – 24/05/1972
‘IN Barcelona! In 1972! Colin Stein scored one! Willie Johnston two!’
As catchy as the song is however, it only tells you half the story of the greatest night in the history of Rangers Football Club.
Under pressure to deliver, Rangers took the lead when Dave Smith’s quick thinking saw him find Stein inside the box with a superb ball over the top before the striker lashed the ball into the back of the net.
The rest, of course, is history as Rangers won 3-2 to bring the Cup Winners’ Cup back to Glasgow.
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