WE’RE remembering some iconic moments in the history of the Light Blues with some great top ten features relating to Rangers from our archive.
This time around, we’ve picked out some of the best celebrations we’ve seen while Follow Following the Light Blues.
1 Gabriel Amato v Celtic 07/11/1999
In what was a highly dramatic Old Firm clash, Gabriel Amato sealed the points for Dick Advocaat’s side with a stunning goal before celebrating in some style.
Rounding Jonathan Gould from the tightest of angles, Amato poked the ball home before running towards the West Enclosure.
Sliding on his knees, he then proceeded to mimic a Cupid’s bow and arrow at the Rangers support before being mobbed by his buoyant teammates.
It rounded off a 4-2 win for Rangers as they began to pull well clear of John Barnes’ Celtic side.
2 McCoist v Celtic 05/04/1998
If ever you needed a demonstration of just how much it meant to Ally McCoist to play for Rangers, his final Old Firm goal ended with him on his knees in tears of joy.
At “neutral” Parkhead for the Scottish Cup semi-final in 1998, a diving header from McCoist on the end of a fantastic Jorg Albertz cross put Walter Smith’s men ahead late on.
Sprinting to the massed ranks of Bears behind the goal, McCoist all of a sudden sunk to the ground and began sobbing.
Richard Gough joined him in an embrace and he too was close to tears before a late Albertz wondergoal saw Rangers through to the Final.
3 Tam Forsyth v Celtic 05/05/1973
The second Old Firm Cup Final goal to feature on our list, this one actually resulted in the goalscorer earning a new nickname off the back of his celebration.
With the scores level at 2-2 in the Centenary Scottish Cup Final and a replay looking likely, up popped Tam Forsyth to poke the ball home from all of a yard out to send the trophy back to Ibrox.
Forsyth certainly wasn’t noted for his goalscoring exploits, and, so surprised at what he has just done, his jaw dropped as he began to tear back towards the Rangers end at Hampden.
From that day forward, Forsyth would be known as “Jaws” in tribute to his manic celebration.
4 Mikel Arteta v Dunfermline 25/05/2003
On one of the most dramatic days ever seen at Ibrox Stadium, Mikel Arteta sealed Rangers’ 50th League Title with a last-gasp penalty kick to win the title on goal difference.
With Rangers and Celtic level on goal difference on the final day of the season, and the two teams leading 5-1 and 4-0 respectively, Rangers were awarded a spot kick deep into injury time.
With the Light Blues having missed three penalties in the weeks running up to the game, it fell to young Spaniard Mikel Arteta to fire past Derek Stillie and seal the Championship.
With his arms outstretched and a grin, Arteta sprinted along the Copland byline before turning on to the Main Stand touchline where he was mobbed by his teammates.
5 Van Bronckhorst v Sturm Graz 13/09/2000
Footballers are generally not noted for their dancing skills, but dynamic Dutchman Gio van Bronckhorst busted a few moves in this Champions League rout of 2000.
Putting Dick Advocaat’s side 4-0 ahead on the night with a tremendous drilled effort, he took off to the Govan Stand, one arm aloft in Alan Shearer-esque fashion before sliding on his knees.
What followed however was rather different.
He kept one arm aloft and started jiving with the other, all the time with a crazed grin on his face, before Jorg Albertz put a stop to his merriment with a massive bear hug.
6 Mo Johnston v Celtic 04/11/1988
Any lingering doubts over Mo Johnston’s commitment to Rangers were put to bed with this last-gasp winner against his former club Celtic.
To say Johnston was one of the club’s more controversial signings would be something of an understatement, but he won over every single Rangers fan when he struck in the last minute against our dear old rivals from across town.
The joy on his face was clear to see as he ran towards the partying Gers fans at the corner of the Copland stand and West Enclosure.
Even after his teammates had begun to retreat for the restart, he couldn’t help but have another quick jig in front of the Copland in celebration of his strike.
7 Barry Ferguson v Celtic 04/05/2002
It would have been easy to pick Peter Lovenkrands last-minute winner in this 3-2 Scottish Cup Final success, but in terms of raw emotion, it doesn’t come close to Barry Ferguson’s free-kick equaliser.
With time running out and Alex McLeish’s men trailing 2-1, up stepped Ferguson to curl a beautiful effort over the Celtic wall, beyond Rab Douglas and into the back of the net.
The ball hadn’t even nestled however before Ferguson was off and running towards the Rangers fans in the West Stand at Hampden, tearing off his shirt and punching the air in the process.
He later told of how he had never been so emotional on a football pitch – and it was clear here how much the goal meant to him and indeed everyone associated with Rangers.
8 Erik Bo Andersen v Celtic 03/01/1997
Erik Bo Andersen – remember him?
He may not have done all that much when at Rangers, but he will never be forgotten for a late brace which sealed a crucial 3-1 win for Rangers in the chase for ‘Nine in a Row.’
After his second, clinching goal, it wasn’t so much the Dane’s celebration which caught the eye, but more that of his manager, Walter Smith.
Charging up the touchline, Smith turned to face the joyous fans and let out a roar of delight before being caught and led back to his dugout by the fourth official.
9 Nacho Novo v Fiorentina 01/05/2008
Pressure penalties don’t come bigger than this.
With the chance to send Rangers to their first European final in 36 years, up stepped Nacho Novo to slot the ball beyond Sebastien Frey and cue the one of the most incredible outpourings of joy ever seen in Rangers history.
Tearing towards the Rangers support, Novo soon found himself buried under countless celebrating players as the fans in the background went completely berserk.
Perhaps the enduring image of the night though is the great Sasa Papac stood atop the advertising hoardings, arms aloft, milking the acclaim of the thousands of travelling Bears.
10 Andy Halliday v Hibs 25/07/2015
Andy Halliday got his Rangers career underway in style with a thunderbolt on his competitive debut against Hibs at Easter Road.
From 25 yards, his shot on goal crashed down off the crossbar and went beyond the line and out of reach of keeper Mark Oxley, sparking wild celebrations behind among the Gers fans behind the goal.
But among the ensuing madness, Halliday remained calm.
Standing on the same spot from where he took his shot, he turned to the Rangers fans with an unchanged expression, arms outstretched, and soaked up the gloriousness of his goal.