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 saves we’ve seen while Follow Following the Light Blues.
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1 Allan McGregor v Werder Bremen – UEFA Cup – 13/03/2008
Quite simply – how?
Rangers were always going to be up against it against a multi-talented Werder Bremen outfit, and despite holding a 2-0 lead from a memorable first-leg at Ibrox (thank you Tim Wiese!), the talented Diego put the Germans ahead on the night.
They pushed and pushed for a leveller, and it looked like they had managed to get what they probably felt they deserved when Marcus Rosenborg found Boubacar Sanogo three yards from goal.
He slid in to prod the bouncing ball towards goal with some venom, but somehow, someway, Allan McGregor not only managed to get himself over to the far side of the goal, he also managed to get his fingertips onto the ball as well.
For all the world, it looked like the incredible efforts of McGregor were to be in vain, but astonishingly, he had managed to get enough on the ball to turn it onto the crossbar, and the defence then cleared it to safety.
Rangers held-on and eventually made it all the way to their first European final in 36 years.
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2 Andy Goram v Celtic – Premier Division – 19/11/1995
One of umpteen iconic moments from the ‘9 in a Row’ period, this never to be forgotten save from Andy Goram almost defies description.
Tosh McKinlay’s ball in was met by the unmarked Pierre van Hooijdonk in the six yard box, and he volleyed towards goal to score.
Except he didn’t.
Somehow, there was Goram flying across the goal, his right arm raised aloft to get the most unbelievably strong hand to push the ball away and behind for a corner.
The reaction of the Celtic players said it all – they stood, heads in hands completely agog at ‘The Goalie’s’ utter magnificence.
3 Stefan Klos v Hearts – Scottish Premier League – 3/12/2000
It’s never easy going to Tynecastle, but imagine trying to hold a 1-0 lead when you only have nine men on the park?
Well that’s exactly what Rangers, and more specifically Stefan Klos did to ensure Dick Advocaat’s side left the Capital with all three points.
Leading through an early Jorg Albertz goal, Arthur Numan and Claudio Reyna both saw red in a crazy period, leaving the home side seemingly free to pick off Rangers and get a result.
In their path though was Klos who pulled off wonderful save after wonderful save, the pick of which in the dying moments was truly unbelievable.
Gordon Durie played a ball into the six yard box for Stevie Kirk, and he fired for goal where inexplicably, with Klos going the opposite way from the ball, he got both feet up and off the ground to beat the ball away and ensure Rangers held on for the win.
4 Lionel Charbonnier v Celtic – Scottish Premier League – 20/09/1998
Flamboyant Frenchman Lionel Charbonnier’s Rangers career was unfortunately disrupted by injury, but he established himself as a fans’ favourite in his early days with a string of impressive stops.
In what was Dick Advocaat’s first Old Firm game, the World Cup winner pulled off a quite magnificent save to deny Henrik Larsson from close range after the Swede had got his head on the end of a Darren Jackson cross.
The ball looked destined for the roof of the net such was the power in the effort, but amazingly the Frenchman got his fingertips to it to push it onto the crossbar before Colin Hendry cleared it behind for a corner kick.
It was a shame it never really worked out for Charbonnier at Rangers, but he will always be remembered for a string of excellent saves in his early days.
5 Allan McGregor v Celtic – Scottish Premier League – 03/01/2010
Poor Georgios Samaras…
Well, not really, but Allan McGregor really did seem to have it in for the Greek at times with incredible save after incredible save, none more so than this stunner at Parkhead.
Having been under the cosh for so long in the game, Scott McDonald had put the home side ahead before Lee McCulloch levelled for Rangers with 10 minutes left.
Celtic continued to push for a winner, and they thought they had it when Samaras skipped away from Kyle Lafferty and Kirk Broadfoot inside the box before arrowing a powerful shot towards goal.
It looked goalbound all the way, but incredibly, McGregor managed to hyperextend his fingertips to claw the ball over the crossbar.
The game ended 1-1, and Rangers eventually sprinted away with the League Championship.
6 Steve Simonsen v Forfar – Scottish League One – 20/01/2014
Say what you like about the big Scouser, but the World’s best would have been proud of this stop on a bitterly cold night in Angus.
With Rangers toiling and leading only by a solitary Bilel Mohsni goal, Forfar sensed an opportunity for an upset.
Martyn Fotheringham flighted in a corner kick late-on for the home side, and while Mohsni cleared it, the ball deflected off Lee Wallace’s shoulder and headed for goal.
It looked all the way like it would be the equaliser, but somehow, Simonsen reacted at the last possible second to claw the ball away to safety.
A David Templeton strike late-on sealed a 2-0 win for Rangers.
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7 Billy Ritchie v Celtic –Division One – September 8 1962
In the days where goalkeeping gloves were unheard of, Billy Ritchie pulled off a stunning penalty save to deny Paddy Crerand as Rangers ran-out 1-0 winners at Parkhead.
To say there were shenanigans in the lead-up to Crerand taking the spot-kick would be an understatement, with Rangers players lifting the ball from the spot to try and distract the penalty taker.
Their efforts only partially worked however as Crerand struck the ball supremely well towards the bottom left hand corner.
Somehow, Ritchie read it to perfection and managed to turn the ball around the post to keep the scores level, before Jim Baxter scored a late winner for Rangers to ensure both points returned to Ibrox.
8 Stefan Klos v Hearts – 18/05/2003 – Scottish Premier League
In one of the most tense games of football ever played by Rangers, Stefan Klos was required to keep the scores level in the first half with a tremendous stop from Mark de Vries.
In what was the penultimate weekend of the league season, Rangers had to win to go level on points with Celtic and also triumph by two clear goals to go ahead of their closest rivals on goal difference.
The outcome, of course was Rangers winning the league by a solitary goal, and winning the game at Tynecastle 2-0, but it could have been oh-so different had Klos not made this amazing stop.
A combination of Fernando Ricksen and Lorenzo Amoruso failed to clear the ball in the box for Rangers, and it broke to de Vries on the corner of the six-yard box to fire home a certain goal.
But he didn’t. Stefan Klos got down at lightning speed to get a claw on the ball to push it wide and clear for a corner.
9 Lionel Charbonnier v Dunfermline – 26/09/1998
The first of two saves from the flamboyant Frenchman to feature in our countdown, this one-handed cracker prevented Craig Ireland from levelling for Dunfermline against the Gers at East End Park.
In a day that saw brothers Barry and Derek Ferguson come up against each other for the first time, Barry crashing into Derek resulted in a free-kick for the Pars which Derek flighted into the box.
Ireland had found space at the back post to head towards goal and he looked to have done everything right by heading the ball across the path of Charbonnier.
Incredibly though, he managed to get his fingertips to the ball at the last possible moment to push the ball over the top of the bar.
Rangers won the game 2-0 and Charbonnier left the pitch to the tune of ‘La Marseillaise’ ringing out from the travelling Bears.
10 Chris Woods v Celtic – Premier Division – 02/01/1990
Chris Woods was already well established as a fans’ favourite by this stage, and he continued to add to his stature with this tremendous stop against Celtic on January 2 1990.
Leading 1-0 through a Nigel Spackman goal, Rangers were trying their utmost to see the game out for a famous New Year victory at Celtic Park.
Their hard work looked as if it was going to be undone however in the closing stages as Paul Elliott met a Paul McStay corner with a bulleted header.
It looked all the while as if it was going to be a goal as it sailed towards the top corner, but at the last possible second, Woods stretched out a finger and managed to turn it over for another corner.
In the end, Rangers held out for the win with Spackman’s goal being the only strike of the game.
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