WE’VE picked out what we believe to be some of the best Scottish Cup goals in Gers history.
10) BRIAN LAUDRUP v Celtic – Scottish Cup SF – 7 April 1996
2016 begins in much the same way as 2015 ended as we in the Rangers media team bow to the magnificence of the sensational Brian Laudrup.
We make no apologies for that, and this goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final of 1996 truly was stunning both in terms of its quality and its importance.
Interchanging beautifully with Gordon Durie in midfield, Laudrup controlled the ball on his chest to send him clean through on goal before dinking the ball over advancing Celtic goalkeeper Gordon Marshall.
It’s another goal to add to the Laudrup list of stunners in Light Blue, and it handed the Gers a 2-0 lead in a match they eventually won 2-1.
9) FERNANDO RICKSEN v Celtic – Scottish Cup R3 – 9 January 2005
RANGERS may have gone on to lose this third round tie at Celtic Park, but Fernando Ricksen scored something of an iconic goal to silence the home supporters.
Trailing 1-0 to a Chris Sutton goal, the second half began as it usually does at Parkhead with the home support droning along to Liverpool’s anthem.
It didn’t take long for them to be silenced however. Straight from kick-off, Alan Hutton hared down the right wing in trademark fashion before delivering a perfect cross into the area for Ricksen to plant beyond the reach of Rab Douglas.
The scarves held aloft in the home end dropped like lead balloons with the roar from the Rangers end drowning out those still chanting away to themselves.
8) JAMIE NESS v Celtic – Scottish Cup R5 – 6 February 2011
THIS is another tie that Rangers were eventually to lose, but Jamie Ness – remember him – got it off to the most phenomenal of starts with the most incredible goal.
Making his debut, most of the attention pre-match was on new Gers loan signing El Hadji Diouf, and he received predictable pelters from the hooped mass in the Broomloan Stand as he went to take a corner inside the first two minutes.
His ball was cleared by the Celtic defence, but only as far as Ness who was lurking 25 yards out from goal.
Taking a touch to steady himself, he then unleashed an absolute thunderbolt right into the top corner and beyond Fraser Forster before he could even move. Quite simply, incredible.
7) JORG ALBERTZ v Celtic – Scottish Cup Semi Final – 5 April 1998
DESCRIBED as a “picture-book goal” by match commentator Rob Hawthorne, German hero Jorg Albertz scored this quite fabulous goal to seal Rangers’ place in the 1998 Cup Final.
Having already provided the assist for Ally McCoist’s opening goal, Albertz picked up the ball inside his own half and immediately began the charge for goal.
Leaving defender after defender in his wake, he entered the penalty area and slammed a typically emphatic left-foot shot beyond the reach of Jonathan Gould.
Craig Burley pulled one back for Celtic in injury time, but Rangers secured a 2-1 victory to progress through to the final. The less said about that, however, the better.
6) ALLY MCCOIST v Celtic – Scottish Cup SF – 31 March 1992
PLAYING 80 minutes with 10 men is pretty much a nightmare scenario, but doing it against Celtic in the semi-final of a cup Rangers hadn’t won in 11 years took that to an entirely new level.
Sent off incredibly harshly for a body check on Joe Miller, David Robertson left his teammates with a mountain to climb – but climb it they did in some style.
Bearing all the hallmarks of the Rangers side of the 1990s, they were gritty and determined, and when it mattered most, they had quality in the final third to grab the winning goal.
Intercepting the ball in midfield just shy of the interval, Stuart McCall charged forward down the right and squared the ball into the ‘D’ where Ally McCoist was waiting to sweep the ball beyond Gordon Marshall in the Celtic goal.
5) NACHO NOVO v Falkirk – Scottish Cup Final – 30 May 2009
IN the searing Hampden heat, Nacho Novo won the Scottish Cup for Rangers just seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute.
After an uneventful first half, manager Walter Smith decided to replace top scorer Kris Boyd with Novo, and it proved to be an inspired substitution.
From the restart, Rangers immediately poured forward and won a throw-in deep in the Falkirk half. Novo immediately rushed to take it, but chose to leave it for Sasa Papac – and that was just as well, as Papac found Novo 30 yards from goal.
He allowed the ball to bounce once, before curling a stunning effort over Dani Mallo in the Bairns goal.
Rangers held-out for the remainder of the half and lifted the Cup to end the season with a double.
4) LORENZO AMORUSO v Dundee – Scottish Cup Final – 31 May 2003
ITALIAN defender Lorenzo Amoruso scored what proved to be the winning goal in his final game for the club to secure both the Scottish Cup and the Treble for Rangers.
Neil McCann, so often the provider of terrific deliveries into the area, came up trumps again with a superb ball onto the head of Amoruso to nod beyond Julien Speroni in the Dundee goal.
The Light Blues were by no means at their best against the men from the City of Discovery, but they did enough to secure a record seventh Treble, and the emotion of the day certainly got to Amoruso at full time.
He bawled his eyes out, even when going up to claim his winner’s medal, as he brought his excellent Rangers career to a close in style.
3) ROD WALLACE v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 29 May 1999
ROD WALLACE wrote his name into Ibrox folklore with the winning goal against Celtic in the 1999 Scottish Cup Final.
In a tense affair, Rangers took the lead just after half time when an Arthur Numan cross was diverted into Wallace’s path by Gabriel Amato.
He took time to steady himself, and from six yards out, he fired the ball beyond Jonathan Gould.
It secured yet another Scottish Cup success for Rangers and also won the club their sixth Treble.
2) TAM FORSYTH v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 05 May 1973
TAM FORSYTH’S nickname ‘Jaws’ was born as he grabbed the winner in the Centenary Scottish Cup Final.
In a quite incredible game, Rangers led 2-0 thanks to Alfie Conn and Derek Parlane before Celtic levelled through a George Connelly penalty and a Kenny Dalglish strike.
But as time ticked down and a replay looked more and more likely, a long ball into the area was headed towards goal by Conn before it rebounded off both posts and into the path of Forsyth who was stood a yard out from goal.
He poked the ball into the net and set off on a mazy run of celebration, with his mouth completely agog at the magnitude of his achievement!
1) PETER LOVENKRANDS v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 4 May 2002
OLD FIRM goal specialist Peter Lovenkrands wrote his name into Ibrox folklore with a last-gasp winner in the 2002 Scottish Cup Final.
After a dramatic match where Rangers twice had to come from behind – firstly through Lovenkrands and then through a stunning Barry Ferguson free-kick – the Danish winger struck in injury time to secure a thoroughly deserved 3-2 win for Alex McLeish’s rejuvenated side.
The Light Blues had dominated the second half, but with extra time approaching, Neil McCann delivered superb ball into the box from the left which Lovenkrands headed down into the ground before it went beyond the reach of Rab Douglas in the Celtic goal.
The victory went a long way to making up for a disappointing league campaign where Rangers finished 18 points behind their rivals.