WE look back at some of the memorable moments from Rangers’ remarkable history. Today, we remember a Barry Ferguson hat-trick, a rare Alan Hutton goal and the signing of winger Neil McCann.
1998 – Perhaps one of Dick Advocaat’s more modest signings, Neil McCann joined on this day in 1998 from Heart of Midlothian and had an immediate impact as Rangers went on to complete the domestic treble. His debut for Gers came away to his old team on December 19 in a 3-2 win, and he then scored his first goal in a 6-0 Scottish Cup win away to Hamilton Accies on Valentines Day. That sparked a run of five goals in four games, but there is no doubt he will be best remembered that season for his two goals in the 3-0 win at Parkhead that secured Rangers’ first ever title win at the home of their rivals. In all, he made 169 appearances for Gers and scored 26 goals in his five seasons at the club.
2002 – Barry Ferguson hit his first hat-trick in a Rangers jersey in a 3-0 win over Dundee United at Ibrox. After opening the scoring with a superb free-kick, he burst from midfield to make it 2-0 and seemingly set the seal on victory. However, a controversial red card for Fernando Ricksen for a tackle on former Ger Charlie Miller turned the home fans, players and management in a furious mood, and put the result into doubt once again. That was all washed away though four minutes from time as Ferguson scored from the penalty spot to claim the match ball while current Ross County boss Jim McIntyre was also sent off.
2006 – Alan Hutton scored a rare goal to set the seal on a 1-0 Rangers victory against Partizan Belgrade at Ibrox. Needing a win to secure top spot in UEFA Cup Group A, Hutton scored 10 minutes after half-time to secure the points for what was an experimental Gers side. The win secured a last-32 tie with Hapoel Tel Aviv as Rangers aimed for the final in Glasgow.