WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
1973 – Former Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna celebrates his birthday today.
Capped an incredible 112 times by the US national side, the midfield maestro enjoyed an excellent two-and-a-half year spell at Ibrox, making 98 appearances and scoring 13 goals, while he also won the League Championship and the Scottish Cup in the 1999/00 season.
Signed from Wolfsburg towards the latter end of the 1998/99 campaign, one of his six matches he played before the end of that treble-winning year was the unforgettable 3-0 win over Celtic which saw the Light Blues clinch the top-flight title at Parkhead for the first time in their history.
Speaking to rangers.co.uk, he explained: “I quickly realised before I arrived that it was a big club, but then I flew into Glasgow and joined the club and realised that was an understatement and it was in fact a massive club.
“The support, Ibrox, my teammates and everything around the club was truly first-class. It was a very special place with great people, and of course, at the time we had a very strong team with fantastic players.”
Read more from our recent exclusive with Reyna here:
2002 – On this day fifteen years ago, the Gers were defeated by a single goal from the penalty spot by Diego in America against Brazilian giants Santos.
Rangers had looked a little jaded as they brought the curtain down on their Stateside trip against the Brazilians. It was the second time they had faced South American opponents pre-season and it was another no-holds-barred contest.
A week before, the Gers had played a friendly with River Plate which had produced a sending off and four bookings and Saturday’s clash saw six more players yellow carded.
Afterwards boss Alex McLeish expressed his satisfaction at his player’s commitment, not just against Santos, but during the duration of their visit to the US.
He said: “I’m happy we have trained morning and afternoon in intense conditions for almost two weeks.
“We knew it would leave them a little one-paced – I’ve been there as a player – and we had a one-paced look against Santos. We stepped it up in the second half and we made six changes to try to get everybody up to the same level of match fitness.
RANGERS: Klos, Muscat, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Arteta, Konterman, Flo, de Boer, Arveladze
SANTOS: Sergio, Preto, Leo, Murinho, Almeida, Andre Luiz, Fabiano, Renato, Alberto, Diego, Elano
2004 – Rangers defeated Roma 4-1 in a friendly match in Austria. Nacho Novo hit a double to take his tally to four goals in two games, with fellow new boys Dado Prso and Alex Rae also finding the net.
The 200 or so Rangers fans in the Franz Fereke Stadium in the small town of Kapfenberg rose to salute Novo after his devastating first-half show, with Croatian hitman Prso replacing him after the break.
RANGERS: Klos, Ricksen, Vanoli, Boumsong, Andrews, Malcolm, Zajaz, Mladenovic, Namouchi, Novo, Burke
ROMA: Pelliozoli, Bovo, Cufre, Mexes, Candela, Aquilani, Tommasi, de Rossi, D’Agostini, Delvecchio, Montella