WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
2001 – TORE ANDRE FLO was as cool as ice in the heat and smoke of Maribor with a superb performance which has surely guaranteed progression to the third qualifying round of the Champions League where dangerous Turks Fenerbahce are waiting.
The Norwegian scored twice, once from the penalty spot, and set up the other strike for new signing Christian Nerlinger to take out the Slovenian champions who will find themselves in major difficulties with UEFA after their fans launched flares onto the pitch and also invaded the playing area.
Rangers were slow starters, but they produced an excellent performance in what could have been a tricky game for them and Dick Advocaat can be very pleased with his team’s efforts but especially Flo.
RANGERS: Klos; Ricksen, Moore, Amoruso (Ferguson 45), Numan; Latapy, Konterman, Reyna, Nerlinger (McCann 64); Caniggia (Mols 69), Flo. Subs not used – Christiansen, Miller, Johnston, Vidmar.
1975 – Jean Claude Darcheville was born on this day in Sinnamary, French Guiana, France. The French striker won the Scottish Cup in 2007/08, the League Cup in the same year and was part of the squad that was runners up in Manchester.
Darcheville signed a two-year contract with Scottish side Rangers on 9 May 2007 to join the club on 1 July. He was signed by Walter Smith, after Rangers’ two previous managers, Alex McLeish and Paul Le Guen, were also linked with him.
Darcheville made his Rangers debut against Montenegrin side Zeta on 31 July 2007, in a 2–0 victory and he then went on to score his first and second goals for the club in a match against Falkirk on 18 August 2007.
2015 – It was to be a dream day for summer signings James Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn and Andy Halliday as their goals helped take Rangers through to the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup.
In what was a quite extraordinary afternoon in the capital which saw eight goals scored, six for the Light Blues, it was Hibs’ Sam Stanton who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes with a terrific effort and from there the drama was relentless.
Before the half-time whistle a blistering free-kick from the impressive Tavernier and a tidy finish from Waghorn put Mark Warburton’s men ahead and Waghorn then increased the lead to 3-1 a minute after the restart.
A penalty from Jason Cummings prior to the hour mark meant the travelling Bears were back biting their nails but a delightful 25-yard curling strike from Halliday, followed by a stunning double from super sub Kenny Miller, secured a remarkable victory at Easter Road.
HIBERNIAN: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Fontaine, Forster (S. Allan 53), Stevenson, Fyvie, Stanton, Martin, Malonga (L. Allan 25), Cummings.
SUBS NOT USED: Reguero, Harris, Dunsmore, Crane, Sinclair
RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace, Holt (Shiels 60), Halliday, Law; McKay, Waghorn (Clark 74), Templeton (Miller 60).
SUBS NOT USED: Kelly, McGregor, Aird, Thompson.