WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
2007 – Damarcus Beasley signed for the Gers from PSV Eindhoven on a three year contract for an undisclosed fee. Beasley joined PSV for £1.5m in 2004 after more than four seasons with Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire.
Speaking to the Rangers website on the day he signed, he said: “I’m ecstatic to be here. It’s a massive club and I can’t wait to get started.
“It took a while to get everything sorted as I was away with the national team and I had to wait until I was done playing before I could get everything done.
“I’m just glad now that everything’s done and I can just concentrate on being a Rangers player.
“I’ve got a couple of good friends who played at Rangers, Michael Ball and Claudio Reyna, and they had good things to say about the football club. Claudio said that being at Rangers is like being part of a massive family, everyone is nice, everything is first class.”
Walter Smith was also delighted to add ‘Run DMB’ to his squad, commenting at the time: “Last season I felt we were a little bit short of pace in our team and he is very quick..
“He has experienced European football at PSV and had a spell on loan at Manchester City last season so he has also experienced British football and enjoyed that. He has almost 70 caps for the United States at the present moment so he is an experienced international player as well.”
Rangers also signed Kilmarnock goalkeeper Graeme Smith on a free transfer as Jean Claude Darcheville jetted in to Glasgow ahead of completing a move to the Gers on this day.
1991 – Andy Goram signs from Hibs for a fee of £1 million by Walter Smith as the successor to Chris Woods.
Though it took a while for him to settle in, he completed the remarkable record of playing in all 55 of Rangers’ competitive matches during his first season as Rangers won the title and the Scottish Cup, beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Final.
He kept 107 clean sheets in his 258 games for Rangers. A brilliant record by anyone’s standards.
Goram was in goal for the last six of Rangers Nine-In-A Row Championships. He was the rock which gave Rangers’ defence the confidence to know that even when their lines had been breached, Goram would often pull off the impossible.
2001 – 34 year old Argentinian attacker Claudio Cannigia signed from Dundee. Speaking to the Rangers website at the time, he said: “I am grateful to Dundee for giving me the chance to re-establish myself and I enjoyed my time at Dundee where the fans were really great.
“Now I am looking forward to playing with a really big club like Rangers and working with Dick Advocaat. I have heard how much atmosphere the Rangers fans can create and look forward to some really big games at Ibrox”.
The World Cup star would go on to play 78 times for the club, scoring 21 goals before leaving to join Qatar Sports club in 2003.
1981 – Willie Waddell left the club form his position as a consultant, two years after taking up the position following a tenure as manager, vice chairman and general manager of the club. “Deedle-dawdle” was appointed general manager in 1972, won 19 caps for Scotland and joined the Gers in 1938 with a playing career of seventeen years.