28 July 2004 – Rangers 2:0 Spurs (Novo 24, Prso 45)

A Spurs team under Jacques Santini travelled to Ibrox nine years ago for a preseason friendly in front of 35,000 fans at Ibrox Stadium. Pedro Mendes was in the Spurs team along with Robbie Keane who suffered an injury after Andrews had blocked his shot in the first half.

Paul Robinson made a magnificent point-blank save to deny the impressive Dado Prso in the first half and Rangers opened the scoring as Ledley King and Anthony Gardner got tangled up allowing Nacho Novo a clean run on goal and he made no mistake one-on-one.

The Light Blues doubled the lead at the end of the first half as Peter Lovenkrands broke through Stephen Carr’s tackle, sprinted to the byline and crossed for Prso to tap home with Robinson helpless.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Vanoli, Boumsong, Andrews, Rae, Burke, Hughes, Prso, Novo, Lovenkrands
Spurs: Robinson, Carr, Bunjevcevic, Davis, Gardiner, King, Ricketts, Mendes, Defoe, Keane, Jackson 

11 December 1962 – Rangers 2:3 Spurs (Brand 47, Wilson 72 | Greaves 8, Smith, 50 89)

The Gers took on Spurs in the European Cup Winners’ Cup second round at White Heart Lane in the first leg, losing 5:2. This match at Ibrox on the 11 December was the second leg of the tie in front of 80,000 fans.

The Light Blues were disappointing in the first tie, but performed much better in this second leg, playing with boundless energy and willingness to fight to the end – which was marked by a guard of honour by the Spurs players at the end of the match.

Jimmy Greaves opened the scoring for Spurs and was magnificent throughout. In just the eighth minute of the match he danced past three Light Blue jerseys from midfield to score into the corner.

Ralph Brand scored for the Gers in the 47th minute, only for Smith to score for Spurs just three minutes later. Davie Wilson would then grab the second goal of the game for Rangers, but Smith secured a 3:2 win for the men from London with just a minute remaining of the match.

Danny Blanchflower, the Spurs captain who organised the guard of honour said: “I have never seen a team play with so much spirit and courage when they had so little to gain.

“After we scored our first goal we thought the matach would be over and that Rangers would collapse. We got the surprise of our lives when they came back with renewed fight and we had to play out for most of the game”

Rangers: Ritchie, Shearer, Caldow, Davis, McKinnon, Baxter, Henderson, McMillan, Millar, Brand, Wilson

1 June 1969 – Spurs 4:3 Rangers (Morgan 13, Greaves 41, 80, 82 | Stein 49, 64, Persson 68)

The Gers took on Spurs at Varsity Stadium in the Toronto Cup which was competed by Rangers, Spurs and Fiorentina. In a tight match in front of 11,000 fans second penalty of the match converted by Greaves was the difference between the sides.

Roger Morgan opened the scoring for Spurs and the lead was doubled from the spot by Greaves just five minutes before the half time whistle. Rangers were out stronger in the second half and goals from Colin Stein in the 49th and 64th minute brought the game level before Orjan Persson gave the Gers the lead in the 68th minute.

Greaves scored his first of the match with ten minutes of the game remaining before Stein was sent off and a penalty awarded with eight minutes remaining that the English striker converted.

Rangers: Neef, Johansen, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Smith, Henderson, Watson, Stein, Johnston, Persson
Spurs: Hancock, Want, Knowles, Perryman, Evans, Beal, Johnson, Greaves, Pearce, Pratt, Morgan 

6 August 1989 – Rangers 1:0 Spurs (Steven 55)

Paul Gascogine took his Ibrox bow in this preseason match in 1989 in front of nearly 42,000 fans and in a preseason game with much niggle the Gers came out on top thanks to a goal from Trevor Steven. Ibrox was still under redevelopment, so had a reduced capacity for the match.

The Gers under the guidance of Graeme Souness and Walter Smith, Mo Johnston was playing at Ibrox as a Rangers player for the first time. He worked tirelessly throughout the match without seeing the ball hitting the back of the net.

The only goal of the game was scored as Ian Ferguson swept the ball out to the right for Gary Stevens who rolled it into the path of Steven whose shot from 20 yards sped to the right of Erik Thorstvedt and into the net.


Rangers: Woods, Stevens, Munro, Gough, Wilkins, Butcher, Steven, Ferguson, McCoist, Johnston, Walters
Spurs: Thorstvedt, Butters, Hughton, Fenwick, Nayim, Mabbutt, Sedgley, Gascoigne, Stewart, Lineker, Samways 

9 August 1971 – Rangers 1:0 Spurs (Johnston 70)

The recently recruited Tommy McLean was the star of the show as the Gers defeated Spurs at Ibrox in front of 63,000 fans. McLean, signed from Kilmarnock reportedly for a fee of £60,000 was man of the match as the Gers took on their second match against English opposition within four days after defeating Everton.

The only goal of the game was scored in bizarre circumstances as a Willie Johnston latched onto a through ball from McLean only to be tackled by Phil Beal and the ball to end up in the net.  

Rangers: McCloy, Jardine, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Jackson, McLean, Conn, Stein, Johnston, Henderson
Spurs: Jennings, Knowles, Mullery, England, Beal, Coates, Perryman, Chivers, Peters, Gilzean 

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