WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers.
Today we remember two wins over Kilmarnock, one including a sensational goal from Andy Little in the League Cup Quarter Final and the other a comprehensive win from 2002. We also remember the birthdays of two former Rangers stars, a deadly goalscorer and a legendary defender.
Five years ago on this day in 2010 Andy Little scored an outstanding goal against Kilmarnock in the League Cup. Andy’s goal was reminiscent of the famous Marco Van Basten strike at the European Championships in 1992. As you can see below, there’s still a picture of the goal in the Little household – albeit beside a photograph of another famous goal by a Northern Irishman!
Italian Marco Negri, who is 45 today, was signed in 1997 for £3.5 million by Walter Smith and went on to score a remarkable 23 goals in his first 10 league games for the club! Negri would go on to score 32 goals in his first season at the club before injury halted his Ibrox career.
Whilst Negri was only a one-season wonder at the club, on this day in 1922, one-club man George Young was born in Grangemouth. Corky – a nickname reported to have been earned for carrying a lucky champagne cork with him – played a remarkable 428 times for the club and is considered as one of the all time great Rangers captains.
Young was not only a great leader at Rangers, he won what was then a record 53 caps for Scotland – no fewer than 48 of them as skipper – and played in a remarkable run of 34 consecutive internationals.
Young was physically strong, standing 6ft 2 ins and weighing 15 stone. Young’s fitness was such that between the autumn of 1948 and the summer of 1953 he missed a mere five league games out of the 150 that Rangers played. You can read Corky’s hall of fame profile here.
Elsewhere, in 2002 Rangers ran riot over Kilmarnock winning 6:1 thanks to braces from Barry Ferguson, Michael Mols and goals from Craig Moore and Ronald de Boer.
The double scored by Mols in this game was the first time that he had hit the net since December 2001 and was a return to the kind of performance that the Rangers support had enjoyed from the Dutchman when he burst onto the scene three years prior.