Rangers Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in the Govan district of Glasgow which plays in the Scottish Premiership. Although not its official name, it is often referred to as Glasgow Rangers. The fourth-oldest football club in Scotland, Rangers was founded by four teenage boys as they walked through West End Park (now Kelvingrove Park) in March 1872 where they discussed the idea of forming a football club, and played its first match against the now defunct Callander at the Fleshers' Haugh area of Glasgow Green in May of the same year. Rangers' home ground, Ibrox Stadium, which was designed by stadia architect Archibald Leitch and opened in 1929, is a Category B listed building and the third-largest football stadium in Scotland. The club has played in royal blue shirts for the entirety of its history.
Rangers is the second-most successful club in world football in terms of trophies won, behind only Egyptian club Al Ahly. The club has won the Scottish League title 54 times, a domestic league joint world record, the Scottish Cup 33 times, the Scottish League Cup a record 27 times and the domestic treble on seven occasions, more than any other club.
Rangers won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972 after being losing finalists twice, in 1961 (the first British club to reach a UEFA tournament final) and 1967. A third runners-up finish in European competition came in the UEFA Cup in 2008.
Rangers has a long-standing rivalry with Celtic, the two Glasgow clubs being collectively known as the Old Firm, which is considered one of the world's biggest football derbies. With more than 600 Rangers supporters' clubs in 35 countries worldwide, Rangers has one of the largest fanbases in world football. The club holds the record for the largest travelling support in football history, when an estimated 200,000 Rangers fans arrived in the city of Manchester for the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.
One of the 11 original members of the Scottish Football League, Rangers remained in the top division continuously until a financial crisis during the 2011–12 season saw an administration event occur and the original company liquidated with the assets moved to a new company structure. The club was accepted as an associate member of the Scottish Football League and placed in the fourth tier of the Scottish football league system in time for the start of the following season. Rangers then won three promotions in four years, returning to the Premiership for the start of the 2016–17 season. While in the Scottish lower divisions, Rangers became the only club in Scotland to have won every domestic trophy.
Since returning to the top flight Rangers have had Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty and Steven Gerrard in spells as the manager hoping to over throw Celtic. Warburton was perhaps dismissed a little bit too early due to heavy expectations from the fans and board but was starting to look like the job was too much for him. Murty was handed the job on a temporary basis and became a slight fan favourite in that time but again, the job was a bit big for him. Pedro Caixinha was next in the door and the Portuguese manager was a bit of a left field appointment coming in from a spell as manager if Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa. Caixinha was backed in the transfer window and brought in some good quality players in Bruno Alves, Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias amongst others but he soon found himself struggling in the job and some rather bizarre statements in the media compounded fears that he was cracking up in the post. An amazing appointment was made in the form of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard who is a born winner and the club were hoping to see him bring that winning mentality in to Rangers squad.
On the back of his second year in charge of the team the squad has so far failed to deliver any trophies. Some credit is due given that Rangers are now a match for Celtic when the clubs come face to face and they were actually unlucky to lose to their rivals in the Scottish Cup last year as Celtic's game winning goal was offside. Gerrard's sides have done fantastically well in Europe in recent times too and a run to the last 16 in the Europa League impressed many across the continent. Now it is over to you to take over and stop Celtic winning that ever elusive and potentially record breaking ten league titles in a row.
With Steven Gerrard being backed heavily in the summer with new additions the expectations have increased massively and a clean sweep is expected of you. The board are asking for a League title, League Cup and Scottish Cup wins as well as a run to the last 32 of the Europa League too. Now this may seem like a big ask but as mentioned above; the squad is much better this season.
In goals it makes sense to use Allan McGregor as he's the best player in this position as he is better than Jon McLaughlin. However, Robby McCrorie is out on loan but you have the option to recall him but I think you have to wait 30 days to do so. I let him stay at Livingston until January but this is because I forgot to recall him after the 30 days! He played all their games and played well though so no harm in doing that. I do feel that he is worth recalling and playing as your number one straight away though as he is more than capable at this level. It does depend on whether you'll be bringing someone in in this position though as obviously McGregor and McLaughlin are both older.
In defence there is no doubt that Tavernier, Goldson, Helander and Barasic are your best starting players but particularly in central defence there is plenty of options. Katic is ruled out long term but once he's back get him on general rehab and working on some of his physicals again and he'll be a top player for you. Edmundson attracts a lot of interest from down south and must have potential this year and actually becomes as good as Goldson after the first year, given enough playing time. You then have Balogun who is a good back up player for a year until his contract runs out and Katic returns too. In terms of youth prospects you have Leon King who looks an outstanding talent, uses both feet and has some good starting stats. Given that you have plenty of options in his position I'd leave him in the under 18's for the season but make sure to take control of his individual training and mould him in to the player you want to be. At fullback you have Nathan Paterson and Calvin Bassey as back up and although you may take a look at them and think nahh I need some better options these two really thrive when given some game time as you will find out later on. Adam Devine is another potential prospect but he is different on each persons game due to his random stats so could be hit and miss. Ross McCrorie has also been included as although he's due to join Aberdeen next summer I suggest buying him back as soon as you can and have him train as a BPD, he has great potential and is a real leader.
In midfield you are blessed with options in the centre with Davis, Arfield, Jack, Kamara, Zungu and Aribo. Davis is getting on a bit so I'd limit his play time or look to move him on for a small fee as well as Arfield as he too is older than the rest so I'd recommend selling him you can get £3.7m for him. Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo are all fantastic players that bring something different to the team but are all as equally capable as the other so finding your best starting central midfielders will come down to personal choice. You also have Bongani Zungu who is a good back up midfielder who doesn't quite excel but with his wages being paid by his parent club there is no harm in keeping him around. There are a few central midfielders with potential but I feel that only Alex Lowry has decent enough stats to be moulded in to a first team player here. On the wings you have arguably two of the best wingers in the league in Kent and Hagi and these will be the starting players undoubtedly. In reserve you have Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and Brandon Barker. Neither of these players are good enough for this club although would do you for the season should you wish but I'd recommend selling. Stewart will go for £225k+, Barker will go for £500k and Jones will go for £1.5m too. In terms of prospects there are a few on the wings in the shape of Nathan Young-Coombes, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Malcolm Ebiowei and Josh McPake. All four have decent stats and could be handy back up players if you want to get rid of the aforementioned back ups and give the youth a chance. You have Glenn Middleton too but he doesn't develop and I wouldn't give him any game time.
Up front you have Alfredo Morelos who has the potential to be world class and you should make it an absolute priority to keep him he is LETHAL. For me, he plays excellent with a strike partner as a pressing forward with an advanced forward alongside him. Do. Not. Sell. Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten have come in this summer to beef this position right up and they are some real quality options too. Roofe is highly potent as an AF and Itten can play either PF or AF comfortably. Jermaine Defoe is further back up in this position but his advancing years means that I suggest using him sparingly but have him mentoring some of the younger prospects. There are some quality youth prospects up front for Rangers and the best looking of them is Tony Weston who looks a real gem signed from Blackpool this summer and I suggest training him as an advanced forward. Dapo Mebude also has some real quality stats too and I believe he is worth training up as a pressing forward.
I personally have always favoured the 4-2-4 wide tactic with inside forwards, have done ever since the inside forwards were first introduced I believe. This tactic is my #1, it works wonders domestically and when at home I usually play with attacking mentality against most teams. I have used this tactic away to Celtic and in EL to mixed results but would suggest something more balanced like tactic #2 which is the 4-5-1 as this can stop teams opening you up as easily. I have recently added tactic #3 to the mix but haven't utilised it too much to gauge the success of it long term but it's a good blend of defensive stability with some good options going forward too.
You have got a great team here that will dominate Scotland for many years without actually needing to make too many additions. There are some players in their 30's who will be obvious candidates to leave and then some in their late 30's that you should look for long term successors for but there is no hurry. Be prepared, you are going to get an influx of bids for most of your players but hold out and you will get some big fees. For most players in the team I valued them at £30m and wouldn't accept anything less. Players coming under the £30m category are Katic, Goldson, Edmundson, Helander, Tavernier, Barasic, Bassey, Paterson, Kamara, Jack, Aribo, Roofe and Itten. I valued Hagi at £40m, Kent at £50m then decided I wasn't selling him for any price, Morelos for £60m then decided I wasn't selling him for any price either. If you do want to sell any of these players don't actively look to sell them you will get plenty offers just be patient and hold out for these price tags at a minimum. Of the aforementioned players I have sold Goldson, Edmundson, Helander, Tavernier, Barasic, Aribo, Itten and Hagi for the price tag stated so far, in to my third season. You have loads of promising young players that can fill the gaps of any departures with ease and with Brexit it's a whole lot easier to just go with home grown players this year, something which I have favoured for a while anyway.