Long Battle for Rangers Pays Off
31st January 2017. By Danni Biggs
As many of you avid Rangers supporters are well aware of, The Gers have had a rough journey over recent years. Since administration in 2012, failing to find a way out of administration Glasgow Rangers was invited into the third division, where they began their long journey to return back to the Premier League.
Where did it all start?
In the late 2000’s Rangers entered financial difficulties and by 2009 they owed between £25 million and £30 million to the Lloyds Banking Group. In February 2012, the club trading as The Rangers Football Club PLC entered administration, owing substantial amounts to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and who also refused the exit of Rangers from administration via a Company Voluntary Arrangement. Then, in October 2012 Rangers entered liquidation.
After administration in 2012, Rangers got ‘dumped’ into the Third Division following a vote from the Sottish football league clubs. 30 SFL clubs took part in a vote, which saw 29 accept Rangers as an associate member of the Scottish Football League, and 25 voted in favour of placing the newco team into the bottom tier, where they competed in the 2012/13 season.
Rangers manager addressed the meeting and told Press Association Sport: “The league made a decision and I think it was the right decision and the right process and I’m proud to be a member of the Scottish Football League.”
Onwards & Upwards
Despite dropping to the bottom tier Glasgow Rangers still maintained their loyal following. Many opposition fans will say that Rangers died in 2012. Needless to say the mighty Rangers came back with a vengeance, gaining promotion after promotion.
The season 2012/13 made it Glasgow Rangers 132nd competitive season. Entering unknown territory for the Rangers the new team only lost 3 games out of their 47 games played; a spectacular season for the Light Blues. Rangers ended the season at the top of the table that allowed them promotion into the third tier, their next challenge.
Onto the 2013/14 season where Rangers participated in Scottish league one, an unfamiliar league for Ally McCoist and his men. Unfamiliar or not, nothing was coming in the way of the Rangers as they went to become league champions and gaining promotion into the Championship!
You guessed it! Despite a rough patch and punishment, the loyal Rangers fans stuck by their beloved team to see them through to yet another promotion from the Scottish Championship, back into the Premier League. Achieving top place yet again after falling short in the 2014/15 season, the mighty Rangers was awarded champions and gained promotion back where they truly belong.
Mark Warburton appointed manager at the start of the 2015/16 Championship, made a clear impact to the Rangers side. The first 11 matches The Gers went undefeated scoring 40 goals and created an attractive brand of football which fans were delighted to see and was a pure joy to watch.
Back Where They Belong
Fans were jubilant when The Light Blues secured promotion back to the Scottish Premier League at the Ibrox stadium. The long march finally came to an end at the end of the 2015/16 season for the Rangers football club; the journey has certainly turned out to be a remarkable turnaround. We now see the team back in action amongst Scotland’s finest. Meaning many supporters can continue to watch their fascinating journey with their return back to the Scottish Premiership.
Today, we see the Rangers Football Club sitting comfortably in second place on the Premiership table, just below their close rivals, Celtic. With still 10 games left to play until this season finishes, fans are hopeful that The Gers will remain in second spot, finishing runners up. Although not champions the past 5 years have been nothing but success for Rangers and now they are back in the top tier we look forward to the bright future for this mighty club.
The Rangers Football Club looks forward to their upcoming fixture against Heart of Midlothian after their 2-0 victory against Motherwell on Saturday.
Most-honoured Club in Scottish History
In 2012 Rangers had a deal that would enable them to keep all their past honours; they had to pay all their football debts and sign up to a few other commitments. This was an important factor of the deal, as Rangers hold a lot of records, more than any other Scottish club in fact.
Glasgow Rangers were first the club in the world to win fifty first tier league titles, now holding the world record for number of domestic league championships with now racking up a total of 54 titles in which we hope they can add to over the coming years! Staggeringly, Rangers hold the record for the most domestic trebles, currently being held at 7 titles. The Gers also won their 100th major trophy making them the first club to ever reach this milestone!
Despite an unfortunate 5 years for Rangers, being dropped to 3 leagues below it is impressive to say that the Rangers Football Club remains the most-honoured football team and still manage to maintain their world records, thanks to their remarkable recovery.