2003–04 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
2003–04 season
Chairman John McClelland
Manager Alex McLeish
Ground Ibrox Stadium
Scottish Premier League 2nd
P38 W25 D6 L7 F76 A33
Scottish Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Semi-finals
Champions League Group Stage
Top goalscorer League:
Shota Arveladze (12)
All:
Shota Arveladze (15)
Highest home attendance 49,962 vs Aberdeen
(22 November)
Lowest home attendance 29,395 vs St. Johnstone
(3 December)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2003–04 season is the 123rd season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 52 competitive matches during the 2003–04 season. The season ended trophyless. Due to the club's financial situation they had to resort to selling many top players. These included Barry Ferguson, Lorenzo Amoruso and Neil McCann, they also released high earners Arthur Numan and Bert Konterman.

Despite starting the season well with seven consecutive wins and topping the table, a 1–0 loss at home to Celtic F.C. in October saw Rangers season unravel. Inconsistent form and three old firm derby defeats saw Rangers fall behind Celtic in the title race and ended up finishing 17 points off top spot.

The Scottish Cup campaign ended in the third round after a 1–0 defeat to Celtic. The League Cup campaign also ended in defeat at the semi-final stage to Hibernian at Hampden Park, 4–3 on penalties.

In Europe Rangers managed to qualify for the group stages of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League with a win over F.C. Copenhagen in the third qualifying round. They were drawn in the group stages alongside English Champions Manchester United, Stuttgart and Panathinaikos. Despite earning 4 points from the first two matches Rangers were to finish bottom of the group.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
20 MF  POR Nuno Capucho 31 Porto Portugal Transfer Summer 2005 £0.67m [1]
15 DF  Georgia Zurab Khizanishvili 21 Dundee Transfer Summer 2006 Free [2]
16 DF  ITA Paolo Vanoli 30 Bologna Italy Transfer Summer 2005 Free [3]
25 DF  NOR Henning Berg 33 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer 2004 Free [3]
4 MF  BRA Emerson 31 Atlético Madrid Spain Transfer Summer 2005 Free [4]
9 FW  NOR Egil Østenstad 31 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer 2004 Free [5]
37 MF  TUN Hamed Namouchi 19 Cannes France Transfer n/a 2005 Free [6]
MF  FRA Marc Kalenga 18 Auxerre France Transfer n/a 2004 Free [6]
11 MF  SCO Gavin Rae 26 Dundee Transfer Winter 2007 £0.25m [7]
5 DF  NED Frank de Boer 33 Galatasaray Turkey Transfer Winter 2004 Free [8]
52 FW  MKD Bajram Fetai 18 B.93 Denmark Transfer Winter 2006 £0.2m [9]

Last updated: 8 December 2014
Total spending: £1.12m

Out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
25 CB  NOR Dan Eggen 33 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a [10]
5 LB  NED Arthur Numan 33 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [10][11]
7 CF  ARG Claudio Caniggia 35 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a [10][12]
CF  SCO Stephen Dobbie 20 Hibernian End of contract Summer n/a [10]
DF  SCO Marc Twaddle 16 Falkirk End of contract Summer n/a [10]
MF  SCO Jimmy Gibson 20 Clyde End of contract Summer n/a [10]
15 CB  NED Bert Konterman 32 Vitesse Netherlands End of contract Summer n/a [10]
16 LB  FRA Jerome Bonnissel 30 Fulham England End of contract Summer n/a [10][13]
44 DF  ENG Paul Reid 21 Northampton Town England Transfer Summer £0.1m [14]
3 CB  ITA Lorenzo Amoruso 32 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer £1.4m [15]
11 LW  SCO Neil McCann 28 Southampton England Transfer Summer £1.5m [16]
6 CM  SCO Barry Ferguson 25 Blackburn Rovers England Transfer Summer £7.5m [17]
17 RB  AUS Kevin Muscat 30 Millwall England Transfer Summer Free [18]
30 GK  DEN Jesper Christiansen 25 Viborg FF Denmark Transfer Winter Free [19]
9 CF  NOR Egil Østenstad 32 Free Agent Transfer n/a n/a [20]

Last updated: 31 January 2004
Total received: £10.5m

Player statistics[edit]

No. Player Position Appearances Goals
1 Germany Klos, StefanStefan Klos GK 46 0
2 Netherlands Ricksen, FernandoFernando Ricksen DF 42 1
3 Australia Moore, CraigCraig Moore DF 25 2
4 Brazil , EmersonEmerson MF 18 1
5 Netherlands de Boer, FrankFrank de Boer DF 17 2
6 Scotland Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson MF 5 0
7 Georgia (country) Arveladze, ShotaShota Arveladze FW 29 15
8 Germany Nerlinger, ChristianChristian Nerlinger MF 21 5
9 Norway Østenstad, EgilEgil Østenstad FW 17 2
10 Netherlands Mols, MichaelMichael Mols FW 45 12
11 Scotland Rae, GavinGavin Rae MF 11 2
12 Scotland Malcolm, RobertRobert Malcolm DF 17 0
14 Netherlands de Boer, RonaldRonald de Boer MF 21 3
15 Georgia (country) Khizanishvili, ZurabZurab Khizanishvili DF 38 0
16 Italy Vanoli, PaoloPaolo Vanoli DF 35 1
17 Australia Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat DF 0 0
18 England Ball, MichaelMichael Ball DF 43 1
19 Scotland Thompson, StevenSteven Thompson FW 19 8
20 Portugal Capucho, NunoNuno Capucho MF 32 6
21 Scotland Ross, MauriceMaurice Ross DF 30 1
22 Scotland McGregor, AllanAllan McGregor GK 6 0
23 Spain Arteta, MikelMikel Arteta MF 33 9
24 Scotland MacLean, StevenSteven MacLean FW 0 0
25 Norway Berg, HenningHenning Berg DF 30 0
26 Denmark Løvenkrands, PeterPeter Løvenkrands MF 36 13
27 Scotland Hughes, StephenStephen Hughes MF 28 3
29 Denmark Christiansen, JesperJesper Christiansen GK 0 0
30 Scotland Burke, ChrisChris Burke MF 26 4
32 Scotland Hutton, AlanAlan Hutton DF 11 1
37 Tunisia Namouchi, HamedHamed Namouchi MF 9 3
38 Scotland Duffy, DarrylDarryl Duffy FW 3 0
40 Scotland Walker, AlexAlex Walker MF 2 0
45 Scotland Adam, CharlieCharlie Adam MF 2 0
48 Scotland MacKenzie, GaryGary MacKenzie DF 2 0
49 Scotland Davidson, RobertRobert Davidson FW 1 0
50 Scotland McCormack, RossRoss McCormack FW 1 0
52 Republic of Macedonia Fetai, BajramBajram Fetai FW 1 0

Top scorer[edit]

Disciplinary record[edit]

Club[edit]

Matches[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Kilmarnock H 4–0 49,108 Løvenkrands, Mols, Arteta (2)
16 August 2003 Aberdeen A 3–2 16,348 R. de Boer, Arteta, Mols
23 August 2003 Hibernian H 5–2 49,642 Mols (2), O'Connor (o.g.), Arteta, Burke
31 August 2003 Dundee United A 3–1 11,111 Capucho, Arveladze, Arteta (pen.)
13 September 2003 Dunfermline Athletic H 4–0 49,072 Thompson, Mols, Arveladze, Capucho
21 September 2003 Heart of Midlothian A 4–0 14,732 Arveladze (2), Løvenkrands (2)
27 September 2003 Dundee H 3–1 49,548 Arveladze (2), Vanoli
4 October 2003 Celtic H 0–1 49,825
19 October 2003 Motherwell A 1–1 10,824 Arveladze
25 October 2003 Livingston A 0–0 9,627
1 November 2003 Partick Thistle H 3–1 49,551 Arteta (2, 1 pen.), Mols
9 November 2003 Kilmarnock A 3–2 12,204 Arveladze (2), Capucho
22 November 2003 Aberdeen H 3–0 49,962 Løvenkrands (2), Hughes
30 November 2003 Hibernian A 1–0 11,160 Hughes
6 December 2003 Dundee United H 2–1 49,307 Capucho, Løvenkrands
14 December 2003 Dunfermline Athletic A 0–2 8,592
20 December 2003 Hearts H 2–1 49,592 Arveladze, Burke
28 December 2003 Dundee A 2–0 10,948 Capucho, Ball
3 January 2004 Celtic A 0–3 59,087
17 January 2004 Motherwell H 1–0 48,925 Arveladze
24 January 2004 Livingston H 1–0 48,638 Nerlinger
1 February 2004 Partick Thistle A 1–0 8,220 Løvenkrands
11 February 2004 Kilmarnock H 2–0 46,900 Moore, Namouchi
14 February 2004 Aberdeen A 1–1 15,815 F.de Boer
21 February 2004 Hibernian H 3–0 49,698 Arveladze, Mols, Thompson
29 February 2004 Dundee United A 0–2 10,497
13 March 2004 Hearts A 1–1 14,598 Moore
20 March 2004 Dundee H 4–0 49,364 Løvenkrands, F.de Boer, Rae, Thompson
23 March 2004 Dunfermline Athletic H 4–1 47,487 Hutton, Løvenkrands, R.de Boer, Mols
28 March 2004 Celtic H 1–2 49,909 Thompson
4 April 2004 Motherwell A 1–0 8,967 Hughes
14 April 2004 Livingston A 1–1 6,096 Mols
17 April 2004 Partick Thistle H 2–0 49,279 Thompson, Rae
24 April 2004 Dundee United A 3–3 8,339 Thompson (2), Namouchi
1 May 2004 Motherwell H 4–0 47,579 Arteta, Ross, Namouchi, Thompson
8 May 2004 Celtic A 0–1 59,180
12 May 2004 Hearts H 0–1 47,467
16 May 2004 Dunfermline Athletic A 3–2 6,798 Ricksen, Burke, McCormack (pen.)

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 2003 QR3 FC Copenhagen H 1–1 47,401 Løvenkrands
27 August 2003 QR3 FC Copenhagen A 2–1 35,519 Arteta (pen.), Arveladze
16 September 2003 GS VfB Stuttgart H 2–1 47,957 Nerlinger, Løvenkrands
1 October 2003 GS Panathinaikos A 1–1 13,718 Emerson
22 October 2003 GS Manchester United H 0–1 48,730
4 November 2003 GS Manchester United A 0–3 66,707
26 November 2003 GS VfB Stuttgart A 0–1 50,348
9 December 2003 GS Panathinaikos H 1–3 48,588 Mols

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 January 2004 R3 Hibernian A 2–0 11,392 Arveladze, Løvenkrands
8 February 2004 R4 Kilmarnock A 2–0 11,072 R.de Boer, Arveladze (pen.)
7 March 2004 QF Celtic A 0–1 58,735

League Cup[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
28 October 2003 League Cup R3 H Forfar Athletic 6 – 0
3 December 2003 League Cup QF H St Johnstone 3 – 0
5 February 2004 League Cup SF N Hibernian 1 – 1
(3-4 pen.)

Last updated: 8 December 2014
Source: Wikipedia article
1Rangers goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Rangers.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 July 2003 Greuther Fürth N 2–0 3,500 Thompson (2)
19 July 2003 VfB Auerbach A 5–1 2,500 Mols (3), Capucho, Løvenkrands
19 July 2003 Erzgebirge Aue A 1–0 2,500 R.de Boer
22 July 2003 Jahn Regensburg A 1–2 5,000 Nerlinger
26 July 2003 Everton H 2–3 28,000 Thompson, Mols
30 July 2003 Linfield A 3–0 13,284 R.de Boer, Dowie, MacLean
5 August 2003 Arsenal H 0–3 37,000

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Template:Fb competition 2003-04 SPL 2nd 11 August 4 May
Template:Fb competition 2003-04 SCC Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SCC R3 Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SCC QF 29 July 18 September
League Cup Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SL Cup R3 Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SL Cup SF 7 August 31 October
Template:Fb competition 2003-04 SC Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SC QR3 Template:Fb round2 2003-04 SC GS 29 September 2 February

Source: Competitions

Scottish Third Division[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic 38 31 5 2 105 25 +80 98 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Rangers 38 25 6 7 76 33 +43 81 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 19 11 8 56 40 +16 68 2004–05 UEFA Cup First round
4 Dunfermline Athletic 38 14 11 13 45 52 −7 53 2004–05 UEFA Cup Qualifying round

Updated to games played on 2 May 2004.
Source: Wikipedia article
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
18 14 3 1 51 14 +37 45 8 0 0 26 3 +23 6 3 1 25 11 +14

Last updated: 2 January 2013.
Source: Wikipedia article

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A
Result D W D W D W L W W W W W W W W W W W

Last updated: 2 January 2013.
Source: Wikipedia article
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Rangers seal Zura deal". BBC Sport. 18 July 2003. 
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  20. ^ "Ostenstad to leave Ibrox". BBC Sport. 19 December 2003.