2007–08 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
2007–08 season
Chairman David Murray
Manager Walter Smith
Ground Ibrox Stadium
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 51,082)
Scottish Premier League 2nd
P38 W27 D5 L6 F84 A33
Scottish Cup Winners
League Cup Winners
Champions League Group Stage
UEFA Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Kris Boyd (14)
All:
Kris Boyd (25)
Highest home attendance 50,440 vs Hibernian
(6 October)
Lowest home attendance 33,837 vs Hibernian
(9 March)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2007-08 season was the 127th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 68 competitive matches during the 2007-08 season. It was Walter Smith's first full season at the club since 1997-98. The early season priority was qualification for the group stages of the Champions League and this was secured with hard-fought victories over FK Zeta and Red Star Belgrade.

Rangers were drawn in Group E with Barcelona, Lyon and Stuttgart. The group stage started well, with the first two matches resulting in victories, over Stuttgart and Lyon. A home draw with Barcelona left Rangers with seven points after three games, but the last three matches all resulted in defeat, meaning Rangers finished third in the group and entered the UEFA Cup. However, the European adventure continued for Rangers as they progressed to the semi-finals of the competition by beating Panathinaikos, Werder Bremen and Sporting Lisbon. They then reached the final with a penalty shootout victory against Fiorentina. They played Zenit Saint Petersburg, managed by formed Gers boss Dick Advocaat, in Manchester on 14 May. Rangers lost the match 2-0, with over 200,000 fans in the city to see the game.

On the domestic front, the race for the Scottish Premier League continued until the final matchday of the season. Both Celtic and Rangers were tied on 86 points going into their games (against Dundee United and Aberdeen respectively) on 22 May 2008, but Celtic were top of the table due to having a better goal difference of 57, six ahead of Rangers. This did not prove to be decisive, as Rangers surrendered their hopes of landing the championship with a 2-0 defeat away to the Dons, while Celtic beat Dundee United 1-0. The club had had a ten-point lead in late March, although their nearest rivals, Celtic, had games in hand at the time. However, being forced by the Scottish football authorities to play 4 competitive matches (including a UEFA Cup Final) in the last 8 days of the season proved just too great a hurdle for Rangers to overcome.

The club appeared in its first final since 2005. They played Dundee United on 16 March 2008 and won the League Cup on penalties. The match was tied 2-2 after extra time, with both goals coming from Kris Boyd who also scored the winning spot kick.

They also reached the final of the Scottish Cup for the 49th time. They beat St. Johnstone 4-3 on penalties in the semi-final after the score was tied at 1-1 after extra time. The club played Queen of the South in the final on 24 May 2008 and won the match 3-2 thanks to goals from DaMarcus Beasley and a double from Kris Boyd.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  SCO Allan McGregor 26 1998 106 0 2010 Youth system
2 RB  SCO Alan Hutton 23 2000 122 4 2012 Youth system left on 30 January
3 CB  SCO David Weir 38 2007 (Winter) 79 3 2008 Free
4 AM  BEL Thomas Buffel 27 2005 (Winter) 86 16 2009 £2.3m
5 LB  BIH Saša Papac 28 2006 69 0 2009 £0.45m
6 CM  SCO Barry Ferguson (captain) 30 2005 (Winter) 404 59 2010 £4.5m
7 CM  ALG Brahim Hemdani 30 2005 108 2 2009 Free
8 CM  SCO Kevin Thomson 23 2007 (Winter) 56 1 2011 £2m
9 CF  SCO Kris Boyd 24 2005 (Winter) 106 71 2010 £0.4m
10 CF  ESP Nacho Novo 29 2004 168 54 2010 £0.45m
11 LM  SCO Charlie Adam 22 2003 78 18 2012 Youth system
12 CB  ENG Ugo Ehiogu 35 2007 (Winter) 12 1 2008 Free left on 18 January
12 RM  NIR Steven Davis 23 2008 (Winter) 26 1 2008 Loan
14 CM  SEN Amdy Faye 31 2007 6 0 2008 Loan
15 AM  SCO Alan Gow 25 2007 2 0 2010 Free
16 GK  SCO Graeme Smith 25 2007 1 0 2010 Free
17 RW  SCO Chris Burke 24 2000 129 14 2009 Youth system
18 DF  SCO Ian Murray 26 2005 60 0 2008 Free left on 24 August
18 CF  SCO Steven Naismith 21 2008 31 5 2012 £1.9m
19 CF  FRA Jean-Claude Darcheville 32 2007 48 15 2009 Free
20 LW  USA DaMarcus Beasley 26 2007 21 5 2010 £0.7m
21 RB  SCO Kirk Broadfoot 23 2007 34 1 2010 Free
22 CB  SCO Andy Webster 26 2008 1 1 2011 £0.4m
23 CF  SVK Filip Šebo 24 2006 34 2 2010 £1.8m out on loan
23 CB  SCO Christian Dailly 34 2008 (Winter) 22 2 2008 Free
24 CB  ESP Carlos Cuéllar 26 2007 65 5 2011 £2.37m
25 GK  NIR Roy Carroll 30 2007 1 0 2008 Free left on 31 January
25 GK  SCO Neil Alexander 30 2008 (Winter) 15 0 2011 Free
26 LB  SCO Steven Smith 22 2002 51 1 2010 Youth system
27 MF  SCO Lee McCulloch 30 2007 46 7 2011 £2.25m
28 RB  SCO Steven Whittaker 23 2007 48 5 2012 £2m
29 CF  GAB Daniel Cousin 31 2007 42 12 2010 £1.1m
34 CM  SCO Paul Emslie 20 2005 1 0 2010 Youth system
36 CM  RSA Dean Furman 19 2006 1 0 2008 Free
43 AM  SCO John Fleck 16 2007 3 0 2011 Youth system
  • Last updated: 24 May 2008
  • Source: Football Squads (for appearances, goals and player's number)
  • Ordered by squad numbers.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
44 LW  Cyprus Georgios Efrem 17 Arsenal England Transfer Summer 2009 Free [1]
16 GK  SCO Graeme Smith 24 Kilmarnock Transfer Summer 2010 Free [2]
20 LW  USA DaMarcus Beasley 25 PSV Netherlands Transfer Summer 2010 £0.7m [3]
22 CB  SCO Andy Webster 25 Wigan Athletic England Loan extension Summer 2008 n/a [4]
21 RB  SCO Kirk Broadfoot 22 St Mirren Transfer Summer 2010 Free [5]
19 CF  FRA Jean-Claude Darcheville 31 Bordeaux France Transfer Summer 2009 Free [6]
15 AM  SCO Alan Gow 24 Falkirk Transfer Summer 2010 Free [7]
24 CB  ESP Carlos Cuéllar 25 Osasuna Spain Transfer Summer 2011 £2.37m [8]
25 GK  NIR Roy Carroll 29 West Ham United England Transfer Summer 2008 Free [9]
71 LM  AUT Marco Michetschlager 17 Admira Wacker Austria Loan Summer 2008 n/a [10]
27 MF  SCO Lee McCulloch 29 Wigan Athletic England Transfer Summer 2011 £2.25m [11]
28 RB  SCO Steven Whittaker 23 Hibernian Transfer Summer 2012 £2m [12]
29 CF  GAB Daniel Cousin 30 Lens France Transfer Summer 2010 £1.1m [13]
18 CF  SCO Steven Naismith 20 Kilmarnock Transfer Summer 2012 £1.9m [14]
14 CM  SEN Amdy Faye 30 Charlton Athletic England Loan Summer 2008 n/a [15]
GK  LAT Artūrs Vaičulis 19 St Mirren Transfer Summer 2009 Free [16]
78 AM  NOR Thomas Kind Bendiksen 18 Harstad IL Norway Transfer Summer 2010 £0.09m [16]
CF  TUR Isa Bagci 17 BK Häcken Sweden Transfer Summer 2010 Undisclosed [16]
25 GK  SCO Neil Alexander 29 Ipswich Town England Transfer Winter 2011 Free [17]
23 CB  SCO Christian Dailly 34 West Ham United England Transfer Winter 2008 Free [18]
12 RM  NIR Steven Davis 23 Fulham England Loan Winter 2008 n/a [19]

Last updated: 22 August 2008
Total spending: £10.32m

Out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
46 DF  SCO Martin Ure 18 Queen's Park End of contract Summer n/a [1]
54 CF  SCO Scott Hadden 18 Ross County End of contract Summer n/a
36 DF  SCO Steven Campbell 20 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a
51 GK  England Joe Sagar 18 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a
30 MF  SEN Makhtar N'Diaye 25 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a
28 CB  FRA Antoine Ponroy 21 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a
1 GK  GER Stefan Klos 35 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [20]
9 CF  Croatia Dado Pršo 32 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [21]
11 CM  SCO Gavin Rae 29 Cardiff City Wales End of contract Summer n/a [22]
37 MF  SCO Brian Gilmour 20 Queen of the South End of contract Summer n/a [23]
19 CB  SWE Karl Svensson 23 Caen France Transfer Summer £0.7m [24]
30 GK  ENG Lee Robinson 21 Greenock Morton Loan Summer n/a [10]
14 MF  CZE Libor Sionko 30 F.C. Copenhagen Denmark Transfer Summer £0.09m [25]
23 CF  Slovakia Filip Šebo 23 Valenciennes France Loan Summer n/a [26]
18 DF  SCO Ian Murray 26 Norwich City England Transfer Summer Free [27]
12 CB  ENG Ugo Ehiogu 35 Sheffield United England Transfer Winter Free [28]
2 RB  SCO Alan Hutton 23 Tottenham Hotspur England Transfer Winter £9m [29]
25 GK  NIR Roy Carroll 30 Derby County England Transfer Winter Free [30]

Last updated: 22 August 2008
Total spending: £9.79m

Squad statistics[edit]

Total Scottish Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Cup Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup
No.
P
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
1 GK  SCO Allan McGregor 53 53 31 10 6 3 3
2 RB  SCO Alan Hutton 31 31 1 20 9 1 1 1
3 CB  SCO David Weir 61 61 3 37 2 10 1 8 3 3
4 AM  BEL Thomas Buffel 5 1 1 2 1
5 LB  BIH Saša Papac 46 46 22 9 9 3 3
6 CM  SCO Barry Ferguson 61 62 9 38 7 10 1 8 3 3 1
7 CM  ALG Brahim Hemdani 35 35 12 9 9 3 2
8 CM  SCO Kevin Thomson 43 44 1 26 1 8 4 5 1
9 CF  SCO Kris Boyd 25 41 25 28 14 2 2 6 6 3 5
10 CF  ESP Nacho Novo 18 49 16 28 10 7 1 7 1 4 2 3 2
11 LM  SCO Charlie Adam 25 32 4 16 2 7 2 4 3 2
12 CM  NIR Steven Davis 23 26 1 12 9 1 4 1
12 CB  ENG Ugo Ehiogu 1 1 1
14 CM  SEN Amdy Faye 3 6 4 1 1
15 AM  SCO Alan Gow 2 2 1 1
16 GK  SCO Graeme Smith 1 1 1
17 RW  SCO Chris Burke 17 21 4 11 2 2 5 2 3
18 CF  SCO Steven Naismith 17 31 5 21 5 3 1 6
19 CF  FRA Jean-Claude Darcheville 28 48 15 30 12 8 1 5 1 3 2 1
20 LW  USA DaMarcus Beasley 15 21 5 11 2 8 2 1 1 1
21 RB  SCO Kirk Broadfoot 31 34 1 15 1 9 3 5 2
22 CB  SCO Andy Webster 1 1 1 1 1
23 CB  SCO Christian Dailly 21 22 2 12 2 5 4 1
23 CF  Slovakia Filip Šebo 1 1
24 CB  ESP Carlos Cuéllar 65 65 5 36 4 10 9 6 4 1
25 GK  NIR Roy Carroll 1 1 1
25 GK  SCO Neil Alexander 13 15 8 3 4
26 LB  SCO Steven Smith 2 2 2
27 MF  SCO Lee McCulloch 38 46 7 22 3 9 2 6 6 2 3
28 RB  SCO Steven Whittaker 43 48 5 30 4 4 5 1 6 3
29 CF  GAB Daniel Cousin 26 42 12 26 10 7 1 5 1 2 2
34 CM  SCO Paul Emslie 1 1
36 CM  RSA Dean Furman 1 1
43 AM  SCO John Fleck 3 1 2

Last updated: 24 May 2008
Source: Soccerbase - Rangers 2007/2008 player appearances
Ordered by squad numbers
0 shown as blank

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