2012–13 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
2012–13 season
Chairman Craig Whyte
(until 14 May)
Malcolm Murray
(from 14 June)
Manager Ally McCoist
Ground Ibrox Stadium
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 50,987)
Scottish Third Division 1st
P36 W25 D8 L3 F87 A29
Scottish Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Challenge Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Andrew Little (22)
All:
Lee McCulloch (26)
Highest home attendance 50,048 vs Berwick Rangers
(4 May 2013)
Lowest home attendance 23,195 vs Elgin City
(2 December 2012)
Average home league attendance 45,744
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2012–13 season is the 132nd season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 47 competitive matches during the 2012-13 season. Prior to the Rangers first team even kicking a ball in a football match that season, there were a series of off-the-field issues to be resolved. On 4 July, ten of the other eleven Scottish Premier League clubs voted against the newco Rangers being admitted to the league for the 2012-13 season, leaving the club to apply for a place in the Scottish Football League.[1] Over a week later, on 13 July, twenty-five of the thirty SFL member clubs voted to offer Rangers a place in the Third Division of the Football League for the start of the season.[2] However, as part of the transfer of SFA membership from oldco to newco, both companies along with the SFA, SPL and SFL had to agree to a five-way agreement.[3][4] The club were received a twelve-month transfer ban which prevented it from registering any players over the age of eighteen, which began on 1 September and concluded at the end of the 2013 summer transfer window.[5]

Further to this the SPL instigated an investigation into Rangers transfer dealings between 2001 and 2011, after allegations of dual contracts between the Oldco (the company that formerly owned Rangers) and its staff. This investigation operated via a commission headed by Lord Nimmo Smith which concluded in February 2013.[6] The Commission's findings concluded that oldco Rangers did not fully disclose to the football authorities all payments that it made to players and staff, however, this non-disclosure did not effect the playing staff's eligibility. Therefore, instead of a potential penalty that included the stripping of titles won by the first team, the punishment was only a fine of £250,000 for the Oldco.[7] Alongside the SPL investigation, HMRC's first tier tax tribunal's came to a conclusion during the season. On 20 November, the First-tier Tax Tribunal ruled that the Oldco had not contravened tax law with its use of Employee Benefit Trusts,[8] however just over a week before the Nimmo Smith Commission returned its verdict, HMRC launched an appeal against the First-tier verdict.[9]

Turmoil continued inside Ibrox despite the return on Walter Smith as a non-executive director in November 2012.[10] The company owning the club was floated on the stock exchange the following month, raising over £22m from an Initial public offering. The tenure of Charles Green as chief executive proved violate with a number of contentious issues arising throughout the season included the sacking of Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza for reportedly attempting to negotiations transfer away from the club,[11] the allegations from former chairman Craig Whyte that he and Green had an agreement over the purchase of Rangers that allowed Whyte to retain a stakehold in the company.[12] An internal investigation by the club later concluded that there was no link between Green and Whyte.[13] The culmination of the of Greens tenure resulted in him resigning as chief executive[14] after the club launched an internal investigation into alleged racist remarks Green had made to commercial director Imran Ahmad.[15]

The off the field drama was to be mirrored by some on field, at least initially, as Rangers struggled to get to grips with life in the Third Division. The very first match in August away to Peterhead ended in a 2-2 draw and that was only thanks to a late goal from Andrew Little with the Toon out playing Rangers for large spells in the match. The away day league formed resulted in subsequent draws to Annan and Berwick. Rangers clinched the Scottish Third Division Title on 30 March after a goalless draw away to Montrose and Queens Park lost. Rangers are promoted to the Scottish Second Division next season

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

P
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
GK Scotland Neil Alexander 35 2008 (Winter) 94 0 2013 Free
GK Scotland Scott Gallacher 23 2006 0 0 2015 Youth system
GK Scotland Blair Currie 19 2009 0 0 2013 Youth system
GK Republic of Ireland Alan Smith 19 2010 0 0 2014 Free
GK Scotland Liam Kelly 18 2012 0 0 2015 Free
DF Romania Dorin Goian 31 2011 42 1 2014 £0.8m out on season loan
DF United States Carlos Bocanegra (captain) 33 2011 40 3 2014 £0.4m out on season loan
DF Scotland Darren Cole 21 2008 5 0 2013 Youth system
DF Scotland Kirk Broadfoot 28 2007 121 1 2013 Free left on 29 August
DF Brazil Emílson Cribari 33 2012 34 0 2014 Free
DF France Sébastien Faure 22 2012 23 1 2015 Free
DF Greece Anestis Argyriou 25 2012 27 0 2014 Free
DF Scotland Ross Perry 23 2006 36 0 2015 Youth system
DF Northern Ireland Chris Hegarty 20 2010 29 0 2015 Free
DF Canada Luca Gasparotto 17 2011 4 0 2015 Free
DF Scotland Lee Wallace (y) 25 2011 76 6 2016 £1.5m
MF United States Alejandro Bedoya 25 2011 13 1 2014 £0.4m left on 10 August
MF Scotland Lewis Macleod 18 2010 31 3 2017 Youth system
MF Scotland Robbie Crawford 20 2010 27 5 2017 Youth system
MF Scotland Andy Murdoch 18 2011 1 0 2015 Youth system
MF Scotland Ian Black 28 2012 38 2 2015 Free
MF Scotland Kyle Hutton 22 2008 47 2 2014 Youth system
MF United States Maurice Edu 26 2008 125 12 2013 £2.6m left on 25 August
MF Poland Kamil Wiktorski 19 2009 0 0 2013 £0.1m left on 29 January
MF Northern Ireland Andrew Mitchell 21 2010 9 0 2013 Free
MF Northern Ireland Dean Shiels 28 2012 29 12 2016 Free
MF Scotland David Templeton 24 2012 26 15 2016 £0.8m
MF Canada Fraser Aird 18 2011 22 3 2018 Youth system
MF Australia Francesco Stella 21 2012 0 0 2013 Free left on 15 January
MF Scotland Tom Walsh 16 2012 1 0 2013 Youth system
MF Scotland Lee McCulloch (captain) 34 2007 211 46 2015 £2.25m
MF Scotland Barrie McKay 18 2011 42 4 2017 Free
MF Scotland Danny Stoney 16 2012 3 0 2016 Youth system
FW England Kane Hemmings 22 2008 10 1 2013 Youth system
FW Scotland Kal Naismith 21 2008 24 3 2015 Youth system
FW Northern Ireland Andrew Little 23 2007 60 32 2014 Youth system
FW Spain Francisco Sandaza 28 2012 20 2 2015 Free left on 3 April
FW Scotland Kevin Kyle 31 2012 15 3 2013 Free left on 16 March
  • Last updated: 4 May 2013
  • Source: Players transfer and Wikipedia players' articles
  • Ordered by position on pitch.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
MF Scotland Ian Black 27 Heart of Midlothian Transfer Summer 2015 Free [16]
MF Northern Ireland Dean Shiels 27 Kilmarnock Transfer Summer 2016 Free [17]
FW Spain Francisco Sandaza 27 St Johnstone Transfer Summer 2015 Free [18]
FW Scotland Kevin Kyle 31 Heart of Midlothian Transfer Summer 2013 Free [18]
DF Brazil Emílson Cribari 32 CruzeiroBrazil Transfer Summer 2014 Free [18]
DF France Sébastien Faure 21 LyonFrance Transfer Summer 2015 Free [19]
DF Greece Anestis Argyriou 24 AEK AthensGreece Transfer Summer 2014 Free [20]
MF Australia Francesco Stella 21 SienaItaly Transfer Summer 2013 Free [21]
MF Scotland David Templeton 23 Heart of Midlothian Transfer Summer 2016 £0.7m [22]

Total expenditure: £0.7m

Out[edit]

P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
DF England Kyle Bartley 21 ArsenalEngland Loan return Summer n/a [23]
DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Saša Papac 32 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [24][25]
FW Northern Ireland David Healy 32 BuryEngland End of contract Summer n/a [26]
MF France Salim Kerkar 24 Charlton AthleticEngland End of contract Summer n/a [27]
GK Scotland Grant Adam 21 St Mirren End of contract Summer n/a [28]
MF Scotland Gordon Dick 19 Albion Rovers End of contract Summer n/a [29][30]
DF Scotland Ewan McNeil 18 Norwich CityEngland End of contract Summer n/a [29]
MF Scotland Anthony Marenghi 18 Ayr United End of contract Summer n/a [29][31]
DF Scotland Adam Hunter 19 Ayr United End of contract Summer n/a [29]
DF Algeria Adel Gafaiti 17 Norwich CityEngland End of contract Summer n/a [29]
DF Northern Ireland Josh Robinson 18 CrusadersNorthern Ireland End of contract Summer n/a [23][29]
FW England Jack Werndly 19 St Neots TownEngland End of contract Summer n/a [23][29]
DF Scotland Robbie McIntyre 18 Huddersfield TownEngland End of contract Summer n/a [23][29]
GK Scotland Sam George 17 Clyde End of contract Summer n/a [29]
MF Scotland Rhys McCabe 19 Sheffield WednesdayEngland Rejection to transfer Summer Undisclosed [32][33][34]
FW Nigeria Sone Aluko 23 Hull CityEngland Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [32][35]
DF Scotland Steven Whittaker 28 Norwich CityEngland Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [32][36]
FW Scotland Steven Naismith 25 EvertonEngland Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [32][37]
MF Scotland Jamie Ness 21 Stoke CityEngland Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [38][39]
FW Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty 24 SionSwitzerland Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [38][40]
GK Scotland Allan McGregor 30 BeşiktaşTurkey Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [38][41]
MF Northern Ireland Steven Davis 27 SouthamptonEngland Rejection to transfer Summer £0.8m [38][42][43]
MF Scotland John Fleck 20 Coventry CityEngland Rejection to transfer Summer Free [44][45]
DF Norway Tom Skogsrud 19 SandefjordNorway Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [23]
DF Norway Kim Skogsrud 19 SandefjordNorway Rejection to transfer Summer n/a [23]
MF Spain Juan Manuel Ortiz 30 GranadaSpain Contract terminated Summer n/a [46]
MF United States Alejandro Bedoya 25 Helsingborgs IFSweden Transfer Summer Free [47]
DF Romania Dorin Goian 31 SpeziaItaly Loan Summer n/a [48]
MF United States Maurice Edu 26 Stoke CityEngland Transfer Summer £0.3m [49]
DF Scotland Kirk Broadfoot 28 BlackpoolEngland Contract terminated Summer n/a [50]
DF United States Carlos Bocanegra 31 Racing SantanderSpain Loan Summer n/a [51]
DF Scotland Kyle McAusland 19 Ayr United Loan n/a n/a [52]
FW England Kane Hemmings 21 Cowdenbeath Loan Winter n/a [53]
FW Scotland Calum Gallagher 18 Alloa Athletic Loan Winter n/a [54]
MF Australia Francesco Stella 21 Melbourne VictoryAustralia Contract terminated Winter n/a [55]
MF Poland Kamil Wiktorski 19 Free Agent Contract terminated Winter Free
MF Scotland Gregor Fotheringham 18 Forfar Athletic Loan Winter n/a [56]
DF Scotland Stuart Urquhart 17 Dumbarton Loan n/a n/a [57]
FW Scotland Kevin Kyle 31 Free Agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [58]
FW Spain Francisco Sandaza 28 Free Agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [11]

Last updated: 3 April 2013
Total income: £1.1m

New Contracts[edit]

P
Nat.
Name
Age
Status
Contract length
Expiry date
Source
GK Scotland Scott Gallacher 22 Signed 1 year June 2013
DF Northern Ireland Chris Hegarty 19 Signed 1 year June 2013 [59]
MF Northern Ireland Andrew Mitchell 20 Signed 1 year June 2013 [60]
FW Northern Ireland Andrew Little 23 Signed 2 years June 2014 [16][61]
MF Poland Kamil Wiktorski 19 Signed 1 year June 2013 [62]
MF Scotland Lewis Macleod 18 Signed 5 years June 2017 [63]
MF Scotland Barrie McKay 18 Signed 5 years June 2017 [63][64]
MF Scotland Robbie Crawford 19 Signed 5 years June 2017 [63]
DF Scotland Lee Wallace 25 Signed 5 years June 2017 [65]
MF Scotland Lee McCulloch 34 Signed 2 years June 2015 [66]
GK Scotland Neil Alexander 34 Rejected 1 year June 2014 [67]
MF Canada Fraser Aird 18 Signed 5 years June 2018 [68]
DF Scotland Kyle McAusland 20 Signed 2 years June 2015 [69]
DF Northern Ireland Chris Hegarty 20 Signed 2 years June 2015 [70]
FW Scotland Kal Naismith 20 Signed 2 years June 2015 [71]
DF Canada Luca Gasparotto 17 Signed 2 years June 2015 [72]
GK Scotland Scott Gallacher 23 Signed 2 years June 2015 [73]

Last updated: 18 February 2013