List of Rangers F.C. seasons

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This is a list of seasons played by Rangers Football Club in Scottish and European football, from 1890 to the present day. It details the club's achievements in major competitions, and the top scorers for each season.

Overview[edit]

Although Rangers had been playing in the Scottish Cup since season 1874–75, being runners-up twice, they did not compete in an official league until 1890–91. In their very first season the club played eighteen championship matches, also a play-off which they drew and so shared the first ever league title with Dumbarton.

The Scottish League Cup did not begin until season 1946–47, Rangers won the inaugural competition by defeating Aberdeen 4–0 in the final. The 1956–57 season saw the club enter the European arena.

Seasons[edit]

1870s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1872–73 n/a[1] n/a[2] n/a [3]
1873–74 n/a [3]
1874–75 R2 Moses McNeil
David Gibb
1
1875–76 R2 John Campbell 3
1876–77 RU Peter Campbell 5 [4]
1877–78 R4 Peter Campbell 7
1878–79 RU William Struthers 6 [5]
1879–80 R1 Archibald Steel
William Struthers
2

1880s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1880–81 n/a[1] SF George Angus 5 [6]
1881–82 SF David Hill 5
1882–83 R2 W Corbett
William Pringle
James Watson
2
1883–84 SF James Gossland 5 [7]
1884–85 QF James Gossland
Alick McKenzie
Peter Morton
3 [8]
1885–86 R1 No goals scored 0
1886–87 R3 Matthew Lawrie 5 [9][10]
1887–88 R2 John Gow 5 [11]
1888–89 R2 Thomas Wylie 8 [12]
1889–90 R3 Donald Gow
Thomas Wylie
5 [13]

1890s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1890–91 Scottish League 18 13 3 2 58 25 29 1st R1 John McPherson 15 [14][15]
1891–92 Scottish League 22 11 2 9 59 46 24 5th SF John McPherson 12
1892–93 Scottish League 18 12 4 2 41 27 28 2nd QF Hugh McCreadie 13
1893–94 Division One 18 8 4 6 44 30 20 4th W James Steel 12 [16]
1894–95 Division One 18 10 2 6 41 26 22 3rd R1 John McPherson
John Barker
9
1895–96 Division One 18 11 4 3 57 39 26 2nd QF Alex Smith 16
1896–97 Division One 18 11 3 4 64 30 25 3rd W Tommy Hyslop
John McPherson
15
1897–98 Division One 18 13 3 2 71 15 29 2nd W Robert Hamilton 26
1898–99 Division One 18 18 0 0 79 18 36 1st RU RC Hamilton 25
1899–00 Division One 18 15 2 1 69 27 32 1st SF Robert Hamilton 23

1900s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1900–01 Division One 20 17 1 2 60 25 35 1st R1 Robert Hamilton 20
1901–02 Division One 18 13 2 3 43 29 28 1st SF Robert Hamilton 11
1902–03 Division One 22 12 5 5 56 30 29 3rd W Robert Hamilton 18
1903–04 Division One 26 16 6 4 80 33 38 3rd RU Robert Hamilton 31
1904–05 Division One 26 19 3 4 83 28 41 2nd RU Robert Hamilton 19
1905–06 Division One 30 15 7 8 58 48 37 4th QF Robert Hamilton 10
1906–07 Division One 34 19 7 8 69 33 45 3rd QF Jimmy Speirs 14
1907–08 Division One 34 21 8 5 74 40 50 3rd R2 Robert Campbell 25
1908–09 Division One 34 19 7 8 91 38 45 4th F Robert Campbell 17 [17]
1909–10 Division One 34 20 6 8 70 35 46 3rd R2 Willie Hunter 19

1910s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1910–11 Division One 34 23 6 5 90 34 52 1st QF Willie Reid 41
1911–12 Division One 34 24 3 7 86 34 51 1st R2 Willie Reid 34
1912–13 Division One 34 24 5 5 76 41 53 1st R3 Willie Reid 23
1913–14 Division One 38 27 5 6 79 31 59 2nd R3 Willie Reid 25
1914–15 Division One 38 23 4 11 74 47 50 3rd n/a[18] Willie Reid 28
1915–16 Division One 38 25 6 7 87 39 56 2nd Willie Reid 21
1916–17 Division One 38 24 5 9 68 32 53 3rd Charlie Duncan 15
1917–18 Division One 34 25 6 3 66 24 56 1st Tommy Cairns
Jimmy Gordon
11
1918–19 Division One 34 26 5 3 86 16 57 2nd David McLean 29
1919–20 Division One 42 31 9 2 106 25 71 1st SF Andy Cunningham 25

1920s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1920–21 Division One 42 35 6 1 91 24 76 1st RU Andy Cunningham 27
1921–22 Division One 42 28 10 4 83 26 66 2nd RU Geordie Henderson 27
1922–23 Division One 38 23 9 6 67 29 55 1st R2 Geordie Henderson 24
1923–24 Division One 38 25 9 4 72 29 59 1st R3 Geordie Henderson 23
1924–25 Division One 38 25 10 3 76 26 60 1st SF Geordie Henderson 32
1925–26 Division One 38 19 6 13 79 55 44 6th SF Andy Cunningham
Jimmy Fleming
20
1926–27 Division One 38 23 10 5 85 41 56 1st QF Jimmy Fleming 21
1927–28 Division One 38 26 8 4 109 36 60 1st W Jimmy Fleming 37 [19]
1928–29 Division One 38 30 7 1 107 32 67 1st RU Jimmy Fleming 40
1929–30 Division One 38 28 4 6 94 32 60 1st W Jimmy Fleming 33

1930s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1930–31 Division One 38 27 6 5 96 29 60 1st R2 Bob McPhail 22
1931–32 Division One 38 28 5 5 118 42 61 2nd W Sam English 53 [20]
1932–33 Division One 38 26 10 2 113 43 62 1st R3 Jimmy Smith 35
1933–34 Division One 38 30 6 2 118 41 66 1st W Jimmy Smith 46 [20]
1934–35 Division One 38 25 5 8 96 46 55 1st W Jimmy Smith 44
1935–36 Division One 38 27 7 4 110 43 61 2nd W Jimmy Smith 37
1936–37 Division One 38 26 9 3 88 32 61 1st R1 Jimmy Smith 31
1937–38 Division One 38 18 13 7 75 49 49 3rd SF Jimmy Smith 25
1938–39 Division One 38 25 9 4 112 55 59 1st R3 Alex Venters 37
1939–40 Division One 5 4 1 0 14 3 9 Willie Thornton 5 [21]

1940s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1946 due to the Second World War
1946–47 Division One 30 21 4 5 76 26 46 1st R2 W Willie Thornton
Jimmy Duncanson
25
1947–48 Division One 30 21 4 5 64 28 46 2nd W SF Willie Thornton 22
1948–49 Division One 30 20 6 4 63 32 46 1st W W Willie Thornton 34
1949–50 Division One 30 22 6 2 58 26 50 1st W SF Willie Findlay 18

1950s[edit]

Rangers F.C. seasons in the 1950s
Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1950–51 Scottish
Division One
30 17 4 9 64 37 38 2nd R2 Sect n/a[23] Willie Thornton 19
1951–52 30 16 9 5 61 31 41 2nd QF RU Willie Thornton 27
1952–53 30 18 7 5 80 39 43 1st W SF Derek Grierson 31
1953–54 30 13 8 9 56 35 34 4th SF SF Willie Paton 22
1954–55 30 19 3 8 67 33 41 3rd R6 QF Billy Simpson 23
1955–56 34 22 8 4 85 27 52 1st QF SF Johnny Hubbard 27
1956–57 34 26 3 5 96 48 55 1st R6 Sect European Cup - R2 Max Murray 36
1957–58 34 22 5 7 89 49 49 2nd SF RU European Cup - R1 Max Murray 35
1958–59 34 21 8 5 92 51 50 1st R3 Sect Max Murray 24
1959–60 34 17 8 9 72 38 42 3rd W Sect European Cup - SF Jimmy Millar 36

1960s[edit]

Rangers F.C. seasons in the 1960s
Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1960–61 Scottish
Division One
34 23 5 6 88 46 51 1st R3 W Cup Winners' Cup - RU Ralph Brand 40
1961–62 34 22 7 5 84 31 51 2nd W W European Cup - QF Ralph Brand 40
1962–63 34 25 7 2 94 28 57 1st W SF Cup Winners' Cup - R1 Jimmy Millar 43
1963–64 34 25 5 4 85 31 55 1st W W European Cup - QR Jim Forrest 39
1964–65 34 18 8 8 78 35 44 5th QF W European Cup - QF Jim Forrest 57
1965–66 34 25 5 4 91 29 55 2nd W RU George McLean 39
1966–67 34 24 7 3 92 31 55 2nd R1 RU Cup Winners' Cup - RU Alex Smith 23
1967–68 34 28 5 1 93 34 61 2nd QF Sect Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - QF Alex Ferguson 22
1968–69 34 21 7 6 81 32 49 2nd RU Sect Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - SF Willie Johnston 23
1969–70 34 19 7 8 67 40 45 2nd QF Sect Cup Winners' Cup - R2 Colin Stein 27

1970s[edit]

Rangers F.C. seasons in the 1970s
Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1970–71 Scottish
Division One
34 16 9 9 58 34 41 4th RU W Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - R1 Colin Stein 20
1971–72 34 21 2 11 71 38 44 3rd SF Sect Cup Winners' Cup - W Colin Stein 25
1972–73 34 26 4 4 74 30 56 2nd W SF n/a Derek Parlane 27
1973–74 34 21 6 7 67 34 48 3rd R4 SF Cup Winners' Cup - R2 Derek Parlane 22
1974–75 34 25 6 3 86 33 56 1st R3 Sect n/a Derek Parlane 18
1975–76 Scottish
Premier Division
36 23 8 5 60 24 54 1st W W European Cup - R2 Derek Johnstone 31
1976–77 36 18 10 8 62 37 46 2nd RU SF European Cup - R1 Derek Johnstone 21
1977–78 36 24 7 5 76 39 55 1st W W Cup Winners' Cup - R1 Derek Johnstone 38
1978–79 36 18 9 9 52 35 45 2nd W W European Cup - QF Gordon Smith 17
1979–80 36 15 7 14 50 46 37 5th RU R3 Cup Winners' Cup - R2 Derek Johnstone 21

1980s[edit]

Rangers F.C. seasons in the 1980s
Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1980–81 Scottish
Premier Division
36 16 12 8 60 32 44 3rd W R3 n/a Colin McAdam 21
1981–82 36 16 11 9 57 45 43 3rd RU W Cup Winners' Cup - R1 John MacDonald 22
1982–83 36 13 12 11 52 41 38 4th RU RU UEFA Cup - R2 John MacDonald 20
1983–84 36 15 12 9 53 41 42 4th QF W Cup Winners' Cup - R2 Ally McCoist 20
1984–85 36 13 12 11 47 38 38 4th R4 W UEFA Cup - R2 Ally McCoist 18
1985–86 36 13 9 14 53 45 35 5th R3 SF UEFA Cup - R1 Ally McCoist 27
1986–87 44 31 7 6 85 23 69 1st R3 W UEFA Cup - R3 Ally McCoist 38
1987–88 44 26 8 10 85 34 60 3rd R4 W European Cup - QF Ally McCoist 42
1988–89 36 26 4 6 62 26 56 1st RU W UEFA Cup - R2 Kevin Drinkell 19
1989–90 36 20 11 5 48 19 51 1st R4 RU European Cup - R1 Ally McCoist 18

1990s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
1990–91 Premier Division 36 24 7 5 62 23 55 1st QF W European Cup - R2 Mo Johnston 19
1991–92 Premier Division 44 33 6 5 101 31 72 1st W SF European Cup - R1 Ally McCoist 39
1992–93 Premier Division 44 33 7 4 97 35 73 1st W W Champions League - GS Ally McCoist 49
1993–94 Premier Division 44 22 14 8 74 41 58 1st RU W Champions League - R1 Mark Hateley 30
1994–95 Premier Division 36 20 9 7 60 35 69 1st R4 R3 Champions League - QR Mark Hateley 15
1995–96 Premier Division 36 27 6 3 85 25 87 1st W SF Champions League- GS Gordon Durie 23
1996–97 Premier Division 36 25 5 6 85 33 80 1st QF W Champions League - GS Brian Laudrup 21
1997–98 Premier Division 36 21 9 6 76 38 72 2nd RU QF Champions League - QR2
UEFA Cup - R1
Marco Negri 37
1998–99 Premier League 36 23 8 5 78 31 77 1st W W UEFA Cup - R3 Rod Wallace 27
1999–00 Premier League 36 28 6 2 96 26 90 1st W QF Champions League - GS
UEFA Cup - R3
Rod Wallace 21

2000s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
2000–01 Premier League 38 26 4 8 76 36 82 2nd QF SF Champions League - GS
UEFA Cup - R3
Jörg Albertz 15
2001–02 Premier League 38 25 10 3 82 27 85 2nd W W Champions League - QR3
UEFA Cup - R4
Tore André Flo 25
2002–03 Premier League 38 31 4 3 101 28 97 1st W W UEFA Cup - R1 Ronald de Boer 20
2003–04 Premier League 38 25 6 7 76 33 81 2nd QF SF Champions League - GS Shota Arveladze 15
2004–05 Premier League 38 29 6 3 78 22 93 1st R3 W UEFA Cup - GS Nacho Novo 25
2005–06 Premier League 38 21 10 7 67 37 73 3rd R4 QF Champions League - L16 Kris Boyd 20
2006–07 Premier League 38 21 9 8 61 32 72 2nd R3 QF UEFA Cup - L16 Kris Boyd 26
2007–08 Premier League 38 27 5 6 84 33 86 2nd W W Champions League - GS Kris Boyd 25
UEFA Cup - RU
2008–09 Premier League 38 26 8 4 77 28 86 1st W RU Champions League - QR2 Kris Boyd 31
2009–10 Premier League 38 26 9 3 82 28 87 1st QF W Champions League - GS Kris Boyd 26

2010s[edit]

Season League Scottish
Cup
League
Cup
Other[22] Top goalscorer Notes
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
2010–11 Premier League 38 30 3 5 88 29 93 1st R5 W Champions League - GS
Europa League - Rof16
Kenny Miller 22
2011–12 Premier League 38 26 5 7 77 28 73 2nd relegated R5 R3 Champions League - QR3
Europa League - POR
Nikica Jelavić 17 [24]
2012–13 Third Division 36 25 8 3 87 29 83 1st promoted R5 QF Challenge Cup - QF Lee McCulloch 26
2013–14 League One 36 33 3 0 106 18 102 1st promoted SF R1 Challenge Cup - RU Jon Daly 25
2014–15 Championship 36 19 10 7 69 39 67 3rd R5 SF Challenge Cup - SF Nicky Law 13 [25]
2015–16 Championship 36 25 6 5 88 34 81 1st promoted RU R4 Challenge Cup - W Martyn Waghorn 28
2016–17 Premiership 38 3rd SF SF n/a Martyn Waghorn 15

Rangers were deducted 10 points for entering administration.[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The club did not start playing league football until 1890.
  2. ^ The club did not enter the Scottish Cup in its first two seasons.
  3. ^ a b The club only participated in friendly matches for its first two seasons.
  4. ^ Scorers of 3 goals in this season are unknown.
  5. ^ Scorers of 4 goals in this season are unknown.
  6. ^ Scorers of 8 goals in this season are unknown.
  7. ^ Scorers of 20 goals in this season are unknown.
  8. ^ Scorers of 19 goals in this season are unknown.
  9. ^ Rangers also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
  10. ^ Scorers of 10 goals in this season are unknown.
  11. ^ Scorers of 5 goals in this season are unknown.
  12. ^ Scorers of 2 goals in this season are unknown.
  13. ^ Scorers of 12 goals in this season are unknown.
  14. ^ From goals in the League and in the Scottish Cup
  15. ^ Shared with Dumbarton after a play off finished 2–2
  16. ^ Rangers win their first Scottish Cup, thanks to a 3–1 win over Celtic
  17. ^ Final between Rangers and Celtic was abandoned due to a riot. The trophy was withheld.
  18. ^ The competition was withdrawn due to the outbreak of the First World War.
  19. ^ Club wins its first ever double, the league and Scottish Cup
  20. ^ a b Season saw the joint greatest number of goals scored in the league
  21. ^ The 1939–40 season was suspended following the outbreak of the Second World War, see below for details of wartime season
  22. ^ a b c d e f g Includes European and Scottish Challenge Cup matches.
  23. ^ The club did not start playing European football until 1955.
  24. ^ Due to financial problems, Rangers were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish Football.
  25. ^ Rangers lost 6-1 on aggregate in the play-off final against Motherwell.
  26. ^ "Rangers Football Club enters administration". BBC News. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

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