1988–89 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
1988–89 season
Chairman David Holmes
Manager Graeme Souness
Ground Ibrox Park
Scottish Premier Division 1st
P36 W26 D4 L6 F62 A26
Scottish Cup Runners-up
League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League:
Kevin Drinkell (11)

All:
Kevin Drinkell (19)

The 1988–89 season is the 92nd season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 53 competitive matches during the 1988–89 season. The team finished first in the Scottish Premier Division, winning the first of nine consecutive league titles.

In the cup competitions, they were lost the Scottish Cup final 1–0 to Celtic thanks to a Joe Miller goal. The team won the Scottish League Cup, defeating Aberdeen 3–2.

The European campaign was not great. The team qualified for the UEFA Cup and after a fine aggregate win over Polish side GKS Katowice, they were knocked in the second round by Cologne of Germany.

Transfer[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
19 July 1988 England Gary Stevens England Everton £1.25m
29 July 1988 Northern Ireland John Morrow Northern Ireland Linfield Free
6 October 1988 Scotland Neale Cooper England Aston Villa £0.25m
1 February 1989 Scotland Tom Cowan Scotland Clyde Free

Out[edit]

Date Player From Fee
31 May 1988 Israel Avi Cohen Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv Free
31 May 1988 England Trevor Francis England Queens Park Rangers Free
26 August 1988 England Graham Roberts England Chelsea £0.475m
26 August 1988 England Jimmy Phillips England Oxford United £0.11m
11 February 1989 Scotland Nicky Walker Scotland Heart of Midlothian £0.125m

Results[edit]

Scottish Premier Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 1988 Hamilton Academical A 2–0 10,500 Stevens, McCoist
20 August 1988 Hibernian H 0–0 41,955
27 August 1988 Celtic H 5–1 42,858 McCoist (2), Wilkins, Drinkell, Walters
3 September 1988 Motherwell A 2–0 20,112 Drinkell, Durrant
17 September 1988 Heart of Midlothian A 2–1 25,501 Durrant (pen.), Nisbet
24 September 1988 St Mirren H 2–1 35,523 D.Cooper (pen.), Walters
27 September 1988 Dundee United A 1–0 20,071 I.Ferguson
1 October 1988 Dundee H 2–0 40,768 Drinkell, Walters
8 October 1988 Aberdeen A 1–2 23,370 N.Cooper
12 October 1988 Hibernian A 1–0 26,000 McCoist
29 October 1988 St Mirren A 1–1 20,903 Gray
1 November 1988 Heart of Midlothian H 3–0 36,505 Gough, Walters (pen.), Gray
5 November 1988 Motherwell H 2–1 36,060 Brown, Drinkell
12 November 1988 Celtic A 1–3 60,113 Walters
16 November 1988 Hamilton Academical H 3–1 33,684 Gray, Ferguson, Drinkell
19 November 1988 Dundee A 0–0 16,514
26 November 1988 Aberdeen H 1–0 42,239 Gough
3 December 1988 Dundee United H 0–1 39,123
10 December 1988 Heart of Midlothian A 0–2 26,424
17 December 1988 Hibernian H 1–0 36,672 McCall
31 December 1988 Hamilton Academical A 1–0 10,500 D.Ferguson
3 January 1989 Celtic H 4–1 42,515 Walters (2, 1 (pen.)), Butcher, I.Ferguson
7 January 1989 Motherwell A 1–2 19,275 Drinkell
14 January 1989 Aberdeen A 2–1 23,000 Munro, D.Ferguson
21 January 1989 Dundee H 3–1 43,202 I.Ferguson, Butcher, McCoist
11 February 1989 Dundee United A 1–1 22,019 Munro
25 February 1989 St Mirren H 3–1 39,021 I.Ferguson, McCoist, Walters
11 March 1989 Hamilton Academical H 3–0 35,733 I.Ferguson, Sterland, Gough
25 March 1989 Hibernian A 1–0 23,321 Drinkell
1 April 1989 Celtic A 2–1 60,171 Drinkell, I.Ferguson
8 April 1989 Motherwell H 1–0 33,782 McCoist
22 April 1989 St Mirren A 2–0 22,096 I.Ferguson, McCoist
29 April 1989 Heart of Midlothian H 4–0 42,856 Drinkell (2), Sterland (2)
2 May 1989 Dundee United H 2–0 39,068 Drinkell, McCoist
6 May 1989 Dundee A 2–1 14,889 Gray (2)
13 May 1989 Aberdeen H 0–3 42,480

UEFA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 September 1988 R1 Katowice H 1–0 41,120 Walters
5 October 1988 R1 Katowice A 4–2 40,000 Butcher (2), Durrant, I.Ferguson
26 October 1988 R2 Cologne A 0–2 42,000
9 November 1988 R2 Cologne H 1–1 42,204 Drinkell

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28 January 1989 R3 Raith Rovers A 1–1 10,500 I.Ferguson
1 February 1989 R3 R Raith Rovers H 3–0 40,307 Walters, Drinkell, Fraser (o.g.)
18 February 1989 R4 Stranraer H 8–0 41,198 Drinkell (2), Brown (2), McCoist (2, 1 (pen.)
I.Ferguson, Walters
21 March 1989 QF Dundee United H 2–2 42,177 Drinkell, McCoist
27 March 1989 QF R Dundee United A 1–0 21,872 McCoist
15 April 1989 SF St Johnstone N 0–0 47,374
18 April 1989 SF R St Johnstone N 4–0 44,205 Walters, Stevens, Drinkell, McCoist
20 May 1989 F Celtic N 0–1 72,069

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1988 R2 Clyde A 3–0 14,699 Drinkell, Walters, D.Ferguson
24 August 1988 R3 Clydebank H 6–0 34,376 McCoist, Gough, Walters, Wilkins, Drinkell, Durrant
31 August 1988 QF Dundee H 4–1 39,667 McCoist, Walters, I.Ferguson, Forsyth (o.g.)
21 September 1988 SF Heart of Midlothian N 3–0 53,623 Walters (2), Nisbet
23 October 1988 F Aberdeen N 3–2 72,122 McCoist (2, 1 (pen.)), I.Ferguson

Appearances[edit]

Player Position Appearances Goals
England Gary Stevens DF 52 2
Scotland Richard Gough DF 51 4
England Terry Butcher DF 51 4
England Mark Walters MF 48 17
England Kevin Drinkell FW 47 19
England Ray Wilkins MF 45 2
Scotland John Brown DF 42 3
England Chris Woods GK 39 0
Scotland Stuart Munro DF 33 4
Scotland Ally McCoist FW 33 18
Scotland Davie Cooper MF 33 1
Scotland Ian Ferguson MF 33 13
Scotland Derek Ferguson MF 24 3
Scotland Neale Cooper MF 17 1
Scotland Andy Gray FW 16 5
Scotland Nicky Walker GK 14 0
Scotland Ian Durrant MF 14 4
England Mel Sterland FW 13 3
Scotland Scott Nisbet DF 10 2
Scotland Graeme Souness MF 10 0
Scotland Ian McCall MF 7 1
Scotland Tom Cowan DF 4 0
Northern Ireland Jimmy Nicholl DF 3 0
Scotland Kevin MacDonald MF 3 0
Scotland Davie Kirkwood MF 2 0
Scotland Sandy Robertson MF 2 0
Scotland Gary McSwegan FW 1 0
Scotland John McGregor DF 1 0

See also[edit]