2004–05 Rangers F.C. season

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Rangers
2004–05 season
Chairman John McClelland
(until 1 September)
David Murray
(from 1 September)
Manager Alex McLeish
Ground Ibrox Stadium
Scottish Premier League 1st
P38 W29 D6 L3 F78 A22
Scottish Cup Third round
League Cup Winners
Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Group Stage
Top goalscorer League:
Nacho Novo (19)

All:
Nacho Novo (25)
Highest home attendance 50,143 vs Hibernian
(12 February)
Lowest home attendance 46,278 vs Kilmarnock
(3 October)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2004–05 season was the 125th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview[edit]

Rangers played a total of 51 competitive matches during the 2004–05 season. They went into the season looking to recapture their Scottish Premier League crown, which Celtic had won the season before. Manager Alex McLeish made several summer signings, with the signature of Frenchman Jean-Alain Boumsong being his biggest coup. Others included strikers Dado Prso and Nacho Novo, as well as the experienced midfielder Alex Rae and future Ibrox favourite Marvin Andrews.

Rangers League form began poorly picking up only 8 points from their first 5 matches. Rangers lost the first Old Firm derby of the season 1–0 at Celtic Park and fell behind Celtic in the league. Rangers form improved following the loss to Celtic and they weren't to lose again in the league until April. This run of form included two wins over Celtic in November, once in the League Cup and the other in the League. They also ended a poor run of results at Celtic Park, with a 2–0 victory in February. A 2–1 loss to Celtic at home in April left Rangers five points behind with just four games left of the season. Celtic led by two points on the final day of the season and were winning 1–0 against Motherwell, but two late goals for Motherwell coupled with Rangers 1–0 win over Hibernian saw Rangers win the title, Helicopter Sunday.

Rangers also won the League Cup this season, with a 5–1 victory over Motherwell in the final. Rangers were beaten in the Scottish Cup however, losing 2–1 to Celtic in the third round.

After losing to CSKA Moscow in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, Rangers entered the UEFA Cup. Rangers managed to qualify for the newly formed group stages with a penalty shoot-out win over Maritimo. Rangers failed to progress beyond the group stages however, a 2–0 loss at home to Auxerre seeing them fail to stay in Europe beyond Christmas.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Germany Stefan Klos (captain) 33 1998 296 0 2007 £0.7m
2 DF Netherlands Fernando Ricksen 28 2000 254 20 2009 £3.75m
3 DF Australia Craig Moore 29 1999 (Winter) 252 14 2006 Free left on 3 January
4 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong 25 2004 28 2 2009 Free left on 2 January
4 MF Belgium Thomas Buffel 24 2005 (Winter) 18 5 2009 £2.3m
5 DF Trinidad and Tobago Marvin Andrews 29 2004 38 4 2007 Free
6 MF Scotland Barry Ferguson 27 2005 (Winter) 255 38 2010 £4.5m
7 FW Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze 27 2001 132 57 2005 £2m
8 MF Scotland Alex Rae 37 2004 32 1 2006 Free
9 FW Croatia Dado Pršo 30 2004 46 21 2007 Free
10 FW Spain Nacho Novo 26 2004 48 26 2008 £0.45m
11 MF Scotland Gavin Rae 27 2004 (Winter) 11 2 2007 £0.25m
12 DF Scotland Bob Malcolm 24 1997 115 3 2007 Youth system
14 MF Serbia Dragan Mladenović 29 2004 9 0 2008 £1.1m
15 DF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili 23 2003 (Winter) 63 0 2008 Free
16 DF Italy Paolo Vanoli 32 2003 42 1 2005 Free
16 DF Greece Sotirios Kyrgiakos 25 2005 (Winter) 17 2 2005 Loan
17 MF Scotland Chris Burke 21 2000 44 5 2007 Youth system
18 DF England Michael Ball 25 2001 72 2 2006 £4m
19 FW Scotland Steven Thompson 21 2003 (Winter) 64 20 2006 £0.2m
20 DF Scotland Alan Hutton 20 2002 24 1 Youth system
21 DF Scotland Maurice Ross 24 2000 107 3 2007 Youth system
22 GK Scotland Allan McGregor 23 2001 11 0 Youth system
23 MF Sweden Bojan Djordjic 23 2005 (Winter) 5 0 2005 Free
24 DF France Grégory Vignal 23 2004 42 3 2005 Loan
25 GK Netherlands Ronald Waterreus 34 2005 (Winter) 15 0 2006 £0.05m
26 FW Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 25 2000 135 36 2006 £1.3m
27 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 22 1999 90 7 Youth system left 31 January
31 MF Tunisia Hamed Namouchi 21 2003 35 6 Free
37 DF Scotland Steven Smith 19 2002 4 0 2008 Youth system
40 MF Scotland Charlie Adam 19 2003 3 0 Youth system out on season loan
42 FW Scotland Robert Davidson 19 2004 2 0 2007 Youth system
45 FW Scotland Ross McCormack 18 2003 3 1 2007 Youth system
  • Last updated: 22 May 2005
  • Source: Players transfer, Wikipedia players' articles
  • Ordered by position on pitch.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
9 CF Croatia Dado Pršo 29 MonacoFrance Transfer Summer 2007 Free [1]
8 CM Scotland Alex Rae 34 Wolverhampton WanderersEngland Transfer Summer 2006 Free [2]
5 CB Trinidad and Tobago Marvin Andrews 28 Livingston Transfer Summer 2007 Free [3]
14 CM Serbia and Montenegro Dragan Mladenović 28 Red Star BelgradeSerbia Transfer Summer 2008 £1.1m [4]
4 CB France Jean-Alain Boumsong 24 AuxerreFrance Transfer Summer 2009 Free [5]
10 CF Spain Nacho Novo 25 Dundee Transfer Summer 2008 £0.45m [6]
24 LB France Grégory Vignal 23 LiverpoolEngland Loan Summer 2005 n/a [7]
CF Scotland Derek Carcary 18 Queen's Park Transfer Summer Free [8]
23 LW Sweden Bojan Djordjic 22 Manchester UnitedEngland Transfer Winter 2005 Free [9]
4 AM Belgium Thomas Buffel 23 FeyenoordNetherlands Transfer Winter 2009 £2.3m [10]
FW Finland Jukka Santala 23 HJKFinland Transfer Winter Free [11]
16 CB Greece Sotirios Kyrgiakos 25 PanathinaikosGreece Loan Winter 2005 n/a [12]
23 GK Netherlands Ronald Waterreus 34 Manchester CityEngland Transfer Winter 2005 £0.1m [13]
6 CM Scotland Barry Ferguson 26 Blackburn RoversEngland Transfer Winter 2010 £4.5m [14]

Last updated: 11 January 2006
Total spending: £8.45m

Out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
8 MF Germany Christian Nerlinger 31 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [15]
4 MF Brazil Emerson 32 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [2]
20 MF Portugal Nuno Capucho 32 Free agent Contract terminated n/a n/a [16]
25 DF Norway Henning Berg 34 Retired End of contract Summer n/a [17]
10 FW Netherlands Michael Mols 33 UtrechtNetherlands End of contract Summer n/a [17]
5 DF Netherlands Frank de Boer 34 Al RayyanQatar End of contract Summer n/a [18]
14 MF Netherlands Ronald de Boer 34 Al RayyanQatar End of contract Summer n/a [18]
38 FW Scotland Darryl Duffy 20 Falkirk End of contract Summer n/a [19]
33 MF Scotland Billy Gibson 22 Partick Thistle End of contract Summer n/a [20]
34 DF Scotland Andy Dowie 21 Partick Thistle End of contract Summer n/a [21]
MF Scotland Peter Leven 20 Kilmarnock End of contract Summer n/a [22]
MF Scotland Paul McHale 22 Cowdenbeath End of contract Summer n/a [23]
24 FW Scotland Steve MacLean 21 Sheffield WednesdayEngland Transfer Summer £0.125 [24]
23 MF Spain Mikel Arteta 22 Real SociedadSpain Transfer Summer £2.6m [25]
33 MF Scotland Alex Walker 20 Clyde Loan Summer n/a [26]
32 FW Scotland Tom Brighton 20 Scunthorpe UnitedEngland Loan Summer n/a [27]
4 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong 25 Newcastle UnitedEngland Transfer Winter £8m [28]
3 DF Australia Craig Moore 29 Borussia MönchengladbachGermany Transfer Winter Free [29]
16 DF Italy Paolo Vanoli 32 VicenzaItaly Transfer Winter Free [30]
38 FW Republic of Macedonia Bajram Fetai 19 Inverness Caledonian Thistle Loan Winter Loan [11]
27 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 22 Leicester CityEngland Transfer Winter £0.1m [11]
14 MF Serbia and Montenegro Dragan Mladenović 28 Real SociedadSpain Loan n/a n/a [31]

Last updated: 1 February 2005
Total received: £10.825m

Squad statistics[edit]

Total Template:Fb competition 2004–05 SPL Template:Fb competition 2004–05 SC Template:Fb competition 2004–05 SL Cup Template:Fb competition 2004–05 UCL Template:Fb competition 2004–05 UC
No.
P
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
1 GK Germany Stefan Klos 34 34 23 1 2 2 6
2 DF Netherlands Fernando Ricksen 51 51 9 38 4 1 1 4 3 2 6 1
3 DF Australia Craig Moore 6 6 3 1 1 1
4 MF Belgium Thomas Buffel 15 18 5 15 4 1 2 1
4 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong 28 28 2 18 2 2 2 6
5 DF Trinidad and Tobago Marvin Andrews 37 38 4 30 4 1 2 1 4
6 MF Scotland Barry Ferguson 14 15 2 13 2 2
7 FW Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze 17 33 9 24 6 2 1 2 5 2
8 MF Scotland Alex Rae 22 32 1 25 1 1 3 1 2
9 FW Croatia Dado Pršo 44 46 21 34 18 1 3 2 2 6 1
10 FW Spain Nacho Novo 45 48 25 35 19 1 4 3 2 1 6 2
12 DF Scotland Robert Malcolm 25 28 1 21 1 2 5
14 MF Serbia and Montenegro Dragan Mladenović 8 9 7 1 1
15 MF Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili 23 25 16 1 2 1 5
16 DF Greece Sotirios Kyrgiakos 17 17 2 15 2 2
16 DF Italy Paolo Vanoli 5 7 5 1 1
17 MF Scotland Chris Burke 11 16 12 1 3
18 DF England Michael Ball 15 18 14 2 2
19 FW Scotland Steven Thompson 10 33 10 24 5 1 4 3 2 1 2 1
20 DF Scotland Alan Hutton 9 12 10 1 1
21 DF Scotland Maurice Ross 19 19 1 14 2 1 1 2
22 GK Scotland Allan McGregor 2 2 2
23 MF Sweden Bojan Djordjic 5 5 4 1
24 DF France Grégory Vignal 40 42 3 30 3 1 4 2 5
25 GK Netherlands Ronald Waterreus 15 15 13 2
27 MF Denmark Peter Løvenkrands 18 24 4 17 3 1 2 4 1
27 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 7 15 2 11 2 1 1 2
31 MF Tunisia Hamed Namouchi 17 26 3 20 2 1 1 4 1
37 DF Scotland Steven Smith 2 4 4
40 MF Scotland Charlie Adam 1 1
42 FW Scotland Robert Davidson 1 1
45 FW Scotland Ross McCormack 1 1

Last updated: 26 August 2015
Source: Wikipedia article
Ordered by position
0 shown as blank

Top scorer[edit]

Disciplinary record[edit]

Club[edit]

Matches[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 7 August 2004 Scottish Premier League 1 A Aberdeen 0–0
3 14 August 2004 Scottish Premier League 2 H Livingston 4–0
4 21 August 2004 Scottish Premier League 3 H Hibernian 4–1
6 29 August 2004 Scottish Premier League 4 A Celtic 0–1
7 12 September 2004 Scottish Premier League 5 A Heart of Midlothian 0–0
9 19 September 2004 Scottish Premier League 6 H Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–0
11 26 September 2004 Scottish Premier League 7 A Dundee 2–0
13 3 October 2004 Scottish Premier League 8 H Kilmarnock 2–0
14 17 October 2004 Scottish Premier League 9 A Motherwell 2–0
16 24 October 2004 Scottish Premier League 10 H Dundee United 1–1
17 27 October 2004 Scottish Premier League 11 A Dunfermline Athletic 2–1
18 31 October 2004 Scottish Premier League 12 H Aberdeen 5–0
19 7 November 2004 Scottish Premier League 13 A Livingston 4–1
21 14 November 2004 Scottish Premier League 14 A Hibernian 1–0
22 20 November 2004 Scottish Premier League 15 H Celtic 2–0
24 28 November 2004 Scottish Premier League 16 H Heart of Midlothian 3–2
26 5 December 2004 Scottish Premier League 17 A Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1
27 11 December 2004 Scottish Premier League 18 H Dundee 3–0
29 19 December 2004 Scottish Premier League 19 A Kilmarnock 1–0
30 27 December 2004 Scottish Premier League 20 H Motherwell 4–1
31 1 January 2005 Scottish Premier League 21 A Dundee United 1–1
33 15 January 2005 Scottish Premier League 22 H Dunfermline Athletic 3–0
34 23 January 2005 Scottish Premier League 23 A Aberdeen 2–1
35 29 January 2005 Scottish Premier League 24 H Livingston 3–0
37 12 February 2005 Scottish Premier League 25 H Hibernian 3–0
38 20 February 2005 Scottish Premier League 26 A Celtic 2–0
39 26 February 2005 Scottish Premier League 27 H Kilmarnock 2–1
40 2 March 2005 Scottish Premier League 28 A Heart of Midlothian 2–1
41 5 March 2005 Scottish Premier League 29 H Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1–1
42 13 March 2005 Scottish Premier League 30 A Dundee 2–0
44 3 April 2005 Scottish Premier League 31 A Motherwell 3–2
45 12 April 2005 Scottish Premier League 32 H Dundee United 0–1
46 17 April 2005 Scottish Premier League 33 A Dunfermline Athletic 1–0
47 24 April 2005 Scottish Premier League 34 H Celtic 1–2
48 1 May 2005 Scottish Premier League 35 A Aberdeen 3–1
49 7 May 2005 Scottish Premier League 36 H Heart of Midlothian 2–1
50 14 May 2005 Scottish Premier League 37 H Motherwell 4–1
51 22 May 2005 Scottish Premier League 38 A Hibernian 1–0

Last updated: 22 May 2005
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.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
2 10 August 2004 UEFA Champions League QR3 A Russia CSKA MoscowRussia 1–2
5 25 August 2004 UEFA Champions League QR3 H CSKA MoscowRussia 1–1

Last updated: 25 August 2004
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.

UEFA Cup[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
8 16 September 2004 UEFA Cup R1 A Portugal MarítimoPortugal 0–1
12 30 September 2004 UEFA Cup R1 H MarítimoPortugal 1–0
(4-2 pen.)
15 21 October 2004 UEFA Cup GS A Poland Amica WronkiPoland 5–0
23 25 November 2004 UEFA Cup GS H Grazer AKAustria 3–0
25 2 December 2004 UEFA Cup GS A Netherlands AZNetherlands 0–1
28 15 December 2004 UEFA Cup GS H AuxerreFrance 0–2

Last updated: 15 December 2004
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.

Scottish Cup[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
32 9 January 2005 Scottish Cup 3 A Celtic 1–2

Last updated: 9 January 2005
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.

League Cup[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
10 22 September 2004 League Cup R3 A Aberdeen 2–0
20 10 November 2004 League Cup QF H Celtic 2–1
36 2 February 2005 League Cup SF N Dundee United 7–1
43 20 March 2005 League Cup F N Motherwell 5–1

Last updated: 20 March 2005
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]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 18 July 2004 Friendly A Germany SC FürstenfeldGermany 4–0
2 20 July 2004 Friendly N Austria RomaItaly 4–1
3 24 July 2004 Friendly A England FulhamEngland 1–0
4 28 July 2004 Walter Daniel Tull Cup H Tottenham HotspurEngland 2–0
5 31 July 2004 Gateshead Cup A England Newcastle UnitedEngland 2–4
6 1 August 2004 Gateshead Cup N England FeyenoordNetherlands 2–4
(8-7 pen.)

Last updated: 9 January 2005
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.

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Standings[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers 38 29 6 3 78 22 56 93 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2 Celtic 38 30 2 6 85 35 50 92 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Hibernian 38 18 7 13 64 57 7 61 2005–06 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 38 18 7 13 44 39 5 61

Results summary[edit]

Results by round[edit]

References[edit]

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