Rangers ... the most memorable matches (5-1)

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Rangers captain John Greig celebrates with the European Cup-Winners' Cup trophy in the bath after beating Moscow Dynamo 3-2 in the Nou Camp in 1972. #SportTimestop50
Rangers captain John Greig celebrates with the European Cup-Winners' Cup trophy in the bath after beating Moscow Dynamo 3-2 in the Nou Camp in 1972. #SportTimestop50

Game: Rangers v Dunfermline.

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2003.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Ibrox. Attendance: 47,731.

Result: Rangers 6 Dunfermline 1.

RANGERS pipped their Old Firm rivals Celtic to the Scottish title on goal difference on a final day of unparalleled drama and excitement.

With the Hoops thrashing Kilmarnock at Rugby Park at the same time, the lead at the top of the league table changed hands on several occasions.

Goals from Michael Mols, Claudio Caniggia, Shota Arveladze, Ronald de Boer and Steven Thompson put Alex McLeish's side in a commanding position.

But an injury-time penalty from Mikel Arteta edged them in front on goal difference and ultimately secured a never-to-be-forgotten triumph.

The Rangers players had to wait for Martin O'Neill's side, winning 4-0 down in Ayrshire, to finish playing before they could celebrate.

However, when news came through that Celtic had been unable to add to their tally and catch them the rejoicing was long and loud.

04.

Game: Leeds v Rangers.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 1992.

Competition: Champions League.

Venue: Elland Road.

Attendance: 25,118.

Result: Leeds 1 Rangers 2.

RANGERS had got off to a great start in their "Battle of Britain" showdown

with English champions Leeds United with a 2-1 win in the first leg at Ibrox.

But Gary McAllister had bagged a vital away goal in Glasgow - the Scotland man had scored after just 64 seconds - to give the Yorkshire club hope of progressing.

Mark Hateley got the visitors off to the best possible start with a sublime long-range strike in just the second minute at Elland Road.

And his deadly strike partner Ally McCoist, who had netted in the first leg, put his side further in front in the second half with a spectacular diving header.

Eric Cantona scored a consolation goal for Howard Wilkinson's side to make the aggregate scoreline 4-2.

Walter Smith's side progressed to the group stages of the new Champions League competition.

03.

Game: Fiorentina v Rangers.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2008.

Competition: Uefa Cup.

Venue: Artemio Franchi.

Attendance: 39,130.

Result: Fiorentina 0 Rangers 0 (Rangers win 4-2 on penalties).

RANGERS produced a sensational defensive display as they qualified for the fourth European final in their history.

With world-class stars like Adrian Mutu and Christian Vieri at their disposal, Fiorentina were always likely to dominate the second leg of the semi-final at home.

But Walter Smith's side withstood everything the Serie A club could throw at them and secured a historic victory in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

The back four of Kirk Broadfoot, Carlos Cuellar, Davie Weir and Sasa Papac were all immense in Florence.

Daniel Cousin was sent off in extra-time - for head butting Fabio Liverani - but the Ibrox club held on to take it to a spot-kick decider.

Barry Ferguson had his effort denied. But Neil Alexander saved from Liverani and Vieri fired over.

Nacho Novo stepped up to send Rangers into dreamland.

02.

Game: Rangers v Bayern Munich.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 1972.

Competition: European Cup-Winners' Cup.

Venue: Ibrox. Attendance: 80,000.

Result: Ranges 2 Bayern 0.

THE legendary Bayern Munich team of the early 1970s is the best Rangers has ever beaten. Ever.

Just two months after this victory no fewer than six members of the Bayern side - Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness, Sepp Maier, Gerd Muller and Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck - were in the West Germany team that beat the Soviet Union 3-0 to win the European Championships.

Two years later, those same six players were in the West Germany side that beat the Netherlands 2-1 to win the World Cup.

Furthermore, the nucleus of the Bayern team that Rangers defeated 2-0 on an unforgettable night in Glasgow went on to win the European Cup in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

Rangers got off to the best possible start when right-back Sandy Jardine scored in the first minute after some intelligent play by Derek Johnstone.

Derek Parlane, making his European debut aged just 19 after John Greig was ruled out injured, then volleyed in a Willie Johnston corner in 23 minutes.

Peter McCloy pushed a Hoeness shot onto his post early in the second half. But Rangers were well in control throughout and deserved to progress.

01.

Game: Rangers v Moscow Dynamo.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 1972.

Competition: European Cup-Winners' Cup.

Venue: Nou Camp.

Attendance: 35,000.

Result: Rangers 3 Dynamo Moscow 2.

COLIN STEIN and Willie Johnston scored the goals against Moscow Dynamo that ensured Rangers lifted the only European trophy in their history.

However, the contribution of Dave Smith, who dictated play from deep in the heart of defence in Barcelona, should not be forgotten.

Smith set up the opening two goals, for Stein and Johnston, in the first half with pinpoint passes into the Moscow penalty-box.

Johnston slotted in his second and his side's third early in the second half after a long kick-out from Peter McCloy.

The Russians brought on Vladimir Eschtrekov for Andrei Yakubik and he transformed his team's play. They pulled back two goals through Eschtrekov and Aleksandr Makhovikov.

But the Ibrox club held on in the final few minutes for a famous triumph. Their supporters - 20,000 of whom had travelled to Spain - spilled on to the park to celebrate.

That meant Rangers captain John Greig had to be presented with the trophy in the dressing room deep in the bowels of the stadium.

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