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2009–10 Rangers F.C. season

Rangers
2009–10 season
Chairman David Murray
(until 26 August)
Alastair Johnston
(from 26 August)
Manager Walter Smith
Ground Ibrox Stadium
Scottish Premier League 1st
P38 W26 D9 L3 F82 A28
Scottish Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Winners
Champions League Group Stage
Top goalscorer League:
Kris Boyd (23)
All:
Kris Boyd (26)

The 2009–10 season is the 129th season of competitive football by Rangers.

Overview

Rangers played a total of 54 competitive matches during the 2009-10 season. A quiet summer in terms of transfer arrivals contrasted to the outgoings. The club removed eleven players who had made first team appearances from the wage bill on permanent and loan deals. The only addition to the playing staff was Jérôme Rothen on a season loan, Rothen was the first player to sign for the club in over a year. On 26 August, chairman David Murray stepped down and was replaced by non-executive director Alastair Johnston.[1] Johnston stated that one of his main priorities was to find a buyer for owner Murray's shares.[2] On 24 October, Rangers manager Walter Smith was reported to say that Lloyds Banking Group, who the club was in debt to, was "effectively running the club".[3][4] On 12 November, the extent of the clubs financial problems was shown to be £31m in debt, a rise of £10m from the previous year.[5]

On the field, Rangers' Scottish Premier League title defence got off to a stuttering start, three wins in the league was followed by three draws, the first Old Firm victory of the season was followed by poor performances against St. Johnstone and dropped points at home to Hibernian. The side lost their first league match of the season away to Aberdeen on 28 November but then embarked on a six match winning run, scoring 26 goals in the process. At the start of 2010, Rangers sat at the top of the league. The second Old Firm fixture finished in a 1-1 draw. Rangers had a ten point lead by mid February.[6] Rangers won the third Old Firm match 1-0 thanks to an injury time winner from Maurice Edu which all but secured the title.[7] The side had to wait nearly two months to be confirmed as champions due to dropping points to St. Johnstone and Dundee United. On 25 April Rangers won their 53rd league title after defeating Hibernian 1-0 at Easter Road, with Kyle Lafferty scoring the only goal.[8]

In the domestic cup competitions Rangers won the League Cup after a 1-0 victory over St. Mirren in the final, despite being reduced to nine men with Danny Wilson and Kevin Thomson being sent-off. However, Rangers were unable to retain the Scottish Cup after losing 1-0 to eventual winners Dundee United in a quarter-final replay.

Rangers were seeded in pot two of the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time. The club was drawn against Spanish team Sevilla, German outfit Stuttgart and Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni. A 1-1 away draw in Germany was followed by two consecutive 4-1 defeats at home to Sevilla and Unirea, the latter being regarded as one of the club's worst ever European results.[9][10] Rangers were left with a small chance of qualifying from the group after a 1-1 draw in the return leg with Unirea, a match that saw trouble in the Rangers fans section of the stadium. The club was charged by UEFA for inappropriate conduct[11] and following an investigation fined €20,000 plus ordered to pay the cost of repairing the damage to the stadium infrastructure caused by its supporters.[12] The side finished bottom of their group and was knocked out of European football altogether after two defeats from in the final two matches.

Players

Squad information

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  SCO Allan McGregor 28 1998 187 0 2013 Youth system
2 CM  USA Maurice Edu 24 2008 36 4 2013 £2.6m
3 CB  SCO David Weir (captain) 39 2007 (Winter) 177 5 2010 Free
4 CM  POR Pedro Mendes 31 2008 50 4 2011 £3m left on 30 January
5 LB  BIH Saša Papac 30 2006 155 4 2011 £0.45m
6 CM  SCO Lee McCulloch 31 2007 113 14 2011 £2.25m
7 RM  NIR Steven Davis 25 2008 119 12 2012 £3m
8 CM  SCO Kevin Thomson 25 2007 (Winter) 109 3 2011 £2m
9 CF  SCO Kris Boyd 26 2005 (Winter) 192 128 2010 £0.4m
10 CF  ESP Nacho Novo 31 2004 255 71 2010 £0.45m
11 LW  FRA Jérôme Rothen 32 2009 8 0 2010 Loan left on 29 January
14 CF  SCO Steven Naismith 23 2008 81 9 2012 £1.9m
16 RB  SCO Steven Whittaker 25 2007 129 19 2012 £2m
17 CF  LIT Andrius Velička 35 2008 11 5 2011 £1m out on season loan
18 CF  SCO Kenny Miller 30 2008 121 45 2011 £2m
19 RW  ESP Aarón Ñíguez 20 2008 5 2 2010 Loan left on 30 August
20 LW  USA DaMarcus Beasley 27 2007 47 7 2010 £0.7m
21 RB  SCO Kirk Broadfoot 25 2007 84 1 2010 Free
22 CB  SCO Andy Webster 28 2008 1 1 2011 £0.4m out on season loan
24 CB  ALG Madjid Bougherra[13] 27 2008 62 3 2012 £2.5m
25 GK  SCO Neil Alexander 32 2008 (Winter) 38 0 2011 Free
26 LB  SCO Steven Smith 24 2002 75 1 2010 Youth system
27 CF  NIR Kyle Lafferty 22 2008 71 16 2013 £3.25m
29 AM  SCO John Fleck 18 2007 36 3 2013 Youth system
41 GK  SCO Scott Gallacher 20 2006 0 0 2010 Youth system
45 CF  SCO Rory Loy 22 2006 1 0 2011 £0.025m
47 CB  SCO Jordan McMillan 21 2005 1 0 2010 Youth system
48 CF  NIR Andrew Little 20 2006 11 1 2011 Youth system
66 CB  SCO Danny Wilson 18 2007 24 1 2011 Youth system
69 LW  SCO Gregg Wylde 19 2007 2 0 2012 Youth system


Transfers

In

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
11 LW  FRA Jérôme Rothen 31 Paris Saint-Germain Loan Summer 2010 n/a [14]

Last updated: 24 May 2010
Total spending: £0

Out

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
7 CM  ALG Brahim Hemdani 31 Free Agent End of contract Summer n/a [15]


46 CM  RSA Dean Furman 20 End of contract Summer n/a [16]
48 RB  SCO William McLachlan 20 Clyde End of contract Summer n/a [17][18]
50 CF  SCO Chris Craig 20 Dumbarton End of contract Summer n/a [17][19]
40 GK  SCO Lee Robinson 22 End of contract Summer n/a [20]
49 CB  SCO Ross Harvey 20 End of contract Summer n/a [17][21]
60 GK  LVA Artūrs Vaičulis 21 AEP Paphos End of contract Summer n/a [17]
54 LW  CYP Georgios Efrem 19 Omonia Nicosia End of contract Summer n/a [22]
16 GK  SCO Graeme Smith 26 St Johnstone Transfer Summer Free [23]
22 CB  SCO Andy Webster 27 Loan Summer n/a [24]
6 CM  SCO Barry Ferguson 31 Transfer Summer £1.25m [25]
11 LM  SCO Charlie Adam 23 Transfer Summer £1.35m[26] [27][28]
15 AM  SCO Alan Gow 26 Plymouth Argyle Transfer Summer £0.2m [29]
17 CF  LIT Andrius Velička 30 Loan Summer n/a [30]
46 LB  SCO Steven Kinniburgh 20 Oxford United Loan Summer n/a [31]
54 CB  SCO Ross Perry 19 Loan Summer n/a [31]
19 RW  ESP Aarón Ñíguez 20 Valencia Loan Return Summer n/a [32]
50 CF  TUR Isa Bagci 19 Bursaspor Transfer Summer Undisclosed [33]
62 GK  SCO Gary Inglis 17 Loan Summer n/a [34]
47 CB  SCO Jordan McMillan 21 Queen of the South Loan n/a n/a [35]
42 RB  SCO Alan Lowing 21 East Fife End of contract Winter n/a [36]
52 CM  SCO Andrew Shinnie 20 Dundee Loan Winter n/a [37]
11 LW  FRA Jérôme Rothen 31 Loan Return Winter n/a [38][39]
45 CF  SCO Rory Loy 21 St Mirren Loan Winter n/a [40]
4 CM  POR Pedro Mendes 30 Sporting CP Transfer Winter £1.5m [38]
43 FW  SCO Steven Lennon 22 Loan Winter n/a [41]
44 MF  SCO Paul Emslie 21 Peterhead Loan Winter n/a [42]
53 MF  ENG Tom Miller 19 Dundalk Transfer n/a n/a [43]


Total income: £4.3m

Squad statistics

1 GK  SCO Allan McGregor 46 46 34 6 6
2 CM  USA Maurice Edu 10 20 2 15 2 4 1
3 CB  SCO David Weir 51 51 38 5 5 3
4 CM  POR Pedro Mendes 8 8 4 3 1
5 LB  BIH Saša Papac 47 47 2 34 2 6 4 3
6 CM  SCO Lee McCulloch 44 47 7 34 5 6 1 4 3 1
7 RM  NIR Steven Davis 50 50 4 36 3 6 5 3 1
8 CM  SCO Kevin Thomson 35 39 25 6 4 4
9 CF  SCO Kris Boyd 33 40 26 31 23 2 5 3 2
10 CF  ESP Nacho Novo 20 49 9 35 6 6 1 4 1 4 1
11 LW  FRA Jérôme Rothen 7 8 4 3 1
14 CF  SCO Steven Naismith 28 39 4 28 3 4 3 4 1
16 RB  SCO Steven Whittaker 47 50 11 35 7 6 5 3 4 1
18 CF  SCO Kenny Miller 39 45 21 33 18 5 6 2 1 1
20 LW  USA DaMarcus Beasley 9 14 2 9 2 2 2 1
21 RB  SCO Kirk Broadfoot 15 16 12 4
24 CB  ALG Madjid Bougherra 22 23 2 17 1 3 1 2 1
25 GK  SCO Neil Alexander 8 9 5 4
26 LB  SCO Steven Smith 12 18 12 1 2 3
27 CF  NIR Kyle Lafferty 25 39 7 28 7 4 5 2
29 AM  SCO John Fleck 12 23 2 15 1 3 3 2 1
47 CB  SCO Jordan McMillan 1 1 1
48 CF  NIR Andrew Little 3 10 1 6 1 3 1
66 CB  SCO Danny Wilson 24 24 1 14 1 2 5 3
69 LW  SCO Gregg Wylde 2 2

Top scorer

N
P
Nat.
Name
SPL
SC
SLC
E
Total
9 CF Kris Boyd 23 3 26
18 CF Kenny Miller 18 2 1 21
16 RB Steven Whittaker 7 1 3 11
10 CF Nacho Novo 6 1 1 1 9
6 CM Lee McCulloch 5 1 1 7
27 CF Kyle Lafferty 7 7
14 CF Steven Naismith 3 1 4
7 RM Steven Davis 3 1 4
20 LW DaMarcus Beasley 2 2
24 CB Madjid Bougherra 1 1 2
29 AM John Fleck 1 1 2
5 LB Saša Papac 2 2
2 CM Maurice Edu 2 2
48 CF Andrew Little 1 1
66 CB Danny Wilson 1 1

Last updated: 9 May 2010
Source: Match reports
Only competitive matches

Disciplinary record

N
P
Nat.
Name
YC

RC
3 CB David Weir 5
4 CM Pedro Mendes 2 1
5 LB Saša Papac 10
6 CM Lee McCulloch 15 1
7 RM Steven Davis 1
8 CM Kevin Thomson 5 2
9 CF Kris Boyd 8
10 CF Nacho Novo 1
14 CF Steven Naismith 8
16 RB Steven Whittaker 7
18 CF Kenny Miller 5 1
21 RB Kirk Broadfoot 2
24 CB Madjid Bougherra 4 1
26 LB Steven Smith 1
27 CF Kyle Lafferty 5
29 AM John Fleck 2
48 CF Andrew Little 1
66 CB Danny Wilson 1 1

Last updated: 9 May 2010
Source: Match reports
Only competitive matches

Club

Source: WorldHeritage article

Matches

Scottish Premier League

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 15 August 2009 Scottish Premier League 1 align=center 4 – 1



Last updated: 9 May 2010
Source: WorldHeritage 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


Scottish Cup

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report

Last updated: 24 March 2010
Source: WorldHeritage 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

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report

Last updated: 21 March 2010
Source: WorldHeritage 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

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report

Last updated: 8 August 2009
Source: WorldHeritage 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

Overall

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
1st 15 August 9 May
UEFA Champions League Group stage 16 September 9 December
League Cup 3rd Round Winners 23 September 21 March
Scottish Cup 4th Round Quarter-finals 10 January 24 March

Source: Competitions

Scottish Premier League

Standings

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Rangers (C) 38 26 9 3 82 28 +54 87 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Celtic 38 25 6 7 75 39 +36 81 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Dundee United 38 17 12 9 55 48 +7 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
4 Hibernian 38 15 9 14 58 55 +3 54 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round

Updated to games played on 9 May 2010.
Source: WorldHeritage article
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 26 9 3 82 28 +54 87 15 4 0 52 13 +39 11 5 3 30 15 +15

Last updated: 9 May 2010.
Source: WorldHeritage article

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H H A H A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A A H
Result W W W D D D W W D W W W L W W W W W D W D W W D W L W W W W W W D W W W L D
Position 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 9 May 2010.
Source: WorldHeritage article
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D=Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

UEFA Champions League

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Sevilla 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13
Stuttgart 6 2 3 1 9 7 +2 9
Unirea Urziceni 6 2 2 2 8 8 +0 8
Rangers 6 0 2 4 4 13 −9 2

Updated to games played on 11 December 2009.
Source: WorldHeritage article
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

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