If you are a decent football fan then you will know what Rangers Football Club is. If you don't then let me tell you a bit about them. Rangers FC is the Scottish Premier League Champions and they have won more titles than any other league club in the world.
Rangers Football Club is Scotland's most successful team. With 55 league championships, more than any other club in the world. But who are Rangers? What is their history and what do they mean to football fans all over the world?
Rangers FC was founded in 1872 by brothers Moses McNeil and Peter McNeil. Originally known as The Glasgow Rangers, they became one of Scotland’s biggest sporting institutions with a worldwide fanbase. Today, Rangers play at Ibrox Stadium in Govan on the south side of Glasgow and their nickname is 'The Gers'. They wear blue shirts with white shorts and black/red socks - colours which have been associated with the club since 1903 when King Edward VII was crowned wearing a blue suit.
The Glasgow Rangers had a somewhat tumultuous early history, making and then losing fortunes, before finally emerging as one of the country’s top clubs in the early 1900s. They became a dominant force in Scottish football, winning 18 league championships between 1904 and 1955. A further 15 titles followed before the club’s first major crisis, with the club entering administration in February 2012 and being relegated to the Scottish Third Division.
Then began a new chapter for Rangers FC as they secured promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football over the next four years.
Rangers FC have also been successful in European competition, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1972, reaching the semi-final of the UEFA Champions' League in 1992/93 and the final of the UEFA Cup in 2007/08.
So, What Does Rangers FC Mean To Football Fans All Over The World?
Well, it’s a club with a massive history and fanbase. Rangers FC have a huge turnover of £97.2 million, which is the ninth highest in all European football clubs. They have a net worth of £636m and they get an average attendance of 49,913 for league games that makes Ibrox Stadium one of the ten biggest stadiums in Europe - behind Barcelona's Nou Camp and Manchester United's Old Trafford. They are among the top 20 clubs in Europe when it comes to shirt sponsorship deals, with deals worth a total of £22 million.
Rangers FC is also a big draw for sports betting companies. With their popularity, many sports betting industries and online sports bookmakers are trying to tap into their traffic and win the hearts of the fans. Sports betting is arguably another fun side of football where fans can entertain themselves, have some friendly banter and the added bonus of a chance to win some money.
Is Rangers The King Of Scotland Football?
In recent times, Celtic FC have been the more successful side in Scotland but don’t count the Rangers out just yet as they constantly improve and have been back on track as of late under manager Steven Gerrard who guided them to their 55th League championship last season. New manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has also kept the team top of the league as 2021 closes, which keeps an air of excitement to the Scottish Premier League.
The intense rivalry with Celtic FC continues to fuel Rangers FC but they’re definitely on their way back up.
Rangers Football Club continues to be one of football's most successful clubs. They have an immense history and boast a unique position within Scottish sport. A recent downturn for the club did little to diminish their global presence or lose outside support. And while Celtic FC has been dominating Scottish football of late, last season showed Rangers FC have completed their journey back from the lower leagues and are capable again of challenging for top level honours.