Have you ever heard the phrase “the phoenix rises from the ashes”? It perfectly describes the story of Glasgow Rangers, one of the most successful football clubs in Scotland. This article will take you on a journey of how Rangers overcame tragedy and adversity to become champions once again.
Founded in 1872, Glasgow Rangers have been a staple in Scottish football for over a century. They have won numerous domestic and international titles, including 54 Scottish league championships, 33 Scottish Cups, and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. However, their success has not always been consistent.
In 2012, Rangers suffered a financial collapse that led to their liquidation and relegation to the fourth tier of Scottish football. It was a devastating blow for the club and its fans. But instead of giving up, Rangers fought back, and now, they are back on top, winning the Scottish Premiership in 2021.
The problems for Rangers began in 2011 when HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) challenged the club’s use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs), a type of tax avoidance scheme. After a long legal battle, Rangers lost and were found to owe over £47 million in taxes and penalties.
The club’s financial woes became public knowledge, and potential buyers started to pull out. Rangers went into administration in February 2012, and later that year, they were liquidated.
The club was forced to start from scratch and were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish football, which was a humiliating blow for one of the country’s most successful clubs.
Rangers’ journey back to the top started in the 2012-2013 season when they won the Scottish Third Division. The following season, they won the Scottish League One, and in 2014-2015, they won the Scottish Championship, earning promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
However, their journey back to the top was not without its obstacles. They faced financial difficulties, and their fan base was dwindling. But the club’s board, staff, and players remained resolute and determined to bring the club back to its former glory.
In 2018, Rangers appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager, and things started to look up. Gerrard brought a winning mentality to the club, and the team started to perform well on the pitch.
Finally, in 2021, Rangers won the Scottish Premiership, ending a decade-long wait for a league title. It was a remarkable achievement for a club that had been through so much.
Rangers’ comeback was nothing short of extraordinary. They went from financial ruin and relegation to the fourth tier of Scottish football to winning the Scottish Premiership in just nine years.
Their success was down to a combination of factors, including the resilience of the club’s staff and players, the loyalty of the fans, and the appointment of a world-class manager in Steven Gerrard.
But perhaps the most significant factor in Rangers’ comeback was the club’s never-say-die attitude. They refused to give up, even when things looked bleak, and that resilience paid off in the end.