Paul Gascoigne and several other Rangers icons returned to Ibrox on Saturday afternoon to face off in a Legends match against an all-star team that included Luis Figo and Kaka
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Paul Gascoign made an emotional return to Ibrox on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Rangers’ 150th birthday. The England icon played for the Glasgow club in a Legends match against an all-star team that included Ballon d’Or winners Luis Figo and cocoa.
Captain Figo’s All-Stars won the game 3-2 thanks to goals from Carlos Marchena, Nuno Gomes and Ricardo Quaresma, who still plays professionally for Vitoria Guimaraes. Rangers took the lead when hull Manager Shota Arverladze scored an excellent header.
The All-Stars were heading for a 3-1 win until Gascoigne made his mark. The 54-year-old who played for ranger between 1995 and 1998, was introduced with just a few minutes remaining for a brief cameo and received a wonderful reception from Ibrox faithful.
Gascoigne scored when Nacho Novo produced a clean ball down the middle. The midfielder loosened up his lines at first, but was allowed to bite the cherry again. David James crossed the finish line on his second attempt, creating an emotional moment in Glasgow.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon came from Ibrox as the 57-cap international was besieged by his team-mates and several members of the opposition. Gascoigne was then named Man of the Match, capping a wonderful afternoon for the icon.
Almost 40,000 fans attended the legends game on Saturday. Rangers were managed by their former boss Alex McLeish, who won two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups between 2001 and 2006.
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The Rangers team included current boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, as well as Jorg Albertz, Barry Ferguson, Ronald De Boer, Kris Boyd, Alan Hutton, Nikica Jelavic, Pedro Mendes, Michael Mols, Alex Rae, Gregory Vignal, Rod Wallace, Craig Moore and others Nil Alexander.
And their rivals boasted even greater talents. Claude Makelele, Eric Abidal and Predrag Mijatovic, Jens Lehmann, Jose Bosingwa, Gheorghe Hagi, Florent Malouda, Robert Pires and Christian Karembeu all attended Ibrox for a special occasion in Rangers history.
Founded in March 1872, Rangers are one of Scotland’s most successful clubs. They have won 55 league titles, 33 Scottish Cups, 27 Scottish League Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. They also reached the 2007–08 UEFA Cup final.
The club’s original company was liquidated in June 2012 amid financial troubles, resulting in the team relegating to the fourth tier of Scottish football. They returned to the Premiership in 2016 and last season under Steven Gerrard won the title for the first time since 2010/11.
Rangers are currently enjoying another excellent campaign. They are second in the Premiership, three points behind leaders Celtic. The two sides meet in Ibrox in their next game on April 3rd. They also face each other in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup on April 17.
But it’s Rangers’ European campaign that is attracting the most attention. Van Bronckhorst’s team defeated Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. They meet Portuguese side Braga next month.
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