The second decade of the 2000s is almost over and as everyone looks back at the previous ten years, we would be remiss not to take a look at some of the lows Rangers have faced since 2010.
The last ten years have been the most tumultuous in the club’s history and saw the Gers go from Scottish champions to slumming it in Division Three to now sitting in the last 32 of the Europa League with Steven Gerrard in the dugout.
As the Gers made their way back up the leagues there were some utterly woeful players fortunate enough to be given the chance to play for the Light Blues.
Some had to contend with circumstances well beyond their control, while others were simply brutal as the Gers spent several years toiling their way back up the divisions.
Whether it was the Newcastle Five (who we’ve deliberately left out since it would be a bit like going for the low-hanging fruit) or some of the others who somehow appeared for the Gers in the last decade, there have been some absolutely woeful signings over the last decade.
Here is the worst Rangers team of the last ten years – and let us know what you think in the comments or on social media:
Just a shambles during his time at Ibrox after arriving to challenge Cammy Bell for the gloves. Despite Bell’s howler against Motherwell in the playoffs, he at least showed some redeeming qualities. Played more in his second season before being released, much to the relief of everyone.
The Greek full-back arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2012 and quickly looked out of his depth. The former AEK Athens defender was eventually replaced by Seb Faure. Had his contract ripped up after a year and quickly moved on to obscurity. Somehow managed 27 wholly forgettable appearances for Rangers.
The only Brazilian who lacks any basic footballing ability. How he managed over 100 appearances for Lazio will puzzle any Rangers fans until they go to the grave. Won the Division Three title before being bombed out of the side in his second season at the club.
Quickly impressed after arriving then removed the disguise and revealed the dud that the defender was. More famous for a fight with Motherwell’s Lee Erwin and his general bampottery than anything he achieved on the pitch. At times he looked like Bambi on Ice. On LSD. Still, there’s always the time Ally McCoist threw him on as a late sub to try to win a game.
Richard ‘Ricky’ Foster was less than popular during his first spell at the club despite doing reasonably ok under Walter Smith. Returning at the height of the Banter Years was only going to end one way and Mr. Amy McDonald didn’t fail to deliver. One of a host of players unceremoniously binned after the playoff defeat by Motherwell, Foster is never likely to win any popularity contests around Ibrox.
The Australian was a victim of circumstances and only had a brief spell at the club which was forcibly cut short by Administration – but that doesn’t mean he didn’t fall well short of expectation in his time here. McKay only ever managed a handful of appearances in his six months at the club before being shipped off to Korea. Everything about McKay’s signing was a waste of time.
A player Rangers fans loved to hate before he joined the club and one they only hated more when he was here. A mediocre footballer with a vastly-inflated sense of his own importance. Caught and banned for betting on Rangers to lose in a game he scored the goal which burst his own coupon, which sums his time at Ibrox up perfectly.
Offered so much and delivered so little. One of many players who simply couldn’t hack the level of expectation at Ibrox. Christened the ‘Invisible Man’ by supporters, Law should have been so much better for Rangers after impressing for Motherwell. It all started off so well for him too but quickly descended into farce.
Even now, it’s still a struggle to figure out how this guy is on the books at Roma and is one of the top goalscorers in the Europa League this season. There’s nothing about him that makes you think he’s a football and, despite being a lovely guy, looked utterly out of his depth in Scotland. Dive against Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final killed what was already a struggling Rangers career.
Ever wondered what would happen if a football team plucked a random fan from the crowd and gave him a game? Kevin Kyle’s time at Rangers is what it would look like. The semi-retired striker made a remarkable comeback to join the Gers before quickly reminding everyone why he was semi-retired. Even in League Two he looked every inch the out-of-shape, struggling former international that he was.
Sandaza’s Rangers exit will live long in infamy after being duped by a Celtic fan pretending to be an agent for an MLS club and divulging all sorts of contract info. Didn’t last long at Rangers after that. Looked like a different player to the Fran Sandaza who had impressed in the SPL with St. Johnstone prior to joining the Gers.