The Gers were named as the 9th best side in world football last season by the the International Federation of Football History and Statistics in a stunning indictment of the club’s Euro run.
Rangers have transformed their European fortunes over the last four seasons and quite remarkably went from the 4th qualifying phase doldrums to the Europa League Final last season.
It’s clearly had a monumental impact on Rangers’ status in the global and those behind the achievement deserve credit for getting hauled up this table.
The rankings factor in performances between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.
Rangers make top 10 in special world club rankings
There are four clubs from Brazil in the top 10, with sides from England, the Netherlands and Spain making up the rest of the list.
Sao Paolo based outfit Palmeiras top the list, joined by countrymen Flamengo (3rd), Atlético Mineiro (4th) and Athletico Paranaense (10th) in the top 10.
Liverpool (2nd), Chelsea (5th) and Man City (7th) make up the English representatives whilst Champions League rivals PSV Eindhoven (6th) and Spanish giants Real Madrid (7th) complete the first 10 sides.
Rangers have moved up the list from 24th last season and fans will be smarting that the club has been recognised in such a way.
In making 9th in the table, Rangers also beat a host of top clubs with 300 ranked in the table and this includes some of the game’s biggest names.
Rangers are ranked higher than the likes of Bayern Munich (14th) and AFC Ajax (18th), with Old Firm rivals Celtic ranked at 38th, a full 19 places behind Rangers.
The coverage of the news has sought to soften this news – something we can’t imagine if the roles were reversed – and it looks awfully desperate amid the news of Rangers making the top 10.
Rangers are also ranked higher than the likes of Juventus (24th) and Paris Saint Germain (32nd) and let’s hope the club can maintain their solid performances and status over the course of this season.
Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts (232nd) and Aberdeen (272nd) are also included on the list.
Meanwhile, one player who has been linked with an Ibrox exit was spotted back in training amid much speculation surrounding his future.