|Club Name:||Rangers Football Club|
|Training Ground:||Rangers Training Centre|
|Current Manager:||Michael Beale|
|Rival Clubs:||Aberdeen, Celtic|
Rangers are the most successful football club in Scotland and have an illustrious tradition for success. The Ibrox natives are also one of the oldest teams in the country with origins dating back to 1872. The Gers now boast one of the largest fanbases in the world.
Rangers club name
Ever since their formation, Rangers have used the same name throughout their storied history. One of the Gers’ founding fathers, Moses McNeil, was coined the moniker after taking inspiration from Swindon Rangers. He noted the name of the rugby team in the English Football Annual.
The name Rangers struck an instant chord with McNeil as the English rugby team of the era wore a blue star on the breast of their all-white kits. It also caught his attention as ‘rangers’ rhymes with ‘strangers’ to symbolise the coming together of the community to play football.
Rangers have adopted three nicknames, the club is most often called the Gers as an abbreviation of their full club name. They have also embraced the Light Blues owing to their kits and cockney rhyming slang led to the Teddy Bears in the 1970s.
Founded as: Rangers Football Club (1872-present)
Nickname: Gers, Light Blues, Teddy Bears
Rangers founding year
Moses McNeil founded Rangers with his brother, Peter, and their friends Peter Campbell and William McBeath in 1872. The quartet were all enthusiastic young sportsmen and decided to create a club after watching local Glasgow team Queen’s Park play a new formula of football.
Rangers home stadium
Rangers’ home stadium has been Ibrox ever since 1899. The Gers named their stadium after the area of Glasgow on the south side of the River Clyde in which it is situated. Rangers have also renovated the ground throughout its history with its current guise taking shape in 1997.
First stadium: Fleshers’ Haugh
Previous stadium: Burnbank Park
Previous stadium: Kinning Park (1870s-1980s)
Previous stadium: Cathkin Park (1887)
Previous stadium: Ibrox Park (1887-1999)
Current stadium: Ibrox Stadium (1899-present)
Rangers training ground
The club have trained at the Rangers Training Centre since July 2001 after the club built a multi-million-pound complex. It is located in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire and took the name of Murray Park in honour of their former owner, David Murray, when it first opened.
Ex-Gers boss Dick Advocaat opened the site with Murray after urging Rangers to build a first training ground. They had used a variety of sites including Ibrox and West of Scotland Cricket Club’s Hamilton Crescent. While the site is often dubbed Auchenhowie owing to its location.
Previous training ground: Ibrox Stadium
Previous training ground: Bellahouston Park
Previous training ground: Hamilton Crescent
Current training ground: Rangers Training Centre (2001-present)
Location: Rangers Training Centre, Auchenhowie, Glasgow, G62 6EH
Rangers current league
Rangers have competed in the Scottish Premiership since the 2016/17 campaign. The Gers secured their return to the top-flight after winning the Scottish Championship title the prior term. Steven Gerrard also sealed their first Premiership title since 2010/11 in 2020/21.
Current league: Premiership (2016-present)
Previous league: Scottish Championship (2014-2016)
Rangers current manager
The club appointed Michael Beale as their current manager in November 2022 on a contract to May 2026. He replaced Giovanni van Bronckhorst at the helm on the coach’s return to Ibrox. Beale had earlier served as assistant manager to Gerrard from June 2018 to November 2021.
Current manager: Michael Beale (2022-2026 expected)
Rangers contact details
Supporter liaison, email: [email protected]
Other contact details: Full list here
Address: Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow, G51 2XD
Fans wishing to buy tickets for Rangers’ games can do so through the club’s official website. Demand for seats at Ibrox, the Gers’ away fixtures or European games can make getting to matches a challenge. Fans also need an account which will also allow them to purchase season tickets.