Rangers best XI of the decade - Does Morelos make the cut?
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Rangers best XI of the decade - Does Morelos make the cut?

It hasn’t been the most enjoyable decade for Rangers fans as the club’s financial meltdown saw the Gers embark on what would become known as ‘The Journey’ back up through the leagues and go nine years without major silverware.

There have been bright spots however and things finally look to be getting somewhere close to normality again at Ibrox with Steven Gerrard’s side competing for trophies and in the last 32 of the Europa League.

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We had a look earlier at the worst Rangers XI of the decade and now it’s time to pull together the best of the last ten years at Ibrox.

Despite being a potential candidate, Steven Naismith has been left out for reasons obvious to anyone who was around the club in 2012 but the rest of the side seemed to largely pick itself.

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Here is the best Rangers team of the last ten years – and let us know what you think in the comments or on social media:

Allan McGregor

Nobody comes close to McGregor between the sticks over the last decade and the veteran is still showing just how good he is today. Pulls off wonder saves when he’s needed most and has been such a reliable player for Rangers over his two spells at the club.

James Tavernier

Another who is an obvious pick. Tavernier might split opinion but there is nobody who comes close to his attacking output and overall consistency in his time here. Goals and assists are a constant feature of Tavernier’s game and while he might not be the best defensively, he’s more than deserving of being in.

Davie Weir

The former captain didn’t do himself any favours with the manner of his exit as assistant manager to Mark Warburton but what a player he was. Alongside Bougherra or Carlos Cuellar, the former Scotland star was fantastic in his time at Ibrox. Most doubted his signing when he first arrived but he proved every last one of them wrong.

Madjid Bougherra

Replaced Carlos Cuellar and almost immediately became a massive fan favourite. The Algerian was a brilliant defender and surprisingly effective going forward. Bougherra probably had the best spell of his career at Ibrox as he won titles and played in the Champions League.

Sasa Papac

Papac’s consistency in a Rangers shirt was incredible as he made the left-back berth his own. Retired in 2012 to be replaced by Lee Wallace (who also deserves a place in this) and fans were gutted when the Bosnian called it quits.

Sone Aluko

Only had a single season at Ibrox but what a season it was. Effectively paid his own transfer fee after a wrangle with Aberdeen and put in a string of stunning performances – capped off with an Old Firm goal. The winger would likely have really carved a name for himself at Ibrox but for the meltdown of 2012.

Ryan Jack

The linchpin of Steven Gerrard’s side and just keeps getting better and better. Scotland international is arguably the most consistent player in the country just now. Absolutely vital to everything Gerrard’s side achieve and should remain a key player for years to come. Seems to be a big favourite of the manager which, as a central midfielder, is no small praise.

Steven Davis

The Northern Irishman is another who has excelled over two spells at the club and his current form is just as good as it was first time around. A different style of player after seven years with Southampton but someone Rangers will look to over the next few years as his career winds down.

Lee McCulloch

McCulloch must have played in every position bar goalkeeper during his time at Ibrox and was one of the few senior stars who stuck around post-2012. Took some stick in the final years of his time but an incredible servant of the club who doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves.

Nikica Jelavic

Rangers only ever really saw a little bit of how good Jelavic was but what we did see was brilliant. Replaced Kris Boyd and scored 36 goals in 56 appearances before being sold to Everton at the start of 2012. Every bit a Premier League-level striker who was just really getting going when he was sold.

Alfredo Morelos

The Colombian is destined for the top but hopefully can stick around at Ibrox a while longer. 75 goals and 28 assists in 124 games for Rangers show just how important El Bufalo is. Currently the top goalscorer in the Europa League and a handful of goals shy of scoring the most in a single season in Europe’s secondary club competition and overtaking Ally McCoist as the club’s all-time record European goalscorer. And all in less than three seasons.

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