A new story released by the Mirror has claimed that Rangers are no longer the world’s most successful club – but there’s plenty of scepticism about their list.

The English news outlet formulated a list of the 30 most decorated football teams across the entire planet and put Rangers second.

Who’s first? According to the Mirror, Egyptian side Al-Ahly, but does how they’ve tallied the trophies give Rangers fans room to criticise?

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Al-Ahly are certainly Egypt and Africa’s most successful club. (Photo by Ahmed Awaad/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The paper credits the African side with 118 trophy wins, whilst they claim that Rangers – who have undoubtedly got the most domestic league titles with 54 – have 115.

But Rangers controversially do not include their wartime trophies. Rangers won seven league trophies and four Southern League Cups (the modern-day League Cups) during the Second World War (1939-45) and subsequent affected years.

 

The Ibrox club also won a range of other trophies including the Glasgow Cup and other miscellaneous trophies of the time.

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The likes of Aberdeen and Hibs include their “war trophies” in their overhaul official trophy haul, whilst Celtic include major honours won during the First World War (1914-18).

There’s a real and genuine argument here that Rangers should include their war trophies in the official haul – after all other clubs are being recognised for doing so.

Rangers last lifted a major domestic league title in 2011. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

So whilst the Mirror might’ve marked Al-Ahly out to be the world’s most successful, it’s not strictly true.

The Egyptians might have 118 trophies but Rangers could potentially have 126.

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