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?
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.
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.
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.