Rangers have an illustrious history of legendary goalscorers but there are five who’ve found the back of the net more than any other over the last 150 or so years.
The Ibrox number nine is a thing of footballing folklore and the club has always prided itself on having an elite forward to find the back of the net.
Football might’ve changed but that never has as we look at the five top Rangers goal scorers of all time.
Number 5 – Derek Johnstone – 210 goals
Derek Johnstone was a teenage revelation at Ibrox who fired his way into Rangers history across two spells with the club.
Johnstone made his Rangers debut in September 1970 at the tender age of 16 years and 319 days, setting the tone for his Ibrox career by netting a double in a 5-0 win over Cowdenbeath.
The young striker would then etch his name into Ibrox folklore by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 Scottish League Cup Final win over Celtic at Hampden only a few weeks later.
Johnstone spent 13 years at Ibrox in his first spell with the club before interest from down south saw him move to Chelsea where things didn’t quite happen for the striker.
A loan move to Dundee United would follow before he returned to Rangers in the mid-1980s for a season.
In total Johnstone scored 210 goals for Rangers in 549 appearances, winning 14 major honours with the Ibrox club including the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.
Number 4 – Jimmy Fleming – 220 goals
A player of a bygone era at Ibrox, Jimmy Fleming turned out for the Gers between 1925 and 1934.
Football was certainly a different game back then but Fleming lead the Ibrox line with style and distinction, the Dennistoun born striker capable of the extraordinary.
Fleming holds the record for the most Scottish Cup goals scored for Rangers, netting 44 times in the competition, whilst he also holds the record for the most goals scored in a single match.
Fleming scored nine times in a 14-2 Scottish Cup win over Blairgowie away back in 1934.
Also turning out for St Johnstone, Ayr United and the Scottish national team, Fleming scored 220 goals for Rangers in only 267 games.
Number 3 – Jimmy Smith – 249 goals
Jimmy Smith started his Ibrox career in 1928 and would play alongside fellow Gers goalscorer Fleming for some four years before his partner moved on from a hugely successful team at Ibrox.
In an 18-year Gers career Smith would be a prolific forward who fired the team to league success despite joining as a teenager.
Joining after an impressive goalscoring start to his footballing life at East Stirlingshire, Smith didn’t full arrive on the scene at Ibrox until the 1930s.
In his breakthrough season he finished top scorer with 21 goals, helping the Gers to a fifth successive league championship.
In season 32/33, Smith finished the top scorer in the division with an impressive 34 goals, where he also scored four hattricks.
Goalscoring was the preserve of this legendary frontman and his record at Rangers speaks volumes of the striker’s predatory instincts.
Smith hit a total of 249 goals in 259 games and was a major part of a side which won eight out of eleven championships before the league was suspended due to World War II.
Number 2 – Bob McPhail – 261 goals.
Jimmy Smith’s striking partner and the other half of the one of the most potent strike forces in Scottish football and Rangers history, McPhail was a true Rangers icon in every sense of the word.
A glorious striker who led the club through a period of success which would define the Gers and their future, McPhail turned out at Ibrox for 13 years between 1927 and 1940.
McPhail started his career with Airdrieonians before Rangers splashed out a substantial fee of £5k to bring him to Ibrox.
It proved to be some of the best money ever spent by the club as McPhail went on to score 261 goals in 408 Rangers appearances, winning nine league titles and six Scottish Cups.
His goalscoring exploits at Ibrox would put him as the club’s record goal scorer for over 50 years before the club’s greatest ever scorer burst onto the scene.
Number 1 – Alistair McCoist – 355 goals
Super Ally McCoist is one of the club’s greatest ambassadors to this day, a true Rangers legend and still the club’s greatest goalscorer of all time.
For over 30 years McCoist’s beaming smile and electric sense of humour has been attached to the club he loves and his goalscoring efforts remain the stuff of legend.
Leading the line for the Ibrox club during the heavily successful 9IAR era of the 90s, McCoist matured into a lethal, predatory forward who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
McCoist started his career with St Johnstone before Rangers rescued him from a troublesome spell at Sunderland and the rest, as they say, is history.
McCoist hit 355 Rangers goals in 581 appearances to secure his place in Rangers history which might never be taken from him.
To go alongside all the goals McCoist also secured 20 major honours – including 10 league titles – and won the European golden boot twice in 1992 and 1993.
McCoist also served as Walter Smith’s assistant at the club between 2008 and 2011, before managing the club himself through one of the most tumultuous periods in Ibrox history.
A true legend whose contribution to Ibrox won’t be forgotten, McCoist done it all with that trademark smile which has him adored to this day by football fans across the UK.
Rangers still mean a lot of McCoist as this clip of him celebrating 55 in the talkSPORT studios more than proves.