Glasgow Rangers and the eight Champions League stars
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Glasgow Rangers and the eight Champions League stars

William Hill risked a serious backlash from some of Rangers less enthusiastic admirers when they tweeted the meaning behind the eight Champions League stars earlier.

Rangers are represented by one of the eight stars on the logo and ball as they were one of the original eight teams to qualify.

Rangers join some pretty esteemed company in there too.

Champions League stars and competition started in 1992

Rangers, Marseille, AC Milan, IFK Goteborg, Club Brugge, Porto, CSKA Moscow and PSV Eindhoven battled it out for the inaugural Champions League way back in 1992.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Back then, teams battled it out to reach two final groups of four. They would play home and away, and the winners would battle it out in the final.

That year’s tournament had the likes of Romario, Marco van Basten, Rudi Voller and none other than Ally McCoist lighting it up.

McCoist is gutted as Rangers crash out in 1992. Mandatory Credit: David Rogers/Allsport

Rangers would narrowly miss out on a showcase Final against Milan. That’s despite never losing a game.

It remains one of the saddest yet memorable European campaigns in our history.

Marseille triumphant in a memorable campaign for Rangers

Rangers missed out on the final by a point. Too many draws cost the Ibrox club. Rangers picked up two win and four draws from their six matches, beating Club Brugge and CSKA Moscow.

To get that far Rangers overcame Leeds in what would be known as the Battle of Britain, as the English Champions faced the Scottish.

Now Rangers Assistant Manager had Leeds ahead in the first minute at Ibrox in the first leg. Rangers would eventually win 2-1. They’d then come home with a 2-1 victory at Elland Road. Famous goals from Hateley and McCoist won the day and Rangers won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Gary McAllister was playing for Leeds when Rangers beat them in 1992. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/Allsport

Rangers might never come closer to reaching the tournament’s Final. One of the Champions League stars is scant consolation. And it’s also made even sourer by the fact the final was tainted. Marseille Officials bribed Valenciennes so they could win Ligue 1 sooner and rest before the final.

It left many Rangers fans thinking they could well have bribed Moscow to win 6-0 in France. No one has ever proved anything, and the club kept their Champions League trophy. They did however lose their domestic one in France, were relegated to Ligue 2 and were never given the chance to defend their trophy.

You make your own mind up on that one.

Here’s five of the best European nights in Ibrox history.


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