This is the list of the top 5 Rangers FC’s biggest defeats in the club’s history. Back in the day, Rangers used to be a team that no team would ever love to play except if you want to test your football skills.
They were complete dominance during this era, being one of the most successful football clubs in the Scottish league. Also, Rangers is one of the clubs that has ever recorded the biggest win in football.
However, a beauty seems impossible to shine forever without a glimpse of blemish, and Rangers have had their share of losses.
In this post, I will take you through the club’s biggest losses, and pick out the heaviest defeat that has befallen the club.
Here are the top 5 Rangers FC’s biggest losses in the club’s history:
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- Rangers 2–10 Airdrieonians Friendly, 6 February 1886
- Celtic 7-1 Rangers League Cup League Cup in 1957
- Dumbarton 6 – 0 Rangers Scottish Premiership 4 May 1892
- Aberdeen 6 – 0 Rangers League Cup Semi-Final 10 April 1954
- Rangers 1–7 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 12 October 2022
Let’s get to it.
1. Rangers 2–10 Airdrieonians Friendly, 6 February 1886
Rangers FC clashed with Airdrieonians on the 6th of February 1886 in a friendly match at their home ground, Kinning Park.
Unknown to them, this encounter would go down in history as one of the club’s biggest defeats in their football history. Having called Kinning Park home for six years, Rangers had established a huge fan base.
However, this very stadium would become a witness to their record defeat. A merciless Airdrieonians side overwhelmed the Rangers, putting ten goals past their goalkeeper, while the home team scored only two goals.
Immediately after the final whistle was blown, Rangers’ management was forced to confront the limitations of their cramped home ground.
As a consequence of this defeat and the venue’s inadequacy, the decision was eventually made to bid farewell to Kinning Park. The club realized the urgent need for a new, more expansive home that could facilitate their number of supporters.
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2. Celtic 7-1 Rangers League Cup in 1957
At the illustrious Hampden Park, where Rangers FC and Celtic FC clashed in a much-anticipated League Cup final. Celtic took control of the match from the beginning, producing a pitiless attacking show.
In the end, Celtic had secured an astonishing 7-1 victory, making it a record-breaking win against their rivals. This encounter would be remembered as one of Rangers’ most unforgettable and humbling defeats.
3. Dumbarton 6 – 0 Rangers Scottish Premiership 4 May 1892
In the Scottish Premiership on 4th May 1892, Rangers had one of their worst performances resulting in a 6 – 0 defeat at the hand of Dumbarton.
Dumbarton was in an exciting title battle with Hearts of Midlothian and Celtic. They were unbeaten in almost all competitions since their opening-day loss to Hearts of Midlothian.
Though Rangers had been in remarkable form, securing an impressive 23 wins in 25 games and lifting both the Glasgow Cup and the Scottish Cup.
But Dumbarton was a strong title contender till the end of the campaign. However, the tide began to turn when Dumbarton faced a crucial tie against Celtic on 23rd April 1892.
With both teams vying for the title, John Miller’s lone goal in front of 12,000 supporters at Boghead Park put Dumbarton in pole position to claim the title, leading the league by a slender margin.
Just 11 days later, Dumbarton’s “league’s top scorer,” Jack Bell, produced a fantastic 6-0 humbling of Rangers. His hat trick put Dumbarton on the brink of securing the league title.
With only one final match remaining in the season, Dumbarton’s 1-1 draw with Abercorn proved sufficient to secure their second league title, capping off a memorable campaign. Unfortunately, Rangers faced the bitter taste of defeat in a season that had shown immense promise.
4. Aberdeen 6 – 0 Rangers League Cup Semi-Final 10 April 1954
10th April 1954 was a bitter day for Rangers, as they faced a stubborn Aberdeen side in the League Cup Semi-Final. Rangers, renowned for their footballing prowess, were expected to display their usual football, but Aberdeen was very much tough.
The Aberdeen players showed a desire to secure a spot in the League Cup final. In the end, Aberdeen stunned Ranger’s six goals.
Rangers players find it difficult to accept this feat because they felt they should have done something better in the game. But it was a different game for Aberdeen.
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5. Rangers 1–7 Liverpool UEFA Champions League 12 October 2022
Rangers 100 years ago are completely different from the Rangers we are all seen today, and facing one of the biggest Premier League teams, Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League is too much for them.
As a Ranger fan, what were your expectations before the match? Have you ever thought the game would become one of the biggest losses for the Glasgow club?
I knew the anticipation was high. But during the match, It was obvious Ranger’s defense would struggle to possess Liverpool’s forwards.
Liverpool’s dominance was clear in every aspect of the game, from the number of fouls committed to the possession statistics, with the English club controlling 57% of the ball.
Moreover, Liverpool outclassed Rangers in the shots, amassing 20 attempts, with nine on target, while Rangers had only seven shots, with two on goal.
Well, the final scoreline of 7-1 said it all as Liverpool’s utter dominance on the night, as they clinically scored seven goals while the Ranger scored one goal.
While Rangers once dominated the football world with odd success, these losses reveal the blemishes that even the strongest clubs face.
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