Ibrox today hosts Rangers Legends vs World Legends in a nice different change of pace to celebrate our 150th anniversary. No match day stress today unlike, next time I write this, next week!
A nice trip down memory lane, Rangers legends boast Gascoigne, Boyd, De Boer to name but a few in a beautiful afternoon at a sun kissed Ibrox. World legends, led by Luis Figo, have the masterful Kaka as well as our own Shota Arveladze and Roy Makaay.
So the teams for today!
Rangers Legends – Waterreus, Hutton, Andrews, The Papac, Vignal, B Ferguson, Gio v B, Novo, R De Boer, Arveladze, Boyd
Bench – Alexander (GK), Moore, Albertz, Mendes, Rae, Gascoigne, Mols, Rod Wallace, Jelavic
World Legends – lehmann, Salgado, Abidal, Marchena, Bosingwa, Makalele, Luis Figo, KAKA, Roy Makaay, G Hagi, Quaresma
Bench – David James (GK), Costa, Pires, Mijatovic, Karembeu, Malouda, Theo Baker, Nuno Gomes, Shota Arveladze (Half for each team)
This is all about our 150th anniversary celebrations. Sometimes it’s hard to block out the noise but never lose sight of what a magnificent football club we have and what an institution this is. Today we enjoy it and enjoy the names in front of us.
1st half Action –
5 mins – End to end, not quite a ferocious pace, Albertz stings Lehmann hands then up the other end and Roy Makaay hits the post!
8 mins – Malouda shot is well saved by Waterreus.
10 mins – Boyd is in to score but he’s a good yard (or five) offside!
13 mins – Boyd with a cracking effort which Lehmann produced a great save from! Great pass by Gio!
14 mins – Gio cements Salgado and FK to World 11
This is what happened!
22 mins – Quaresma Shot is well saved by Waterreus again!
36 mins – Luis Figo is in and another great save by Ronald Waterreus!
38 mins – GOOOAAAALLLLL! Shota Arveladze dives and heads home brilliantly! Ah that’s just lovely 👏🏻
Rangers 1 World 0 HT
2nd half Action –
47 mins – Figo shot is well saved by Neil Alexander.
51 mins – Malouda drilled cross turned just wide by Marvin Andrews, great defending (maybe)
53 mins – GOAAALLL! Kaka hits the bar and comes out, he crosses wonderfully for Marchena to dive and head home. 1-1!
55 mins – Figo shot saved again by Alexander.
58 mins – Pires volley smartly saved by Alexander also.
60 mins – GOAALLL! Figo with a wonderful pass and Nuno Gomes lifts the shot over Alexander to score. 1-2 world eleven!
71 mins – James punch lands at Nacho Novo, he drills an effort just wide!
75 mins – GOOALLL! 1-3 world Eleven as Ricardo Quaresma bends a beauty into the corner.
77 mins – On comes Paul Gascoigne 👏🏻
79 mins – Pedro Mendes volleys an effort just wide!
80 mins – GOOOAAALLLL! Paul Gascoigne scores for Rangers. A wonderful moment as the crowd get what they want. 2-3
A lovely way to end the game 👏🏻
Rangers Legends 2 World Legends 3 FT
Match summary –
A wonderful celebration for our club and a walk back into nostalgia. World class stars Figo, Kaka, Pires and co strutted there stuff spectacularly on a wonderful day of celebration.
Rangers goalkeepers certainly the busier but it was a day to smile and enjoy. A day for new generations to begin their journeys as older ones enjoyed a trip down memory lane.
A wonderful day for our club and a brilliant celebration of our recent history.
And a Paul Gascoigne goal….